Kawasaki Jet Ski history 1973-2011
In the thirty years since Kawasaki revolutionized water sports with the introduction of the Jet Ski watercraft, the personal watercraft industry has become global in scope.
Words: Vasilis Moraitis
Source: Kawasaki Motors Corporation
Photo: Kawasaki (KMC), V.Moraitis
It all began in 1973, with the introduction of the WSAA and WSAB, the world’s first Jet Ski watercraft. They were an instant success, leading to explosive popularity of this exciting new way to enjoy the water. The personal water craft has since evolved into a sophisticated, high-performing machine featuring the latest in engine and hull technology. Jet Ski water craft are now widely used for sport, recreation and water safety. Kawasaki remains committed to developing quite, low emission engines and advance hull designs for personal watercraft, as exemplified by the new four-stroke Ultra LX. It is a commitment that the company intends to pursue far into the future.
1973 WSAA and WSAB
And the Kawasaki created the Jet SKI water craft… Launching a revolution, the world’s first Jet Ski watercraft took to the water. These limited production models were powered by 2-stroke twin cylinder engines pumping out plenty of thrust for waterborne fun. Featuring greater manoeuvrability than any boat and extremely shallow drafts, they set the standards for the personal water craft of the future. The unique Jet Ski watercraft feature of the fully enclosed impeller pump dramatically improved water safety over conventional outboard motors. Self-righting and self circling features ensured that the craft would idle in circles at slow speeds if the rider fell off. The WSAA and WSAB could be distinguished by their hulls: the WSAA featured a flat hull while the WSAB featured a concave hull.
1976 Kawasaki Jet Ski (JS400-A)
Kawasaki’s first mass production Jet Ski watercraft, the Kawasaki Jet Ski (JS400-A), rolled down the slipways and into the hearts of the world’s fun seekers. Featuring an SMC hull, it was a popular machine among racers and thrill seekers alike.
1977 Kawasaki Jet Ski 440 (JS440-A)
Market demands for more power lead to the development of the Jet Ski 440, an upgraded version of its popular 400cc predecessor. The Jet SKI 440 offered more performance and became one of Kawasaki’s longest selling models, enjoyed by the personal water craft enthusiasts.
1982 Kawasaki Jet Ski 550 (JS550-A)
This was the first Jet Ski watercraft to feature a newly designed, high capacity mixed-flow pump. Driven by a water-cooled, 531cc 2-stroke Twin, the Jet Ski 550 pumped out plenty of thrust to satisfy the most power-hungry thrill seekers. Advanced technology included automatic rpm control to prevent over-revving when the pump was out of the water.
1986 Kawasaki Jet Ski 300 (JS300-B)
This lightweight model proved especially popular with new riders seeking an easy-to-operate Jet Ski watercraft. Powered by a single-cylinder 294cc engine with Superlube automatic fuel and oil mixing, the Jet Ski 300 was an easy-to-operate as it was to maintain.
1986 Kawasaki Jet Ski X-2 (JS650-A)
Double the fun. A hybrid two-passenger model with stand up and sit-down capabilities, the X-2 finally allowed riders to share the fun with friends and family. Extra thrust came from a water-cooled, 635cc 2-stroke Twin pumping out 52hp at 6.000rpm via an axial flow pump. A water-jacketed exhaust system helped ensure low noise levels. The X-2 was the first Jet Ski watercraft to feature an adjustable handle bar and adjustable trim. Its great agility and motocross-like handling made extremely popular. In order to be able to race these machines, a new race category was created; this category is known today as the “sport class”.
1987 Kawasaki Jet Ski 300SX (JS300-A)
Sales of the wet and wild 300SX commenced. This stand up Jet Ski watercraft was powered by a high revving 294cc reed valve Single with CD ignition and water-jacketed exhaust.
1987 Kawasaki Jet Ski 650SX (JS650-A)
“The ultimate solo performance” was the catch phrase used when this high-powered stand up model hit the water. A high-capacity axial flow pump mated to the powerful 635cc 2-stroke Twin delivered tremendous thrust across the rev range. The 650SX featured a new V-hull design that increased stability during boarding and during high-speed maneuvering.
1989 Kawasaki Jet Mate (JB650-A)
The Kawasaki Jet Mate watercraft combined the engine and drive system from Kawasaki’s popular 650-class Jet Ski watercraft models with a 3-seat, boat-like hull. Other interesting technology included joy-stick control, a reverse system and a twin tunnel hull design for high stability. Two hooks at the rear of the craft made it ideal for towing.
1989 Kawasaki Jet Ski TS (JF650-B)
The two-seater Tandem Sport, Kawasaki’s first two true sit down Jet Ski watercraft, rolled down the slipways. It featured big power from a twin-cylinder 635cc engine and a step-through design. Automatic oil injection made for hassle-free fun.
1990 Kawasaki Jet Ski 550SX (JS550-B)
Sales of the high-performing 550SX started. A mixed-flow pump, automatic rev limiter and self-circling mode made it an instant winner on the competition scene. One of the pioneer racers of the sport, Scott “Hollywood” Watkins was featured riding this model on the Kawasaki’s brochures.
1991 Kawasaki Jet Ski 550SX (JS550-C)
The updated 550SX was released into a booming market for stand up watercraft. Piston reed valves, aluminium cylinders and an underwater exhaust outlet for reduce noise levels were some of the new performance-enhancing features.
1991 Kawasaki Jet Ski 650SX (JS650-B)
Also re-released this year was the upgraded 650SX. Powered by a high-revving, in-line, twin-cylinder engine, the big SX satisfied the incessant craving of racers for more power. New underwater exhaust outlet reduced noise levels while allowing peak performance.
1991 Kawasaki Jet Ski SC (JL550-A)
Another innovative watercraft, the SC put an end to the back-seat driving. Side-by-side seating, a three-position steering wheel and the first Jet Ski watercraft reverse system made it extremely easy to maneuver and operate. The fiberglass-reinforced hull was equipped with multiple storage compartments and integral flotation, making virtually unsinkable.
1992 Kawasaki Jet Ski 750SS (JH750-A)
An all new twin-cylinder engine displacing 774cc and fed by a huge 40mm carburetor mounted to 8-petal reed blocks gave the 2-seater 750SS (X-4 in Japan and Europe) a massive spread of responsive power. Rubber engine mounts improved comfort and reduced vibration stress on the rest of the boat. The tough fiberglass-reinforced hull fitted with storage compartments and a large-capacity fuel tank for long-range fun. The 750SS, Kawasaki’s first high-performance runabout, was a popular choice among racers in the early days of “runabout class”.
1992 Kawasaki Jet Ski 750SX (JS750-A)
Racers and performance riders always want more power and Kawasaki happily obliged with the mighty 750SX. This high-performance stand up model featured the same all new engine as the 750SS, as well as an automatic bilge pump, an underwater exhaust outlet, Superlube automatic oil mixing and a light-weight, highly maneuverable hull. Famous racer Chris Fischetti was featured at the photo shoot of this model. German freestyle rider Mark Sickerling topped the score result aboard a Kawasaki 750SX at the ’94 Skat-Trak World Finals.
1993 Kawasaki Jet Ski Super Sport Xi 750 (JH750-B)
Sales of the Super Sport Xi, the first Jet Ski watercraft to feature dual carburetors, started. More power form the 40mm carbs and a five blade stainless steel impeller gave stunning performance to this two-seater hot rod. A trim system controlling the nozzle angle allowed the watercraft thrust angle to be trimmed for one rider or two, light weight or heavy.
1994 Kawasaki Jet Ski Super Sport XiR 750 (JH750-D)
The Super Sport XiR hit the water. This limited edition race-ready model featured an all new carbon-fiber reinforced hull and came standard with an aftermarket exhaust (PJS cast exhaust) system. Japanese rider Minoru Kanamori won the Pro Mod Runabout class on an XiR by wining the Slalom and moto at the ’94 Skat-Trak World Finals.
1994 Kawasaki Jet Ski ST (JT750-A)
The ST, Kawasaki’s first ever 3-seater Jet Ski watercraft, was launched. LED instrumentation, reverse and a 46-liter fuel tank (the largest at the time) were just some of its user friendly features.
1995 Kawasaki Jet Ski 900 ZXi (JH900-A)
Good things come in threes. The first of Kawasaki’s three cylinder models, the 900 ZXi was powered by a newly designed 891cc crankcase reed valve engine fitted with a smooth-running 120 degree crankshaft. The combination of reed valve induction and three separate carburetors delivered both highly responsive power at low rpm and screaming high-performance on top. Other new features included electrically operated nozzle trim control that made it easy to adjust the nozzle angle to suit riding conditions. Advanced technology included a waterproof magnetic ignition key, electronic digital ignition, a 3-bladed stainless steel impeller and adjustable rear-view mirrors.
1995 Kawasaki Jet Ski 750 ZXi (JH750-A)
The all new 750 ZXi reached the show rooms. Featuring a 743cc engine with the same frame (hull and deck) and much of the state-of-the-art technology as the 900 ZXi, this exciting two-person watercraft was a popular light weight alternative to the more powerful 900.
1995 Kawasaki Jet Ski 750 SXi (JS750-B)
Also, new for the 1995 was the 750SXi, a stand up Jet Ski water craft with a powerful twin-cylinder engine, a stainless steel three blade impeller and a long-life aluminium water muffler. This upgraded version of the 750SX was the first stand up model with dual carburetors. Frenchman Nicolas Rius smoked the U.S. National tour on a Kawasaki SXi winning his first U.S. National title.
1995 Kawasaki Jet Ski STS (JT750-B)
The latest iteration of the popular JT750 series, the three-seater STS featured a powerful twin-cylinder engine with dual carburetors, a fiberglass reinforced RTM hull and a convenient reverse function. A tachometer and rear view mirrors were standard.
1996 Kawasaki Jet Ski 1100 ZXi (JH1100-A)
Christened the 1100ZXi this Jet Ski watercraft was powered by a bored out version of the 900 ZXi’s 3-cylinder engine. Displacing 1.071cc, it was the most powerful personal water craft on the market. Its three carburetors were fitted with accelerator pumps for instant throttle response and instant acceleration. Latest hull technology includes a unique air induction system that reduced surface friction for a smooth top speed and twin KSD (Kawasaki Splash Deflector) to control water spray. KATS (Kawasaki Automatic Trim System), a stainless steel impeller, a comprehensive set of four analogue instruments (speedometer, tachometer, fuel gauge and trim indicator) and a digital clock were only some of the features that made the ZXi King of the Fleet.
1996 Kawasaki Jet Ski 750SS (JH750-E)
Updated for ’96, the 750SS (X-4 in Japan and Europe) benefited from increase engine power, an improved electric trim system, a new impeller for more thrust and improved rough water performance.
1996 Kawasaki Jet Ski Super Sport Xi (JH750-F)
The latest version of the Super Sport Xi was baptized. Upgrades included more power and improved durability for the engine, a new quick planning hull with KSD and larger, more race-oriented sponsons, and a larger more comfortable seat.
1997 Kawasaki Jet Ski 900 STX (JT900-A)
Sales of the STX 900 commenced. Huge power from a 3-cylinder 891cc engine, seat for three and a rugged, highly maneuverable hull made this Jet Ski watercraft the top machine in its category.
1997 Kawasaki Jet Ski 1100 STX (JT1100-A)
Rock ‘n’ roll on water! That’s what riders thought the first time they opened the throttle on the amazing 1100 STX. The combination of the 1100 ZXi engine and the hand-laid fiberglass hull with an all-new “cab-forward” design and a 3-person seat made the 1100 STX the ideal runabout for family outings and coastal exploration. Large sponsons on the hull helped it reach planning speeds very quickly. LCD multifunction meters, a large capacity 53 liter fuel tank, and the only standard-fit retractable boarding step in the industry were only some of its leading features.
1998 Kawasaki Jet Ski Xi Sport (JH750-G)
The Xi Sport hit the water in style with a powerful twin-cylinder engine, a fiberglass reinforced SMC hull and a lanyard engine stop switch.
1998 Kawasaki Jet Ski SXi Pro (JS750-C)
Racer’s delight! The SXi Pro was released and immediately dominated racing. Massive twin-cylinder horsepower and impeccable handling from a new hand-laid fiberglass hull with a lower center of gravity for more race-oriented performance made the SXi Pro an instant winner.
1998 Kawasaki Jet Ski 750 STX (JT750-C)
Sales of the750 STX commenced. This three-person sports model shared its hull with the larger 900 STX and was loaded with rider-friendly features which gave it broad-spectrum appeal.
1998 Kawasaki Jet Ski 1100 STX (JT1100-B)
The updated 1100 STX was the first Jet Ski watercraft to feature CDCV carburetors. Still used on present-day carbureted models, CDCV carburetors offered improved starting, better fuel economy and enhanced reliability. Other improvements included a large oil tank, a large storage area under the seat, and a new instrument panel.
1998 Kawasaki Jet Ski 550SX (JS550-C)
Released exclusively in Japan, this commemorative edition of the 550SX featured an all-new white body with “Jet Ski” and “550SX” logos. Each of the 300 units was individually numbered.
1999 Kawasaki Jet Ski Ultra 150 (JH1200-A)
Ultra excitement! The “Ultra 150” model name hinted at the output of this impressive machine. The all-new engine had a displacement of 1.176cc. Nicasil-plated cylinders increased durability and performance while reducing engine weight. Kawasaki’s Throttle Responsive Ignition Control (KTRIC) continuously altered the timing of the digital ignition of each individual cylinder to suit operating conditions. Oval-shaped leading edges on the impeller blades maximized efficiency while reducing cavitation. A hand-laid reinforced fiberglass stepped hull with a deep-V design gave the Ultra 150 excellent handling performance.
1999 Kawasaki Jet Ski 1100 STX Limited (JT1100-D)
Released in Japan to commemorate the Kawasaki’s victory in the IJSBA Runabout championship, only 300 units of this limited edition racer replica were produced. Based on the 1100 STX, the 1100 STX Limited featured Kawasaki works coloring and 2-piece sponsons. Chris MacClugage smoked the competition in the Pro Runabout class 1200 on a 1100STX at the 1999 Skat-Trak World Finals.
1999 Kawasaki Jet Ski 900 STX (JT900-B)
The updated 900 STX arrived. Improved power characteristics, the “cab-forward” design of the 1100 STX with enhanced ergonomics and larger fuel and oil tanks were just some of its many new features.
2000 Kawasaki Jet Ski 1100 STX D.I. (JT1100-C)
Good glean fun! Revolutionary was the word most journalists used to describe the D.I.’s clean-burning direct-injection 2-stroke engine. This remarkable system injected the optimum amount of fuel directly into the combustion chamber for significantly reduced exhaust emissions and excellent throttle response. Fuel usage was reduced by 30% and oil consumption by up to 50% for increased range, longer play time and lower operating costs - all without any sacrifice to the 3-cylinder engine’s impressive performance. A resonator added to the exhaust system further reduced noise levels. A new deep-V hull with triple KSD provided excellent rough water handling - this hull was used on the championship winning racers. Comfortable three-person seating, a roomy deck area with multiple storage compartments, and a retractable boarding step made the 1100 STX D.I. the most versatile Jet Ski watercraft in the Kawasaki line-up.
2001 Kawasaki Jet Ski 900 STX (JT900-C)
The third version of the 900 STX was released. Upgrades included the brilliant-handling hull from the 1100 STX D.I., a spacious stowage area under the front hood, and a more comfortable seat.
2001 Kawasaki Jet Ski 1100 STX D.I. (JT1100-F)
Also, re-released in ‘01was an upgraded version of the 1100 STX D.I. Enhanced engine performance, reduced exhaust emissions and Kawasaki Smart Steering (KSS), a system which provides turning action under certain conditions when the throttle is released, were featured. MacClugage won his second world title on a 1100STX at the 2001 Skat-Trak World Finals.
2001 Kawasaki Jet Ski Ultra 130 D.I. (JH1100-B)
The Ultra 130 D.I., a direct injected version of the Ultra 150 watercraft, made its debut. Emissions of the direct-injection engine were low enough to meet 2006 EPA standards.
2002 Kawasaki Jet Ski 1200 STX-R (JT1200-A)
Get it on! Combining the awesome power of the Ultra 150 watercraft with the rough water capability of the 1100 STX D.I., the high performance 1200STX-R was a slicked-down runabout specially designed to form the basis for a race machine or for riders looking for maximum excitement on the water. The powerful 1.176cc 3-cylinder engine breathed via three CDCV carburetors. Other race-oriented technology included a race-developed ride plate and sponsons, and a racing style stepped seat. This engine-hull combination won both the national and world championship titles. The STX-R took the world title in Pro Runabout class with rider Chris MacClugage. Dustin Motzouris won the Pro Ski class on a factory SXi Pro.
2003 Kawasaki Jet Ski STX-12F (JT1200-B)
Ninja performance on the water. Kawasaki took the lead in the 4-stroke revolution with the launch of the impressive STX-12F, which featured a Ninja ZX-12R based four-cylinder engine. Offering an unbeatable combination of massive power, clean emissions and quiet operation, the fuel-injected, 1199cc, DOHC engine instantly put the new STX-12F in a class of its own. Whether zooming 3-up across the water, towing skiers, or exploring a barren coastline, the combination of this impressive power plant and the race-derived hull provided plenty of performance for waterborne fun. Superb ride quality, ample stowage area and plenty of power for towing skiers or wakeboarders made the impressive STX-12F the sensation of the year. Kawasaki Smart Steering was also featured.
2003 Kawasaki Jet Ski 800 SX-R (JS800-A)
With the release of the high performing 800 SX-R, Kawasaki changed forever the status quo of stand-up watercraft. Balancing ease-of-riding and high performance in a single package, this remarkable Jet Ski watercraft satisfied everyone from beginners to pro racers. Its wide design made it extremely stable, making easy to ride for beginners, and while it could turn with minimum banking, the 800 SX-R could just as easily make sharp, banked turns. Its high revving, 781cc, 2-stroke, twin-cylinder engine fitted with dual Mikuni BN40-38 carburetors delivered crisp throttle response and impressive acceleration. High-performance deck features included rubber-topped side-deck fins, for easy boarding or as handy leg rests when cranking tight turns. And the ergonomically designed handle pole had minimal forward-backward movement to reduce rider fatigue. Race or rip, the 800 SX-R was the stand-up to beat in ’03 since Frenchman Steven Dauliach (2003-04) and South African Dustin Motzouris (2005) had smoked the field at the World Finals.
Kawasaki Jet Ski and pwc racing
It was not long after the introduction of the first Jet Ski watercraft that people began to look for avenues in which to race them. Kawasaki, working together with the watercraft enthusiasts and aftermarket companies, helped create the United States Jet Ski Boating Association (USJSBA) in 1980, established an organized environment for competitive racing. Two-years later the USJSBA re-charted to become the International Jet Sports Boating Association (IJSBA) to accommodate the growing interest in Jet Ski racing around the world.
In the beginning, only stand-up Jet Ski watercraft were being raced –namely the Jet Ski 440-but when the X-2 was released a new race category, the “X-2 class” (now called the “Sport Class”), was created to allow these models to compete as well. Later, when the “runabout class” was created, Kawasaki SS was again a popular choice among racers.
In 1993, the IJSBA was renamed the International Jet Sports Boating Association (IJSBA), opening the doors for competition aboard any brand of personal water craft. The presence of other manufacturers made the competition scene more intense and helped the sport to grow. In 1995, Kawasaki became the first manufacturer to create a factory-supported pwc racing team.
Involved in the racing scene since the beginning, Kawasaki has won numerous championships over the years. Machines like the championship-winning 1200 STX-R and the 800 SX-R had ensured the success of the Green Team.
2004 Kawasaki Jet Ski STX-15F (JT1500-A)
With the STX-15F. Kawasaki expanded its 4-stroke Jet Ski line-up. Featuring a massive 1.498cc Ninja-based in-line-four engine, the STX-15F boasted a huge maximum output and a high-revving personality that made it the Performance King of four-stroke watercraft. A sophisticated fuel injection system ensured that it was not only supremely powerful, but that its emissions met stringent 2008 CARB regulations. Sporty handing came care of the lightweight race-based hull of the 1200 STX-R fitted with new sponsons. A roomy riding position and redesigned handle location accommodated a variety of riders and riding styles – either sitting or standing. Kawasaki is the only manufacturer that won two IJSBA world titles (2004, 2006 and 2007) with a four-stroke watercraft. MacClugage won the first four stroke World title for Kawasaki on a STX-15F Supercharged.
2004 Kawasaki Jet Ski 1200 STX-R (JT1200-C)
An upgraded version of the 1200 STX-R hit the water. Kawasaki Smart Steering was a new feature.
2004 Kawasaki Jet Ski 900 STX (JT900-E)
Also revamped for the 2004 was the 900 STX. Featuring Kawasaki Smart Steering, the 900 STX was even more the ideal family runabout.
2005 Kawasaki Jet Ski STX12-F (JT1200-D)
Un upgraded version of the STX-12F was released. The new version featured the styling package of the STX-15F and the new SLO (Smart Learning Operation) system. In SLO mode, engine speed was electronically limited to control the Jet Ski’s maximum speed, making it easier for beginners to practice maneuvering the watercraft at reduced power until they become more familiar with its operation. For 2005 Kawasaki’s flagship PWC, the STX-15F, also featured the Smart Learning Operation system.
2005 Kawasaki Jet Ski X-2 (JF800-A)
Sales of an all-new X-2 commenced. The Japanese domestic (500 units) model, which featured the powerful engine and quick-planning hull of the 800 SX-R, made a big splash with fans of the original X-2 (released in the mid ‘80’s). A year later it was officially imported in Europe by Kawasaki France. Also, a National X-2 Cup was organized with great success.
2007 Kawasaki Jet Ski Ultra 250X (JT1500-B)
Return of the King. Kawasaki’s newest flagship had one purpose: regain the pwc throne. And that is just what the Ultra 250 did. Featuring Kawasaki’s first supercharged and intercooled marine engine, the Ultra 250X was the most powerful production PWC in the world. The massive engine, based on the STX-15F powerplant, used a Roots-type supercharger for powerful instant acceleration that none of its rivals could match.
The new engine was housed in a larger, all-new hull that made good use of experience gained from Kawasaki’s numerous IJSBA championships. The rider reduced rider fatigue by leaning into turns to reduce lateral G-loads imposed on riders (the first of this kind for Kawasaki) and offered superb rough water handling.
Other flagship features included an adjustable steering position, roomy seating for three, luxurious fir and finish and class-leading fuel tank and storage space.
2007 Kawasaki Jet Ski Ultra 250LX (JT1500-C)
The Ultra LX, which featured the STX15F powerplant in the new race-derived hull of the Ultra 250X, made its debut the same year. Its combination of a powerful marine engine, Kawasaki’s largest and best-riding hull, unrivalled range thanks to the one of the industry’s largest fuel tanks, massive storage space and unmatched passenger accommodations and comfort features made the new Ultra LX a sport tourer without equal. And family-friendly design features, like Kawasaki Smart Steering and Smart Learning Operation mode, meant it could be enjoyed by riders of all abilities.
2009 Kawasaki Jet Ski Ultra 260X (JT1500-D)
History is about to repeat itself, as Kawasakis new JET SKI? Ultra? 260X reclaims the title as the most powerful production PWC sold in the U.S. Only two years after shattering records with the supercharged and intercooled Ultra 250X, Kawasaki engineers have raised the horsepower stakes even higher with the new Ultra 260X. The craft featured new impeller and exhaust system and provided more thrust from its predecessor.
2010 Kawasaki Jet Ski Ultra 260LX (JT1500-E)
Like the 250LX, the new 260X is a combination of a powerful marine engine, Kawasaki’s largest and best-riding hull, unrivalled range thanks to the one of the industry’s largest fuel tanks, massive storage space and unmatched passenger accommodations and comfort features made the new Ultra LX a sport tourer without equal. And family-friendly design features, like Kawasaki Smart Steering and Smart Learning Operation mode, meant it could be enjoyed by riders of all abilities.
2011 Kawasaki Jet Ski Ultra 300X (JT1500-F)
You power junkies know who you are. You’re hard-core, and you won’t settle for anything less than the most capable watercraft available. Well, Kawasaki has exactly what you need in the form of the new and supremely powerful Jet Ski? Ultra? 300X – the most powerful Jet Ski ever built, one packing 300ps and all the massive, arm-straightening thrust that goes with it. Basically, it features a brand new engine which is equipped with a new Eaton (not the Ogura that the 250X and 260X featured in the past) Supercharger, larger pump, updated aesthetics, enhanced ergonomics, new drive by wire throttle system and a trim system.
2011 Kawasaki Jet Ski 800 SX-R
With a two-stroke engine that delivers quick acceleration and an advanced hull design that helps ensure stability and responsiveness, the Jet Ski? 800 SX-R™ is the ultimate personal watercraft thrill machine. The SX-R has been the best-selling stand up model for the last three years running, proving it’s the class leader. As it enters the 38th and final year of production– the 800 SX-R will bear special colors and graphics, to recognize the 37 years of liquid fun that preceded it. Kawasaki will enhance the 2011 model with a special badge that reads: “Commemorating 37 Years of Jet Ski."