02-07-2014, 05:18 PM #1
What do you all think of the new Spark PWC?
It has a shallow v hull for sliding. 1.94/hr gallon of gas consumption. Weighs around 400lbs. 60 or 90 hp versions. 3-seater is available. 5000.00. Has a braking n reverse system. Topsides bolts on for easy access to engine. Hmmmm. Sounds slow to me. Looks ok. Nah. I'll keep my Pro785 any day. I would like to ride it and see how it acts. looks like it has excellent range with its gas consumption. thats great for playing on the lake all day.. easy to tow to being 400lbs. If it had 150 hp in it..... that would make it much more desirable if your a speed demon. Guess they made it affordable and safe for the masses. Im sure the seadoo guys will has it mod'd soon! What do you think?
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02-07-2014, 05:22 PM #2
02-07-2014, 05:31 PM #3
I love the SPARK. Remember, it is what it is and it is what it was built for.......lots of fun for not too much money.
Mods? Look here....... http://www.greenhulk.net/forums/showthread.php?t=210028
And as with anything, if your budget isn't too tight and you like to build things, look here...
02-07-2014, 09:12 PM #4
I see Jerry already has his mod'd ! I bet he'll be at 60 soon. Thats a 900 in there too. At least I know I can beat them all right now. Lol
02-08-2014, 09:03 AM #5
Heres some more i found. These are pretty cool. Has a 4-stroke 899cc in it. The ski weighs 405 lbs. 7.9 Gallon fuel tank. That gives you 4 hours of ride time. It can also stand up completely straight if you lean back and stand on the back of it. Gets plenty of air off waves too. Looks like fun. I bet that 4-stroke has some immediate reliable torque too!
Do you think with this type of small craft coming back that our skis will be going up in price? i think demand will increase as wanna be riders with low cash reserves will be looking for a cheaper deal..? ie... 1000-3500.oo range? Lugs. Hold on to your parts! Lol
The only thing I dont like is that the 60hp version does 42. Ugh... thats like sleeping on one and dying to go faster.
02-08-2014, 09:07 AM #6
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Sea-Doo Spark Set to Ignite Personal Watercraft Market
Priced at just $4,999 and packed with innovation, BRP has aimed the Spark at the young adult customers who used to drive the PWC market.
BRP hopes to reset the PWC market with the introduction this week of the Sea-Doo Spark, an all-new model with a host of innovative materials and design ideas intended to keep the Spark affordable, fun and low-impact. The Spark will also be low priced, starting at just $4,999. That’s almost shocking. The best-selling entry-level Yamaha WaveRunner VX line ranges in price from $7,999 to $9,799.
BRP says the Spark will hit 50 mph with its optional 90-hp engine.
A key element of the Spark is the material used to form the hull and deck, a low-density composite BRP is calling Polytec said to include polypropylene and long-fiber glass reinforcement. It’s significantly lighter than the traditional fiberglass it replaces in those components, and BRP says it is also recyclable. Like the plastic used to form Triumph powerboats, the Polytec material does not have the hard, glossy finish of fiberglass. BRP instead left the surface almost matte, and has infused the plastic with vibrant colors such as Pineapple, Orange Crush, Licorice and Bubble Gum.
The hull and deck are bolted together, with a gasket sealing the bond, and the deck can be unbolted and removed to service the powertrain in a matter of minutes. To cut weight even further, BRP employs a rigid composite “Exoskel” that surrounds the helm area, with a pair of arms that reach forward to mate with the deck. The spark has a reported dry weight of just 405 pounds, an astounding 331 pounds less than the 736-pound WaveRunner VX Sport.
The Sea-Doo Spark (shown here in Orange Crush and Bubblegum colors) has a bow storage compartment between a pair of black Exoskel arms that stiffen the structure, an effort to shave weight and cost.
Less weight also requires less power, and BRP outfits the Spark with a new 899cc four-stroke, triple cylinder engine called the Rotax 900 ACE, offered in 60-horsepower and 90-horsepower “HO” trim. The engine is a compact, double-overhead cam design with drive-by-wire throttle control.
The Spark is offered in a single, 110-inch hull length, in a choice of two-up or three-up seating configurations. The three-up version is only offered with the more-powerful 900 HO ACE engine, while the two-seater is available with either engine. BRP estimates a top speed of about 42 mph with the 60-hp engine, and 50 mph with the HO engine. The fuel tank capacity seems small at just 7.9 gallons, but BRP says these new engines and the light weight of the Spark will produce outstanding fuel economy. The iBR (Intelligent Brake and Reverse) system that’s a feature on other Sea-Doo models is a factory-installed option, on a Spark equipped with the HO engine. With the base engine, the Spark has manual reverse control.
Twenty optional wrap graphics kits will be offered for the Sea-Doo Spark.
In addition to the bright colors, 20 different graphic wrap kits will be offered for the Spark to allow owners to personalize the craft. The Spark is clearly aimed at a younger, less-affluent buyer – the kind of customer that used to typify the PWC audience and drove its initial sales boom twenty years ago. It’s an alternative to the powerful, complex, heavy, and very expensive *watercraft that have been grabbing headlines in recent seasons (for example, the new $18,000 Kawasaki Jet Ski Ultra 310LX).
For more information, read*Sea-Doo Spark: Revolutionary New PWC*on boats.com UK,**or*visitSea-Doo.
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03-31-2014, 08:23 PM #7
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I have two 97 SLT 780's. Love the things. Best of both worlds in my opinion. Deep enough V in the hull to handle a decent wave with a flat enough bottom to slide well. I took a test ride on a Spark, did about a months research then put a deposit down on one. I rode a 3 up model with the HO motor. It topped out at 50.5 mph. It did not have the braking feature so I don't know much about them except it is supposed to be a PITA to change our the wear ring with it installed. That's why I ordered one with manual reverse. With the 90 hp motor, it does have one heck of a hole shot in the sport mode. The 780's will catch it but will be seeing the Sparks back side until it tops out on speed. I am not sure how true the part is about fuel economy but the Spark board on the Sea Doo side seems to back it up. I am anxious to get the darn thing. And to go along with what CrazyA said, the aftermarket manufacturers are working overtime to come up with goodies for the thing. As it is now you can spend more on ad ons for the Spark than you paid out for the ski.
03-31-2014, 10:27 PM #8
I can see it now tom, ur gunna be racing sparks with the pro for titles, It's gunna be awesome!
04-01-2014, 07:00 AM #9
I wish it was Polaris that did it
That being said, Its a great tool to get a bunch of new folks in the market, $11,000 or whatever is way to much for a ski IMHO. It looks like they take that 60hp to 100+ with the electronic gizmo's.
If someone is not a gear head but wants to have fun...its exciting. I just hope they take some course for safe boating, our sport has a bad reputation already.
04-01-2014, 07:56 AM #10
The ACE 900 has been used in snowmobiles for a while now and while I haven't ridden one everything I've read seems to indicate it's a very good and pretty reliable powerplant. I have a co-worker who tried one out that a buddy of his had and he really liked it. Not quite as quick and nimble as the 2-smokers but lots of low-end torque and good fuel economy.
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