Bullett Racing V-2 WideBoy SX-R – World Exclusive
A real Bullett
Testing Bullett Racing V-2 WideBoy hull with a stock Kawasaki engine is an experience you have to live. It’s worth having one.
Test rider:Vasilis Moraitis
Bullett Racing is not a new company is the personal watercraft scene since it has been involved in to designing and producing aftermarket hulls and body parts for many years from the early nineties. I had the unique opportunity to test every version of the hull they made for the SX-R –Gen1, Gen2, and V2 WideBoy- and all race crafts were equipped with a triple cylinder Kawasaki engine. Apart from testing Brice Lopez’s race craft (V-2 WideBoy with triple-cylinder Kawasaki engine) which was prepared by the company I also tested another new idea, their fast stocker SX-R. They installed a stock Kawasaki two-cylinder SX-R engine and all the peripherals inside a V-2 WideBoy hull, even the handlepole was kept stock. The result was outstanding.
Bullett Racing V2 Wideboy spec
Basically this hull is a Gen2 one which carries a shorter ride plate by 75mm and rear hull extensions (length:20mm). The ride plate got shorter since the rear extension played key role to the quicker planning of the craft. If the old version, the longer ride plate was used the craft would have been more noise prone which means it would have scrubbed some of its outstanding top speed which is the truth benefit of this hull. The Gen3 or WideBoy hull features the same reverse chine in the rear of the ski as the Gen2 hull which improved corner stability and straight line tracking. The tray has been redesigned and it is 3 inches wider in the front section and 2 inches wider in the back. The hull also features a lightweight hood which is extremely strong and durable and it is 12 lbs lighter than the stock Kawasaki hood. The hood is predrilled for installation of the OEM hardware and comes along with a hood seal.
It is a speed hull
Usually the needs of an aftermarket hull is due to fact that a standard hull the faster is goes the worse it handles not apparently the Kawasaki SX-R hull but in general. However there are times that you put a stock engine to a modified hull and the result is not so good just because there is not enough speed and acceleration to benefit the advantages of the advanced hydrodynamics and handling characteristics. Certainly Bullett’s V-2 WideBoy hull does not apply in this case.
The first thing I noticed when I came on board was how lightweight the craft felt under my feet. It was incredible. The lighter feeling was keeping the nose of the craft a little bit upwards that it usually is on the stock when you idle. On the other hand this stock SX-R was accelerating faster than usual like a very well dialed Pro Stock unit(the ones that makes wonder whether they have stock port or not).
However the magic about it was its superb response when I rode it on Body Beach race course. The craft was going round the buoys as if it was on rails. The faster I was going the better lines I could make around the course. The nose was not acting as nervously as I had noticed in the Superstock version of this recipe. I was able to control it easier and point the craft exactly where I wanted to go round the buoy. As soon as I was getting the hull in to the lean to prior approaching the buoy I still kept the gas on until deceleration time and then I could be back on the gas much earlier. It is a nice feeling to be on the lean and being able to hold on the gas. The hull hooks up a lot better and more aggressively than the OEM which is an advantage for the rider who plans to become faster in the near future. You ride already a very good set up and the only thing you will need in the future is a more powerful engine.
It is obvious that many enthusiasts will be concerned about the speed difference (if there is) between the OEM Kawasaki hull and the V-2 WideBoy one. The answer came straight from Rusty Gewecke “Yes, there is a speed difference. The V-2 will run 50.2mph on radar gun whilst the beloved stock SX-R will only run about 46-47mph.” One of the persons, people who rode the same craft on Monday morning on Body Beach was ex-Kawasaki Factory rider Victor “The Slasher” Sheldon. Victor Sheldon turned many laps on this ski and he was very impressed with it. He loved how the ski responded to his every demand.
Why would you buy one?
It is already known that Kawasaki will not produce another stand-up in the near future, therefore whoever already owns an SX-R can update the performance of the craft simply by bolting on all parts to the new Bullett Racing V-2 WideBoy hull. Therefore, acceleration, top speed and handling will be revamped. The whole project will cost less if you someone finds an SX-R with damaged hull and simply put everything to the new hull. It is worth it no matter from which angle you will see.
Bullett Racing Billet Gas Caps