Kawasaki Ultra 310LX: Learner-Friendly, Enthusiast-Approved


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As a long range jet skier there are definite things in a PWC that I look for. Reliability, stability, the overall ride, the power, the fuel economy, the storage, the comfort and then after all that, the looks of the ski. Most of the riding that my family and Jet Ski Club do are overnight 200–to-300 mile weekend warrior tours on a monthly basis.

Most of the time, my wife and or children join us on these rides so seating comfort, stability and storage space becomes of serious importance when you are carrying gear, food, snorkeling equipment, etc. for overnight stays by PWC only. Fuel range is another issue so having a ski that can keep up with pack but not run out of gas in 20 miles is huge factor. The Kawasaki Ultra 310LX series hits all the must-haves and here’s why:

From the long stable body and it’s massive deep V-hull to it’s array of options and ridiculous amount of storage to the modes of operation and amazingly stunning looks, this ski could make anyone a better rider. This JetSki was built out of the box to cover the largest demographic as well as any PWC rider, from recreational riding one weekend to racing the next, to short heart pounding drag racing and carving up a buoy race track, to long-range endurance races and riding to multi-day touring and offshore expeditions, to just playing around with family and friends, wake boarding, tubing, knee boarding, etc.

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The Kawasaki Ultra 310LX meets another check mark for me. This past Summer our daughter, Lexi, turned 14 and became legal age in our state to operate a boat (and PWC) on her own. Of course, the first requirement was her boating license, which she obtained along with picture ID. Now, Lexi is no newbie to PWC as both her and our younger son have been riding with us and the club for years now and of course, in private waters have been able to ride themselves (which of course has made it much easier for our daughter’s transition into now riding on her own with the club).

Our daughter has now ridden on her own the last two club tours and here is where the Kawasaki 310X comes in: The Ultra has a “SLO” key for for beginners, ECO mode for fuel efficiency and then rip-your-arms-off mode (for lack of a better term). Lexi was able to start in the Learning mode, which still allows the rider to go 48mph but with a slower low and middle range allowing smooth acceleration and time for the new rider to get the feel of the JetSki, its options and where everything is located.

Once comfortable, the rider can switch to the regular keys, but still have the option of ECO mode. ECO mode opens up the ski but still keeps everything smooth and caps the top speed just a little below 60mph, while keeping your fuel usage to a more efficient rate. Once Lexi was comfortable utilizing Learning Mode, she was able to easily make the change to ECO mode and now is riding what I believe to be Kawasaki’s most versatile JetSki like a pro. Not to mention, she absolutely loves the JetSound audio system, but that’s another story that she can tell.

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Kev Hemingway

A distributor for SBT Inc., founding member of Jetski Junkies (JJUSA) and its lifestyle retail outlet Jet Life, Kev fell in love with the sport at age 8 terrorizing the fresh water lake he grew up on with a Kawasaki 300 stand-up, and over the years has forged a Pro-Rec Rider resume that spans the East Coast from Canada to Florida, the Bahamas and the Caribbean.

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