The V1 Sport has everything an owner needs rolled into one of the most affordable watercraft on the water. She has good storage capacity for cruising, tow capabilities, reverse capability, a full-sized fuel tank and a full-sized reboarding platform.
Since we’re touting that this is not a stripped-down WaveRunner, let’s take a look what she does offer. For starters, she’s powered by the latest Yamaha watercraft engine, the TR1. The high-output engine was designed to replace the proven MR1. The latest model is more powerful, lighter and smaller than its predecessor. The engine is the featured power for the V1 Series and mid-level VX models. Let’s look at some specifics of this engine.
Less is More.
While the MR1 was a four-cylinder engine with five valves, the TR-1 has three-cylinders and four valves. Displacement dropped from 1051cc to 1049cc and overall weight was reduced to 160 lbs. (73 kg) compared to 216 lbs. (98 kg). That’s a 25% reduction in weight, but Yamaha says it increased power output with the TR-1 by 12.7%.
Additionally, the TR-1 has improved the parts location for the oil filter, air filter, and service checkpoints, making for better serviceability. Improved engine coatings lead to better corrosion protection.
Aside from the latest engine, the V1 Sport is equipped with features that make her a good value. Let’s take a look.
The dash has a digital gauge that provides multiple readouts, including speed, engine rpm and fuel-level. This style of gauge consolidates the information and provides a less cluttered panel.
One of the first things we look at when reviewing a watercraft is storage. Everyone needs a place to put “stuff”. On the V1 Sport, there’s 15.1 gallons (57.9 L) of storage in two compartments. The main locker is in front under the visor. It has space for extra life vests and other large items, and has a dedicated spot for the fire extinguisher.
The other on board storage compartment is just ahead of the driver. This one includes two beverage holders. Under the same protective cover, there’s an additional area for stowing smaller items such as vessel registration and it’s all part of an insert that can be removed to reveal more storage below.
Being able to back off the beach, or maneuver into the dock, is a pretty important feature and it comes standard on the V1 Sport. The rider pulls a manual lever on the right side of the craft to lower the reverse bucket and re-direct the jet thrust forward to back up the vessel. Its positioning on the right side is deliberate. To engage reverse, the operator must remove his/her hand from the throttle, which prevents thrust from being applied before shifting. Once reverse is engaged, the driver can then apply throttle as needed. This also eliminates the hard, emergency stop that can cause a novice operator to lose control, or fall off, the V1 Sport.
Full-Sized Reboarding Deck.
Behind the seat is a swim/reboarding deck that also serves as a staging area for getting on a tube or preparing to get into the water. It could also be a good place to sit and relax. At the rear of the swim deck, a spring-loaded pull-out step makes short work of reboarding the V1 Sport.
The contoured seat can accommodate up to three riders and a rider can sit facing aft to observe tow sports. A grab handle on the trailing edge of the seat gives aft-facing spotters something to hold onto.
Yamaha has partnered with Hyrdo-Turf to add a level of comfort to the V1 Sport. Hydro-Turf makes the rubberized mats that cover the decking on the V1 Sport. This is a machine that will be operated by people in bare feet, so it helps passengers to have a way to grip with their feet while cranking through turns. The Hydro-Turf mats are comfortable, non-skid, water-resistant, and they remain cool to the touch in direct sunlight.
Dual rearview mirrors give the operator better overall awareness. They also make the V1 Sport compliant in states that require that all tow vessels have a rear-facing observer and rearview mirror(s).
The V1 Sport has an empty weight of 681 lbs. (308 kg). With half fuel and one person aboard, we estimated our test weight at 972 lbs. (440 kg). We hit a top speed of 53 mph at 8200 rpm, burning 8.5 gph and could keep that up for 2 hours and 104 miles with 10% of the fuel capacity in reserve. Best economy was measured at 6000 rpm and 29.7 mph. That speed reduced the fuel burn to 3 gph and increased the range to 165 miles. In acceleration tests, the V1 Sport blasted to 30 mph in 2.5 seconds.
It’s rare that the Yamaha V1 Sport will be used for straight out running, but riders will spend hours cranking and banking and getting wet. And that’s where we had the most fun running the V1 Sport. It’s quite responsive to steering and there’s never a feeling of being out of control. She transitions smoothly from one side to the other through turns.
Pricing and Observations
The Yamaha V1 Sport comes in at a reasonable $8,699 and that represents a great value for the money. This is the most popular model with rental companies around the world and with good reason. It’s cost effective, safe, and pure fun.For kids reading this who may still have trouble convincing mom and dad to take the plunge, there’s an alternative. The Yamaha V1. It’s priced at $7,899 and the only thing it’s missing is the ability to shift into reverse and the flip-down reboarding step.
Test Result Highlights
- Top speed for the Yamaha V1 Sport (2016-) is 53.0 mph (85.3 kph), burning 8.50 gallons per hour (gph) or 32.17 liters per hour (lph).
- Best cruise for the Yamaha V1 Sport (2016-) is 44.1 mph (71 kph), and the boat gets 7.66 miles per gallon (mpg) or 3.26 kilometers per liter (kpl), giving the boat a cruising range of 128 miles (206 kilometers).
- Tested power is 1 x 1049cc 3 cylinder 4-stroke 155mm pump.
- Time from 0 to 30 of the Yamaha V1 Sport (2016-) is 2.5 sec. seconds.
Standard and Optional Features
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