1995 Sea-Doo GTX 650 (657x) Specs and Review [Video]
The 1995 Sea-Doo GTX 650 was almost identical to the ’94 GTX 650, except for sleeker mirrors and the more advanced Rotax 657x power source. This power mill cranked out 80 HP, while the base Rotax 657 only produced 70 HP.
If you want to learn all about this lively 2-stroke Sea-Doo runabout, this post is for you.
We at JetDrift have compiled all you need to know into this 1995 Sea-Doo GTX 650 review!
1995 Sea-Doo GTX 650 Review
The history of 3-seater Sea-Doos started with the base GS 580 introduced in 1990.
This ski was built on a flat-bottom hull and utilized a “Yellow” Rotax 587 engine. This model was then carried over for the 1991 season without any significant changes.
By 1992, the GT was rebranded to GTS, and remained the entry-level 3-seater PWC in Sea-Doo’s fleet for many years.
Over the years, the 2-stroke Sea-Doo GTX family underwent many upgrades and generations, including:
- 1993 Sea-Doo GTX 580 (Rotax 587)
- 1994 Sea-Doo GTX 650 (Rotax 657)
- 1995 Sea-Doo GTX 650 (Rotax 657x)
- 1996-1997 Sea-Doo GTX 800 (Rotax 787)
- 1998-1999 Sea-Doo GTX Limited (Rotax 947)
- 2000-2002 Sea-Doo GTX 951 Millennium (Rotax 947)
- 1998-2001 Sea-Doo GTX RFI (Rotax 787 RFI)
- 2000-2001 Sea-Doo GTX DI (Rotax 947 DI)
- 2002-2003 Sea-Doo GTX DI (Rotax 947 DI)
In the 1993 model year, the GTX 580 made its debut followed by the GTX 650 in 1994. These models already had the new “straked” hull design, ensuring better handling and stability.
The 1995 Sea-Doo GTX 650 (a.k.a. Sea-Doo GTX 657x) inherited this straked GS-style platform, but it had a more advanced power source.
Unlike the ’94 GTX 650, which had the base Rotax 657 (70 HP), the ’95 model came with the revamped Rotax 657x engine. This upgraded 2-stroke 650cc twin power source debuted on the 1994 Sea-Doo XP.
Major upgrades on the Rotax 657x engine compared to the base 657 were as follows:
- Tuned exhaust system with a slightly larger expansion chamber
- Two Mikuni BN-38I carburetors (the base 657 had two Mikuni BN-38s)
- Full circle counterweights
- Improved timing
Thanks to these advanced features, the Rotax 657x offered 80 HP, 10 HP more than its predecessor. With this more powerful engine, the top speed of the 1995 GTX 650 was about 45 mph.
Except for this engine upgrade and the sleeker mirrors, the 1995 Sea-Doo GTX 650 was almost identical to the ’94 model.
The ski measured 119 inches in length, 46.9 inches in width, and 47.4 inches in height, and it had a dry weight of 484 pounds.
Standard features of the 1995 Sea-Doo GTX 650 included:
- Electric start
- Handlebar-mounted engine stop button
- Tether cord
- 8.7-gallon fuel tank
- 95 oz. oil reservoir
- Fuel tank reserve
- Deck mats
- Overheating warning device
- Manual reverse
- Removable storage compartment
- Rear grab handle
- Rear vent grill
- Docking eyelets
- Bile drain plugs
- Fuel level gauge (with low-oil warning light)
- Electric fuel level gauge
- Injection oil low-level warning device
- Water tank trap drains
- Dual mirrors
- Tool kit
A unique “Touring Seat” was also offered on GTX and GTS models as an option. Its bolted design provided great support for riders’ backs, resulting in higher comfort and better handling.
Due to its design, this seat offered comfortable rides for only two people, whereas the standard “bench-like” seat could accommodate three riders.
Although the GTX had a load limit of 496 pounds and was rated for one operator and two passengers, with three adult people it became very tippy. Therefore, this Sea-Doo was only recommended for two adult riders.
1996 Sea-Doo GTX 650 Specs Chart
For your convenience, we’ve compiled the 1995 Sea-Doo GTX 650 specifications into these charts!
1995 Sea-Doo GTX 650 Dimensions
|1995 Sea-Doo GTX 650||Dimensions and Capacities|
|Number of passengers||1 operator and 2 passengers|
|Overall length||303 cm (119 in)|
|Overall width||121 cm (46.9 in)|
|Overall height||95 cm (37.4 in)|
|Weight||209 kg (484 lb)|
|Load limit||225 kg (496 lb)|
|Hull Material||Composite (fiberglass)|
|Fuel tank||45 L (12 US gal)|
|Impeller shaft reservoir - Capacity||65 mL (2.2 US oz)|
|Impeller shaft reservoir - Oil level height||up to plug|
|Injection oil reservoir||4.5 L (1.2 U.S. gal.)|
1995 Sea-Doo GTG 650 Engine Specs
|1995 Sea-Doo GTX 650||Engine Specs|
|Engine type||Rotax 657x, 2-stroke|
|Induction type||Rotary valve|
|Exhaust system||Water-cooled/water injected|
|Lubrication - type||Oil injection|
|Lubrication - oil type||Sea-Doo Injection Oil|
|Number of cylinders||2|
|Displacement||650 cm3 (39.66 in3)|
|Maximum Power (approximately)||80 HP|
|RPM Limiter Operation @||7000 RPM (+ 100, -50)|
|Cooling Type||Water cooled, total loss type - Direct flow from propulsion unit|
|Fuel - type||Regular unleaded gasoline|
|Carburetor - type and number||Diaphragm type - Mikuni BN-38I - Quantity : 2|
1995 Sea-Doo GTX 650 Propulsion
|1995 Sea-Doo GTX 650||Propulsion|
|Propulsion system||Bombardier Formula pump|
|Jet pump type||Axial flow, single-stage|
|Impeller shaft reservoir oil type||Sea-Doo synthetic oil polyolester 75W90 Gear Lube – GL5|
|Pivoting angle of direction (nozzle)||~ 26°|
|Minimum required water level for jet pump||90 cm (3 ft)|
1995 Sea-Doo GTX 650 Electrical Features
|1995 Sea-Doo GTX 650||Electrical Features|
|Magneto generator output||160 W @ 6000 RPM|
|Ignition system type||Capacitor Discharge Ignition (Breakerless)|
|Spark plug - Make and type||NGK BR8ES|
|Spark plug - Gap||0.5 - 0.6 mm (.020-.024 in)|
|Starting system||Electric starter|
|Battery||12 V, 19 A|
|Starting system Fuse||5 A|
|Charging system Fuse||15 A|
1995 Sea-Doo GTX 650 Performance
|1995 Sea-Doo GTX 650||Performance|
|Cruising time at full throttle - Fuel tank without reserve||~ 1.08 hours|
|Cruising time at full throttle - Fuel tank reserve||~ 10 minutes|
|Maximum Speed *||45 mph|
|* 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 GTX Comparison Chart
|93||GTX 580||Rotax 587||60||465|
|94||GTX 650||Rotax 657||70||484|
|95||GTX 650||Rotax 657x||80||484|
|96-97||GTX 800||Rotax 787||110||578|
|98-99||GTX LTD||Carbed Rotax 947||130||645|
|98-01||GTX RFI||Rotax 787 RFI||110||642|
|00-02||GTX 951||Carbed Rotax 947||130||662|
|00-01||GTX DI||Rotax 947 DI||130||680|
|02-03||GTX DI||Rotax 947 DI||130||715|
1995 Sea-Doo GTX 650 For Sale
If you are considering purchasing one, you probably want to know where to find a Sea-Doo GTX 650 for sale. As this model vanished from the market in 1995, it’s already a collectible item, so finding one is not an easy task!
We recommend that you start your research on dedicated 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 1995 Sea-Doo GTX 650s for sale on Craigslist, PWC Trader, and other dedicated jet ski swap sites.
As a takeaway, we’ve answered the most common questions about the 1995 Sea-Doo GTX 650!
What is a Sea-Doo GTX 650?
The Sea-Doo GTX 650 was a vintage 3-seater sit-down PWC manufactured by BRP.
What Year did Sea-Doo Make the GTX 650?
Sea-Doo marketed the GTX 650 from 1994 through 1995.
How Many People Could Ride a 1995 Sea-Doo GTX 650?
The Sea-Doo GTX 650 was rated for three riders, but riding with two adult passengers was virtually impossible!
What Size was the 1995 Sea-Doo GTX 650?
The 1995 Sea-Doo GTX 650 was 119 inches long, 46.9 inches wide, and 37.4 inches high.
How Much Did a 1995 Sea-Doo GTX 650 Weigh?
The dry weight of the 1995 Sea-Doo GTX 650 was 484 pounds.
What Kind of Engine Did the 1995 Sea-Doo GTX 650 Have?
The 1995 Sea-Doo GTX 650 was powered by the dual-carb Rotax 657x engine. (650cc, 2-stroke, in-line twin.)
How Much Horsepower Did a 1995 Sea-Doo GTX Have?
The 1995 Sea-Doo GTX 650 provided 80 HP.
Did the Sea-Doo GTX 650 Have Reverse?
Yes, the Sea-Doo GTX 650 was equipped with manual reverse.
What Size Storage Compartment Did a Sea-Doo GTX 650 Have?
The Sea-Doo GTX 650 featured a 13.2-gallon front storage.
How Much Weight Could a Sea-Doo GTX 650 Hold?
The total weight capacity of the Sea-Doo GTX 650 was 496 pounds.
How Much Fuel Did a 1995 Sea-Doo GTX 650 Hold?
The 1995 Sea-Doo GTS utilized a 12-gallon fuel tank.
How Much Fuel Did a 1995 Sea-Doo GTX 650 Use?
The fuel consumption of the 1995 Sea-Doo GTX 650 was about 8.7 GPH at WOT.
Could the Sea-Doo GTX 650 Tow a Skier or a Wakeboarder?
Yes, the 1995 Sea-Doo GTX 650 was rated for three riders, so it could legally tow a skier.
Was the 1995 Sea-Doo GTX 650 a 2-Stroke Ski?
Yes, the 1995 Sea-Doo GTX 650 utilized a 2-stroke Rotax twin engine.
How Fast Did a 1995 Sea-Doo GTX 650 Go?
The top speed of a 1995 Sea-Doo GTX 650 was about 45 mph under ideal conditions.
How Much is a 1995 Sea-Doo GTX 650 Worth?
It’s hard to tell the exact price of a 1995 Sea-Doo GTX 650, as it strongly depends on its year, condition, and location. But as a rule of thumb, the prices typically range from $500 up to $2,500.
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