Jet-ski, 50 years ago the jet ski was born according to Kawasaki

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Kawasaki watercraft
Kawasaki watercraft

Jet skis are now universally known as jet skis, the international term for them. Where does it come from? From Kawasaki, which coined this widely used term today to define these vehicles. The Akashi brand has accumulated a lot of experience in the field, and this year it reached a remarkable milestone: 50 years since the birth of Kawasaki jet skis.

50 years of Kawasaki watercraft

From 1973 to the present, some 60 models have appeared on the market, breaking into the hearts of enthusiasts around the world. In the beginning it was racing that drove it all, with the creation of race watercraft followed by more “recreational” production with the arrival of the JS range, designed to be ridden standing up and by a single rider. The breakthrough year was 1986, when the X-2 (JF650-A), Kawasaki ‘s first two-seater craft, arrived. The handlebar position and riding position, more comfortable and less pushy brought a new audience into this world. To establish itself with the general public, in 1994, the company introduced the ST model (JT750-A), its first three-seat Jet Ski. In 2007 came a line of models powered entirely by four-stroke engines for all multi-place boats, and in 2011, on the highest performance models, power peaked at 300 horsepower. This year, a new Jet Ski in the Ultra series, the 160 LX model, was introduced for the anniversary.


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