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    Question 2007 GP 1300R, 2008 FX140, 2010 VX Cruiser, or dealership

    I am torn...I have been looking at:
    - 2 stroke 2007 GP 1300R 12 hrs asking $6500
    - 2008 FX 140 18 hours asking $6200
    - 2010 VX Cruise 28 hours asking $6000

    I am not a mechanic and know little about engines besides what I have read while researching on this forum and google. I do think I've grasped the difference in the two stroke and four stroke engines and am a little leery of getting a two stroke since they aren't making them anymore. I am even thinking of getting one from a dealership if I can get financed for that kind of price range through my bank. Any advice on these skis and/or a new ski (2011, 2012) would be greatly appreciated. I don't want a grandma ski, but I also don't need to kill myself. I will be riding primarily in freshwater that doesn't get too choppy. May take it down to the bay occasionally.


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    Any of those are great skis, personally I'd go with the FX140... The GPR is going to be the fastest and most fun... but drink more gas.

    The VX and FX are basically the same motor (tweaked a little more for 140 hp vs 110). These are the PRIME rental ski choice as they run forever.

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    If you are going to try and finance something, go to a few local credit unions, we have one that you just have to be a TX resident and their APR is/was a TON better than elsewhere

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    Thanks cigarlust. I am a member of a federal credit union where I live because I work for the school district in my county. What do you think the speed will run on a stock fx140? And what kind of mods would speed it up and extend its life?

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    Also, any take on the life of a two stroke vs a four stroke? And how much faster will the two stroke really burn gasoline than the four stroke?

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    The GP is a fast 2 person ski (really meant for 1 guy). Both the VX and FX are 3 person skis, and more family types. They are also probably 12 mph slower (at around 53 mph tops). The VX will give you the best fuel economy by far. The FX will be second, and the GP will guzzle fuel by comparison. The FX will be the most stable ride, and the best ski for rough water. All the skis listed are priced at least $500 to $1000 too much if they include a trailer.

    Typical 2 stoke engines will last 300 hours if well maintained. There are exceptions that last longer, and many that never make it to that number. Typical 4 strokes will easily go 1000+ hours with just routine maintanence. Some guys on this fourm have clocked over 4000 hours on rental 4 stroke skis.

    For a 1st ski you cannot go wrong with the VX or FX. Both very reliable and easy to maintain 4 strokes. Unless your primary goal is to go fast, skip the GP. You will save at least $3000 or more going with a used ski, and with those low hours you just about can't go wrong. Another good choice is to keep your eyes opened for a used FX HO, which is abut 5 mph faster than the FX with all the same advantages. Forget mods for an FX. If you want to go fast you are looking at the wrong 4 strokes. Look at the VXR/VXS, or FZR/FZS.

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    Thanks Ernest T! I think I am too new for the GP. This has been my dream for some time. Last year I was very close to buying a used GP 1200R, but rough family times kept me from purchasing it. I think that it was meant for me to wait and get the right one. I'll go research the FX HO.

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    You will not be disappointed with the GPR as said before they are super fun. Just because they don't make 2 strokes anymore doesn't mean that yamaha doesn't make parts. They still sell complete engines I'm pretty sure and they still make every part to build your own. Also if it wasn't for the EPA they would most likely still be making 2 strokes. As far as fuel goes the GPR get around 65 miles a tank depending on how hard you ride it. A VX or Fx will get you 80 to 100 miles per tank.

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    That's true. Do you have to use the higher grade of gasoline?

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    Take the Yamaha FX140 or the VX. Both will be more reliable than the GPR and more refined.

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