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    First spin on Ultra

    I went with TomGTV to pick up his new Ultra today. We dropped it in at the 520 ramp along with his second ski, a GSX. I don't understand what the complaining about the view from the mirrors was all about. Those mirrors give one of the best views to the rear of any ski I have been on. Same with the gauges...they are clearly visable standing or sitting. The only way the are blocked is if the adjustable steering is tilted all the way up while seated or the bars are turned max. The front cowling did some shaking in the choppy water on Lake Pointset. Nothing that a simple adjustment won't fix. The exhaust sounded authoritive in it's stock form but the engine noise was ...er well..."different". Sort of weird, maybe like a sewing machine that was jambing up from trying to sew through too heavy a material. The ski was dry riding unless turned sharply. The lean in turning will take time to get used to. The ski felt heavy to me at mid throttle speeds. No problem was noticed with delayed throttle cut off, let go of the finger throttle and the ski goes right down to idle. I didn't beat on the ski and neither did Tom or his son, so I can't comment on top speed. The throttle did seem responsive when "goosed". The speedometer definitely had delayed reaction. Seems to get stuck on a certain speed then free up. We jumped back and forth between the Ultra and GSX. I enjoyed the playfullness and light feeling of the GSX better myself, but in very rough water the Ultra would be the ride of choice.

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    Ultra in the House

    Had a blast getting the new Ultra today. Price was as agreed to
    last Oct and smooth sailing at dealership in Cocoa, FL (near Cape Canaveral).

    I loved the handling. It heeled over as you shifted weight and turned it.
    Not an uncomfortable feeling, but as if you were one with the machine,
    much like a motorcycle. Very secure feeling.

    I hit it just a couple of times up to 7500 rpm. You could feel the torgue,
    sort of like a 60's muscle car with a "stump puller rear end".

    I noticed the boost didn't come in unless you goosed it. The gas guage
    never budged off of Full in about an hour of mostly 4000/5000 rpm's.

    Look out FL keys.........here we come!
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    Smile I like the pictures...

    This is the first outdoor pictures that I've seen of the blue ski. My boyfriend ordered the blue ski for him and I ordered a red ski for myself. Thanks for posting them. Did you take other pictures of the blue? Would love to see them if you did.

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    The blue looks good. Lots of luck with the new ski.

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    Hey, Tom: can you post any opinions on the off power steering's behavior at low speeds like around the dock or when loading it onto the trailer?

    Did it do anything unnerving like rev the engine by itself while the steering was turned? This was an area that I was concerned with so please post any experience. Thanx, Vic

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    Short Video

    Here's a short video of the first startup of the Ultra. I'll shoot this
    thing correctly over next few weeks and post on Youtube.

    The blue is really growing on me. At first I thought get the red. But
    the blue really looks sharp in the sun. I'm going to do some customizing, like
    the seats and maybe a P40 Shark teeth front end!
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    nothing unusual to me

    It seemed to drop the revs as soon as I let go of the throttle.
    I hadn't used reverse on a Jetski since a Yamaha 1100 I had way
    back in 1996. Worked OK, kind of spun the ski to one side.

    It's got a lot of power, when you just twitch it, it will jump. Takes
    getting used to 250hp under your seat!

    I would like a thumb throttle compared to this trigger. My hand goes
    to sleep pretty quick pulling on the trigger. I wonder what's involved
    to switch it?? I also thought about one of those big chrome foot gas
    pedals.....wouldn't that be a riot! What a conversation starter!

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    Quote Originally Posted by tomgtv View Post
    Here's a short video of the first startup of the Ultra. I'll shoot this
    thing correctly over next few weeks and post on Youtube.

    The blue is really growing on me. At first I thought get the red. But
    the blue really looks sharp in the sun. I'm going to do some customizing, like
    the seats and maybe a P40 Shark teeth front end!
    You mean something like this?
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    You're Insane!

    That's the baddest #@[email protected]#$ ski paint job I think I've ever seen!
    What would something like that cost? Any idea??
    What ski is that??

    I love the eyes and the sharks mouth. There used to be a huge
    55' Bertram sportfisherman based here in Ft. Lauderdale with one of
    those Shark's mouth. I think the teeth were 7' high!

    Get those creative juices flowing everyone.......I'm in a paintin' mood!

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    It probably would cost around 1500.00 to 2000.00 for the paint and airbrushing. Quality isnt cheap.

    The ski is a 2001 gp1200r that is being converted to use a stage 2 rxp engine. you can see more of this build here.

    http://www.greenhulk.net/forums/showthread.php?t=16264

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