3up spark or 3up other?
I am stuck with the fact that I want a 2up spark for fun on the craft itself (Been pre approved by the wife for a $$$ amount that basically gets me in a base 3up or a 2up IBR/VTS in my area) but i think a GTI 130 would be a better "family" ski....
I guess I was referring to “any” 3-up for family use, over a 2-up. My thinking being get the one that offers the most options first. That’s what we did (with the VXR) and, once we had EVERYones’s foreseeable needs covered, we eventually began looking for more of a “lone rider pure-play” vehicle. Not to throw you a curve ball but, a buddy in a situation similar to yours was tagging along with me as I shopped for a TRixx AND while I was also still trying to decide between a 2-up and 3-up myself. He’d already ridden our VXR last summer so, the more time he spent looking at Sparks (and totally unbeknownst to me) he quietly started asking himself questions about things like storage, fuel tank capacity, engine access, etc. It was great to have him tag along with me but, to be honest, I was relieved when he went and ordered a Yama EX. FOR HIS FAMILY, that choice makes loads more sense - again, that’s for his SITUATION. I think the price points are close, not sure. I know he is on a tight budget til things in his profession pick back up ...
.... . How much my family actually wants to ride 2-3up and tube is I think a different amount than they say they want to do all of this.
Yowza, ya def gotta get some kind of firm answer nailed down or else the potential for buyer remorse / regret (on anyone’s part: yours, the spouses, any one of the kids, etc.) is way up there. OTOH, it’s March so, you still have weeks (or more, depending upon your location) before dealers are dealing with all the “it’s warm now; last minute nellies
” pouring into showrooms.
How old are the kids? That’s a huge factor in my experience as, no matter what an 11 year old “says”, as soon as they’ve had some experience riding on (or behind) one, they’re gonna want to drive it, as soon as your states reg.s say they are of legal age (as young as 14 where I am, if they complete a cert. course (my 8yoa a 13yoa grandkids already have the entire course memorized and could teach the class, they ARE READY ha-ha!
I do not know ANYthing about the GTI line but, if my family did not already have a 3-up (Yama VXR) I would have gone with a 3-up as GreenHornet2’s assessment echoes what everyone else I’ve talked to has told me :
...I have ridden two adults on my 2up but it isn't comfortable and 2 up or 3 up the ski feels funny. It's not ideal for multi person riding if you ask me.
Now as for 2up vs 3up comparison. I got to test my 3up I added extended VTS too with my 2up. It does tail stands just fine. It does 180's as well. I would say it is about the same as the 2up but it does take a little more body English to throw it around, if you are lighter it might be a little more difficult but I am 230lbs 6'3. The 2 up is effortless the 3 up takes a just a little more effort but still well within satisfactory level for the smile factor.