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    2nd Ski - 15f or Honda F12x

    I currently own a 2008 15F and I'm looking for a second ski. Totaly satisfied with the 15F but really like the way the Hondas look/sound. I would really like to hear some opinions of people who have ridden both. Here's what I've gotten so far:

    Top speed roughly same?
    Honda uses 91 fuel vs Kawi 87
    Kawi has more holeshot
    Kawi more manuverable
    Kawi more moddable
    Honda more reliable?
    Honda gets you more wet when you ride

    Also, here's the deals I've found:

    Kawi $6400 plus tax
    Honda $5999 plus tax

    Would really like people who have ridden both to chime in with opinions

    Thanks,


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    Sounds like you've answered your own question. and as far as reliability the kawi is much more reliable. The turbo'd honda has a lot more that can go wrong. I've seen a turbo impeller go through an engine and let me tell ya, it ain't pretty.

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    Honestly you didn't say which Honda you are looking at for that price. You will have to get the turbo model to have the same speed. Then as stated the reliability isn't the same anymore. The rest of what you said is the same. The only thing I can think of is having 2 types of skis gives you a chance on what you want to ride. I personally like the 15f enough to not want anything else. One thing you didn't mention is the 15f is more stable.

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    Thanks for the replies. I've never ridden the Honda but if everything I've read is true, I would much rather have another 15f.

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    i love my 15f!

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    I've owned both and prefer the 15f, however one of the guys I ride with has an 03 F12X and wouldn't trade it for anything. It handles like a two seater on smooth water,spinning 360's at full throttle,but when the smooth turns to chop it's not even close, the Honda won't keep up. I'm only about an hour away from you. If you would like, I could set it up for maybe next weekend we could meet at Cheney Lake and you can ride the Honda yourself and decide. Let me know.

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    Give me a call. (316) 708-9324

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    robk,

    I'm thinking about doing some mods. Would like to get with you and check out your ski. Let me know.

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    Sorry, I've been real busy. My 15 year old daughter plays on a fastpitch traveling team. We'll be in tournaments the next two weekends, in fact theres only one weekend in June and one in July that were not playing in tournaments. If you have any questions, you can call me (620)200-1294.

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    15f forsure the honda hull is horrible in the chop. The 15f is way faster then any of the hondas in any type of chop. The only place hondas keep up and i still have doubts that they can beat a 15f on topspeed is on flatwater it does like 62-63mph on gps stock. Then theres the reiability of the naturaly aspirated kawi i personaly have never seen a broken down 15f on the water.

    Basicly the only thing honda has going for it is reliability and its the same if not better on the kawi.

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