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1988 Kawasaki JS550 JETSKI

Kawasaki JS550


Launch yourself into some wet and wild good times with the Kawasaki JET SKI 550. It packs all the high-performance features you've come to expect over the past 15 years from Kawasaki--the exclusive manufacturer of the world's only JET SKI watercraft.

The proven liquid-cooled engine and powerful jet impeller churn out a whopping 368 pounds of thrust, all wrapped up in an easy-handling251-pound hull. Its exclusive design is so compact, you can easily transport it to your favorite launching pad.

And once you're there—just push the electric starter, open the throttle, get up, and take off into the wild blue yonder. Riding is as easy as water skiing, and you decide what speed and direction to take.

And if you take a spill, it cools its jet and circles back around to pick you up. So, splash down on the 1988 JET SKI 550. And go where no man has gone before.

Kawasaki JS550
Kawasaki JS550

1988 Kawasaki JS550 JETSKI


  • Sleek, sheet-molded compound hull features a tough bumper rail.
  • Kawasaki JET SKI watercraft use shielded water-jet impellers, not propellers.
  • Electric starter gets you going at the push of a button.
  • Dry weight is just 251 pounds for easy maneuverability.
  • Cushioned handle pole folds down for easy transport and storage.
  • Super fuel economy keeps the good times rolling for just a few dollars a day.
  • Special bilge system automatically removes water from the engine compartment.
  • Super-shallow 8-inch draft lets you go almost anywhere there's two feet of water.
  • Loading or launching, the optional Tote-A-Ski makes it a breeze to wheel around your Kawasaki JETSKI watercraft.

1988 JS550-A7

Engine type2-stroke Twin
Displacement530 cc
Bore × stroke75 × 60 mm
Compression ratio5.7:1
Cooling systemWater-cooled
CarburetionDiaphragm type
IgnitionShielded CD
Maximum power41ps @6,250 rpm
Thrust368 pounds
Propulsion systemJet pump, mixed flow, single stage
Fuel capacity3.4 gallons
Minimum turning radius9 feet
Dimensions84 inches long, 24 inches wide, 25 inches high
Dry weight251 pounds
ColorOptic Red
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