06-28-2012, 12:02 PM #1
Tall rider (6'8) - Which ski to buy? Please advise
I'm a big guy at 6'8 and 280 lbs, and I'm looking to buy a new ski. The cost isn't a concern, but I have narrowed it down to SeaDoo because I really like the idea of the iBR system... and I love my SD jetboat.
I live in Pittsburgh so I can only use it about 5-6 months a year, and I want to mainly ride on rivers without a passenger.... but I don't want to rule out the possibility of bringing my girlfriend out for a ride occasionally (i.e. 3-4 times a summer for a few hours each max). And its a bit hard to do test rides around here, so I'm looking to you guys for advice.
I owned a GP1200R and a GP1300R, and there was no way that I could get another rider on with me. Plus it felt extremely shaky at low speeds like it was going to topple while idling unless I really focused. Is the RXP-X this unstable? Or is it just unstable in comparison to the RXT-X?
If there are any tall/heavy riders with a '12 PX here... How is the comfort in regards to your leg position? Is it like cramming a tall guy into a compact car, or is it decent? And can you ride 2up with it, even if its not as comfy as the TX?
I assume it would be best to buy a 2012 model before they start selling skis from the brand new manufacturing plant? Or is this not really a concern?
Any advice or shared experience would be appreciated!
06-28-2012, 12:06 PM #2
- Join Date
- Dec 2011
The RXT's are about as big as you are going to get. My brother is 6'8 and he fits comfortably in my RXT 260 IS.
06-28-2012, 02:19 PM #3
PM Tiny. he has one and is around your size i believe
06-28-2012, 04:08 PM #4
- Join Date
- Apr 2012
- Vancouver, Washington
On the question of buying one before the new plant is operational I would respond with a YES. I work for a manufacturer who moved some operations south of the border and that first year was absolutely a misery for our quality matrix. This coming from a guy who worked in the quality department at the time.
06-28-2012, 05:41 PM #5
i looked/sat on the 2012 rxtx and its a big comfy ski with a adjustable FOX shock...im 6'1" 200lbs
06-29-2012, 06:57 AM #6
Thanks for the responses!
Have any big fellas tried the RXPX? I love the styling but i have doubts about comfort on it, or whether or not 2up would be feasible
06-29-2012, 08:52 AM #7
- Join Date
- May 2012
- Northern MN
For taking a passenger, the RXPX will probably be a little tight, they are a little tight with normal sized people. The RXTX is the way to go, they are also very stable and comfortable machines
06-29-2012, 10:57 AM #8
I have a 2012 GTR 215 and I love the comfort of it. I'm not as tall as you, but I am 6'5" and 290 lbs. My GF who is 6'0" also rides with me once in a while. I stopped at the local dealer yesterday to grab a new axle for my RZR and checked out a new RXP for the first time in person, it's a badass looking machine but looked like it would be super uncomfortable for long rides IMO. Maybe it was just my imagination though.
06-29-2012, 12:23 PM #9
06-29-2012, 05:25 PM #10
Do you think the "fitted seat" (for lack of a better way to describe the lumbar support area) on the RXT-X would be a negative for tall riders?
I used to sit back on the seat a little farther than usual on my GPR's, so my knees were more comfortable.
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