We spend a lot of time on a couple of lakes around our Nashville, Tennessee office. More often than not, we reserve our testing days for during the middle of the week just to avoid other boat traffic and fishermen. Yet, on the rare weekend where we find ourselves enjoying some riding time, we try to pay close attention to what brands and models of other craft we encounter (actually, we do this almost always, but its worth noting).
And what we find more often than not is the majority of personal watercraft enthusiasts directly reflect the reported sales averages coming in from dealers across the globe: males averaging to years old, riding a naturally-aspirated three-seater runabout. Sure, while the supercharged horsepower fire-breathing machines are sexy as can be, its the craft touting the most fuel consumption, stability and comfort for the best bargain that sees the most seat time.
This fact is more or less Yamahas modus operandi, and is evident in its efforts to continually improve their ever-popular VX Series of watercraft. While the current VX models ride on a new, dramatically redesigned hull (first introduced for the model year), the vehicle segment boasts the industrys longest-running best selling model in the industry. For , Yamaha has only improved on an already impressive machine, and looks to strike at the aforementioned core demographic with laser focus.
In getting our hands on the Yamaha VX Cruiser WaveRunner long before anyone else, we wanted to rack up some serious time on the budget-billed family cruiser. While the exterior of the VX remains the same – save for some gorgeous Silver Metallic with Slate Blue Metallic coloring (all international VX Cruisers are available in white) – the heart of the new Cruiser is entirely new.
Sharing the same all-new TR-1 1,cc (1-liter) 3-cylinder 4-stroke powerplant, the TR-1 replaces the outgoing MR-1 4-cylinder. Not only is the new dual-overhead cammed 3-cylinder provide percent more horsepower (an official horsepower) than the old engine, it also shaves off percent of the outgoing engines heft, and an impressive percent of its overall size. So not only is the TR-1 more powerful but lighter, dramatically improving the VX Cruisers power-to-weight ratio. This gives the runabout a more nimble feel and noticeably sharper throttle response.
Of course, the TR-1 benefits from the use of Yamahas NanoXcel durable-as-it-is-lightweight hull material, giving the VX Cruiser crisp acceleration and a strong latitudinal torque curve. Its pound dry weight allows the runabout to rise to plane quickly and continue to pull up to a GPS recorded mph. As the Cruiser shares the same hull as the National Championship-winning VXR and VXS, it also is apt at carving and twisting through the S-turns when so inclined.
Truly, the VX Cruiser is playful when directed as such, and can happily whip the tail out in terrific roost during horseplay. But, when under more docile control, the VX Cruiser spiritedly sluices through boat wakes, its thick, bolstered and tiered Cruiser seat absorbing small chop. Equally, the VX Cruiser is adequately powered to tow the kids on an inflatable or a single wakeboarder without bogging down.
Equipped with Yamahas dual-throttle braking system (RiDE), the VX Cruiser comes to a controlled stop without plowing the nose underwater, or the pump rising out of the water and disengaging. Yamaha has smartly arranged the VX Cruisers toggles within thumbs reach – be it toggling through its Cruise Assist settings or engaging the No Wake mode. Ergonomic pistol-style handgrips are contoured but not overbearing, and the fly-by-wire throttle triggers retain a realistic feeling of a cable when there isnt one.
The VX Cruisers steering system is fixed (no tilt adjustment) which is the same across the board for all VX Series machines, so the very upright position might irk either significantly shorter or taller riders, as might the assigned seating positions of the Cruiser seat. But then again, that it entirely up to personal preference.
The Cruiser does tout some serious storage throughout the runabout – a total gallons spread between bow storage, a moderately-sized glove box (with two cup holders), and a screw-top watertight bin beneath the rear bench. The front hood hinge is not spring loaded, but can be locked in place by extending it all the way up until you hear an audible click. Until we learned this we had a couple of run-ins with a falling hood.
The LCD digital dash is simple and easy to navigate even as speed, and graciously resistant to glaring. Of course, the VX Cruiser comes with Yamahas Security Mode remote transmitter that locks the WaveRunners ignition when activated. Other goodies include a two-tone black-and-gray Hydro-Turf mat kit covering the gunwales and wide rear boarding platform. A broad folding swim step makes reboarding a cinch.
Priced at $10,, we wish a few of bonus features of the equipped-to-the-gills VX Limited were shared (particularly the volt charging port in the glovebox) with the Cruiser, especially as the Limited is only $ extra. Nevertheless, the Yamaha VX Cruiser WaveRunners new TR-1 fuel-efficient plant meagerly sips from its gallon tank, and Yamahas record for quality control promises endless days of uninterrupted riding for the whole family.
New for , the VX Cruiser HO WaveRunner personal watercraft is sure to take the industry’s all-time sales leader to new heights.
Cruiser comfort with a punch
Powered by the same L normally-aspirated Yamaha marine engine that has carried the Yamaha VXR® to four consecutive national racing titles, the VX Cruiser HO is a champion when it comes to delivering excitement. That’s not say that this little beast doesn’t have a tame side. It features all the features and technology that have made Yamaha the top choice in luxury performance watercraft, including Yamaha’s signature Cruiser® seat, Cruise Assist and No Wake Mode functions. Cruise Assist allows the driver to set and hold a consistent speed, with the ability to push up and down arrows to slightly increase or decrease speed. This provides a smooth, comfortable ride for all passengers, while helping reduce hand fatigue for the driver during adventure trips or long days on the water. No Wake Mode helps the driver set a perfect speed when travelling through no-wake zones. Yamaha’s No Wake Mode features three speed settings for maximum control and manoeuvrability.
The VX Cruiser HO is the first WaveRunner personal watercraft to bring Yamaha’s signature L engine and all the popular luxury features to the mid-range buyer in
Advanced Throttle Control Features
On the handlebars, the VX Cruiser HO includes Yamaha’s RiDE® system, the industry’s first dual handlebar throttle controls that deliver the utmost control moving forward or in reverse.
RiDE is the most intuitive driving experience on the water. Squeeze the right handlebar lever to go forward. Squeeze the left lever for reverse. At speed, the left handlebar lever will also slow you down. Release both right and left levers and the watercraft is in neu-tral. No shifting. No gears. The only thing to think about is how much fun it is to RiDE.
Superior Hull Design
Under the water line is one of the best handling hull Yamaha has ever designed, featuring modified hull strakes, softer bow chines and a new keel shape. This lightweight NanoXcel® hull delivers excellent stability for three-up riding and towing, and precise responsiveness and predictability for thrilling one-up riding. There is not another hull in the value category that offers as much fun and excitement.
VX Cruiser HO Specifications:
Engine Type: 4-stroke, 4 cylinder, L normally aspirated Yamaha marine engine
Fuel Capacity: gallons, regular unleaded fuel
Person Capacity: 3 persons
Hull Material: NanoXcel High-Compression Molded Compound
For full details on the entire WaveRunner lineup, including the all-new Yamaha TR-1 marine engine, visit http://www.yamaha-motor.ca/products/?group=WV
VX Cruiser HO : Color & Specifications
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You can also learn all about the most popular vintage Yamaha WaveRunner models through the following links:
But if you want to find out even more about these models and the entire history of these iconic machines, keep reading.
We’ve listed the key facts and major milestones of Yamaha WaveRunners into this summary:
The History of Yamaha WaveRunners
To get the full history of Yamaha WaveRunners you have to start in the s when the chief boat and water vehicle designer at Yamaha, Neil Kobayashi (a.k.a. “WaveRunner Papa”), came up with the original concept of these machines. In , after many years in development, the first WaveRunner was ready to be launched. So, this was when Yamaha made its official entrance into the PWC market.
Yamaha introduced the WaveRunner , which ended up being the first commercially successful sit-down PWC. This model was the forerunner that actually created today’s booming PWC market. The agility of this craft was such that many levels of riders could feel a sense of assurance. This opened the market to practically everyone, which sent shockwaves through the relatively small watercraft industry. Because the WaveRunner was so successful, Sea-Dooand Kawasakiwere motivated to develop their own sit-down models.
As an encore, Yamaha introduced the world’s first sit-down solo riding PWC, the WaveJammer This too was an incredibly agile model due to a small hull and a fixed steering column. This concept of combining these two features would later be incorporated into the WaveBlaster models.
This is when the WaveRunner III was introduced, which was the world’s first PWC built to hold 3 passengers, thanks to a high-performance engine and larger hull. With a remarkably enjoyable running performance and extraordinary stability, it became the new rage and ultimately the predecessor of family models, which came later.
When Yamaha released the SuperJet it declared its presence in the stand-up category.This model had incredible balance, which quickly made the SuperJet a familiar name around the world. Stand-up models were now accessible to many more people.
Yamaha came out with the WaveRunner VXR as the deluxe model of its tandem series this year. It was still the same size as the first WaveRunners, but Yamaha adopted a new hull design for the VXR that allowed it to make sharper turns with less slipping.
This is when the WaveBlaster was first introduced. Sports-loving riders were enthralled with its motorcycle-like ride, which allowed them to enjoy the thrill of sharply banked turns. In races the WaveBlaster was the dominating force in the sport class category.
As an encore, Yamaha released the WaveRaider this year. The era of PWC speed racing had begun and runabout models with V-shaped hulls were now the standard. This was the same year that Yamaha introduced the FX1 stand-up model as well.
Not wanting to leave beginners behind, Yamaha released the WaveVenture , which was a full-sized model with 3 seats. Since beginners could easily ride this model, even in rough waters, it became quite popular at beach resorts with PWC rental shops.
In an effort to allow more people to experience the thrill of riding a PWC more aggressively, Yamaha next came out with the WaveBlaster II. It was built with a specially designed hull for more stability and paired with a powerful cc engine.
Continuing to innovate, Yamaha introduced the GPthe following year, which was a high-performance runabout model. It was built with a compact body specially designed for amazing agility, but it also had the most powerful engineso far in the industry. As expected, speed riding enthusiasts loved the GP!
With a desire to grow the sport, Yamaha released the XLas its top model in this year’s full-sized 3-seater category. This model was designed to be used for family rides, tow sports and touring, and succeeded in expanding the universe of PWC sports.
Never willing to rest on its laurels, Yamaha blew the industry away when it released the SUVthe following year. This was the first 4-passenger PWC ever developed, and it had better stability than all other PWCs. Despite its size it was incredibly easy to handle, making the SUV an industry legend.
This is when the upgraded GPR was released with a newly designed body and hull along with a HP engine. Beautifully designed with unparalleled running performance, the GPR assumed leadership of the muscle crafts.
This year Yamaha came out with an upgrade on the XL Ltd., introducing the XLT with a completely redesigned front.
Yamaha introduced the FXas the world’s first WaveRunner with a 4-stroke engine. This model revolutionized the industry with its smooth feeling engine, amazing fuel economy and clean exhaust.
As a follow-up Yamaha released the GPR, a muscle craft that provided great performance while being environmentally friendly, which was revolutionary at the time.
This was the year that 4-stroke PWCs joined the high-performance arena with Yamaha’s release of the FX HOalong with the FX Cruiser HO.
For Yamaha to reach its goal of getting more riders interested in 4-stroke engine models and how wonderfully they performed, it introduced the VX Sport and VX Deluxe. Both models offered high quality at an affordable price, which people found irresistible.
The FX Cruiser HO, the company’s flagship model, was now released with enhancements that make the cruiser concept even more unique, plus it has a bold newly colored hull.
Yamaha took its flagship model, the FX Cruiser SHO,and adds a compact liter supercharged engine, which is still the largest engine on any PWC, and combined it with the body of a NanoXcel SMC.
The VX Seriesis renewed for , and why not? It’s always been the bestselling PWC in the world since Yamaha first introduced it in
The VXR was initially introduced with a VX hull, made of “NanoXcel” an ultra-lightweight material. It was also equipped with a L High Output Engine. Of all runabout models that existed in the industry at the time, the VXR had the lightest body.
This year the FX Cruiser HO and FX Cruiser SHO both had an all-new body lineup. The NanoXcel hull is both extremely lightweight and longer, which meant improved handling while providing the most stability in the industry so far.
Yamaha was now ready to introduce its Super Vortex High Output (SVHO) marine engine, which is the most technologically advanced engine ever developed for PWCs.
Continuing to innovate, Yamaha introduced its ingenious “RiDE” Dual Throttle Control Systemalong with a more advanced lightweight NanoXcel 2 hull material.
This was the 30thAnniversary of WaveRunner, which deserved to be celebrated. So, the company introduced its brand new TR-1 engine on its VX model line.
Never wanting to be outdone, the company released the all-new Yamaha EX seriesto compete in the Rec-Lite category with the extremely popular Sea-Doo Spark.
After 30 years in production, the legendary Superjet was completely redesignedand finally released this year with a 4-stroke TR-1 engine.
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