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Hey all,

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!
 

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Welcome to the forum! I would probably go for the 2up version given what you have said here. But you should be able to see for yourself at the dealer. On the maintenance side, I think that you won't have a problem. Seems like most stuff is easy to figure out if you know a little and are willing to do some research to figure out the rest.
 

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The Spark is not a comfortable cruiser for passengers. It's light, small, nimble, and features excellent power to weight ratio with the V-Tech tune, but comfy it is not. Best bang for the buck is the bare bones 2 Up with a V-Tech tune.

The 2 Up seat is very small in both length and width, so two adults are going to be a squeeze and that's not a bad thing depending on how you feel about your passenger :)

Being light, the Spark tends to ride over waves and crests versus through them like a heavier ski, which means you're going to get beat up, get wet, and probably have the time of your life. People buying the Spark should do so because they either want the cheapest thing possible, or they want something that no other ski manufactured today provides, that old school ride that gets you up close and personal with the water you're riding on. I've just started riding my Spark 2 Up with V-Tech and I walk away from the thing sore, bruised, and smiling broadly.

The Spark is a totally different ride than my 1.8 liter Yamaha FX Cruiser, and I'm glad I have both. The Yamaha has superior hole shot, top end speed, hook up in the rough, and comfy seating for 3, but the Spark eats the Yamaha alive at airtime and slower speed maneuvers. Different rides for different purposes. If you're looking for a ski that's comfy for passengers, I think there are better options, but if you want a ski that will give you, the driver, a thrill at low cost, the Spark can't be beat in the world of sit down watercraft.

Maintenance and repairs with the top half removed could not be easier. You'll have no problem keeping up with it.
 

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but if you want a ski that will give you, the driver, a thrill at low cost, the Spark can't be beat in the world of sit down watercraft.

Maintenance and repairs with the top half removed could not be easier. You'll have no problem keeping up with it.

Thanks for the replies guys. That is exactly what I am looking for. A low cost, thrill, that I can enjoy year after year. With this info I am leading more towards a bare bones 3up then. I dont want the IBR or convenience package. I can always buy the convenience package online via ebay at a later time. I will be riding mostly solo, but for the times I do have a passenger, I would rather have that extra seat room to make is somewhat more comfortable for both me and my rider.
 

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Thanks for the replies guys. That is exactly what I am looking for. A low cost, thrill, that I can enjoy year after year. With this info I am leading more towards a bare bones 3up then. I dont want the IBR or convenience package. I can always buy the convenience package online via ebay at a later time. I will be riding mostly solo, but for the times I do have a passenger, I would rather have that extra seat room to make is somewhat more comfortable for both me and my rider.

Exactly what I did. I contemplated the 2up, but test drove a 2up HO last year, and you can really tell the difference from the 60 to 90.

You wont regret the 3 up, and you'd be surprised how often you do have a passenger. I expected to be riding solo for most of the time, but almost every trip I have had a passenger, people love hopping on.

I got lucky and the dealer made a mistake, through in a convenience package at delivery due to a small snag in the ski I had ordered. I think you can do without the step, but the front storage bin is absolutely vital as far as I'm concerned. Without it there is just no room for anything.
 

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Exactly what I did. I contemplated the 2up, but test drove a 2up HO last year, and you can really tell the difference from the 60 to 90.

You wont regret the 3 up, and you'd be surprised how often you do have a passenger. I expected to be riding solo for most of the time, but almost every trip I have had a passenger, people love hopping on.

I got lucky and the dealer made a mistake, through in a convenience package at delivery due to a small snag in the ski I had ordered. I think you can do without the step, but the front storage bin is absolutely vital as far as I'm concerned. Without it there is just no room for anything.
That's what i've noticed as well, plus it having a passenger creates an opportunity to get someone to film the action ;)
 
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