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    Used FX HO vs Ultra LX

    Ok guys, I know this is the Kawasaki forum, but in my mind the Ultra LX and the FX HO are similar skis from 2006 to 2008. Both are larger sized hulls and same hp rating. I think the HO is faster but tell me why the LX is a better ski than the HO.


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    That's the two skis I'm looking at now! Both are new I just sold my 05 Honda F12!

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    Why are you leaning toward the LX?

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    Simple, good ride. A little better price point. Mpg

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    Have you rode a LX?

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    No...not rode either so I am only going off of what I have heard.

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    If it was the 2012 models I think I'd go a Yami, that's if I could get over what they look like, I think the Yami is ugly. If it's the older model I'd go the LX over the HO for sure.

    I've ridden both and the HO feels nice and smooth and stable. The LX felt like it needed a little more power. The HO felt better. Oddly the LX felt more responsive when it comes to handling, the HO felt big and slower (great family ski though).

    I don't think you could go wrong with either one

    Good luck guys.

    Cheers, Mal.

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    Thanks guys. Its really difficult for me to be able to test ride any of these side by side. First, used ones are like finding bars of gold. Show up for sale one day, sold three days later. And, always 2 to 4 hours away. Big pain.

    Anyway, it would seem to me that the 2006 to 2008 HO and LX are very similar in many ways. But at 2009, the 1.8L on the HO is probably very hard to resist.

    I have sat on new models of both machines. The LX feels dated and the HO seems like a Honda Gold Wing. Both are comfortable and I like the cruiser seat on both. While the LX looks a bit dated, it is a nice looking machine just the same and has a classic look.

    I am looking for a good, reliable, family ski capable of of comfortable ride and easy to ride. Would like a machine that is stable, but yet still feels playful. Both probably meet all criteria. The cruise control and wake control features on the HO models (2009+) is also very nice for us. We are on a river and have long no wake areas.

    Two dealers that I have talked to that sell all three major lines, interestingly put the Yamaha HO ahead of the Seadoo 155 and the Kawi LX indicating that the Yamaho motor is bullet proof and they have the most problems with the Seadoos. I hear no complaints about the Kawi motor though either.

    In the after-market, for some reason, the Kawi seems to have the highest % resale at least around here. A brand new 2013 LX can be had for 10k (no trailer or tax), while the Yam runs about 12k. Yet, 2007/8 models seems to be priced about the same.

    If I could find a good used one of either that was local, I would take it.

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