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Jet Ski / Watercraft

Jet Ski / Watercraft

Sometimes, you just have to make that splurge. Even if rationale thinking may suggest otherwise, the heart wants what the heart wants.

In this case, the heart most definitely wants the Kawasaki Ultra 260LX Jet Ski. Sure, it comes with the same race-derived deep-V hull and the impressive supercharged 1.5-liter, four-cylinder DOHC engine as that of the Ultra 260X, one that produces 260 horsepower at 7,750 rpm. But if you look more carefully, there’s a reason why the Ultra 260LX has that ’L’ on its name. That ’L’ stands for luxury, and there’s plenty of that in this particular jet ski.

Unlike the Ultra 260X, the Ultra 260LX comes with a luxurious touring seat that provides unparalleled comfort for both rider and passengers. This special PWC’s luxury touring seat has a carefully sculpted saddle for the rider, and a rise at the back for increased cruising comfort. The shape provides extra support for the rider and back passenger, and that bit of increased contact with the PWC provides a confident connection to this powerful high-performance machine. Even in rough conditions out on the water, the seat’s thick, impact-absorbing padding and the extra lower back support not only helps in keeping the rider comfortable, but it also reduces fatigue.

The Kawasaki Ultra 260LX delivers the kind of unparalleled performance and touring luxury on the water that few, if any, other jet skis are capable of having. And all for the price of $13,199, which may sound steep now, but once you ride it, will definitely be more of a bargain that any of you previously thought.

Find out more about the Kawasaki Ultra 260LX’s specs after the jump

260 horsepower may not be all that big of a deal on the road anymore, but out in the waters where there are no speed limits, it’s a license to have some good ’ol fashion, jet-skiing fun.

That’s what the new Kawasaki Ultra 260X Jet Ski will give you and quite frankly, we’d give up a whole lot more to have one of these babies tucked in a trailer, ready for some open-sea action on the weekends.

But more than just the jet skis race-refined 1,498cc fuel-injected four-cylinder Kawasaki powerplant with a Roots-type supercharger that produces a mouth-watering 260 horsepower, the Ultra 260X is also a fine piece of jet ski awesomeness because it comes with top-of-the-line technology courtesy of the fine folks from Kawasaki.

To begin with, the fiberglass reinforced plastic hull is loaded with DNA from Kawasaki’s IJSBA championship-winning machines, including carefully designed sponsons and chines for enhanced straight-line stability and more precise cornering. Likewise, the 22.5-degree deep-V hull leans into corners, providing a smoother ride in rough waters, greatly reducing the lateral G-loads generated during turns and helps keep the rider in control.

The Ultra 260X also features a five-step adjustable handlebar position that riders to either stand up or sit down to enjoy the full breadth of power and versatility the jet ski provides. Add that to an enormous 60-gallon storage space and you have a jet ski that comes with all the requirements needed for some high-speed, open-sea action.

Find out more about the Kawasaki Ultra 260X’s specs after the jump

Yamaha is more than just a renowned producer of motorcycles; they’ve also established a reputation as one of the best watercraft builders in the world. One of their newest offerings is the VXR Waverunner, a compact, lightweight, and high-performance watercraft that’s sure to provide speeds and thrills for riders everywhere.

The VXR Waverunner is an exceptional watercraft for a number of reasons, including the new NanoXcel hull and deck. This state-of-the-art material is considered as the industry’s first and only nanotechnology-engineered hulls, decks, and liners, making them the lightest yet strongest waverunner bodies in the world day. The use of these materials allows the VXR to be quick and nimble while also maintaining balance and maneuverability that’s essential to any watercraft. The VXR Waverunner also carries a race-inspired seat that can accommodate as many as three passengers and a reboarding ladder that makes it easy for anybody to climb aboard the waverunner from the water.

As far as its performance capability goes, the VXR Waverunner is powered by a 1,812cc, 4-stroke, 4-cylinder Yamaha Marine engine that delivers race level acceleration, responsiveness and top speed, to go with a stout fuel capacity of 15.9 gallons running on regular unleaded fuel. The 1.8-liter engine is noted for carrying the largest displacement motor ever designed for a personal watercraft, producing outstanding power with a high peak torque while also being exceptionally fuel efficient with low maintenance costs to boot.

Find out more about the Yamaha VXR WaveRunner’s specs after the jump

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The long legged, versatile performer Kawasaki Jet Ski Ultra LX receives additional touring comfort.

Kawasaki Ultra LX


Put commanding acceleration, long-distance comfort and serene stability in the same sentence and that can only mean the 2009 Kawasaki Jet Ski Ultra LX sport-touring personal watercraft. Loaded with race technology, Ultra LX is the model that sets the standard for effortless family fun. The addition of a new luxury touring seat that incorporates specific support areas for the rider and passenger, allows the Ultra LX to offer a more comfortable and relaxing ride.

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The 2009 Kawasaki Jet Ski Ultra 260X is escalating the PWC power game to its next level.

Kawasaki Ultra X


History is about to repeat itself, as Kawasaki’s new Jet Ski Ultra 260X reclaims the title as the most powerful production PWC sold in the U.S. Only two years after shattering records with the supercharged and intercooled Ultra 250X, Kawasaki engineers have raised the horsepower stakes even higher with the new Ultra 260X.

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The 2009 Kawasaki Ultra 260LX is the ultimate touring PWC that gives you commanding horsepower and luxurious accommodations.

Kawasaki Ultra 260LX


Watercraft riders seeking rock-steady stability, powerful acceleration and all-day comfort from a personal watercraft need look no further than the new Jet Ski Ultra 260LX. Sharing the same supercharged 1,498cc DOHC in-line, four-cylinder engine and deep V-hull found in Kawasaki’s Ultra 260X performance flagship, the 260LX adds first class paintwork and a luxury touring seat to the stellar performance of the 260X. The relationship between these two Jet Ski watercraft is analogous to the relationship between Kawasaki’s mighty Ninja ZX™-14 superbike and its supersport touring cousin, the Concours 14. The new Ultra 260LX features more performance than most pure-sport PWCs while offering long-distance comfort and utility like a Concours 14.

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The 2009 Kawasaki STX-15F offers you aquatic adventure with effortless and efficient fourstroke power.

Kawasaki STX-15F


The STX-15F combines over 30 years of Jet Ski knowledge and renowned Ninja motorcycle heritage to deliver the pure waterborne excitement that knowledgeable enthusiasts demand from Kawasaki Jet Ski watercraft. A healthy part of its effortless control and lasting performance comes from the broad and smooth spread of power delivered by its clean-running, four-stroke, 1,498cc engine.

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The brand new 2009 Kawasaki Jet Ski STX offers you superb performance at an entry level price.

Kawasaki STX

Based on the popular Kawasaki Jet Ski STX-15F, the new Jet Ski STX watercraft offers the advantages of Kawasaki’s Jet Ski and Ninja performance know-how in an affordable vehicle that’s destined to please operators who keep an eye on the bottom line. That means it’ll deliver all the waterborne excitement expected from a JET SKI watercraft and do so with minimum impact to operating costs.

Designed to offer introductory model cost savings without sacrificing power and handling, the new STX uses the same responsive engine and lightweight hull as the STX-15F, but only retains the necessities. It’s a cost-efficient purpose-built runabout that can easily out-perform its rivals.

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The 2009 Jet Ski SX-R is the original stand-up PWC that delivers the legendary Kawasaki power.

Kawasaki SX-R


For watercraft traditionalists and aquatic adventurers seeking a stand-up variety of H2O excitement, Kawasaki’s Jet Ski 800 SX-R personal watercraft is the answer. A modern 781cc version of the legendary original Jet Ski that first ignited the personal watercraft blaze in 1973, the sizzling 800 SX-R continues to boil the water.

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With its 255 horses, 3 seats, plus iControl, calling the new 2009 Sea-Doo RXT iS the best is an understatement.

Sea-Doo RXT iS


The RXT iS 255 is almost too good to be true. It has an outrageously powerful 255 hp engine, breathtaking style and revolutionary iControl technology. Keeping it to yourself just isn’t fair – that’s why Sea-Doo gave it three seats.


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