You may not know it, but one of the most exciting new watercraft to hit showroom floors for 2019 is the radically retuned Yamaha EXR. Wanting to seriously make the “R” designation mean something, the newly minted EXR takes the already super-fun EX, shaves off an impressive 60-pounds, spools up the 3-cylinder, 4-stroke TR-1 EX engine to 110-horsepower, bolts in a top-loader intake grate and extends the prop back to give the lightweight go-kart some serious hook-up.
We’ve got an upcoming episode of “Long Haul” coming specifically on this machine, as well as a full-length feature review on The Watercraft Journal coming in a few weeks. But before that time, there’s something else to get you all revved up: RIVA Racing already has a full line of performance parts ready to go. That’s right! Wasting no time, RIVA went to work developing a EX Stage 1 Kit (remember, we already test rode that) that fits the EXR perfectly – including a Solas Yamaha Concord 144mm 12/17 impeller, a RIVA Free Flow Exhaust Kit, a RIVA Power Filter Kit, and a MaptunerX TR-1 bundle.
Now, considering that the EXR already comes tuned from Yamaha (over the 100-horsepower EX), we’re expecting an EXR tune to show up soon. But hey! That’s not all they’ve got! RIVA also whipped up a set of EX/EXR Pro Series Sponsons, a EX Ride Plate, an aggressive Top Loader Intake Grate, Mirror Block Offs, and a super-trick billet aluminum EX Steering System. There’s a lot of stuff there capable of seriously making the EXR a race-ready performer, as well as a buoy course contender and we’re excited to see starting lines filled with these new machines in 2019. Check it all out HERE.