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2009 Kawasaki Jet Ski Preview


by Pascal Bastien ,

Enhanced stability
The new Kawasaki Ultra 260X and Ultra 260LX boast a fiberglass-reinforced plastic hull that's directly derived from the company's factory racing machines. Measuring 22.5 degrees, the optimized V-angle at the bottom of the hull helps prevent spinouts during sharp turns (by allowing a motorcycle-like bank angle) while requiring less effort from the rider. In addition, redesigned fins on each side of the hull increase stability in corners and straight lines. Kawasaki's flagship cleaves through waves rather than bounce over them, enabling superior comfort, steadier speeds and confidence-inspiring handling.

True to its competition roots, the handlebars of the Ultra 260X are 5-way adjustable, allowing either stand-up or seated riding. There are also a number of handy features to report about, including a 78-liter fuel tank and a 228-liter total storage capacity (one of the best in the industry). Let's not forget the more comfortable, more supportive seat, improved ergonomics and the new Metallic Silver color.

2009 Kawasaki Jet Ski 800 SX-R

Safety for everyone!
An ECU-controlled Smart Steering system monitors engine speed and watercraft operating speed, maintaining a slight jet rotation during full throttle release to improve steering control at all times. The Jet Ski Ultra 260X and 260LX also offer Smart Learning Operation (SLO), which limits power and speed for beginners. Two separate keys -- one for SLO-mode, one for full-power operation -- prevent operating mistakes.

The new Jet Skis from Kawasaki provide comprehensive equipment, substantial comfort and industry-leading performance. That's not all: extreme riders will rejoice at the sight of the 2009 800 SX-R, which is designed for freestyle competition. It weighs only 159 kilos and is motivated by a high-performance, two-stroke engine producing 80 unholy horsepower!

Photo Credit : Matthieu Lambert, Kawasaki
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