1993 Sea-Doo XP 650 Specs and Review [Video]

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The Sea-Doo XP 650 (a.k.a. XP 657) replaced the deservedly popular XP 580 in 1993. This second-generation Sea-Doo XP featured a new hull and top deck plus a 650cc, 2-stroke, 2-cylinder Rotax 657 engine rated at 70 HP.

If you want to learn all about this legendary machine, this post is for you.

We at JetDrift have compiled all you need to know into this 1993 Sea-Doo XP 650 review!

1993 Sea-Doo XP 650 Review

The history of Sea-Doo’s legendary musclecrafts started in 1991 when the manufacturer revealed the all-new XP line. This popular series underwent several major upgrades over the years, including:

You can learn all about the other generations by following the links above!

The second-generation Sea-Doo XP was known by several different names, such as Sea-Doo XP II, Sea-Doo XP 650, or Sea-Doo XP 657.

The hull and top deck of this new model were both completely redesigned. This new platform featured modern rounded lines and eye-catching decals unlike its predecessor. The handlebars and seat also got sleek, more advanced designs.

For better stability, the hull became 4 inches longer than first-generation models. Regarding dimensions, the Sea-Doo XP 650 measured 100 inches in length, 41.5 inches in width, and 36.2 inches in height.

Under the seat, you could find the all-new powerful Rotax 657 engine rated at 70 HP. This 650cc, 2-stroke twin featured two Mikuni BN-38 carburetors, an open-loop cooling system, electric starter, CDI ignition, oil injection system, and a tuned exhaust pipe.

Engine power was delivered towards the axial-flow, single-stage jet pump featuring bronze vanes and an innovative electric trim system.

Standard features of the 1993 Sea-Doo XP 650 were as follows:

  • Watertight front storage
  • Safety lanyard
  • Dual mirrors
  • Rear grab handle
  • Integrated vents
  • Electric trim system (VTS)
  • Tow hook
  • Front and rear eyes
  • Electric tachometer
  • Electric fuel level gauge
  • Low-oil warning light
  • Overheating beeper
  • Bilge drain plug
  • Tool kit

Its minimalist handlebars featured only a throttle lever, engine stop button, and VTS (Variable Trim System) button. The latter was there to change the position of the jet nozzle.

A trim system indicator knob was mounted on the left side of the top deck to show the actual position of the nozzle. This caused some confusion among riders, as on the previous model, this knob was meant for setting the trim, but it only functioned as an indicator on the new XP.

Under the front hood, you could find a tiny storage compartment with a removable plastic basket.

Thanks to its lively dual-carb engine, the top speed of the 1993 Sea-Doo XP 650 was about 45-47 mph out of the box.

Its 8.7-gallon fuel tank offered a cruising time of 1.2 hours if you hammered the throttle.

Even though the body of the ski was slightly larger and heavier than its predecessor, it was still very nimble and offered a ton of fun. On the other hand, the hull came without sponsons, which hurt the riding experience when cornering.

The dry weight of the 1993 XP 650 was only 373 pounds, which indicates a negligible weight gain of 8 pounds over the XP 587.

Although the ski was rated for two riders, riding it double was hard to impossible. But let’s face it, this craft was an ancient “musclecraft” designed for performance-minded riders and racers.

According to Sea-Doo Blog, the XP 650 was very successful on the racecourse, which resulted in stunning sales figures.

Therefore, it was no surprise that Sea-Doo made some significant upgrades to this model for the following season!  The upgraded model was released under the model name Sea-Doo XP 657x.

(Besides the all-new XP 650, the dual-carb 1992 XP was still available in the 1993 season under the model name SPX.)

1993 Sea-Doo XP 650 Specs Chart

For your convenience, we’ve compiled the 1993 Sea-Doo XP 650 specifications into these charts!

1993 Sea-Doo XP 650 Dimensions

1993 Sea-Doo XP 650Dimensions and Capacities
Number of passengers1 operator and 1 passenger
Overall length244 cm (96 in)
Overall width105 cm (41.5 in)
Overall height92 cm (36.2 in)
Weight166 kg (365 lb)
Load limit160 kg (352 lb)
Hull MaterialComposite (fiberglass)
Fuel tank33 L (8.7 US gal)
Impeller shaft reservoir - Capacity65 mL (2.2 US oz)
Impeller shaft reservoir - Oil level heightup to plug
Injection oil reservoir2.8 L (95 US fl oz)

1993 Sea-Doo XP 650 Engine Specs

1993 Sea-Doo XP 650Engine Specs
Engine type Rotax 2-stroke, type 587
Induction type Rotary valve
Exhaust system Water cooled/water injected
Exhaust valve
Lubrication - type Oil injection
Lubrication - oil typeSea-Doo Injection Oil
Number of cylinders 2
Bore76.0 mm (2.992 in)
Stroke64.0 mm (2.520 in)
Displacement 580.7 cm3 (35.43 in3)
Compression Ratio (corrected)5.9 : 1
Maximum Power (approximately)42 kW (56 HP) at 6250 RPM
Maximum Torque (approximately)65 Nm (48 lbf.ft) at 5750 RPM
RPM Limiter Operation @6550 RPM ± 100
Cooling TypeWater cooled, total loss type - Direct flow from propulsion unit
Overheating Beeper, Switch On @96-99 °C (205-210°F)
Fuel - typeRegular unleaded gasoline
Carburetor - type and numberDiaphragm type P/N 270 500 151 (MAG side)
Diaphragm type P/N 270 500 150 (PTO side)
Carburetor adjustments - Low-speed mixture screw~ 1- 1/4 ± 1/4 turn
Carburetor adjustments - Idle speed1400 RPM

1993 Sea-Doo XP 650 Propulsion

1993 Sea-Doo XP 650Propulsion
Propulsion systemBombardier Formula pump
Jet pump typeAxial flow, single stage
Impeller Rotation (seen from rear)Counter-clockwise
TransmissionDirect drive
Coupling TypeCrown Splines
Impeller shaft reservoir oil typeSea-Doo synthetic oil polyolester 75W90GL5 - P/N 293 600 011
Pivoting angle of direction (nozzle)~ 26°
Pivoting angle of variable trim system± 10°
Minimum required water level for jet pump60 cm (2 ft)
Impeller Diameter139.5 mm (5.49 in)

1993 Sea-Doo XP 650 Electrical Features

1993 Sea-Doo XP 650Electrical Features
Magneto generator output160 W @ 6000 RPM
Ignition system type Capacitor Discharge Ignition (Breakerless)
Spark plug - Make and typeNGK BR7ES
Spark plug - Gap0.5 - 0.6 mm (0.020-0.024 in)
Starting systemElectric starter
Ignition timing - BTDC2.65 mm (0.104 in) (21 ° ± 1°)
Ignition timing - NoteChecked with engine cold. Marks must align @ 6000 RPM)
Battery12 V, 19 A
Starting system Fuse 5 A
Charging system Fuse15 A
Gauges Fuse 2 A
Fuse - VTS system-
Fuse - Holder relay-

1993 Sea-Doo XP 650 Performance

1993 Sea-Doo XP 650Performance
Horsepower56
Cruising time at full throttle - Fuel tank without reserve~ 1.20 hours
Cruising time at full throttle - Fuel tank reserve~ 13 minutes
Maximum Speed *72 Kmh (45 mph) (39 knots)
* Top speed may vary depending on operator and passenger weight, water conditions, wind, current, altitude etc.

These charts are for informational purposes only! For exact specifications, please refer to the factory manual.

Sea-Doo XP Comparison Chart

We’ve also compared the key specs of the different Sea-Doo XP models head-to-head in one chart:

Gen.NameYearEngineccHPTop Speed (mph)Weigth (lbs)Hull Design
IXP 5801991"Yellow" 5875805545365I gen. SP
IXP 5801992"White" 5875805645365I gen. SP
IIXP 65019936576507045373II gen. SP
IIXP 650x1994657x6508050412II gen. SP
IIIXP 72019957177188550412X-4
IIIXP Limited 8001995787x RAVE786+11056434X-4
IIIXP 8001996787 RAVE78111056434X-4
IVXP 8001997787 RAVE78211056525Parabolic
IVXP Limited1998947 RAVE95113060551Parabolic
IVXP Limited1999947 RAVE95113060551Parabolic
IVXP Limited2000947 RAVE95113060561Parabolic
IVXP Limited2001947 RAVE95113060561Parabolic
IVXP Limited2002947 RAVE95113060561Parabolic
IVXP DI2003947 DI95113060561Parabolic
IVXP DI2004947 DI95113060605Parabolic

Vintage Sea-Doo XP 650 For Sale

If you are considering purchasing one, you probably want to know where to find a Sea-Doo XP 650 for sale. As this model vanished from the market in 1993, it’s already a collectible item, so finding one is not an easy task!

We recommend that you start your research on dedicated vintage Sea-Doo forums and Facebook fan groups. Aside from some good deals, you may find some valuable info there about this ski.

Besides these sources, you may also find some used Sea-Doo XP 650s for sale on Craigslist, PWC Trader, and other dedicated jet ski swap sites.

Takeaway

As a takeaway, we’ve answered the most common questions about the 1993 Sea-Doo XP 650!

What is a Sea-Doo XP 650?

The Sea-Doo XP 650 was a performance 2-stroke sit-down jet ski manufactured by Bombardier.

What Year did Bombardier Make the Sea-Doo XP 650?

The Canadian manufacturer marketed the Sea-Doo XP 650 in the 1993 model year. (The model was replaced with the XP 657x in 1994.)

What Kind of Engine Did the 1993 Sea-Doo XP 650 Have?

The engine of the 1993 Sea-Doo XP 650 was a 2-stroke, 650cc, “Rotax 657” twin featuring dual Mikuni carbs.

How Much Horsepower Did a 1993 Sea-Doo XP 650 Have?

The 1993 Sea-Doo XP 650 provided 70 HP at 7,050 RPM.

How Many People Could Ride a 1993 Sea-Doo XP 650?

The tiny Sea-Doo XP 650 was rated for two riders, but riding with a passenger on this tiny ski was virtually impossible!

How Much Weight Could a 1993 Sea-Doo XP 650 Hold?

The total weight capacity of the Sea-Doo XP 650 was 352 pounds.

What Size was the Sea-Doo XP 650?

The Sea-Doo XP 650 was 100 inches long, 41.5 inches wide, and 36.2 inches high.

How Much Did a Sea-Doo XP 650 Weigh?

The dry weight of the Sea-Doo XP 650 was only 373 pounds.

Did the Sea-Doo XP 650 Have Reverse?

No, the Sea-Doo XP 650 was manufactured without reverse.

Was a Sea-Doo XP 650 a 2-Stroke Ski?

Yes, the Sea-Doo XP 650 utilized a 2-stroke twin engine.

What Size Storage Compartment Did a Sea-Doo XP 650 Have?

The Sea-Doo XP 650 featured only a tiny front storage bin.

How Much Fuel Did a Sea-Doo XP 650 Hold?

The Sea-Doo XP 650 utilized an 9-gallon fuel tank and a 1.2-gallon oil reservoir.

How Much Fuel Did a Sea-Doo XP 650 Use?

The Sea-Doo XP 650 fuel consumption was about 8 GPH at WOT.

How Fast Did a Sea-Doo XP 650 Go?

The top speed of a Sea-Doo XP 650 was 45-47 mph under ideal conditions.

Could the Sea-Doo XP 650 Tow a Skier or a Wakeboarder?

Although it was equipped with a tow eye, the Sea-Doo XP 650 was not recommended for tow sports.

How Much is a Sea-Doo XP 650 Worth?

It’s hard to tell the exact price of a Sea-Doo XP 650, as it strongly depends on its year, condition, and location. But as a rule of thumb, the prices typically range from $300 up to $2,000.

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