2011 will see the end of the pole ski for Kawasaki. Kawasaki announced this will be the last year of the pole ski (stand up ski), 37 years after they produced there first jet ski. 2011 will bring a special edition 800 SX-R which will be finished in Jet White and Ebony with a bright red handle pole and graphics, the 2011 800 SX-R will also feature a commemorative “37 Years” logo on the handle pole. The 800 SX-R is mechanically the same as the 2010 model.
Tightening emissions regulations led to the demise of the stand-up Jet Ski, as its carbureted two-stroke engine produces 90 percent more exhaust emissions than a late-model four-stroke engine. In past seasons Kawasaki and Yamaha were allowed to average the emissions of these engines with those of their models powered by four-stroke engines, which account for 95 percent of PWC sales. A new emissions law put a hard cap on two-stroke emissions, which can not be met by the engines used in the 800 SX-R and the SuperJet. Old-style two-stroke outboards left the market in 2010, but the stand-up PWC got a two-year dispensation from the EPA that ends on Jan. 1, 2012. In most markets, dealers will be able to sell stand-up models after January 1 if they weredelivered before that date.
From the Kawasaki website
With a two-stroke engine that delivers quick acceleration and an advanced hull design that helps ensure stability and responsiveness, the Jet Ski® 800 SX-R™ is the ultimate personal watercraft thrill machine. The SX-R has been the best-selling stand up model for the last three years running, proving it’s the class leader. As it enters the 38th and final year of production– the 800 SX-R will bear special colors and graphics, to recognize the 37 years of liquid fun that preceded it. Kawasaki will enhance the 2011 model with a special badge that reads: “Commemorating 37 Years of Jet Ski.”
Kawasaki built a few prototypes of the stand-up watercraft, which was designed with the input of inventor Clayton Jacobson II, in 1972 and 1973, and considers 1974 to be its first year of real production. Kawasaki worked tirelessly to promote its new product through racing, waterfront stunt teams, and appearances on television and in movies. It’s not unfair to say that it was the promotional effort of Kawasaki that really got the sport off the ground.