With each year, bigger, better and faster watercraft enter the market, but what many people don’t think about is how the sport began. We think we should take a moment to reflect on the past and remember how this sport evolved. The year was 1975 and Kawasaki believed that if they could make a television advertisement, they would attract more potential buyers. The setting was at Lake Havasu, Arizona. Little did they know that the World Finals, years later, would be held there.
These were the days when no performance parts were offered, no one was compression testing their engines before riding or dealing with complicated ECUs. These were bare bone skis that were light and reliable which offered anyone, that was willing to try, a good time. With speeds just over 30mph coming from a small 440cc engine, this new toy was a hot item – a must have for any novice or water enthusiast.
They were so small you could fit them in the back of a family station wagon or pickup truck and take them to the lake, river or any other body of water. These machines were not extremely expensive, which was good for Kawasaki, as many people were able to buy them after they rode their friends jet ski. The remarkable thing about these 440’s is that you can still find one for sale on the used market. Kawasaki’s were built to last.
Whether you are a sit down rider or still a devoted standup rider, remember the roots of the sport because that is how it all began. Always be safe, responsible and most importantly, enjoy the good times on your Kawasaki 440.