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WATERCRAFT RIDER 2017 SX-R 1500 REVIEW

Kawasaki SX-R 1500
The new hull is 100% fiberglass. length is 106" long x 30" wide. Weight is approximately 550 pounds wet.
SX-R 1500 Handlepole
The handlepole can trace it's roots all the way back to the '92 750SX. For 2017 it has been significantly beefed up with internal plates in key areas. The small plastic patches on the sides above the handlebars are there to cover bolts that connect to the new internal structural plates. The hood is completely new, and no longer contains air intake baffles. Fuel capacity is 6 gallons.
Kawasaki SXR 1500 Hull Bottom
The bottom of the hull is flat immediately in front of the intake. Kawasaki calls it a "V-shaped" bottom. Test riders say that it handles rough water unbelievably well. A stand up Ultra?
Kawasaki SX-R 1500 Profile
The sides are "scalloped" to form a built-in side sponson. This also tapers in the bottom width of the ski, allowing it to retain the carving capabilities that Kawasaki stand ups are known for.
Kawasaki SX-R 1500 Ride Plate
The ride plate is reminiscent of the old Jet Dynamics plate that was so popular back in the early '90s. Chines are significantly deeper than the previous SX-R. Interestingly, the spacing for bunks remains the same. New for 2017: drain plugs on both sides! No ride trim.
Kawasaki SX-R 1500 Engine
The engine compartment is actually more "roomy" than this picture would indicate. Plenty of room for hands to reach around components for maintenance. There are two waterboxes; one under each side of the tray walls. Note the cable to the throttlebody, no fly-by-wire in the new SX-R.
Kawasaki SX-R 1500 Side_Wall
The Scalloped sides, 15F sponson and ignition on/off receptacle are visible in this photo.
Kawasaki SXR 1500 Splash Guard
You can see a couple of the "whys" for the "Kawasaki Splash Deflector" (KSD) at work in this photo: lifting of the nose in hard turns (= better pivot) and water deflection.
Kawasaki SX-R 1500 Test Ride
Test riders tell us that it definitely rides "different" from any other stand up available, saying that it likes a lot of handlebar input in turns, but that once it is figured out it is extremely capable - very good at holding a rail, pivoting a turn, then gas it hard out of a turn.
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