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1995-1997 Kawasaki 750SXi Review and Specs [Video]

1995-1997 Kawasaki 750SXi Review and Specs [Video]

The Kawasaki 750SXi was the flagship stand-up Jet Ski in Kawasaki’s fleet from 1995 through 1997. It inherited its 2-stroke, 743cc, vertical twin from the predecessor 750SX, but it featured a more powerful, dual-carb engine configuration rated at 75 HP. The 750SXi was phased out by the more advanced 750SXi Pro, which debuted for the 1998 model year.

If you want to find out more about this 2-stroke stand-up Kawasaki Jet Ski, this post is for you.

We at JetDrift have compiled all you need to know into this Kawasaki 750SXi review!

1995-1997 Kawasaki 750SXi Review

The 750cc Kawasaki stand-up jet ski family included three models, which were as follows:1992-1995 750SX1995-1997 750SXi

1998-2000 750SXi Pro

In this post, we’ll review the popular dual-carb 750SXi, but you can find out more about its siblings by following the links above.

Kawasaki 750SXi Hull

Kawasaki introduced the high-performance 750SXi for the 1995 model year, as a more advanced configuration of the discontinued 750SX.

These models shared the same platform measuring 87 inches in length, 27.6 inches in width, and 26.8 inches in height.

Compared to the outdated “JS” Kawasaki hull, this one was far more maneuverable and featured a fresh design.

The dry weight of the SXi was 328.5 pounds, 11 pounds more than the 750SX. This is no surprise since it featured a more powerful engine configuration.

Let’s get down to the nitty-gritty and talk about this power source in detail!

Kawasaki 750SXi Engine and Propulsion

The Kawasaki 750SXi inherited its 2-stroke, 743cc, vertical twin marine engine from the 750SX.

But while the latter was a single-carb, “small-pin” configuration rated at 63 HP and ported for more bottom end power, the 750SXi had a twin-carb, “big pin” engine design rated at 75 HP and ported for a higher top speed.

This high-performance power mill was designed with many advanced features, including:

The 1995 750SXi featured dual Keihin CDK 40-31 carburetors, which were replaced by two Mikuni BN40I carbs for the 1996 model year.

Compared to the Keihin carbs, the Mikunis were easier to tune and their parts were more affordable.

The dual carbs also added more complexity to the engine, which translated to a slightly lower reliability and more carb maintenance.The propulsion system of the 750SXi was a standard axial-flow, single-stage jet pump housing a 3-blade aluminum impeller, producing a maximum thrust of 628 pounds.

In contrast, the pump of the 750SX housed an aluminum impeller and was only rated at 551 pounds.

Kawasaki 750SXi Features

The 750SXi inherited its innovative features from the 750SX, which were as follows:

  • Handlebar-mounted start/stop button
  • Control panel
  • Choke knob
  • Fuel valve knob
  • Starter interlock switch
  • Thumb throttle
  • Throttle limiter
  • Automatic bilge pump
  • Fire extinguisher compartment
  • Storage compartment
  • 5-gallon fuel tank
  • 2.7 qrt. oil reservoir
  • Underwater exhaust outlet
  • Deck mats on the tray and the rails
  • Chin pad
  • Shut-off switch with safety lanyard
The key advancement of the of the 750SXi over its predecessor was that it was already equipped with an innovative shut-off switch.

After three years of production, the 750SXi was phased out by the race-intended SXI Pro for 1998.

Kawasaki 750SXi Handling and Riding Experience

The claimed fuel consumption of the 750SXi was 8.2 GPH at WOT, so its 5-gallon fuel tank offered a cruising range of 29 miles or a riding time of 37 minutes.

Thanks to its powerful engine and pump, the top speed of the 750SXi was a whopping 50 mph on good days.

Although it was very fast, it lacked bottom-end power and was very difficult to handle at higher speeds.

To fix this issue, the SXi Pro returned with a redesigned hull, which was slightly slower than the SXi but offered much more precise handling.

Kawasaki 750SXi Specs Charts

For your convenience, we’ve compiled the key specs of the 1996 Kawasaki 750SXi into these charts:

Kawasaki 750SXi Engine Specs

Kawasaki 750SXiEngine Specs
Engine type2-stroke, vertical twin, crankcase reed valve, water-cooled
Displacement743 mL (45.3 cu in.)
Bore and stroke80.0 x 74.0 mm (3.15 x 2.91 in.)
Compression ratio7.0 : 1
Ignition systemMagneto CDI (digital)
Lubrication systemOil injection (break-in period: oil injection and gas/oil mixture 50:1)
CarburetorKeihin CDK 40-31 x 2
Starting systemElectric
Battery12 V 18 Ah
Engine oil type2-stroke, NMMA Certified for Service TC-W II or TC-W 3
Engine oil tank capacity2.6 L, 2.7 qt (US)

Kawasaki 750SXi Tuning Specifications

Kawasaki 750SXiTuning Specifications
Spark Plug TypeNGK BR8ES
Spark Plug Gap0.7 ∼ 0.8 mm (0.028 ∼ 0.032 in.)
Ignition Timing13° BTDC @1250 r/min (rpm) - 20.2° BTDC @4000 r/min (rpm)
Carburetor Idle Speed - in water1 250 ±100 r/min (rpm)
Carburetor Idle Speed - out of water1 700 ±100 r/min (rpm)
Compression Pressure1 236 kPa (12.6 kg/cm2) 179 psi

Kawasaki 750SXi Drive System

Kawasaki 750SXiDrive System
CouplingDirect drive from engine
Jet Pump TypeAxial flow, single stage
Jet Pump Static Thrust285 kg (628 lb)
SteeringSteerable nozzle
BrakingWater drag

Kawasaki 750SXi Performance

Kawasaki 750SXiPerformance
Minimum Turning Radius2.9 m (9.5 ft)
Draft (Stationary)200 mm (7.9 in)
Fuel Consumption31 L/hr (8.2 US gal/hr) @full throttle
Cruising Range (1)47 km (29 mi) @full throttle
Cruising Range (2)37 minutes

Kawasaki 750SXi Dimensions

Kawasaki 750SXiDimensions
Overall length87.0 in (2210 mm)
Overall width27.6 in (700 mm)
Overall height26.8 in (680 mm)
Dry Weight149 kg (328.5 lbs)
Fuel tank capacity5.0 US gal (19 L) including 0.6 US gal (2.3 L) reserve
These charts are for informational purposes only! For exact specifications, please refer to the factory manual.

Takeaways

As a takeaway, we’ve answered the most common questions about the Kawasaki 750SXi:

What is a Kawasaki 750SXi?

The 750SXi was a high-performance stand-up Jet Ski manufactured by Kawasaki.

When did the Kawasaki 750SXi Come Out?

The Kawasaki 750SXi debuted in 1995.

What Years Did Kawasaki Make the 750SXi?

Kawasaki marketed the 750SXi from 1995 through 1997.

What Size was a Kawasaki 750SXi?

The Kawasaki 750SXi measured 87 inches in length, 27.6 inches in width, and 26.8 inches in height.

How Much Did a Kawasaki 750SXi Weigh?

The dry weight of the Kawasaki 750SXi was only 328.5 pounds.

How Many People Could Ride on a Kawasaki 750SXi?

The Kawasaki 750SXi could carry only one rider.

What Kind of Engine was in the Kawasaki 750SXi?

The Kawasaki 750SXi was powered by a 2-stroke, vertical twin, 743cc, dual-carb Kawasaki marine engine.

Was the Kawasaki 750SXi Supercharged?

The Kawasaki 750SXi was powered by a naturally-aspirated engine.

Was the Kawasaki 750SXi a 2-stroke?

Yes, the Kawasaki 750SXi was powered by a 2-stroke engine.

How Much Horsepower Did a Kawasaki 750SXi Have?

The Kawasaki 750SXi produced 75 HP out of the box.

How Much Oil Did a Kawasaki 750SXi Hold?

The Kawasaki 750SXi had an oil injection system featuring a 2.7-quart oil tank.

How Much Fuel Did a Kawasaki 750SXi Hold?

The Kawasaki 750SXi was equipped with a 5-gallon fuel tank including a 0-6-gallon reserve.

How Much Fuel Did a Kawasaki 750SXi Use?

The claimed fuel consumption of the Kawasaki 750SXi was 8.2 GPH at full throttle.

What was the Fuel Range of the Kawasaki 750SXi?

The fuel range of the Kawasaki 750SXi was about 29 miles (or 37 minutes) at full throttle.

How Fast Did a Kawasaki 750SXi Go?

The claimed top speed of a Kawasaki 750SXi was 50 mph under ideal conditions.

Did the Kawasaki 750SXi Have a Reverse?          

No, the Kawasaki 750SXi didn’t have a reverse system.

Did the Kawasaki 750SXi Have a Brake?              

No, the Kawasaki 750SXi was manufactured without a brake system.

How Much Does a Kawasaki 750SXi Cost?

The asking price of a used Kawasaki 750SXi varies between $1,000 and $6,000 depending on the year and its condition.