Totally agree...Originally Posted by Sydwayz
My first Yamaha was a 1988 Waverunner 500 and it ran like a top. No joke, the old analog hr meter registered 3600 plus. I couldn't believe the fact that this then 10 yr old machine had NO problems whatsover...
Now we have a '98 xl1200 yamaha (3 seater) with over 200 hrs in near mint condition. Buddy thought it looked brand new! Yamahas (and I guess Kawi's as well) are the better brands to buy used, mainly because of reliability and excellent quality. (From a previous reply, I don't see how the GP is an inferior ride in choppy conditions to the Kawi - Yammies are known for their rough-water handling compared to other makes. The GP is the biggest 2-seater you can get w/o going to three...3-cyl do take a bit longer to acclerate but it more than makes up for this with top end, and you don't run ridiculous rpms)
The engines of Tigersharks (the now defunct PWC's made by Arctic Cat) were actually made by Yamaha. That says something!