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2019-2021 Yamaha EXR Review and Specs [Video]

2019-2021 Yamaha EXR Review and Specs [Video]

The 2019-2021 Yamaha EXR was a sportier configuration of the base EX WaveRunner. Even though these skis shared the same platform, the EXR enjoyed a lighter NanoXcel2 hull material and a reflashed, 110hp engine option. In 2022, this ski was completed with some “Sea-Doo TRIXX-like” accessories and rebranded to the JetBlaster.

If you want to find out more about this pocket rocket Yamaha PWC, this post is for you.

We at JetDrift have compiled all you need to know under one roof!

Yamaha EXR Review

Yamaha EXR Hull

Classed as Rec-Lite PWCs, EX WaveRunners were released in 2017 to compete with the extremely popular Sea-Doo Spark series.

These skis were built on the tiny EX platform, measuring 123.6 inches in length, 44.5 inches in width, and 45.3 inches in height.

In 2019, Yamaha released a performance version of these skis, labeled the Yamaha EXR. Compared to the base EX, the EXR was not only more powerful, but it was also 60 pounds lighter.

This was no surprise since the body of the EXR was made of the innovative NanoXcel2, which ensured a dry weight of 540 pounds.

On the other hand, one of the main drawbacks of the EX/EXR hull was arguably its limited capacities.

Unlike larger WaveRunner platforms, it featured a tiny 1.8-gallon bow storage tray, a 2.1-gallon seat storage, and a 3.7-gallon glovebox. If we do the math, the overall storage capacity of the EXR was as low as 7.6 gallons.

What’s more, even though it was rated for three riders, the EXR was more of a solo machine.

Yamaha EXR Engine

As a rule of thumb, each EX-based WaveRunner was powered by the TR-1 engine, which was literally a marinized snowmobile engine.

This power mill was a naturally-aspirated, 4-stroke, 1049cc, fuel-injected, inline-3 High Output Yamaha marine engine. While standard EX models with this unit were rated at 102hp, the EXR cranked out 110hp thanks to a factory ECU reflash.

The key specs of this factory-modified TR-1 engine were as follows:

  • 4-stroke, inline-3 architecture
  • Displacement: 1049cc
  • Performance: 80.9 kW (110hp) at 8000 RPM
  • Bore x stroke: 82 x 66.2 mm
  • Compression ratio: 11.0:1
  • Lubrication: Dry sump
  • Ignition: TCI
  • Fuel system: Fuel injection
  • Start: Electric
  • Cooling system: Open loop
  • Spark plugs: NGK CR9EB

To take full advantage of the increased engine power, its 144mm high-performance jet pump was also upgraded with an extended jet nozzle plus a high-performance intake grate.

The latter featured a top-loader design that forced more water into the pump.

Yamaha EXR Features

Keeping a lighter weight and simplicity in mind, the EXR lacked some bells and whistles that came standard on the more advanced WaveRunners.

Yet, it featured the RiDE brake and reverse system, which made operating the EXR safer and easier.

Other features on the ski included:

  • 3.7-gallon glove compartment
  • 2.1-gallon seat storage
  • 1.8-gallon bow storage
  • 13.2-gallon fuel tank
  • Fire extinguisher holder
  • Water separator
  • Reboarding grip
  • Handgrip
  • Sponsons
  • Bow and stern eyes
  • Tow hook
  • Stern drain plugs
  • Hydro-Turf deck mats
  • One-piece saddle for 3
  • Engine shut-off switch
  • Engine shut-off cord
  • Rearview mirrors
  • Cooling water pilot outlet
  • Visibility spout
  • RiDE brake and reverse system

The digital information center of the EXR was also designed to provide a variety of information on the watercraft. The most important functions of this dash were as follows:

  • Fuel level meter
  • Shift indicator
  • Engine overheat warning indicator
  • Check engine warning indicator
  • Tachometer
  • Speedometer
  • Hour meter
  • Volt meter
  • Oil pressure warning indicator
  • Fuel level warning indicator

Yamaha EXR Top Speed and Performance

Thanks to its lightweight body and performance upgrades, the EXR was noticeably livelier than its EX siblings.

The advertised top speed of this WaveRunner was 54 mph at 8000 RPM, and test rides showed that it could actually do 54-55 mph under ideal conditions.

This means that the EXR was about 4-5 mph faster than the standard EX. Sure, the latter produced 102hp at 7300 RPM and had a significantly heavier body as well.

The claimed fuel consumption of the EXR was 8.7 gph at WOT, so its 13.2-gallon fuel tank offered a riding time of 1.51 hours.

Cruising at 5000 RPM the speed of the ski was 30-32 mph while getting 3.4-3.6 gph. At this comfortable speed, you could expect 3.5-4 hours of riding between fuel stops.

Along with its great power, the EXR was also known for its nimble attitude. Compared to full-sized PWCs it turned on a dime and could perform various tricks like doughnuts and power slides.

Therefore, this WaveRunner soon became a popular choice for many performance-minded riders, especially those who were looking for the best dollar-to-performance ratio.

Yamaha EXR Specs Charts

For your convenience, we’ve listed the key specs of the 2021 Yamaha EXR in these charts:

Engine Specs

2021 Yamaha EXREngine Specs
Type4-stroke, DOHC, TR-1 Yamaha marine engine
Number of cylinders3
Displacement1049 cm³
Bore and Stroke82.0 × 66.2 mm
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

2021 Yamaha EXRDrive System
Propulsion SystemJet pump
Jet Pump TypeAxial flow, single stage
Impeller RotationCounterclockwise
Jet Thrust Nozzle Angle24 + 24 °


2021 Yamaha EXRPerformance
Maximum output80.9 kW (110hp) at 8000 r/min
Maximum Fuel Consumption8.7 US gal/h (33.1 L/h)
Cruising Range at full throttle1.51 hr.
Trolling speed1500 +/- 100 r/min


2021 Yamaha EXRDimensions
Overall Length123.6 in (3.14 m)
Overall Width44.5 in (1.13 mm)
Overall Height45.3 in (1.15 mm)
Dry Weight540 lb (245 kg)
Maximum people on board3 person
Maximum load capacity496 lb (225 kg)

Fuel and Oil

2021 Yamaha EXRFuel 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 SG, SH, SJ, SL
Fuel tank capacity13.2 US gal (50 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 this popular Yamaha personal watercraft:

What is a Yamaha EXR?

The EXR was a “performance Re-Lite” WaveRunner built on the tiny EX platform.

When did the Yamaha EXR Come Out?

The EXR WaveRunner had been marketed from 2019 through 2020 when it was rebranded for JetBlaster.

What Size was a Yamaha EXR?

The EXR measured 123.6 inches in length, 44.5 inches in width, and 45.3 inches in height.

How Much Did a Yamaha EXR Weigh?

The dry weight of the EXR was only 540 pounds.

How Many People Could Ride on an EXR?

The Yamaha EXR was rated for three riders.

What Kind of Engine was in the Yamaha EXR?

The power source of the EXR was a 4-stroke, naturally-aspirated, 1049cc, inline-3, TR-1 Yamaha marine engine upgraded for 110hp.

Was the EXR Fuel Injected?

The Yamaha EXR featured a fuel injection system.

How Much HP Did a Yamaha EXR Have?

The Yamaha EXR delivered 110hp (80.9 kW) at 8000 RPM.

How Much Oil Did an EXR Hold?

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

How Much Fuel Did a Yamaha EXR Hold?

The Yamaha EXR held 13.2 gallons of fuel.

How Much Fuel Did an EXR Use?

The fuel economy of the Yamaha EXR was 8.7 gph at WOT.

What was the Fuel Range of the Yamaha EXR?

The cruising range of the EXR was 1.5 hours at full throttle.

How Fast Did a Yamaha EXR Go?

The claimed top speed of the Yamaha EXR was 54 mph.

Could the Yamaha EXR Tow a Skier or Wakeboarder?

Due to its three-seater saddle, the EXR could legally tow a wakeboarder, but it wasn’t the best WaveRunner for tow sports.

Did the EXR Have a Trim System?          

The Yamaha EXR was manufactured without a trim system.

Did the Yamaha EXR Have a Brake and Reverse System?                           

This WaveRunner was marketed with the innovative RiDE electric brake system.

How Much Does a Yamaha EXR Cost?

The asking price of a used Yamaha EXR varies between $7,000 and $9,000 depending on the year and its condition.