RIVA’s New Performance Ride Plate for All 2022+ Ultra JetSkis

Since the redesign in 2022, Kawasaki Motors USA has expanded the Ultra JetSki family many times over, branching further into naturally-aspirated models – be it the family touring-friendly 160LX-S, luxurious 160LX or newly minted 160LX-S Angler – as well as supercharged entries – the rarin’-to-race 310X, tow sports-ready 310LX-S or top tier 310LX. This opens Kawasaki’s full-sized JetSki to far wider audience of would-be buyers, and thereby, aftermarket customers.

RIVA Racing has been hot to get a new batch of performance parts out to market for the revised Ultras and possibly one of the most anticipated has been its new Performance Ride Plate for 2022+ Kawasaki Ultra 310 & 2023+ Ultra 160 models ($429.95). Developed in conjunction with RIVA Team Rider Camden Powell’s efforts during the 2023 P1 AquaX Series, the RIVA Performance Ride Plate provides increased top speed (3+ mph) and improved handling in all conditions.

Wait, WHAAAT? Yes, in building off of its current design, RIVA radically increased the length and angle of the rising ramp, added a stability-increasing center skeg, and deepened the channels for maximum traction in turns and improved straight line tracking. The number of inverted chines were doubled from two to four, all of which keeps the tail planted while pulling the big Ultra to plane faster and with less bow drag – all winning features.

Unfortunately, these won’t be ready to ship until late April but as is with most things these days, supplies are gonna be tight so you’ll want to get your order in now so you can be one of the first to enjoy the increased acceleration, added top speed, reduced porpoising, and improved cornering and straight-line track at top speed. Oh yeah, and if you’re wondering if this plate is legal to use in racing applications, it’s already been approved by the IJSBA.

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Kevin Shaw

Editor-in-Chief – kevin.shaw@shawgroupmedia.com Kevin Shaw is a decade-long powersports and automotive journalist whose love for things that go too fast has led him to launching The Watercraft Journal. Almost always found with stained hands and dirt under his fingernails, Kevin has an eye for the technical while keeping a eye out for beautiful photography and a great story.

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