It's not every day you get to saddle up on a $15,000 watercraft with 255 horses, a top speed of 70+ mph and the world's first braking system for jet skis. It's also not every day you get to point said beast into a 30mph wind and floor it, doing zero to sixty faster than an Italian supercar while said wind has its way with your face.
By Mark Anders
Posted 07.01.2009 at 4:27 pm 2 Comments
SeaDoo’s GTX Limited promises to do everything fast—even slow down. As the first personal watercraft with brakes, it aims to make riding easier and reduce accidents by stopping in half the usual distance.
We knew four-stroke engines would make jet-skis cleaner. But more fun?
By Michael Verdon
Posted 03.12.2002 at 9:43 pm 0 Comments
I turn the key and nothing happens. No throaty rumble, no smoke, nothing. But when I hit the throttle, Yamaha's new FX 140 takes off. The new four-stroke engine is so quiet, I didn't even hear it.
Makers of personal watercraft (PWC) didn't relish the move from two-stroke enginesa tightening EPA noose forced thembut you can't argue with the results: This generation is quieter, quicker, and smoother-not to mention up to 80 percent cleaner.
Five amazing, clean technologies that will set us free, in this month's energy-focused issue. Also: how to build a better bomb detector, the robotic toys that are raising your children, a human catapult, the world's smallest arcade, and much more.