All The Fun Without the Nasty Rash
April 29, 2008 at 5:14 am #1313uncle_bernieParticipant
I mentioned in my first post on this site that in my late teens that I spent LOTS of time on the Tennessee River in North Alabama on a Wet Bike. They went out of production in 1992 but I just read a company has updated the design and brought them back. Check out Aquajet’s Jet Bike! Man, no sooner do I get one *toy* when another rears it’s beautiful head and calls out to me. Check out the videos on their site…verrrrry coolApril 29, 2008 at 1:11 pm #5883swedeParticipant
What’s the big difference between those and a normal water-scooter/jet-ski? I can se that it looks more like a snowmobile, with the front-ski/runner, but how does that affect maneuverability?
I guess they’re cheaper than jet-ski’s, since they cost a fortune.
An alternative if you just happen to have a snowmobile lying around, is to just use that instead, that’s what guys in northern sweden do. (and i guess US too)
JonathanMay 1, 2008 at 8:58 pm #5925BenParticipant
Man those things look like a blast. I’d love to get my hands on one, especially since I just learned how to swim last summer!
~Best Beginner Motorcycles AdminMay 2, 2008 at 10:42 am #5938swedeParticipant
Saywha? Urban boy huh?
But I have to say that it’s pretty cool to actually start riding a bike before you learned to swim. It’s like learning how to walk before learning how to crawl. :coolbikedoingawheelie
JonathanMay 2, 2008 at 3:45 pm #5940uncle_bernieParticipant
Well, the biggest difference I’d have to say is maneuverability. Jet skis are a lot more like slalom skiing and require a lot more practice to ride well standing up and turning it results from re-positioning of the rear water jet to the left or right, so, basically you’re kinda pushing the back end around. Same thing with a SeaDoo, although a jet ski since it’s smaller and narrower is a lot more maneuverable that a SeaDoo. The wet bike however is guided by turning the front ski. I found that doing power slides across the water, a lot like a flat track rider does on a bike was a lot smoother on a wetbike than on a jet ski. Jet skis tended to skip across the water like a stone what you got them sideways.
In the end, they’re all fun and the newer SeaDoos are scarily fast. The last one I rode topped out at 54mph (~87kmh) and doing 180’s at that speed on the water is like riding an insane bull into a burning barn…on the water…or something. In the end though, my fondest memories and the most fun I’ve had on any personal watercraft is that wetbike. I’ve still not ridden anything on the water quite like it.
~He who laughs last didn’t get the joke…
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