09-17-2010, 03:17 PM #1
Time to get back in the water... but not sure what to buy?
Hey guys I was here many years ago and had a GP1300R... I sold the ski a few years back with the intent to do a conversion ski but well lets just say I never started that project
Now that my daughter is a little older my wife and I want to get back in the water. I will be buying 2 skis (a used SXR800) and a sitdown of some sort.
My question is what ski do I buy? In the past I have always bought the fastest thing I could find but the main reason I got worn out of the 1300 was its lack of rough water performance. I do mainly lake riding on fairly busy lakes and I want something both my wife and I can ride that will not beat us to death like the 1300 and yet still halls ass when the lake is glass. Im not against a 3 seater as long as I do not give up to much performance. Is the FZS the way to go? the only 4 stroke I have ever ridden was a friend 2005ish ??? SHO and I will say that ski would NOT sute me do to lack of power and feeling more like a boat than a jetski, will the FZS feel the same way?
Im not stuck on Yamaha but I tend to lean that way (hense why I posted in the Yamaha section)
Thanks for any input and please lets not turn this into a brand bashing thread
09-18-2010, 08:38 AM #2
Oops.....did someone say V..X..R.....seriously wait till the boat show and all the internet info is reported on all the new skis...if your dealer has a demo thats the best way or someone might have a ski you like and you can try,you are an exp. rider..good luck
09-18-2010, 08:44 AM #3
I would love to ride the Kawasaki but from what I read I think it will feel to big to me
09-18-2010, 12:37 PM #4
09-18-2010, 01:08 PM #5
The more I read I like the Ultra 260X but there is very limited aftermarket parts and not sure if I could ever make it accelerate from a dig like I would like?? The FZR sounds bad ass as well but with my wife and friends riding I cannot have a ski that will buck someone... no fucking way!
09-25-2010, 09:33 AM #6
Damn dude, I just saw your name in my phone the other day and wondered where ya been. glad to have you back. I got myself a RXT-X and the family and I love it. It's big, fast, and plenty of storage. Eats up the rough water(not quite like my buddy's Ultra 250) but for me, it is great all around ski.
09-25-2010, 12:29 PM #7
09-25-2010, 10:06 PM #8
- Join Date
- Dec 2005
- Sumner, WA
I wouldn't discount the SHO either. It's a great three seater, has plenty of punch to 65 when the water is decent, and handles Lake Washington WAYYYYYY better than your 1300 did.
Ask me how I know.
I have the SHO and the FZR - I love them both, but for different reasons. Just did a 40 mile ride with the wife and 4 year old on Lake Tapps today on the SHO. Comfy, fun, easy to ride, stable, and not bad on 87 octane if you're just cruising around like we were. It has enough power to keep me occupied for a few minutes while the girls are on the dock, even when the water's rough on a Saturday or Sunday.
You're a modder at heart. I know it. So, you can start out bone stock and just add Jim's rideplate, intake grate, air intake, and remove the intake ribbon and you're pretty much 70, with all day comfort.
The FZR is more like the GPR as far as 'feel' - it's just as big as the SHO, but acts smaller - it turns harder, accelerates better, and is a little faster up top. But, it's a slightly wetter ride, and will also be a little 'rougher' on you on a Saturday at Coulon Park. It's a blast to ride solo, no doubt; I haven't even bothered to take the girls out on it though, due to the SHO being right next to it on the trailer........
Both have tons of upgrade potential, as you have obviously seen on the boards. Personally, for a 'family' runabout, I'd go to Hinshaws and snag the black 09 SHO leftover for $8999 they have sitting at the front door and head to the lake......
Good luck whatever you decide!
09-27-2010, 04:01 PM #9
Its great to be back here and looking forward to getting wet!
09-27-2010, 04:02 PM #10
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