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    PWCToday Regular jscase's Avatar
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    Kawasaki 650SX vs newer stand-up skis

    So... I have a 650SX (the one in my bio picture). It's my baby and I love it - my wife doesn't understand the bond!! I'm still trying to master riding it, getting better each time I ride it. My question is this... Are the newer Yamaha and Kawasaki stand-up skis any easier to ride? Balancing on my 650 is like walking a tightrope until I get moving. Just wondering if anything has improved with the newer models. - Jim
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    Re: Kawasaki 650SX vs newer stand-up skis

    In theory with development the easy answer is yes, your ski is 20 years old, engines have improved, technology also. but who cares if you love your 650sx.

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    Re: Kawasaki 650SX vs newer stand-up skis

    Amen! The thing beats the crap out of me each time I ride it but I guess it's tough love!!
    '87 Kawasaki 650SX
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    Re: Kawasaki 650SX vs newer stand-up skis

    Well there are only models to discuss really the Superjet and the SXR, the SXR is like riding a three man compared to a 650 SX , is a much bigger heavier ski, the Superjet would be more comparable, I personally never liked the way the Superjet handled, it turns very flat and it will not rail like a 650SX will, that is just my opinion, I will say I have have never built a Superjet and set it up to fit my riding style though.

    I do have a square nose here I plan to build this winter and check out, if I like it I may keep it , if not it goes up for sale along with all the other sales boats.
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    Re: Kawasaki 650SX vs newer stand-up skis

    In my book less stable = more fun. I'd prefer the JS550 over nearly anything but it's simply a nightmare in choppy water.
    Riding mostly Lake Austin

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    Re: Kawasaki 650SX vs newer stand-up skis

    I've only been doing standups a couple years. And have only been on 550s & a 650. But all of them have been like $1000 or $1200 skis. Comparing them to a $8000 or $10000 ski just isn't fair. Yea, I'm sure they are more reliable, maybe even more stable in bad conditions. But my 23 yr old 550SX has been a lot of fun. I do plan on upgrading, but it'll be to a ski that is maybe a few steps up, like a late 90s 750 or a Superjet.
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    Re: Kawasaki 650SX vs newer stand-up skis

    It's all preference in the sense of what you like to ride, how you ride, where you ride. I loved my squarenose and regret selling it, didn't care much for my roundnose, absolutely love my sxr that I ride a lot. We ride a lot of big water with good surf and rollers, smaller lakes however, vintage fun is where its at!!!


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    Re: Kawasaki 650SX vs newer stand-up skis

    Quote Originally Posted by Rushford_Ripper View Post
    where its at!!!

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    Re: Kawasaki 650SX vs newer stand-up skis

    Try to step in every tray you can con your way in , let them ride yours while you ride theirs , then you can compare , I like ridin them all , the two skis at the idaho house are 04 SXR stock boat , and 94 SN superjet limited , both are fun , girlfriend likes SN better , I like em both , 650 kawis need a lot of work to be fun , especially on the handling end

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    Re: Kawasaki 650SX vs newer stand-up skis

    the 650 SX in an acquired taste , i dont mind a stock one ,but i love my built ski,enjoy what you ride , the SJ IMO is too easy to ride , after a 5 min ride i get bored and want a challange, SXR ? what can i say except "what a boat in stock form" although a well set up surf ski can be fun , riding a SXR with an 1100 with a good set up is also a nice change to the ordinary,
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