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2016 Yamaha V1 and V1 Sport Review and Specs [Video]

2016 Yamaha V1 and V1 Sport Review and Specs [Video]

The 2016 Yamaha V1 was a 2014 Yamaha VX Sport upgraded with the all-new TR1 engine. This entry-level WaveRunner was also marketed in the 2015 season with the old MR1 engine as an option.

If you want to find out more about this affordable WaveRunner, this post is for you.

We at JetDrift have compiled all you need to know into this 2016 Yamaha V1 review!

2016 Yamaha V1 Review

Hull and Top Deck

The Yamaha V1 series inherited its hull and top deck from the first generation (2005-2014) VX WaveRunner line.

While the VX family received a redesigned NanoXcel body for the 2015 season, the “old” VX hull remained in production for the V1 line.

Keeping low manufacturing costs in mind, this shell was still made of traditional fiberglass-reinforced plastic (FRP). It measured 126.8 inches in length, 46.1 inches in width, and 45.7 inches in height.

Unlike the more advanced VX models, the V1 came standard with a flatter seat, which could still accommodate three riders up to 530 pounds.

In terms of storage capacity, the ski could carry a total of 15 gallons of gear in its 1.8-gallon glovebox and 13.2-gallon bow storage.

The ski also got the standard 18.5-gallon fuel tank, which ensured many hours of play.


Unlike its predecessors with the de-tuned MR1 engine, which was derived from the R1 motorcycle, the 2016 V1 returned with a purpose-built Yamaha marine engine.

Labeled as TR1, this 4-stroke, liquid-cooled, 1049cc, DOHC triple was rated at 110hp. It enjoyed many innovative features, the most important of which were as follows:

  • 4-stroke, inline-3 architecture
  • Bore x stroke: 82.0 x 66.2 mm
  • Compression ratio: 11.0:1
  • Dry sump lubrication
  • DOHC
  • T.C.I. ignition
  • Fuel injection system
  • Electric start
  • Open-loop cooling system
  • NGK CR9EB spark plugs
  • Flywheel magneto charging system
The key advantage of this new power source was its lightweight construction, which decreased the dry weight of the V1 from 736 to 672 pounds.


The Yamaha V1 was designed to be the simplest Yamaha WaveRunner available, which was reflected in its features.

It lacked many bells and whistles like a reboarding step and a brake and reverse system. Yet, it came standard with several useful features that had already become essential on all modern PWCs.

In a nutshell, the most important of these were as follows:

The digital multifunction gauge on the V1 was designed to display a lot of useful information, including:
  • Speedometer
  • Tachometer
  • Fuel level meter
  • Hour meter/Voltmeter
  • Check engine warning indicator
  • Engine overheat warning indicator
  • Fuel warning indicator
  • Oil pressure warning indicator
  • “WARNING” light

Top Speed and Performance

Even though the V1 was the slowest WaveRunner in the mid-2010s, its power was still enough for average riders.

Under ideal conditions, it topped out at 52-54 mph and could do the 0-30mph sprint in 2.5 seconds.

Its innovative 4-stroke TR1 engine was not only smooth and reliable, but it also built its reputation on great fuel economy.

The claimed WOT fuel consumption of the 2016 Yamaha V1 was 8.8 gph meaning that its 18.5-gallon fuel tank ensured roughly 2 hours of play time.

Cruising at an economical speed of 30 mph, this could go down to to 3.6-3.8 gph, which converted to a cruising range of circa 5 hours.

Besides its outstanding fuel economy, the TR1-powered V1 was also known for its reliability and affordability. This is no surprise since this ski was designed with rental companies in mind.

Its main competitor was the Sea-Doo Spark, which hit the market in 2014. Even though this tiny Sea-Doo was much more affordable, it was significantly smaller and only available with 60 or 90hp engine options.

2016 Yamaha V1 Sport Review

Yamaha offered its popular V1 WaveRunner in two different configurations.

The V1 was the base model and the V1 Sport was its more featured brother. The latter came standard with a reboarding step, a manual reverse bucket, and a custom color scheme. Due to these features, the Sport was 9 pounds heavier and 2 inches longer.

Apart from these, the two V1 WaveRunners were identical.

2016 Yamaha V1 Specs Charts

For your convenience, we’ve compiled the key specs of the 2016 Yamaha V1 and V1 Sport into these charts:

Engine Specs

2016 Yamaha V1/V1 SportEngine Specs
Type4-stroke, TR1 Yamaha Marine engine
Number of cylinders3
Displacement1049 cm³
Bore and Stroke82 × 66.2 mm (3.23 × 2.61 in)
Compression Ratio11.0:1
Lubrication systemDry sump
Cooling SystemWater cooled
Starting SystemElectric starter
Ignition SystemT.C.I.
Valve clearance-intake (cold):0.15-0.22 mm (0.0059-0.0087 in)
Valve clearance-exhaust (cold):0.26-0.32 mm (0.0102-0.0126 in)
Spark Plug Gap0.7-0.8 mm (0.028-0.031 in)
Spark Plugs TypeNGK CR9EB
Battery Capacity12 V 19 Ah
Charging systemFlywheel magneto

Drive Unit

2016 Yamaha V1/V1 SportDrive System
Propulsion SystemJet pump
Jet Pump TypeAxial flow, single stage
Impeller RotationCounterclockwise
Jet Thrust Nozzle Horizontal Angle24 + 24 °


2016 Yamaha V1/V1 SportPerformance
Maximum Output110hp
Maximum Fuel Consumption8.8 US gal/h (33.5 L/h)
Cruising Range at full throttle2.09 hr.
Trolling speed1500 +/-100 r/min


2016 Yamaha V1/V1 SportDimensions
Overall Length (V1)126.8 in (3220 mm)
Overall Length (V1 Sport)128.7 in (3270 mm)
Overall Width46.1 in (1170 mm)
Overall Height45.7 in (1160 mm)
Dry Weight (V1)672 lb (305 kg)
Dry Weight (V1 Sport)681 lb (309 kg)
Maximum people on board3 person
Maximum load capacity530 lb (240 kg)

Fuel and Oil

2016 Yamaha V1/V1 SportFuel and Oil
FuelRegular Unleaded Gasoline
Minimum Octane Rating86 PON / 90 RON
Recommended engine oilYAMALUBE 4W or 4-stroke motor oil
Recommended engine oil type SAESAE 10W-30, 10W-40, 20W-40, 20W-50
Recommended engine oil grade APIAPI SE, SF, SG, SH, SJ, SL
Fuel tank capacity18.5 US gal (70 L)
Engine oil quantity (w/ oil filter)3.59 US qt. (3.4 L)
Engine oil quantity (w/o oil filter)3.38 US qt. (3.2 L)
Total Amount3.91 US qt. (3.7 L)
These charts are for informational purposes only! For exact specifications, please refer to the factory manual.


As a takeaway, we’ve answered the most common questions about the 2016 Yamaha V1:

What is a 2016 Yamaha V1?

The 2016 V1 was an entry-level runabout Yamaha WaveRunner powered by the TR1 engine.

What Years Did Yamaha Manufacture the V1?

Yamaha offered the V1 WaveRunner in 2015 with the MR1 engine and in 2016 with the TR1 engine.

What Size was a 2016 Yamaha V1?

The 2016 Yamaha V1 was 126.8 inches long, 46.1 inches wide, and 45.7 high. In contrast, its Sport variant was 1.9 inches longer due to its reboarding step.

How Much Did a 2016 Yamaha V1 Weigh?

The 2016 Yamaha V1 weighed 672 pounds dry while the 2016 V1 Sport weighed 681 pounds dry.

How Many People Could Ride on a Yamaha V1?

The 2016 Yamaha V1 could carry three riders.

What Kind of Engine was in the 2016 Yamaha V1?

The heart of the 2016 Yamaha V1 was a 4-stroke, 1049cc, fuel-injected, inline-4, TR1 Yamaha marine engine.

Was the 2016 Yamaha V1 Supercharged?

This ski had a naturally aspirated engine configuration.

Was the 2016 Yamaha V1 Fuel Injected?

The Yamaha V1 featured a fuel injection system.

How Much HP Did a 2015 Yamaha V1 Have?

The 2015 Yamaha V1 was rated at 110hp.

How Much Oil Did a Yamaha V1 Hold?

The Yamaha V1 held 3.91 quarts of engine oil, of which 3.59 quarts were replaceable (w/ filter).

How Much Fuel Did a 2016 Yamaha V1 Use?

The 2016 Yamaha V1 was 8.8 gph at WOT and about 3.6-3.8 gph at 30 mph.

What was the Fuel Range of the 2015 Yamaha V1?

The cruising range of this ski was 2.09 hours at WOT.

How Fast Did a 2016 Yamaha V1 Go?

The top speed of a 2015 Yamaha V1 WaveRunner was about 53-54 mph on the GPS.

Did the 2016 Yamaha V1 Have a Trim System?                

The 2016 V1 was designed without a manual trim.

Did the Yamaha V1 Have a Brake or Reverse?  

The V1 lacked a brake and reverse system, while the V1 Sport came standard with a manual reverse.

How Much Does a 2016 Yamaha V1 Cost?

The asking price of a nice 2016 Yamaha V1 varies between $5,000 and $8,000 depending on its condition.