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

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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 Ultra LX is powered by a strong 1,498cc, four-stroke engine that provides excellent low- and mid-range torque. The 1,498cc DOHC in-line four cylinder engine is the other major element of the performance formula. The race-developed propulsion unit – also used on the Ultra 260X – features a large-diameter 155mm jet pump combined with an oversize impeller and jet nozzle that converts the engine’s power into 955 pounds of thrust. Its stunning, smooth acceleration and power translate into enough speed to satisfy even the most demanding sport riders.


It’s the hull – the same deep V-hull found in Kawasaki’s Ultra 260LX flagship – that gives the Jet Ski Ultra LX confidence-inspiring high-speed stability and excellent rough-water ride manners. The responsive turning and neutral handling hull and its deep 22.5° V-angle slices easily through swells and waves and fluently carves banked turns without imposing high-g loads. This watercraft dexterity reduces rider fatigue and makes for a confidence-inspiring ride even when the conditions are challenging.

Luxurious rider and refined passenger accommodations polish off the Ultra LX’s sporty abilities. With its specially designed supportive seat and smart five-way adjustable steering handle, the Ultra LX suits a variety of rider sizes and styles from a hard charging standing to a leisurely sitting position.

While riders are enjoying the all-day comfort of the Ultra LX, they can do so with the peace of mind that they have brought everything with them in the industry leading 53 gallons of built-in storage space, or in the detachable storage compartment that can hold even more. Plus the fun can keep going on longer, thanks to its largest in class 20.6 gallon fuel tank, which gives the Ultra LX the longest cruising ranges of any PWC in its class.

The powerful engine combined with the handling give the Ultra LX its charm.

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1,498cc, Four-stroke Engine

  • Strong engine provides excellent low- and mid-range torque
  • Dual overhead cams (DOHC) are light and compact for less valve train inertial mass
  • Four, large valves per cylinder provide better intake and exhaust flow for optimum torque and power
  • Intake and exhaust valve lift as well as timing are set to reduce exhaust emissions
  • Intake tract designed for maximum performance
  • Waterproof ECU and ignition coils protect the ignition system from electrical shorts
  • Unique semi-dry sump oil system lowers the crankshaft in the engine, eliminates the need for scavenging pumps, and keeps the oil in the sump instead of flooding the crankcase if the craft is capsized
  • Large capacity airbox lowers engine noise and improves air intake flow

Fuel Injection

  • Large single 60mm throttle body
  • Digital fuel injection provides great throttle response, smooth engine performance and quick acceleration, as well as easy starting and excellent fuel economy
  • Four-orifice, high-flow fuel injectors provide efficient combustion


  • Large-diameter 155mm jet pump efficiently converts the engine’s horsepower into thrust
  • Developed based on feedback from Kawasaki’s race machines, this pump is designed to deliver stable output and good “bite,” even when riding on rough water
  • The large, sophisticated three-blade impeller unit delivers both high speed performance and quiet operation
  • Eight-vane intake guide smoothes and regulates the flow of water from the impeller for efficient and powerful propulsion
  • The reverse lever on the left side for easy operation while the rider modulates the throttle with their right hand

Composite Hull

  • Design incorporates feedback from Kawasaki’s IJSBA championship winning racing machines for high stability and responsive handling in both calm and rough-water conditions
  • Delivers the neutral handling and turning characteristics that made Kawasaki JET SKI personal watercraft famous, yet the hull enables a high bank angle, for motorcycle-like turning performance with reduced side G-loads imposed on riders during turns
  • The 22.5° V-angle at the bottom of the Ultra LX’s hull helps prevent spinouts during sharp turns and to provide a smoother ride in rough water
  • Placing the battery near the center of the machine, optimizes weight balance in the hull and frees up space inside the engine bay to help maximize storage capacity
  • Bottom of the hull slants upwards steeply from the center section to the bow, allowing the Ultra LX to penetrate swells and waves with less shock. This provides extreme stability at low speeds, while allowing the hull to push through waves rather than bounce over them at a higher pace
  • Integrated sponsons extend from the hull, providing stable, wallow-free straight-line performance and contributing significantly to the Ultra LX’s excellent high speed maneuverability while helping to retain a narrow hull design

Ride Plate

  • Features a groove from the center to the rear of the ride plate, to enhance straight-line stability

Quattro KSD

  • The Ultra LX’s Kawasaki Splash Deflector (KSD) uses three bottom mounted ridges and an additional deflector mounted at the top to deflect water splashing forward from under the hull
  • Whether turning or blasting straight ahead, at high speeds or low, the Quattro KSD minimize spray, allowing greater rider concentration

Kawasaki Smart Steering®/SLO-Mode

  • Kawasaki Smart Steering® (KSS®) monitors steering input and engine speed and, when certain conditions are met, raises rpm to initiate a desired turn, helping new riders better enjoy the performance of this remarkable machine
  • Smart Learning Operation (SLO) allows novice riders to become familiar with the handling and response of this JET SKI watercraft at a more relaxed pace before unleashing the full performance of the Ultra LX
  • Two separate keys, one for SLO-mode and one for full-power operation help prevent confusion over which setting is in use

Comfort and Convenience

  • New luxury touring seat incorporates specific support areas for the rider and passenger, to offer increased confidence and a more relaxing experience
  • Five-way adjustable handlebars allow operation while standing or sitting for a wide range of riders
  • Ergonomic deck design gives plenty of legroom for rider-friendly seating accommodations
  • A long rear boarding step makes it easy to climb onboard, and the step retracts inside the bumper to prevent damage
  • A quick and easy under hood hose connection allows easy flushing of sea water out of the engine
  • Mirrors mounted on the upper deck facilitate opening of the hatch cover

Capacious Storage

  • The large-capacity, fully sealed 53 gallon storage area is fitted with a detachable storage tray and has plenty of room for recreational equipment
  • On the center console is a glove box with built-in drink holder incorporating space for two drink bottles
  • Ideal for small items is a compact storage area under the rear passenger seat
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Engine: Four-stroke, DOHC, four valve per cylinder, inline four-cylinder
Displacement: 1,498cc
Bore x stroke: 83.0 x 69.2mm
Compression ratio: 10.6:1
Cooling system: Inducted water
Fuel system: Digital fuel injection
Ignition: TCBI with digital advance
Starting: Electric
Lubrication: Semi-dry sump system
Direct drive from engine
Propulsion system: 155mm jet pump, axial-flow, single stage
Impeller: Three-blade, oval-edge stainless steel
955 lbs
Seating capacity: Three-person
Load capacity: 496 lbs
Fuel capacity: 20.6 gal
Oil Capacity: 5.3 qt.
Storage capacity: 53 gal
Curb weight: 976.8 lbs
Overall length: 132.7 in
Overall width: 47 in
Overall height: 45.3 in
Color: Jet White/Sunbeam Red
Price: $10,099

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