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Jetski Review: Yamaha Waverunner VXR HO

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The recent re-design of the Yamaha VXR WaveRunner was undertaken with the aim of providing a tighter handling craft which is predictable at speed while remaining very responsive. Our test
took place on the Vaal River to see if the VXR meets the high standard set by the previous Yamaha WaveRunner range.

Although the new Yamaha VXR WaveRunner is larger in overall size than its predecessor, approximately 120 mm longer and 50 mm wider, there has been no weight gain – which is pretty impressive.

Yamaha produces this new hull and deck out of their highly acclaimed NanoXcel material, keeping the craft light and strong while remaining powerful. The VXR tips the scales at 347 kg when dry.


The stepped seat adds to the impressive overall looks of the VXR. The forward section of the seat is thin and shaped to allow riders to grip on with their knees when throwing the craft around. The raised rear of the seat stops the rider sliding aft under hard acceleration and it has a second benefit, allowing passengers to see comfortably over the driver.

The grab handles for the passenger fall easily to hand, and the passenger and driver are blessed with excellent seat support without sacrificing any comfort.

This is a watersport lover’s type of ski – and Yamaha know that at some stage you’re going to want to hang out and take a dip in the water. After a cooling swim, using the self-retracting swim step provides easy access to the large rear deck covered in Hydra-Turf matting, which provides a comfortable non-slip surface for the knees and elbows.

Yamaha Waverunner VXR HO
Yamaha Waverunner VXR HO

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