The Yamaha VXR has been around for just over 12 months, since the announcement early last year I had been wanting to get a turn on one and put it though its paces.
The VRX has re-created a class in Yamaha’s Wave-runner line up. Light weight, large engine and not too many bells and whistles to worry about. This makes the VXR a great recreational watercraft as well as a perfect choice for touring. Described elsewhere as the successor to Yamaha’s GPR from the early 2000’s. The GPR was a 1200 and 1300 cc 2-stroke powered sports wave-runner which I think is the best way to describe it, I even thought it carried through some of the handling characteristics of the early GP ski.
The VXR is powered by the largest atmospheric engine currently on the market, 1812cc DOCH that develops 180 hp being a large 4-stroke non-supercharged or turbocharged engine means reliability should be super high as very little unnecessary pressure gets put onto any of the engine components.
I found that the hull leaped out of the water from stand-still, but settled down once on plain, but felt a little wobble at top speed, which by the way is 67mph which is the fastest factory speed for a normally aspirated ski, and even faster than some supercharged skis. Very impressive. We had an amazing day on the river and the water was dead clam, but after my time on the ski would think it would handle chop very well as most Yamaha’s do. To get it to turn in sharp I found if I pulled off the trottle for a mili-second when I was about to
throw it into a turn and then powered back on which would drop the front of the ski and plants the hull back in the water giving it maximum precision for a more aggressive turn.
The hull is made out of Yamaha’s NanoXcel, a patented lightweight material exclusive to Yamaha’s WaveRunner range, Yamaha quote that the NanoXcel hull construction is much stronger than conventional hull material and is also up to 25% lighter.
I love the idea of a no bells and whistles range, the ski that feels light and playful to ride comes in at a weight of only 330 kg’s and 3.2 meters long, one of the only extras you will find on the ski is the rear boarding ladder, which makes deep water re-boarding a piece of cake.
The VXR hasn’t seen many changes from the 2011 model, the only noticeable change is the colors and decals, i did like the carbon look seat cover and found that the seat shape and non adjustable handle bar position absolutely perfect for my 6 foot build, and I’m sure it will fit most riders the same.
The ski that I tested had been used by Jeremy Burfoot. Jeremy onboard the VRX smashed the distance travelled on a personal watercraft in 6 hours, taking out the old record in just 5 hrs 3 mins, AND the 1000 km record in 9 hrs 48 mins.
|Engine :||4 cylinder – 4 Stroke|
|Cylinder :||1 812 cc|
|Horse Power :||180hp|
|Cooling system :||open|
|Capacity :||3 person|
|Fuel capacity :||60l|
|Storage capacity :||57l|
Huge thanks to Kev and Cathie at SkiMD for the invite for the afternoon of riding out and Yamaha New Zealand for turning up and supplying the ski’s.
Download a brochure for Yamaha NZ here :
2012 Yamaha WaveRunner Brochure
Full video from my afternoon will be up soon…
Yamaha US Video : Pricing in above video is stated in US$