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    GP760 vs. GP1200

    Okay fellas. Time to talk GP's. I've been on the market for a GP1200 for quite a while now. You may have seen my threads. I've looked at many potential skis, and all have been pretty trashed.

    I'm the kind of guy that all his toys look brand new. I wash my car twice a week. Yea, I'm one of those. I'm anal and treat all my stuff so it's like the day I bought it. So that makes me very picky when buying used.

    Worse, it makes finding a GP1200 worthy of my money impossible. As you'd think, people buy GP12's to RIDE them and it shows. They are well-used, beat, and not exactly properly maintained.

    But I want to RIDE, damnit.

    So here's my angle. GP760's are all over in mint shape. I'm tired of sifting thru them looking for 1200's.

    So how are these? Are they so slow that I will regret it? Is the 1200 worth the $2000 price difference? From what I've read 760's are the most reliable, the cheapest to run and maintain, are 50 pounds lighter, and get the best mileage of all the GP's. But, that's at a cost of 45hp and 8mph off the top end.

    So what exactly are the differences when you're on the water? How's the holeshot? Much worse? Can you not jump mild waves with a 760? Can you tow tubers with it? Is it really that slow that I'll regret the purchase? Can fun be had on 760's?

    What I look for in a ski in order:

    #1. Reliable. I want be out on the water everytime with no fuss.
    #2. Fun. Good handling, small, light and quick for mild tricks and general mischief.
    #3. Towing. I'd like to tow a single person on a decent tube or wakeboard.
    #4. Speed. 52 is probably fine but will it take ages to get there?

    As for me, I'm a wrencher but new to skis. I can wrench no problems and have all the tools for it. Is a 760 good for a newb or a waste of time? And for the record, I got on an R6 once and I shat my pants. It was the first time on a bike, tho haha.

    Prices around here look like so: $4000 for the GP1200 and $2000 for the GP760. These are prices for the condition I want, which is mint to excellent.

    What do you guys think? Should I start looking at these?

    Thanks, fellas.


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    I have a friend who has a 760, custom painted with an all yellow top deck. He has a 1200 motor sitting in a crate. He never got around to building it. He had intentions of sending the motor to Group K. He may sell it, but he is also in Texas. You will not be happy with a stock GP760 in my opinion. They are reliable and quick out of the hole but a 94 701 waveraider will come by a GP760 on top end. Wait on the "right" GP1200 IMO.

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    get a 1200 or you will wish you did.
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    if you can get a kick deal on the 760 pick it up and ride it until you find a gp1200 then use it as a second ski for wife or kids-eventually you will want the 1200 guaranteed- mark

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    IMO you won't ever be as happy with the 760. They seem underpowered for the weight. I wouldn't bother on trying to swap motors either due to the exhaust, wiring, CDI, etc.. Hold out for a good 12 or buy one cheap and rebuild.

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    buy it... it will pull the tube .. it will jump... its cheaper to run(fuel/oil)....can get you in and out of trouble if needed as its quick,light and easy to manuver ... low hour ski's can be found pretty cheap... and set up right, will pull on your armsockets just fine ,till about 40 then leave you wanting the 1200's top end..and teach you about skis .. get the 98/up the hull is updated from the 97...
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    I got a GP760 so cheap that I bought it. I am also looking to put a 1200 in it. I enjoy wrenching also!

    Good ski, just needs more cc's.

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    If you are patient and lucky a 1200 will come along that has a wrecked hull
    Dave do you use bolts or epoxy I have been toying with making a set for the 99.
    Scott.........

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    Thanks for the replies, fellas. I do have a feeling that the bug will hit hard and I'll scoop up a 760 as a beater ski to go along with my 1200.

    Good news, tho! I am currently eyeballing a '99 GP1200 in seemingly EXCELLENT shape. The seller sent me 27 high-res pics. It's 3 hours away but I plan to check it out this weekend. He offered a test ride and welcomed any mechanical inspection. About 125 hours, bone stock.

    I've gotten him down to $3,700. No trailer as it sits on a double next to an XL. This is fine as I wanted a new and specific type of trailer anyway. Seems pretty decent for the condition it seems to be in and he's not that motivated to sell. He just doesn't use it as much as he'd like.

    Considering it has good compression and it's as minty as portrayed, you think it's a good deal? NADA shows $4,300 for it, no trailer.

    Again thanks for the feedback, guys. Hopefully this search will end soon!

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    If it were me id snatch it up if it checks out.

    I recomend a rebuild of the carbs unless it has been done recently and you have proof.

    Scott.........

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