Just wanted to introduce myself to the forum. I am Ken, 25, located in NJ.
I am looking to get my first PWC in the coming weeks, and am leaning towards getting a new 2015 spark. I am completely new to the PWC world, but have been boating all my life, so I am not completely new to being on the water.
I wanted to get your guys' (and gals) opinion on what spark to get. I am definitely getting the 90 HP high output model, no question about that. However, I am a bit torn between getting a 2up or a 3up. I would say that probably 65% of the time I will be riding solo, but there will be plenty of times that I have someone on the back. I was told the 2up is not that comfortable for 2 riders, and that it really should be ridden only as a solo ski, and that the 3 up is not really enough for 3 riders, and rides as a 2 person ski. Can anyone verify that?
To save some money, I really have no need to get the IBR or convenience package. While I think it would be nice to have the IBR for docking and safety reasons, I would rather save myself the $900 and not get it. (I know I know, the braking system can save my life, but for a 25 year old on a budget, I would rather save the money and put that towards the trailer) I can always buy the front storage bin off of ebay for cheaper than the dealer would sell it for. And the rear step can always be installed later on if needed. I am an athletic 25 year old, so I doubt I will have trouble getting on the ski without the rear step.
Lastly, how is the maintenance with the skis? I have a suzuki gsxr sportbike and do all the maintenance on that myself, I have no problem taking her apart and putting back together, so I think I will have absolutely no problem maintaining a spark.
With that being said, I thank you all in advance for your responses. I look forward to being on the water soon!