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    New to stand ups - Advice please

    Hi. I have a couple 900STS's that are good for taking out with the kids and going on long cruises with some buddies, but I have quickly realized in <2 months of ski ownership that I'll be bored soon. Regardless of my wife's eye rolling, I think a stand up is just what I need. I'm 6'3", 210 lb, in good shape. (not excellent shape, so no backflips for me just yet!) I'm looking for something that is ready to ride and will move me around well, but doesn't necessarily have go like a rocket (though I'm not afraid of speed). I'm trying to stay around $1500 or less, and I can upgrade to mods or another ski later on if needed.

    1) What are some good options that would work well, and some things I should stay away from? (Please don't turn this into a Kawi vs Yamaha pissing match or anything like that) My understanding is 550 or smaller will be no good for me, 650 may work if running well or has some mods, and 700 or bigger should be fine. Willing to check out different brands, but nothing too different like a 3D or X2.

    2) What are some specific things I should look for when checking out an old ski, or warning signs to walk away?

    3) Anyone know of some groups or individuals that ride on Lake Anna? Haven't seen any out here yet, and would like to meet up sometime. Even better, I'd like to try riding one of these things before I buy one, but I'm pretty sure I'll be happy with one anyway and pick it up fairly quick. Already trying to do more than my STS is willing to do.


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    http://lancaster.craigslist.org/boa/4642144752.html says $1000, raised to $1500 once it got titled, and said he'd probably take $1300. Same owner for 10 years.

    http://asheville.fr.craigslist.org/boa/4624904412.html

    Any opinions on these listings? Are the prices fair? Both said no saltwater, at least while they owned it. Wish I knew the market more for these, and that there was more of a market in this area.

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    X-h2o.com is the Stand Up forum. Lots of info available there for you.

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    Now have my eye on a slightly modded 750sx, stock 750sxi (fingers crossed) and the upgraded 650sx above.

    If a poster says the ski runs good but only needs carb or choke cleaned, then what can I do to make sure that's it? I pick up mechanics well, but am definitely still learning. I'm gonna check compression, do a good look at prop/ring, inspect hoses/cables/interior, test with a good battery if needed, and check for good charging voltage. Can the carb be so gummed that I can't at least run it briefly with some starting fluid? As long as I can get a good response out of the motor, I can clean/rebuild and tune a carb. I would really like to water test it and be running it the day after I get it, but at a minimum I want to know I can get it running fine with the low cost and effort of a carb rebuild.

    What could the rough running symptoms of a dirty choke or carb be hiding?

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