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    Yamaha gp1300r will I regret it

    Hello everyone.. Been in the market looking for a new to me ski for a while and loosing my mind.. I really want an fzr but at the moment I don't see it realistic until I get a better job to afford a ski exceeding 10k.. Ive came across a few yamaha gp1300rs for decent prices 3k-4k..

    I love the idea of fuel injection.. Ive dealt with carbs and over with the whole ordeal or I would be all over an xlt 1200..

    Heres my Info to help you answer my questions.. Im going to be mostly riding with my gf I would say combined we weigh less than 300lbs.. mostly cruising to islands and will be intercoastal just to get out there and have fun but reliable (hence wanting a yami).

    I just recently seen a couple riding on a gp1300r over the past weekend they say they love it can be a little rough but they dont have a problem.. Ive also heard I will highly regret my decision as It will be very rocky, porpoise, and be a miserable ride for 2 people. Not sure what to do I just wanna go ride already.. were in our early 20s so no staying perfectly dry and driving a cadillac on water is not required (sorry older guys out there those fx cruisers look sweet but why not buy a boat)

    Also any year I should watch out for? THanks greek hulk family


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    My son and his wife ride all the time on a GPR1200 (1390), combined weight approx 340 and do not have a problem, even racing stock FZR's and see-poos. Yeah, its not a Cadillac ride like a new boat, but they still are a capable and fun ride. Part of it is how you have it set up, ride plate angle, trim tab shims, ect. Porposing is caused by improper setup and trim adjustment. I cannot tell you how many people I see riding and bouncing all over the place when a simple trim the nose down setting on the trim fixes the bounce.

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    I would recommend getting the 05 to 08 1300R. They are NON powervalve. My Friend has the 03 1300R powervalve model. Its been a brilliant ski but with YPVS , that is another thing to go wrong.

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    Quote Originally Posted by IronMan89 View Post
    I would recommend getting the 05 to 08 1300R. They are NON powervalve. My Friend has the 03 1300R powervalve model. Its been a brilliant ski but with YPVS , that is another thing to go wrong.
    he got the option on his hands of a non pv , now lets see if he let it go that easy. common come get it, i know you wanna,

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    I would stay away from GPR's for two-up riding. There will be no 20 to 30 mph cruising because of the "chine walk". Ski is too short and too light to ride comfortably in chop. Get yourself an eight year old FX HO for 6K and you'll both be happy until you can afford to move up to something newer.

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    toyterrific;2413054]I would stay away from GPR's for two-up riding. There will be no 20 to 30 mph cruising because of the "chine walk". Ski is too short and too light to ride comfortably in chop. Get yourself an eight year old FX HO for 6K and you'll both be happy until you can afford to move up to something newer.
    True, it will walk some at 20-30 but it will do that with one person riding. If you like cruising at 20 or 30 mph maybe you should consider a larger ski. If you like speed and cruising at a more realistic 40+ you'll love the sexy gpr.
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    That's exactly the thing I would love to buy a preowned Fzr but really would rather spend 3-4k tops cash and not worry about a payment. Hence seeing more gps in that price range with a trailer..

    I used to have an old tigershark montego 660 we would go out on together and have a blast I only had stand ups for myself and that ski was great until it was plagued needing parts that I had a hard time finding.. Considering the tigershark was a similar sized hull and half the power I'm sure double the power and a more stable hull would be plenty.. Just figured id ask around and see.. I was even told at the dealer the new yamaha Fzr would be miserable with 2 riders, considering the ski is huge I think he smokes crack I mean anything with 1 rider will be better but am I right that a jetski is meant to get wet? Wish my gf would man up and just ride a stand up haha

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    decisions , decisions, decisions.

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    GPR's have worked fine for lots of people for lots of years, If that's what you can afford then do it. There are alot of older boats on our lake, and although they might not be perfect in every aspect, the owners still have lots of fun with them. XLT 1200's are out there pretty reasonable on price and do ride better than the GPR, but are not as much fun either.

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    If you plan on buying another ski in a few years, I'd stay away from 2 stroke. Resale in a few more years will be worse. You can find a 08 FXSHO or 09 FZR for 6.5k to 7.5k range. My first FXSHO I bought for 6.6k almost 2 years ago. Was a little rough, but engine, pump, cables and electronics were good. Don't buy something you already have reservations about. Maybe look into other cheaper 4 strokes, but a GP1300r is a ski you buy because you like its positives as what it is, not to settle for and have regrets in its negatives.

    Still feel to get the 1300r, water test it with your girl on the back to see for yourself and ride it like you'd expect to in real world situations.

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