We know what you might be thinking, but according to Yamaha Motor Corp. the new WaveRunner HowToRiDE app (downloadable through iTunes) is less of a video game and more of a instructional tutorial that gives you a “virtual experience of the RiDE system.” While Yamaha still stands its ground in refusing to call their dual throttle system a “brake & reverse” lever, it’s also trying to educate new and returning WaveRunner owners on how to familiarize themselves with RiDE（Reverse with Intuitive Deceleration Electronics).
We first were introduced to this app while at the Yamaha booth at our local Nashville Boat Show, as other attendees of boat shows across the globe have. The app enables the rider to find out how to operate the RiDE system by reversing and braking using the left lever (although we’re not entirely sure how using a iPad gives the same feel).
As per the app’s page on iTunes, “In an actual riding situation, take early action to avoid collisions. The RiDE system is not a braking device for avoiding dangerous situations.” New to the app’s second version are “several cards about use method are indicated at the beginning of the Training mode” as well as a new course for the Training mode, and “The operating method of a throttle and a RiDE lever was changed. Now you won’t need to let a finger slip at the front to increase engine power, but instead you can place your finger on the appropriate button.”