After jumping into the recreation lite segment in 2017 with the EX lineup, Yamaha is kicking up the power with the new 2019 Yamaha Waverunner EXR.
Thanks to a new ECU, the three-cylinder TR-1 High-Output engine makes about 10 percent more power, bringing overall output up to around 110 horsepower. The EXR is lighter too, with a dry weight of 540 pounds. For size, the unit is 123.6-inches long, 44.5-inches wide and fuel capacity is 13.2 gallons.
With any entry level model, the price is important, so what does it cost? In the US, the Yamaha Waverunner EXR sells for $9,299, while North of the border in Canada the unit goes for $13,499. That makes the EXR a little more expensive than the Sea-Doo Spark Trixx, its biggest competition, though the Yamaha has a higher weight rating and more power.
Storage in the EXR measure in at 29 liters or 7.7 gallons, and in the real world that’s not a ton. A small nose storage bin is available, though the best spot to stash your stuff is in the deep glovebox. The seat pops off to reveal another storage bin along with a fire extinguisher, both of which can be removed easily for access to the engine.
The EXR feels like a dirt bike on the water with it skinny proportions and rather skinny seat. The riding position lends itself to having your feet right beneath, making it simple to stand up and really push this unit into a corner. That’s when the light weight of the EXR begins to really reveal itself, in both good and bad ways.
On the good side, the EXR feels entirely flickable, which is to say that when you want to throw the back end around and rotate through corners, you can certainly do that with a tap of the throttle and a lean of your body. Control is excellent with this model, it feels precise and nimble. But all that comes at a cost.
It’s also not too hard to come into corners too hot and lose the back end in an aggressive, not fun way. It takes a bit of time to feel comfortable with the way the EXR can spin out, but once you get the feeling for it, it becomes pure fun. This model feels more like it skates upon the water rather than digging in deep like a larger, heavier unit might.
Yamaha is covering the full spectrum with its Waverunner lineup now and with the EXR, the company is offering more power and less weight for a reasonable price. What’s not to like about that?