Summer’s almost here and that means one thing: Jet Ski time. Go for a ride on Kawasaki’s latest three-person watercraft in the 2014 Kawasaki Ultra 310LX and R Jet Ski First Ride report.
- Kawasaki Jet Skis are a great way to get your two-wheel motorcycle fix on the water during the hot days of summer.
- Kawasaki’s Ultra 310 has a deep, wide hull that provides stability on rough water.
- The Ultra 310 LX gets a main seat with extra support for added comfort on the water.
- The design of the Ultra’s eight-vane intake and jet pump keep the pump filled with water, maximizing propulsion when the ski jumps out of the water.
- With the addition of JetSound the Kawasaki Ultra 310 is that much more enjoyable to operate on warm days.
- It’s always more fun when you hit the water prepared, with the right gear. Good thing Slippery Wetsuits takes the worry from what to wear with its watercraft-specific apparel. Even in mild 70-degree water we prefer wearing its full-length Fuse suit with optional long sleeve jacket. The Fuse features a 2mm thick neoprene construction that’s light and doesn't impede body movements. Yet it provides warmth and protection from the occasional bumps and bruises encountered on choppy water. Another plus is the silicone material on the knees that help maintain grip against slick fiberglass when climbing out of the water and back onto the deck. Pair it with the U.S. Coast Guard-approved Hydro Nylon Vest and Circuit Glove. We’ve found Slippery gear to fit a little big so if you’re in-between sizes we recommend selecting the smaller one.
- The ‘R’ model is designed for Jet Ski enthusiast seeking a sportier Ultra platform.
- The ‘R’ model deletes the adjustable plastic handlebar for a racer-oriented dirt bike-style handlebar.
- 2014 Kawasaki Ultra 310LX Jet Ski – $17,999.
- The Ultra 310LX’s JetSound system can be fed music through an USB-style memory stick (up to 4gb) or an auxiliary headphone-style input that is compatible with most smartphones and music playing devices.
- The JetSound stereo is controlled via this circular control panel. The buttons are tiny and hard to manipulate while riding with gloves. The LX is also compatible with many hand-held GPS’ including this unit from Garmin.
- The instrument display offers lots of information and is easy to see while riding. We wish you could navigate its functions through a handlebar-mounted switch.
- The Ultra 310 offers reverse that’s activated by this lever which helps the rider maneuver when docking.
- The JetSound system is comprised of twin 30-watt marine speakers. They delivery crisp sound through the volume range.
- The 310 continues to employ a giant storage compartment at the front of the ski. Only problem is it isn’t waterproof so you still need a dry bag for items you can’t get wet.
- The Ultra 310 gets its muscle from a giant 1498cc Inline Four with an Eaton supercharger. Also note the updated shape of the passenger handle.