Kawasaki SXR 1500 Review Yes, a new standup is available for 2017, but before we enter the review, it is worth reading a short history course. Kawasaki unveiled its first standup model in 1973; The first mass-produced version was followed by 1976. As the Craft gained fame, personal marine vehicles have gained traction in the market. At the peak of the Standup period, Kawasaki, Yamaha, Polaris, and a number of small companies produced all the Standup models.
And then came the “sofas “, Run, which did not dunk in the water as it needed less balance, much less skill and tried to learn the technique of riding. Run, it’s pretty much just hop and go-and hopped on the industry bandwagon and gone. The runabout sales soon garred standup models, the factories got involved in the race, and the craft racing riders who sold bigger numbers pushed and began to fade away standup. The emission laws put the last knife in the coffin, targeting the Craft’s two-time powerplants. While Kawasaki was only hanging on Yamaha in 2011, it left only a limited number of models for racers to sell.
This was the last standup Jet Ski but with a four-stroke engine waiting for a simple reboot Kawasaki SXR revealed a surprise. Yes, the appearance of the craft is similar in previous models, but look closer and jump out of the differences quickly. From the start, the new sxr is great. It’s really big. 8 ‘ 9 “Long, this 1 ‘ 3 ” Kawasaki is longer than the last model produced and 1 ‘ 5 “longer than the current two-stroke Yamaha Superjet. View the craft outside the depth of the body under the water and bond line is dramatic. Even more so the new broad, flared bow, almost looks like the previous design swallow and the handle pole hinge create a lot of advanced fiberglass. Like the old standup in the steroite.
This lever pole actually borrowed from the previous model, handled the new size and was beefed up into the sleek last pillow fitted with the engine and fuel warning lights. In Gidbars are the motocross-style, right-down cylindrical vinyl-wrapped foam pad that cushions the crossbar. The drive tray is still covered in hydro turf, a popular EVA traction mat. Kawasaki’s familiar magnetic key anti-theft system, borrowed from shuttle models, is mounted just under the hood cover seam.
But while the familiar voices above, there are plenty of subtle differences. This rider tray is now significantly larger and is actually on the forward slopes to accommodate the rider in a more aggressive position. “Deck Fins ” This tray is much more aerodynamic for both appearance and to promote and support the Brace riders to the legs of the tray against the sides. Are you clearly absent? This is the padding on the top of the Fins. While the sleek exterior inserts, it missed the Padding that cushions the elbow at the top of the fins during a deepwater startup. For stacking, a small nod is a rubber panel that covers the shallow recessed tray on the hood cover.
Standup is not new to the four-stroke engine that allow to meet current emission laws, but rather lend directly to Kawasaki entry-level runabout, STX-15f. A 1, 498cc four-cylinder 160 HP also Rated, which produces dual horsepower of the latest standup model, with 957 pounds thrust. The Kawasaki engine helps to penetrate the hull waves and provide a smoother ride, as the hull is as low as possible, as low as possible on the rear side. The position also balances the six gallon fuel tank, positioned towards the bow. The propeller off into a 148mm pump follows the STX-15f in the same way. The silencer is subtle, a necessary change to fit within the boundaries of the standup Hull.
As for the performance of this engine, we expect much more power than the standup market offered in the past. The acceleration sxr hole allows Kawasaki 310 to defeat the HP Ultra 310r Musclecraft; At the top end, it reached 60 MPH in our April test session at California’s Long Beach Marine Stadium. Kawasaki’s craft notes that a full 19 meters with a 50-metre drag race will defeat the previous standup. What I found most impressive about acceleration, however, was that previously standup models were coming up with none of the typical piping. The SXR is actually part of this loan, even in the weight of a passenger, while at idle speed the water floats quite a level. The previous models, especially Stern, had to dive. (Random observation: After a fall boarding time “Dip ” missed. The SXR level attitude means that a rider now has to pull themselves up and into the tray, instead of just sliding forward.
Like handling, the learning curve is definitely shortened. While SXR still requires balance, overall stability is much superior to the previous models from any manufacturer. With the corners of the body with an open shuttle effect, the shuttle style helps the grip of the stern and the aft anchor by holding tight as the sponfines aft. I noted quite far away that the craft could lean on the speed, without fear of sliding the trunk, and venture in rough waters with much less concern. My confidence has risen in the first five minutes. In a twist, I found the trunk might well be the corner when it’s on the ride. In fact, while SXR is clearly faster and more aggressive than previous models, it’s also quite novice friendly. Larger, heavier riders who were previously excluded from Tippy Standups can now safely ride and control.
Nevertheless, like the old standups, SXR can still pay a pilot sometimes careless or overly confident, at least during the first learning curve. I found myself indirectly inclined to the high side as much as I bend the power into a quick turn without bending enough and as a slot car under me for a short period of time. And with the speeds that SXR is now capable of, it falls, it requires a little more swim to get the craft than I remember.
Kawasaki SXR 1500 Review
The primary disadvantage of reborn standup Jet Ski? SXR certainly lost the acting of some early standup models, lightweight and sacrificed Freestyle agility for this precise machining and new found power. Needless to say my old PwC Freestyle career will soon not be resurregated at any time aboard the 551-pound sxr. But Kawasaki, I’m drawing a new place, not just putting a fresh face in the past.
And as I mentioned, it also opens the target market. You don’t have to be a size medium for a ride anymore; At the end of the XL types you can also enjoy a standup.
It’s doubtful that SXR will re-establish standup as king. That ship has already sailed and has a saddle. But with extensive appeal, SXR certainly has the potential to revive a stagnant segment of the personal nautical vehicles market. Just don’t expect me to throw it behind a truck like we used to do in the early days.