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2009 Jet Ski 800 SX-R

The original stand-up PWC delivers legendary Kawasaki power

For watercraft traditionalists and aquatic adventurers seeking a stand-up variety of H2O excitement, Kawasaki's JET SKI® 800 SX-R™ personal watercraft is the answer. A modern 781cc version of the legendary original JET SKI that first ignited the personal watercraft blaze in 1973, the sizzling 800 SX-R continues to boil the water.

The root of the hoopla is its compact and powerful 781cc two-stroke twin-cylinder engine. Fed by a pair of 40mm Mikuni carburetors, this powerplant churns out 699 pounds of thrust the most power ever offered in a production Kawasaki stand-up. A waterproof, maintenance-free Capacitor Discharge Ignition (CDI) system with digital advance, aggressive exhaust port timing and a large-diameter exhaust pipe help the twin to produce its blistering top-end power.

More than riders will be pleased by the 800 SX-R, which uses a water jacket around the exhaust pipe to help suppress noise. The water jacket boosts its reliability by reducing underhood temperatures as well. Also helping raise reliability while lowering maintenance efforts is a freshwater flush fitting that fits a standard garden hose to help operators rinse out the motor's cooling lines.

Exceptional stability and turning dexterity are trademarks of the 800 SX-R's innovative hull design. The same stableness that enhances its rough-water handling for racers makes it easier for beginners to master stand-up riding more quickly. Its spacious footwell area gives the rider room to maneuver, vary foot placement and shift body weight. Additionally, the handlepole placement offers optimum control and comfort. A soft padding over the tray area improves rider comfort even further.

The fiberglass reinforced plastic construction of the 800 SX-R hull and top deck helps to make the hull as light as possible yet tough and damage-resistant. Extra fiberglass is also applied in key areas to further improve hull durability. Its sponsons are just under the hull/top deck bond line to enhance turning.

The rugged fiberglass material combined with the integrated foam flotation built into the deck and handlepole make the 800 SX-R virtually unsinkable. The hull's compact size also simplifies transport and storage; it fits in the bed of a standard-sized pickup truck!

Features

- High-performance, large displacement two-stroke engine delivers 699 pounds of thrust
- Intake tract designed for maximum performance
- Twin carburetors provide excellent throttle response and optimum power at all rpm levels
- The waterproof, maintenance-free CDI system with digital advance provides reliability and durability, while a digital microcomputer precisely controls ignition timing
- ECU and ignition coils are also waterproofed to protect the system from electrical shorts
- Superior vibration isolation via rubber engine mounts mean reduced noise and maximum comfort
- Large capacity airbox provides low engine noise and high air intake flow
- Water-jacketed exhaust system reduces noise level and underhood temperatures for better power
- Fresh water flush fitting is adaptable to a garden hose so the operator can easily rinse out the motor's cooling lines

Composite Hull
- Advanced hull design offers exceptional stability
- Fiberglass reinforced plastic results in the lightest and strongest hull possible
- Lightweight, easy to store and transport, and fits in a pick-up bed
- Injection-molded sponsons enhance stability, yet deliver ultra-responsive turning
- Kawasaki "lean-in" turning makes the 800 SX-R watercraft easier and less fatiguing to ride while providing superb handling in rough water
- Automatic bilge-pumping system empties water from the bilge whenever the craft is being ridden
- Sealed battery never needs water
- Large capacity fuel tank allows more time on the water
- Shielded jet propulsion system gives greater protection from damage
- Finger-type throttle reduces hand fatigue and increases comfort
- Modern styling features Kawasaki factory racinginspired graphics-

Cockpit and Deck
- Fully cushioned rider area features thick material to provide maximum protection and comfort
- Wide footwell area gives riders more room to maneuver, vary foot placement and shift body weight
- Integrated foam flotation built into the deck and handlepole to make the 800 SX-R virtually unsinkable

Specification

Engine: Two-stroke, two-cylinder with crankcase reed valve induction
Displacement: 781cc
Broke x stroke: 82.0 x 74.0mm
Compression ratio: 7.2:1
Cooling system: Inducted water
Carburetion: Twin BN40 Mikuni
Lubrication: Premix
Ignition: Digital DC-CDI
Starting: Electric
Propulsion system: Jet pump, axial-flow, single stage
Thrust: 699 lbs.
Fuel tank capacity: 4.5 gal.
Overall length: 90.6 in.
Overall width: 28.7 in.
Overall height: 28.9 in.
Curb weight: ** 396.9 lbs.
MSRP: $6,699
Color: Jet White / Ebony

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