When you’re out on the open seas, it’s important to carry as much power in your watercraft as you can get. But what’s even better than top-class power? Having equally impressive handling characteristics.
That’s what you get with the Kawasaki Ultra 300X. The 2012 Ultra 300X boasts incredible performance and thrust with a design that ensures typical Kawasaki reliability.
At the heart of the Ultra 300X is a monstrous 1,498cc inline-four DOHC engine that produces around 300 horsepower. Built in to assist the engine is a high-tech Eaton Twin Vortices Series (TVS) roots supercharger and Kawasaki’s Electronic Throttle Valve System, both of which help channel Ultra 300X’s tremendous power exactly where and how a rider wants it.
More than just the impressive performance characteristics, the Ultra 300X also boasts an array of futuristic electronics, including a highly advanced fuel injection system controlled by a high-tech Electronic Control Unit (ECU). This set-up not only commands the injectors and throttle bodies to route a precise amount of air and fuel mixture into the combustion chambers with help from the Electronic Throttle Valve (ETV) system, but it also allows a host of other technologies that can be used for your riding pleasure.
These include a range of varied riding “modes” such as Fuel Economy Assistance mode, a one-touch 5 mph mode, and the Smart Learning Operation (SLO) mode. The setup also includes a digital dash display called the Economical Riding Indicator that provides a clear guide to the rider when riding conditions are most efficient. The Ultra 300X also has an Electronic Trim Control (ETC) system, which controls the nozzle angle of the 160mm jet pump to adjust hull attitude to suit water surface conditions and riding style.
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The 2011 Kawasaki KFX 450R is an industry heavyweight, all thanks to its combination of unparalleled racing technology and the feel of natural power riders have on their fingertips.
Looking the part of a natural ATV, the KFX 450R comes with two-piece front and rear “lapped” fenders that make customization painless. In addition, it also has a headlight assembly that can be detached quickly for closed-course races, leaving no compromise as to the aggressive nature of the vehicle.
The Kawasaki KFX 450R shares the engine DNA of the KX 450F motorcross bike, so you can be sure that it’s primed and ready for action. Add the fact that it comes equipped with titanium valves, a highly responsive 32-bit digital fuel injection system that can translate four-stroke power into outstanding thrust, and an electric starter, and you have an ATV that just fits all of the requirements for a four-wheeled ride. To aid in distributing the power of the engine to all four wheels, the KFX 450R makes use of a five-speed transmission that includes a lightweight reverse gear system, allowing riders to quickly and easily extricate themselves from first turn chaos, trail bottlenecks, or any other on-track accidents.
As far as handling is concerned, ATVs are required to be all-world tough and the KFX 450R, with its lightweight all-aluminum frame, has both incredible stiffness and significant strength. It also boasts a low center of gravity and excellent roll resistance for higher corner speeds and race-level handling.
The front suspension design of the ATV makes use of long lower A-arms mounted to a single box-section lower frame tube, paired with dual-rate front springs for excellent rough-terrain handling. Meanwhile, the rear suspension features an adjustable shock with low- and high-speed compression and rebound damping adjustability mated to a cast aluminum swingarm, offering the ideal balance of flexibility and rigidity.
The Kawasaki Jet Ski 800 SX-R has been a hot seller in the past three years and now, the 38th installment of the industry-leading watercraft is poised to follow in its predecessor’s successful footsteps.
To celebrate 37 years of production, Kawasaki has come up with something special for the 800 SX-R, namely the addition of special colors and graphics that recognize the 37 years of history surrounding the model. For this model, Kawasaki will also be adding a special badge that reads: “Commemorating 37 Years of Jet Ski."
In terms of its design, the 800 SX-R doesn’t hold back on all the enhancements. The fiberglass reinforced plastic construction of the 800 SX-R hull and top deck ensures that the hull is as light as possible while also boasting of tough and damage-resistant qualities. Kawasaki also added extra fiberglass in some key areas of the jet ski to ensure that the hull comes with maximum strength and durability. Likewise, the 800 SX-R also has a spacious footwell area that gives the rider enough room to be comfortable in his surroundings. Last, the jet ski also makes use of a handle pole that offers optimum control and overall riding comfort.
The 800 SX-R is powered by an impressive two-stroke engine 781cc Twin Cylinder engine, producing an impressive 699 horsepower while also using twin carburetors that deliver excellent throttle response and strong power in all speeds. The all-world jet ski also makes use of an aggressive exhaust port timing, a large-diameter exhaust pipe, and a waterproof, maintenance-free capacitor discharge ignition (CDI) system with digital advance, all of which ensure that the 800 SX-R delivers the kind of top-end power wave riders all crave.
Exceptional stability and turning dexterity are hallmarks of the 800 SX-R and that tradition continues with the latest in a long line of industry-leading jet skis.
Sure, a lot of people can boast of having cars or motorcycles inside their garages, but whereas those forms of transportation are more out of necessities, jet skis are like toys for the big boys, especially for those that can afford it.
The Kawasaki STX-15F is one such jet ski that hobbyists can fall head over heels for. It’s got a sturdy hull that not only ensures high-speed stability on the straightaways, but also allows for great cornering and aggressive turning out on the open seas. It comes packed with rider-friendly features, including class-leading storage that lets you take all your gear with you for a day of fun out on the water. There’s also a spacious rear deck, a water-resistant storage compartment, an accessible glove box, and additional room for gear located under the seat, all of which provide extra space and accommodation for all sorts of bring-alongs.
In terms of power, the STX-15F offers the best in its class, thanks to a Ninja-derived 1.5-liter engine that produces 160 horsepower and delivers plenty of low- and mid-range torque. Even better is that despite its powerful engine, the STX-15F is far from a gas-guzzler. In fact, the jet ski has earned a Three-Star Ultra-Low Emissions rating from the California Air Resources Board and meets the Environmental Protection Agency’s strictest standards.
Everything about the Kawasaki STX-15F screams of a rollicking good time blasting along the waves. That is if you have the disposable income to purchase one.
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When talking about custom motorcycles, the Kawasaki Vulcan 900 Custom is right there on top of every rider’s list.
Combining back-in-the-day styling and up-to-date imagery, the Vulcan 900 Custom draws from both current and classic styling influences that lends itself to one unique and mouth-watering package. An aggressive flat handlebar and forward footpegs place the rider in a stylish profile that enhances the overall visual appeal.There’s also a sleek and subtle fuel tank that features flowing lines that easily lead the eye along the careful and delicate curves, blending together to give the bike a highly-customized form. A matte black frame provides an understated framework for the Kawasaki artistry that is both appealing and gutsy, as are the massive rear tire, light-looking front end accentuated by a thin 21-inch cast wheel, and overall sculpted bodywork. The aforementioned front wheel features spokes arranged in pairs for a special visual appeal while the wide rear 15" cast wheel gives the rider the feeling of sitting on a one-of-a-kind, made-to-order motorcycle.
Powering the bike is a 903cc four-stroke, liquid-cooled, SOHC four-cylinder V-twin engine that produces as much as 58 lb/ft of torque at 3,500 rpm.
As far as custom bikes go, the Vulcan 900 Custom’s design versatility and premium performance capability makes it one custom bike that both owners and aftermarket tuning companies have all fallen head over heels for.
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Of all the jet skis in Kawasaki’s fleet, the STX isn’t the most fully-equipped of the bunch, but it does offer a lot more than just your average PWC. 40 years of Kawasaki know-how was put into the STX to create a highly-advanced and ruggedly reliable jet-ski that offers one of the best value-for-your-money packages in the market.
Even if it doesn’t come with all the bells and whistles of some of Kawasaki’s more up-scale jet ski models, the STX still packs a lot of goodies, including the Smart Learning Operation (SLO) and the Kawasaki Smart Steering (KSS). The former is accessible on the jet ski’s instrument panel and can be selected to place a limit on maximum engine speed, allowing the newbie riders to learn the ropes of jet-ski riding in order to improve on their riding techniques. Meanwhile, the latter provides electronic turning assistance that’s linked to a steering sensor, raising engine rpm to provide the additional thrust that helps initiating turns on the water. There’s also a Kawasaki Splash Deflector that has been incorporated into the hull design to minimize spray on the rider.
Add all these features to an aggressive looking profile with a well endowed and spacious rear deck and a powerful 1.5-liter four-stroke four-cylinder engine, and you have a jet ski that fits the role of an advanced and highly-reliably watercraft that fully justifies its $8,499 price tag.
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Luxury watercrafts are less associated with jet skis as they are in the plush boats and yachts that proliferate marina docks. But when you’re talking about Kawasaki’s new Ultra 300LX Jet Ski, the word ’luxury’ is right on target.
The Ultra 300LX is like the Bentley of jet skis, flush with comfort and luxury that very few of its kind can match. But the Ultra 300LX is more than just about sparkling, high-end features; it’s got the performance boost to match, too.
In terms of design, the Ultra 300LX features all the luxury tidings of a high-end jet ski, including large chromed trim pieces, a special paint scheme, and the Kawasaki’s own LXury seat, a scalloped seat designed for the ultimate in rider and passenger comfort. The contoured and two-tone saddle is thickly padded for exceptional plushness and comfort. Then, there’s a GPS-mountable handlebar pad, which allows the use of a wide range of popular GPS devices that - get this - comes as standard equipment on the Ultra 300LX.
As far as performance goes, the high-end Kawasaki jet ski is powered by a 1.5-liter supercharged and intercooled four-stroke, DOHC inline-four engine that produces a staggering 300 horsepower out on the open seas. That’s some serious burn for a jet ski with Kawasaki adding a high-tech supercharger and Electronic Throttle Valve system to give it a far meaner bite than its bark suggests. And the race-derived hull has been extensively updated to provide the sort of top-tier handling hard-core enthusiasts expect.
People like talking about what the ultimate jet ski looks and feels like. Anybody who has ever participated in that discussion only needs to take a good, long look at the Kawasaki Ultra 300LX to understand that one of the more impressive luxury jet skis in the market is sitting right in front of them.
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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.
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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.
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The long legged, versatile performer Kawasaki Jet Ski Ultra LX receives additional touring comfort.
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.
The 2009 Kawasaki Jet Ski Ultra 260X is escalating the PWC power game to its next level.
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.
The 2009 Kawasaki Ultra 260LX is the ultimate touring PWC that gives you commanding horsepower and luxurious accommodations.
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.