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    please help me pick a ski!! which one?

    Hey guys Im new here and new to the sport. Im not a total newbie though, I have riden skis before.
    I have riden in the past 10 years a:

    2001 GP 1200r
    and more recently a 2007 seadoo (the 215 hp)
    some others throughout the years but i cant remember what they were.

    Okay so im interested in buying a:
    2001 GP 1200r 2 seater (100 hrs) for around $3000
    or
    2005 FX HO 3 seater with Riva Race package (140 hrs) for $4500

    Can someone please help me decide what i should buy and what are the differences between them?

    Ive been told the the GP is more like a corvette and the FX HO is more like a cadillac.
    With the Riva package on the FX HO they might be the same in speed.

    Can anyone fill in the blanks here about these two different rides?
    Thanks!!!


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    Welcome to the forum

    Quote Originally Posted by saltysteve View Post
    Hey guys Im new here and new to the sport. Im not a total newbie though, I have riden skis before.
    I have riden in the past 10 years a:

    2001 GP 1200r
    and more recently a 2007 seadoo (the 215 hp)
    some others throughout the years but i cant remember what they were.

    Okay so im interested in buying a:
    2001 GP 1200r 2 seater (100 hrs) for around $3000
    or
    2005 FX HO 3 seater with Riva Race package (140 hrs) for $4500

    Can someone please help me decide what i should buy and what are the differences between them?

    Ive been told the the GP is more like a corvette and the FX HO is more like a cadillac.
    With the Riva package on the FX HO they might be the same in speed.

    Can anyone fill in the blanks here about these two different rides?
    Thanks!!!
    more info about your riding area...

    what type of riding?
    flat water, twisties, or ocean/rough waters?
    do you ride alone or with a passenger?
    do you fill up on the water?
    ect

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    Welcome Salty. It really depends on what your looking to do, what kind of riding. The GPR has proven itself many times over. Its very important to know a little about buying a used ski. First off is a compression test, then water test it. Find out about services it might have had if possible. 100 hours on a 2001' is pretty low for that year. Has it sat, is there any visible hull repairs, has it been modded in any way. Water test, bring a GPS to see if it runs in the normal 61-62 mph range etc....Check for water leaks.

    A 3 seater is generally a family oriented ski. Pulling tubes etc...Dont get me wrong, a 3 seater can be made fast but they are heavy and not near as fun to ride as the GPR.

    You want a sports car or a Caddy?

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    more info about your riding area...

    what type of riding?

    im not sure what kind of riding there is. I have always just raced around but i do have a girl that might be on the back 35% of the time. also maybe was think of pulling a tube or wake board. im really not sure since i am new

    flat water, twisties, or ocean/rough waters?

    Ocean and fresh. we have wide mostly flat fresh water rivers and the sound (the ocean in between ct and long island)

    do you ride alone or with a passenger?

    both but mostly alone

    do you fill up on the water? i dont understand this question

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    Quote Originally Posted by saltysteve View Post

    do you fill up on the water? i dont understand this question

    do you refuel while out on the water, or load up and get it on way home/to ramp

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    well i dont know because i dont have one yet but a few hours before fill up would be fine. im not going to far from land or gas so i guess thats not a concern. (yet)

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    if you want to tinker and improve your ski, the gpr is fantastic, really a one person ski, can be made SUPER fast has some design problems that the guys on here have corrected (you could get that ski to 75 pretty easy).... the ho should be a little more stable, slower, should be more reliable.. corvette to cadi is accurate in my opinion....

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    okay, thanks. I am seeing that its really all or nothing with these 2 skis.

    now is this still the case with that riva race package on the fx ho? i cant seem to find anyone who has spent the money and put this whole kit on a 05 fx ho. this guy who is selling it tells me he was clocked at 72 by a radar gun.

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    for $4500 if you shop around you can get a lot of different skis

    RXP / RXT maybe ?

    it is very doubtful the FX HO is a 72 mph ski, everyone tends to inflate the speed numbers - riva says there kit will do 64

    http://www.rivamotorsports.com/pwc_p...160_rpmkit.asp

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    yes thats what i saw on their site- so is that the power of a 1200r? or speed?
    also i was told to stay with yamaha or kawi by several people but i really dont know. i have riden seadoos and i loved the ride but they were newer and working at the time.

    im asking alot about the 1200rs because i have some friends with them and id like to keep up

    also is riding an occational 2 tall person (410 lbs) going to be a no?

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