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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old 07-08-2003, 02:10 PM Thread Starter
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what type of PWC to buy?

everybody, my family is looking at getting a new jetski soon (we have a Kawi 1100 ZXI now) and i just wondered if anyone had any opinions or experience with brands other than Kawasakis, i rode a sea doo GSX once and it handled way better than our ZXI but i read that the Sea Doos all have major reliability problems, any suggestions or experiences you can share?
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I have the same opinion of the Sea Doos. Yamaha builds a great PWC and from those I know who have them have had no major issues. I get stuck doing the maint. on them, but I get to ride them too. Have you given any thought to the Honda Aquatrax? 4 strokes tend to live longer, not to mention the avail turbo!! Don't forget typical Honda quality. Are you looking to haul a skier/tube, need/want a 3 seater. Puttering around the chain or jumping wakes?
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post #3 of 14 (permalink) Old 07-09-2003, 07:53 AM Thread Starter
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of course id love to get the honda turbo (owning a honda myself) but that may be slightly out of the price range, also i wondered how good the handling was on those because honda has just gotten into the industry and doesnt have the experience of the other companies,
the main use for the jetski will be jumpin wakes and the other usual tricks....... the 1100 zxi (as with other zxis ive ridden) seems to have trouble grabbing water after doing a 180 or other radical maneuver while the Sea Doo i rode literally catapulted you back up to top speed right after the same type of maneuver..... as for the yamys, i have noticed that just about every rental company i have seen uses yamys which would have to say something good about their reliability.....
again any suggestions on what everyone prefers is greatly appreciated

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of course id love to get the honda turbo (owning a honda myself) but that may be slightly out of the price range, also i wondered how good the handling was on those because honda has just gotten into the industry and doesnt have the experience of the other companies,
the main use for the jetski will be jumpin wakes and the other usual tricks....... the 1100 zxi (as with other zxis ive ridden) seems to have trouble grabbing water after doing a 180 or other radical maneuver while the Sea Doo i rode literally catapulted you back up to top speed right after the same type of maneuver..... as for the yamys, i have noticed that just about every rental company i have seen uses yamys which would have to say something good about their reliability.....
again any suggestions on what everyone prefers is greatly appreciated

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Gal Dang it, i keep submitting a new thread when i mean to reply to an existing one, well im an idiot, sorry everybody disregard this entire thread.......

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no, no......no questions on how to posts....... its just early in the morning and im not completely awake.... thanks for merging the thread

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About Hondas hull, I can't qoute the source, read it several years ago, Honda spent somewhere about 6 years on hull design for the Aquatrax. I could be wrong, but look what Honda did with the CR450F. Took them how long to market a high performance 4 stroke dirtbike and it is a stompin' good time. Aquatrax is avail in non turbo trim also.
The Yami 1100 pulls like crazy too. Even with my large behind weighing it down. And it sure is purdy.
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post #10 of 14 (permalink) Old 07-09-2003, 11:17 AM Thread Starter
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what yami 1100 do you have is the GPR?
the only other problem with the honda is the price, of course id go turbo if i got one but itd probably have to be used.....
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Re: what type of PWC to buy?

I have 2001 Yamaha GP800R and I love it. However I would recommend the new GP 1300 R with unbelievable power. My friend owes Gp1200r and sometimes I feel like that ski has way to much power.
Than again sometimes I wish I can have few more HP. Stay away from SeaDoo and Polaris. I'd say get yamaha.
BTW I'm looking to sell mine (trying to get a 19ft boat or new R-6) so if you know anybody let me know.














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everybody, my family is looking at getting a new jetski soon (we have a Kawi 1100 ZXI now) and i just wondered if anyone had any opinions or experience with brands other than Kawasakis, i rode a sea doo GSX once and it handled way better than our ZXI but i read that the Sea Doos all have major reliability problems, any suggestions or experiences you can share?
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If you want to do a lot of spins and stuff I'd suggest a Sea-Doo. I wouldn't get a Sea-Doo with the 951 (1000 series engine) any older than a 2002.

I have a Yami 2001 GP1200R and it hasn't been problem free. I've had to replace a broken powervalve (these sometimes take out a cylinder and piston, etc. $$$). I also removed the cat con as these are known to fail (sections break off and clog the exhaust).

It's great for going wide open in the rough stuff but not the best for spins/messing around. It has a race inspired hull.

If you get a GPR contact me I can give you tons of info and/or let you know what to look for if buying used.
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post #13 of 14 (permalink) Old 07-21-2003, 11:18 AM
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If you want to do a lot of spins and stuff I'd suggest a Sea-Doo. I wouldn't get a Sea-Doo with the 951 (1000 series engine) any older than a 2002.

I have a Yami 2001 GP1200R and it hasn't been problem free. I've had to replace a broken powervalve (these sometimes take out a cylinder and piston, etc. $$$). I also removed the cat con as these are known to fail (sections break off and clog the exhaust).

It's great for going wide open in the rough stuff but not the best for spins/messing around. It has a race inspired hull.

If you get a GPR contact me I can give you tons of info and/or let you know what to look for if buying used.
From what I know Yamaha paid for any piston damage due to failure of power valve even after warranty exp. (I know they did for mine) The design flaw was corected the very next year I believe .
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I have an '01 (second year) and had a PV fail. Many others have had failures with their '01's as well. They may have finally figured it out for the '02's. I installed the retaining clips so I don't have to worry about it.
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