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    History of pwc horsepower and topspeed

    I have been riding PWC for 22 years straight. I got my first one when I was 11 years old, and my parents would let me ride it infront of their lake house where they could see me. I got to thinking back on some of the fastest personal watercraft over the years and their associated horsepower. I find it interesting todays 250+ horsepower ski's are not much faster than those with half the horsepower 12 years ago. We can thank the EPA for forcing us to buy 12ft long 4-strokes. Don't get me wrong, I love the reliable horsepower of my conversion, it's just the fact all this was forced on the manufacturers and the cost has doubled.

    1991 SEADOO XP 43MPH 60HP
    1993 YAMAHA PRO VXR 46MPH 63HP
    1994 YAMAHA RAIDER 55MPH 80HP
    1995 YAMAHA RAIDER 60MPH 110HP
    1996 SEADOO XP 60MPH 110HP
    1997 YAMAHA GP1200 60MPH 135HP
    1998 SEADOO XPL 63MPH 130HP
    1999 KAWI ULTRA 66MPH 145HP
    2004 SEADOO RXP 67MPH 215HP
    2007 KAWI ULTRA 67MPH 250HP
    2008 SEADOO RXP-X 68MPH 255HP
    2011 KAWI ULTRA 68MPH 300HP


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    Cool thread idea. I'm sure you know a lot of the new skis are limited stock one way or another. Remove that and they pick up speed. That Kawi for example or the newer 2012 260hp SeaDoos can go faster by removing the restrictions.

    I do wonder what that means for the future. Are we going to have 350hp skis that go 68 MPH stock and with a $100 mod go 80 MPH?

    Me personally low to mid 70's is fast enough for me. I used to spend a lot of time and money trying to get two strokes there. It's pretty easy to do on the behemoth4 strokes now. I do find it odd that my VXS at 10.8 feet is one of the smaller skis on the market these days. I remember when the XPL was too long compared to the XP and then the GPR was a whale compared to the GP1200. Now people tell me my nearly 11 foot long "ski" is too small to go in the chop

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    Quote Originally Posted by 97GPSLEEPER View Post
    I have been riding PWC for 22 years straight. I got my first one when I was 11 years old, and my parents would let me ride it infront of their lake house where they could see me. I got to thinking back on some of the fastest personal watercraft over the years and their associated horsepower. I find it interesting todays 250+ horsepower ski's are not much faster than those with half the horsepower 12 years ago. We can thank the EPA for forcing us to buy 12ft long 4-strokes. Don't get me wrong, I love the reliable horsepower of my conversion, it's just the fact all this was forced on the manufacturers and the cost has doubled.

    1991 SEADOO XP 43MPH 60HP
    1993 YAMAHA PRO VXR 46MPH 63HP
    1994 YAMAHA RAIDER 55MPH 80HP
    1995 YAMAHA RAIDER 60MPH 110HP
    1996 SEADOO XP 60MPH 110HP
    1997 YAMAHA GP1200 60MPH 135HP
    1998 SEADOO XPL 63MPH 130HP
    1999 KAWI ULTRA 66MPH 145HP
    2004 SEADOO RXP 67MPH 215HP
    2007 KAWI ULTRA 67MPH 250HP
    2008 SEADOO RXP-X 68MPH 255HP
    2011 KAWI ULTRA 68MPH 300HP
    Would be interesting to see the cost comparison with the speeds and HP also

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jarrett View Post
    Cool thread idea. I'm sure you know a lot of the new skis are limited stock one way or another. Remove that and they pick up speed. That Kawi for example or the newer 2012 260hp SeaDoos can go faster by removing the restrictions.

    I do wonder what that means for the future. Are we going to have 350hp skis that go 68 MPH stock and with a $100 mod go 80 MPH?

    Me personally low to mid 70's is fast enough for me. I used to spend a lot of time and money trying to get two strokes there. It's pretty easy to do on the behemoth4 strokes now. I do find it odd that my VXS at 10.8 feet is one of the smaller skis on the market these days. I remember when the XPL was too long compared to the XP and then the GPR was a whale compared to the GP1200. Now people tell me my nearly 11 foot long "ski" is too small to go in the chop
    When the limiters are removed some of the new ski's run in the low 70's. Your ski in only a few inches shorter than the FZR and older SHO models, and it is one of the smaller PWC out there now.

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    Yes my 9 foot Polaris with 135 HP is tiny compared to what's out there now. That's the fun of it for me though.

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    97 polaris pro785 63 mph at 135hp
    97 polaris sl1050 63 mph at 135 hp

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    Quote Originally Posted by TxPro1200 View Post
    97 polaris pro785 63 mph at 135hp
    97 polaris sl1050 63 mph at 135 hp
    Don't forget Polaris!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by 97gpsleeper View Post
    1991 seadoo xp 43mph 60hp
    1993 yamaha pro vxr 46mph 63hp
    1994 yamaha raider 55mph 80hp
    1995 yamaha raider 60mph 110hp
    1996 seadoo xp 60mph 110hp
    1997 yamaha gp1200 60mph 135hp
    1998 seadoo xpl 63mph 130hp
    1999 kawi ultra 66mph 145hp
    2004 seadoo rxp 67mph 215hp
    2007 kawi ultra 67mph 250hp
    2008 seadoo rxp-x 68mph 255hp
    2011 kawi ultra 68mph 300hp
    2009 YAMAHA FZR/S 68.5 mph 210hp
    Fixed that little list for ya.
    http://www.greenhulk.net/forums/showthread.php?t=87711

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    As much as I hate the EPA & love small 2-strokes, I think the main reason skis have gotten so big is sales, not regulation. More people were buying the larger more family oriented models, & that's what has driven the trend of skis getting bigger over the years. Yamaha brought out the FX140 10 years ago already. That ski was nearly the size of the newest models & came out long before the marine 2-stroke ban was on the horizon. Skis were also getting bigger well before the 4-strokes took over. Just look at the difference in size from the Blaster to the GPR, & those models were only 7 years apart.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mjh3ides View Post
    As much as I hate the EPA & love small 2-strokes, I think the main reason skis have gotten so big is sales, not regulation. More people were buying the larger more family oriented models, & that's what has driven the trend of skis getting bigger over the years. Yamaha brought out the FX140 10 years ago already. That ski was nearly the size of the newest models & came out long before the marine 2-stroke ban was on the horizon. Skis were also getting bigger well before the 4-strokes took over. Just look at the difference in size from the Blaster to the GPR, & those models were only 7 years apart.

    Hey we agree on something!!!!!!! I love my smaller 2 strokes, mainly why I am sticking with my Polaris skis. They are smaller, and loads of fun, as well as pretty cheap.

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