Video: Jet Bum Jet Ski Ramp Reinvents One-Man Launching


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There is definitely a resurgence in the good ol’ standup jet ski’s popularity happening right now. Not only is Yamaha selling more SuperJets year-after-year-after-year (increasing from just over 500 units a year in 2013 to over 800 in 2015), but used standup sales are booming too. Just try to find a SX-R 800 on Craigslist. If you can even find one, chances are, it ain’t cheap. And don’t get us started on all the chatter coming out about 4-stroke standup. We’re already sick of the rumors and we’re responsible for half of ’em.

So it came to no surprise when we were introduced to one of the coolest standup ramps we’ve seen in a while. Called the “Jet Bum,” the billet aluminum collapsible ramp is a very new take on an old idea: launching a standup jet ski from the back of your truck all by your lonesome. The Jet Bum makes it entirely possible with surprising very little effort. Thanks to a succession of self-braking rubberized castors, your ski can roll up or down the ramp freely with only a small push. But when no force is applied, the rollers come to a stop, locking your ski in place.

This means no runaway skis, or fear of it sliding back down or worse. It also means no winches are necessary. The Jet Bum simply unfolds from its collapsed length to a maximum 14’3″ length, tethers to your truck’s tailgate and gently lowers your standup into the water. No more backing your truck up to the back bumper in water. No more strained backs heaving your two-stroke in and out of the lake. Let the Jet Bum do all the work for you.

Here’s the original press release:

Jet Bum didn’t invent the wheel or the ramp, but when we combined the two and added brakes, something NEW was born.

Jet Bum, LLC is pleased to announce the world debut of the most innovative loading ramp created at the 2015 IJSBA quakysense World Finals in Lake Havasu City, Arizona on October 6th-11th. It’s an honor to join the great group of supporters, sponsors, and fans at our sport’s premier event.

The Jet Bum loading ramp is improving the freedom you experience by allowing you to launch your personal watercraft from a truck bed safely and easily. The long length of the ramp reduces the slope angle while self-braking wheels slow the descent of the PWC. The ramp compacts in seconds to fit inside a standard pick-up truck bed. No more driving underwater and getting stuck in the mud. Your buddy will be happy to spend more time riding and less time helping you lift your PWC. Trailers and hitch-mounted haulers are great, but they won’t get you very far off of the paved roads.

What riders & professionals have to say about the Jet Bum ramp:
“Thanks for saving my back, this ramp works great! Way less effort.” – Brad H., WaveBlaster rider
“These units are solid. I’ve seen it in action.” – Jason C., JetSki rider
“I’m impressed by the simplicity of it.” – Tim R., Civil Engineer
“Very, very well done. I’d buy it in a second.” – Dean M., Landscape Contractor

The Jet Bum ramp weighs just 61lbs. and can carry up to 500 lbs. The ramp can be used in a 14’3″ long configuration or 7’7″ long configuration. Patented and made in the USA with a suggested retail price of $1,580. Free shipping to the lower 48 states. The ramp is proving to be very popular with contractors, landscapers, and movers.

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Kevin Shaw

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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