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    The Coast Guard speed Limit

    This is from a Feb 12th Powersport Business on Kawasaki and Coast Guard reg on speed.

    While customers might tell the company to make it faster, the reality of the Coast Guard's suggested top speed cap is always hovering over any final decision on top speed. It's a situation Kawasaki officials worry confuses no only the public, but also their dealers network.

    Long said Kawasaki considers the 65 mph cap not just a suggestion, but an indisputable fact. How doea the public reconcile that statement with reports of not only the Ultra, but other brands' performance leaders, pushing well beyond that limit? The answer is in the parameters under which the guideline was established.

    Coast Guard testing is done with far more real-world scenario than magzine testing Run used to establish a michine's top speeds are conducted with a 200-pound rider and full compliment of fuel and oil. On a boat like the Ultra, fuel alone could ass the equivalant of one passenger to the overall weight. Coast Guard baseline runs also are run in two directions, with and against the wind, in brackish water conditions.

    Still, Kawasaki is taking the issue seriously. "The reality of the environment is that U.S. Coast Guard regulations are the boundary," say Long, "and we push right up to that boundary."

    Official admit boats like the Ultra probaby approach the limits in other ways, too. At these price points (MSRP is $11,499 for the 250X) a customer might begin to consider the broader boating markeet. For at least the foreseeable future, however, Kawasaki appears to have delivered what the customer and a hungry dealer network can appreciate - a machine and a commitment.

    "Where they're been dormant for a while, the introduction of this machine pretty much hits the nail on the head as far as exactly waht our performance customer is looking for," said Riva's Dave Barndas. "It really opened up a whole new market for Kawasaki."

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    I understood that the maxium speed is an average between one POB and the max capacity of 3 persons on board. The 65mph is the result of this average. As long as the ski's top speed is under 70 mph with it's lightest load it is OK by the USCG. This is why SD wasn't attacked when they came out with the RXP. Having a speedometer that stops recording at under 70 (SD) or one that lags behind actual speed (Kawi) might help things out, too ! I wonder how the CG measures the top speed...Radar, GPS ? More than likely by the speedometer that comes with the ski.


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    Been around for years...seen it all Kawi-Guy's Avatar
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    This is old news guys...............

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