Every year the personal watercraft manufacturers push the boundaries to find new and inventive ideas to add to their lineup of personal watercrafts available to us. This week Yamaha introduced their new 2015 lineup which includes an all new reworked VX Series, V Series and introduced us to some new technology, ‘Nanoxcel 2’ and ‘RiDE Throttle Control’.
Their biggest break / brake through would have to be the ‘RiDE Throttle Control’ which has dual throttle handlebar controls for forward and reverse. Like previous models you pull back the right throttle to go forward but when the lefthand lever is pulled the waverunner will slow down, working as a brake and once stopped with the lever still pulled the waverunner will enter into reverse and if you aren’t moving the waverunners will now sitting in neutral. This makes them alot safer to ride with the combination of brakes and now being able to always have both hands on the handle bars at all times which also helps to make it alot more maneuverable at lower speeds.
RiDE utilizes a patented bucket design that forces water out the sides of the bucket, whereby acting as a virtual rudder that keeps the watercraft tracking in the direction the driver intended.
The all-new VX Series is based on a completely new platform and includes the new RiDE system, even at its low price. If you are a Yamaha fan you may notice that the new VX takes some style and design from their top of the line FX series, including the hard edge lines that they have been using for the last few years.
Under the water line is one of the best handling hulls Yamaha has ever designed. Featuring modified hull strakes, softer bow chines, and a new keel shape; this new lightweight NanoXcel hull delivers excellent stability for three-up riding and towing, and precise responsiveness and predictability for thrilling one-up riding. The new NanoXcel hull design works exceptionally well with the higher displacement 1.8L Yamaha marine engine that powers the high-performance VXR and VXS. Together, this combo makes the VXR and VXS more potent on the closed course than ever while maintaining its standing as the most affordable high-performance models on the market today.
For years now Yamaha have been telling us how great their NanoXcel hulls are. NanoXcel is both a material and a process.
So What is It? NanoXcel is a process that utilizes thermosetting resign, polyester resign, and nano-clay particle additives in the manufacturing of the hull. The process relies on the materials very small molecules and aligning them more tightly than can be done with conventional materials. The result of which is a hull, and in other models the decks as well, that is much denser and stronger.
For 2015, Yamaha introduces NanoXcel 2, a nanotechnology-engineered material that is even lighter than the previous version while maintaining the structural integrity the material has come to be recognized for.
To create NanoXcel 2, Yamaha engineers innovated at the microscopic level using a combination of “nano” clay and glass micro-bubbles to develop a new stronger resin that uses less material. NanoXcel 2 reduces the weight of the 2015 Yamaha FZ® and FX® SVHO™ models by 16kgs and 20kgs respectively, making NanoXcel 2 hulls, decks and
liners the lightest in the industry.
More info can be found on www.yamahawaverunners.com