SeadooWINS said:Yes, I agree! If you want to hang out with friends and have a couple drinks, then invest in a boat not a jetski. But, I can see where seadoocers coming from. If your hanging with your friends and just drifting, then its pretty handy. Going over a 3 foot swell, and say bye-bye to mr. Heineken =P
I have to totally disagree with"Pro-Rider"s opinion" About Kawasaki watercraft.Having been a JetSki enthusiast for over 10 years now and also being the owner of an iS 260 sea-doo, a 2010 Kawasaki 260LX and a 2009 Yamaha FZR I can confidently say for an impressive combination of performance and luxury the Kawasaki clearly is a winner. I have had many problems with numerous Supercharge Sea-doo models and am yet to experience a single problem with the Kawasaki Superchargers.
Although the sea-doo's have a great look, their quality of build (in particular the supercharge-run models) does NOT surpass the quality build of the Kawasaki's.
If you're not after performance at all, by all means stick with sea-doo, but if you're a buyer that does not want problems with their supercharged ski (problems can be expensive!) then go for the KAWASAKI 260LX hands down
I have to totally disagree with"Pro-Rider"s opinion" About Kawasaki watercraft.
I own nothing but high performance Seadoos. Every time I see a Kawasaki (which is few and far between on the Cheaspeake Bay) I just feel sorry for the poor sap that wasted their money on something that cheap looking and slooow. I have yet to have any Kawasakis come close to the performance of my stockers. When the unmighty Ultras try to run with us they are toast. It is really funny to watch their faces when a 2006 RXT with a Riva STAGE III kit comes blowing by @ 75 MPH.
As for reliabilty, all my skis are supercharged. Not one has had any mechanical issues due to the superchargers. You just have to be proactive when it comes to maintenance. I took a stock motor from 215 HP to 295 HP and runs all day long. Meanwhile you should see the pic's of Kawasaki motors with blown cranks. How do you put a Jap motor up against an Austrian motor any way, European VS Japanese????????????
Until I see a Kawasaki run past my fleet then I won't give it a second thought.
All I can say is hop on my wake and if you are still there 5 miles later then we can talk. Just take a look at how many people are veiwing the manufactuers forums. Kawasakis are so popular they are fighting for last place right next to Tigersharks. Hopefully they to will stop making PWCS, like HONDA another Jap line bites the dust.
I would stop Jet Skiing if Kawasaki is all they made.
SO BRING IT, DON'T SING IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Good Luck with that...........:laugh:
So for all you saki drinkers, enjoy your Kawa sakis.
5 years later (Now). By using their top-end craft to compare:Hi guys
Sorry to bring this 5 year old thread up,
How's the Yamaha and Kawasaki these days compare?
Possibly an all out attempt to make sure there horse power numbers are bigger than everyone elses, 260 hp from a 3 cylinder 1500 cc as a post to 180 - 220 hp out of a 4 cylinder 1800cc motor, its just common sense that the smaller motor built to produce more HP should be less reliable and have a shorter service life, its working harder and reving higher, more horsepower will also place more stress on all the other moveing parts.All I know is that my sea doo GTI 4-stroke died with a broken timing chain at 47 hrs. PWC mechanics have told me that Yamahas and Kawasakis usually come to the shop for routine maintenance, while sea doo usually come in for repairs.
As always, I myself will never own another sea doo.
former sea doo owner, will never own one again
What is the smoothest riding Sea Doo on the market I would also like a three seaterI would like to say that my Seadoos have given me good service all the years that I have owned them, only problem that was a breakdown was my 2009 RXT 255 iS spun a driveshaft which was promptly fixed under warranty at no cost to me. Even a heavily modified 2006 RXT has not had any breakdowns with 119 hours to date. Any brand ski can have failures look at the thread where Yamaha had a catastrophic failure. Just read the different threads. You will see all the whiners there. Kawasaki Ultra's are famous for blown cranks as well.