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Boating Magazine Buyer's Guide Review of the 2019 Yamaha EXR

Boating Magazine Editor Randy Vance walks us through key features of the Yamaha EXR, the first high-performance WaveRunner in the Rec Light Category. 

[Excerpted from Boating Magazine, November 9th, 2019]

"Yamaha's EXR serves up an aggressive ride and loads of standard features."

"The launch of Yamaha’s EX series marked the brand’s long-awaited entry into the competitively priced “Rec Lite” class of personal watercraft. The EXR takes all that was special about those fun recreationally minded earlier models and adds a dose of horsepower. The result is a spirited craft that still keeps costs in check while providing Yamaha’s trademark reliability."

"The power that tacks that R onto the model name comes from of a new engine-control unit added to the current three-cylinder 1,049 cc EX engine. The new ECU bumps the EX’s previous 100 horsepower to the EXR’s current 110. "

"The all-important horsepower-to-weight ratio is further improved by a change in the EX’s normal hull- and deck-construction material. NanoXcel 2 is Yamaha’s lightest version of its fiberglass-based Sheet Molding Compound (SMC), and it’s the same material used to fabricate Yamaha’s flagship craft. "

"This craft’s coolest feature, however, just may be RiDE, Yamaha’s innovative dual-throttle system. RiDE adds a second throttle lever to the left side of the handlebar, which supplies reverse power by redirecting thrust via the reverse bucket at the pump. "

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