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2009 Jet Ski Ultra 260LX


Commanding horsepower, luxurious accommodations
Watercraft riders seeking rock-steady stability, powerful acceleration and all-day comfort from a personal watercraft need look no further than the new JET SKI Ultra 260LX. Sharing the same supercharged 1,498cc DOHC in-line, four-cylinder engine and deep V-hull found in Kawasaki's Ultra 260X performance flagship, the 260LX adds first class paintwork and a luxury touring seat to the stellar performance of the 260X. The relationship between these two Jet Ski watercraft is analogous to the relationship between Kawasaki's mighty Ninja® ZX™-14 superbike and its supersport touring cousin, the Concours™ 14. The new Ultra 260LX features more performance than most pure-sport PWCs while offering long-distance comfort and utility like a Concours 14.

The Ultra 260LX's comfort and handling features are enough to please any rider, but its Roots-type supercharger equipped 1,498cc engine gives it the accelerative performance to satisfy hard-core racers. The thrust from the race-tuned propulsion unit also used on the Ultra 260X is comparable to a normally aspirated high-performance engine of twice the displacement.

Unlike centrifugal superchargers or turbochargers, the high-volume, direct-drive, Roots-type supercharger force-feeds the engine two-liters of air with every revolution for a stable supply of high-pressure air at all rpm from idle to redline. This produces a smooth, linear torque curve that is ideal for accelerating a PWC all the way from a standstill through its breath-taking top-end speed.

With the 260LX's supercharger compressing the air to a maximum boost pressure of 11.4psi, the intake charge can reach extremely-high temperatures potentially limiting the engine's power output. However, the Ultra 260LX uses a large-capacity intercooler to overcome this handicap, bringing the pressurized air in its intake back down to ambient temperature or even less ideal for producing maximum power.

Utilizing lessons learned from Kawasaki's race machines, the Ultra 260LX's huge 155mm jet pump was designed to deliver predictable thrust and good "traction," even in rough water. Its sophisticated three-blade impeller delivers high performance smoothly and quietly. The new impeller design features blades with less twist, to better convert the increased output from the supercharged 1,498cc engine into blistering acceleration and enough top speed to thrill the entire family.

A significant factor in the pump's extra "traction" are the eight guide vanes that smooth the flow of water from the impeller for efficient and powerful propulsion. The pump also incorporates a groove from the center to the rear of the ride plate which makes it easier to hold a stable heading for straight line riding.

In addition to impressive power and acceleration, the Ultra 260LX also boasts a fiberglass reinforced plastic (FRP) hull loaded with DNA from Kawasaki's IJSBA championship winning machines. Specifically designed to capitalize on the engine's awesome power, this hull combines confidence-inspiring high-speed stability and excellent rough-water ride manners with responsive turning performance. Carefully designed sponsons and chines enhance the straight-line stability and precise cornering of the deep 22.5 V-angle hull.

Able to lean into corners like a motorcycle, the responsive, neutral handling hull helps to reduce the lateral G-loads generated during turns and helps keep the rider in control. The seaworthy hull design is just as comfortable and confidence-inspiring in rough conditions as in calm. Even at high speeds, rough water can do little to deter the smooth ride on the 260LX.

The Ultra 260LX is as easy-to-use as it is fast, luxurious and fun. It boasts a clever five-way adjustable steering handle to suit a variety of riding styles and rider sizes, making it possible to ride in either a standing or sitting position. Kawasaki's innovative electronic Smart Learning Operation (SLO) mode can be selected to place a limit on maximum engine speed so novice riders can be offered reduced power levels and speed, while they master proper riding techniques. Its adjustable controls, SLO mode, and other family-friendly design features help make the Ultra 260LX more accessible to riders of varying size and ability.

The new luxury touring seat has a scalloped "saddle" shape for the rider, and a rise at the back for increased cruising comfort. The seat's shape provides extra support for the rider and back passenger, and increases contact with the PWC and a more confident feeling connection with the seat. In rough conditions, riders can sit on the step, allowing the thick, impact-absorbing padding to do the work otherwise left to thigh muscles. The extra lower back support helps to reduce rider fatigue and will be especially appreciable in long no-wake zones or mid-speed riding on smooth water.

Nothing needs to be left behind with 53 gallons of built-in storage space, plus a detachable storage compartment that can hold even more. And the fun can keep on going, thanks to the large 20.6 gallon fuel tank, which gives the Ultra 260LX a substantial cruising range.

A velvet hammer, the Kawasaki Ultra 260LX delivers unparalleled performance and touring luxury on the water that allows riders to pursue family fun and their sense of adventure at the same time.


LXury Details
The Ultra 260LX features a new scalloped luxury touring seat designed for enhanced long-distance comfort. Contoured for a good ergonomic fit, the LX seat offers ultra-comfortable accommodation for three
The seat's steps allow riders to sit in the "saddle" during strong acceleration or stand and shift rearward in rough conditions so the thick, impact-absorbing padding reduces the thigh muscle strain
First class design forgoes the high-flash graphics of pure sporting machines, in favor of a rich design rendered in its beautiful paintwork

260 Horsepower* Supercharged Engine
Supercharged and intercooled, 1,498cc, liquid-cooled in-line four-cylinder engine
Compression ratio raised from 7.8:1 to 8.4:1 via new cast pistons that also feature revised crowns with machine finishing and greater durability
New higher lift profile cams contribute to the increased engine output
Inconel exhaust valves are fitted for superior heat resistance and enhanced reliability
33.4mm intake and 28.3mm exhaust valves
Ignition timing advanced 4-degrees also contributing to the most powerful production engine fitted on a luxury PWC in the world
Water cooling line modified to optimize the cylinder wall temperature. A check valve added to the coolant passage between the cylinder jacket and the water muffler shuts the water flow off at over 2000 rpm, keeping the cooling water inside the cylinder jacket
Lower crankcase strengthened around the oil-return passage to handle with the increased engine output and further increase durability
Head cover revised for improved appearance
Precise power adjustments are easy with a throttle lever that is designed to prevent finger fatigue on longer rides

Roots Type Supercharger
Force-feeds the engine two liters of air with every revolution, providing a stable supply of high-pressure intake air at all rpm
Produces large amounts of boost even at low rpm, for instant and powerful acceleration
Provides a very flat and meaty torque curve with step-free power across the entire rev range without any of the lag associated with turbochargers
Produces more low RPM boost than competitive or aftermarket systems with a maximum of 11.4psi of boost pressure
Two different air bypass valves are used to prevent over boosting at low and medium rpm

Air-to-Water Intercooler
Inter-cooler pressure valve setting changed to improve the pressure control
Efficiently cools the high-pressure intake air
Cooler air results in higher combustion efficiency and high engine output
Liquid-cooling allows the intercooler to maintain consistent thermal performance

Fuel Injection
High-flow fuel injectors with four orifices are fitted to complement the increased power output and improve combustion efficiency
Single throttle body features a large 60mm bore diameter

4-into-2-into-1 powerboat-style exhaust system routes the exhaust pipe upwards
Allows the smoothest path for exhaust gases, maximizing exhaust efficiency

155mm Jet Propulsion
Efficiently converts the Ultra 260LX's massive horsepower into thrust using a large-diameter 155mm jet pump
Developed based on feedback from Kawasaki's race machines, this pump was specially designed to deliver stable output and good "bite," even when riding on rough water
Revised impeller design features blades with less twist, more efficiently translates the 260LX's increased engine output into increased acceleration performance
The large, sophisticated three-blade impeller also offers quiet operation
An eight-vane intake guide is used to smooth and regulate the flow of water from the impeller for efficient and powerful propulsion
Left side reverse lever for easy operation

Ride Plate
Features a groove from the center to the rear of the ride plate, to enhance straight-line stability

Stronger Hull
Increased hull rigidity at bow to balance hull performance with increased engine power
Feedback from Kawasaki's IJSBA championship winning racing machines integrated into design enables it to cope with the engine's horsepower
Hull offers a combination of high stability and responsive handling in both calm and rough-water conditions
The lower hull is specially designed to distribute the engine and power delivery loads over a wide area
The 260X's deep-V hull enables a high bank angle, motorcycle-like turning performance. This reduces the lateral G-loads imposed on riders during turns, allowing them to better concentrate on riding
The idealized 22.5 V-angle at the bottom of the hull helps prevent spinouts during sharp turns
Delivers the neutral handling and turning characteristics for which Kawasaki JET SKI watercraft are famous
Bottom of the hull slants upwards steeply from the center section to the bow, so the Ultra 260LX can penetrate swells and waves with less shock; delivering extreme stability at low speeds and pushing through waves rather than bouncing over them at high speeds
Battery located inside the front storage area near the center of the machine, avoiding concentrating heavy components at the rear and freeing up space inside the engine bay
Integrated sponsons extend from the hull, providing stable wallow-free straight-line performance and contributing significantly to the 260LX's excellent high speed maneuverability while helping to retain the narrow hull design

Quattro KSD
The Kawasaki Splash Deflector uses three bottom mounted ridges and an additional deflector mounted at the top to deflect water splashing forward from under the hull
Whether turning or blasting straight ahead, at high speeds or low, the Quattro KSD minimize spray, allowing greater rider concentration

Kawasaki Smart Steering®/SLO-Mode
Kawasaki Smart Steering® (KSS®) monitors steering input and engine speed and, when certain conditions are met, raises rpm to help initiate a turn
Smart Learning Operation (SLO) allows newer riders to become familiar with the handling and response of this JET SKI watercraft at a more relaxed pace
Two separate keys, one for SLO-mode and one for full-power operation help prevent confusion over which setting is in use

Comfort and Convenience
Five-way adjustable handlebars allow operation while standing or sitting and suit a wide range of riders
Relatively narrow seat is comfortable whether riding stand-up, seated or with passengers
The 2-piece seat, which offers roomy accommodation for three people
Ergonomic deck design gives plenty of legroom for rider-friendly seating accommodations
A long rear boarding step makes it easy to climb onboard, and the step retracts inside the bumper to prevent damage
A quick and easy under hood hose connection allows easy flushing of sea water out of the engine
Mirrors are mounted to the upper deck to facilitate opening of the hatch cover

Capacious Storage
Over 60 gallons in total storage capacity the largest in the industry
The large-capacity, fully sealed 53-gallon storage area with a detachable storage tray has plenty of room for recreational equipment
Mounted on the center console is a detachable drink holder with space for two drink bottles
Ideal for small items like tools, a compact storage area is integrated with the under-seat rear grip

Extra-large Fuel Capacity
20.6 gallon fuel tank has more fuel capacity than any machine in its class

* Horsepower measured in PS at the crankshaft under controlled conditions. Actual performance may vary.


Engine: Supercharged and intercooled, four-stroke, DOHC, four valves per cylinder, inline four-cylinder
Displacement: 1,498cc
Bore x stroke: 83.0 x 69.2mm
Compression ratio: 8.4:1
Induction system Roots-type supercharger with air-to-water intercooler
Maximum boost: 11.4 psi
Maximum horsepower 260hp @ 7,750 rpm***
Cooling system: Inducted water
Fuel system: Digital fuel injection
Ignition: TCBI with digital advance
Starting: Electric
Lubrication: Semi-dry sump system
Coupling: Direct drive from engine
Propulsion system: 155mm jet pump, axial-flow, single stage
Impeller: Three-blade, oval-edge stainless steel
Thrust: 1,585 lbs
Seating capacity: Three-person
Load capacity: 496 lbs
Fuel capacity: 20.6 gal
Oil Capacity: 5.3 qt.
Storage capacity: 53 gal
Curb weight: ** 1062.8 lbs
Overall length: 132.7 in
Overall width: 47 in
Overall height: 45.3 in
Colors: Jet White / Metallic Phantom Silver
MSRP: $12,299

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