I was debating whether it would be too snarky to begin with saying, “See, I told you so.” About a month ago, The Watercraft Journal had the chance to spend a couple of days with the much improved 2014 Yamaha FZR SVHO, where we claimed that it was “a performance-bred Yamaha that the likes of which no dealership showroom has seen since the GP1200R.”

We later caught some heat online from the doubting Thomases arguing that the SVHO really couldn’t be that much of an improvement over the previous SHO. We, and Greenhulk.net’s Jerry Gaddis, assured that it was, but simply couldn’t convince everyone. Well, we hope that today’s news will help fix that:

As of Friday afternoon, Greenhulk.net was able to break the 80-mile-per-hour line with their SVHO with no more than an ECU reflash and removing the spacer plates found between the ride plate and hull. If you think the 80.5mph top speed is impressive, consider that it was at a very mild 8380RPM.

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