Our Fleet of Yamaha v1's
The Yamaha V1 model takes advantage of the years of racing success from team Yamaha in its hull design and also the tuning of the 1052cc fuel injected four-stroke, four-cylinder marine engine. With plenty of storage to bring along some gear, reliable power, and controlled ride, the V1 is a good way for anyone to get started in personal watercraft.
The ride of the V1 is smooth and controlled with plenty of kick off the line. Turns are precise and forgiving. For that reason it's hard to get in trouble. The hull throws the spray low and out to the sides, even in wind. At speed, the ride is firm and not loose in any way. We cruised along at 30 to 32 mph most of the time, which was right around 6000 rpm. At that setting we were burning 3.2 gph which means at least 5.5 hours of running time, calculated with a 10% reserve.
Speed. All of our speed runs averaged 53 mph, which is more than respectable for a 1052cc engine. For those wondering if there is enough power, the answer is yes. Newcomers to the sport should not have the feeling that they should have gone bigger.
The back deck is 18'' in depth and covered with a soft mat from HydroTurf.
The V1 after all is a Yamaha, a company that is hyper-obsessed with details, and this is evident in all parts of this PWC. All components are high-quality and hardware is aircraft grade aluminum or stainless.
We think that the Yamaha V1 hits the mark when it comes to an PWC that offers a balance between features and performance for the whole family. It is well-built and offers a state-of-the-art engine with proven reliability.
1 to 3 persons capacity
15.1 gallons of storage capacity
Extended rear platform
Multifunction instrumentation panel
The Yamaha V1 is a watercraft that can be ridden in the standing or seated position.
A large focus was placed on the performance of the V1 with the use of the proven 1052cc four-cylinder, 4-stroke engine that has been designed specifically for use as a watercraft engine. The V1 has the right amount of power, thanks in part to the 155mm high pressure jet-pump unit that has been matched with the engine. Weight is also a factor in performance and the 736 lbs. (334 kg) of dry weight on the V1 is a good starting point, especially when factoring in a full 18.5 gallon (70 L) fuel tank at approximately 111 lbs. (50 kg), giving a rough operating weight of 847 lbs. (384 kg).
The Yamaha 1052cc four-cylinder, 4-stroke engine was designed specifically for use in watercraft and utilizes the latest technology, such as electronic fuel injection, advanced aluminum alloys and computerized engine control software.
There were two clear results from this: the first of which was a top speed of 53.7 mph at 8000 rpm while burning 7.4 gallons per hour. The second was the feeling of power in the lower speed range with passengers on board.
The 1052cc engine is a four-cylinder (not three) and has an exceptional computer mapping program which allows it to provide power and fuel economy in the midrange, normal operating speeds. For instance, during our test we spent most of our time driving around 25 to 35 mph between 5300 and 6500 rpm. At these speeds, the fuel burn was between 2.7 and 4.8 gallons per hour. This means a full tank of fuel will provide approximately five hours of normal operation.
The design of the hull and propulsion system are the most important elements of any PWC. The intake grate, ride plate and jet pump unit are manufactured from aluminum alloys which help reduce the effects of corrosion.
The 1.1L four-cylinder, 4-stroke marine engine is compact and Yamaha provides plenty of space all around it for easy access to any component.
The engine is connected via direct drive to a 155mm high-pressure jet pump unit. Direct drive means that there is no transmission involved and the output drive shaft from the engine connects with the impeller on it in the jet pump unit. The impeller itself is a three-blade design made from stainless steel. All the components of the jet pump unit are manufactured from an aluminum alloy which provides excellent anti-corrosion protection in salt water.
"Direct Drive" means there is no transmission or gearing between the crankshaft and the impeller.
The look of the Yamaha V1 speaks for itself.
When it came to the looks of the V1, Yamaha stayed true to its existing design aesthetics and chose simple flowing lines. We should note that the color on the V1, as with all Yamaha WaveRunners, is achieved through premium automotive paint and a clear coat. This is important with regard to significantly reducing the effects of fading from UV exposure. It also holds its fresh color and looks longer than gelcoat.
Towing with a PWC is a fun way to spend the day on the water and the V1 has well-placed and shaped hand holds for the aft facing observer.
The seat design on the V1 also facilitates an observer as towing has become popular with watercraft. There is a handhold behind the seat so an aft facing observer can feel secure while keeping an eye on what’s going on at the end of the tow line. The large aft deck and the foot wells are covered in non-slip matting and aid in the re-boarding process.
Yamaha V1 (2015-) Test Result Highlights
Top speed for the Yamaha V1 (2015-) is 53.7 mph (86.4 kph), burning 7.40 gallons per hour (gph) or 28.01 liters per hour (lph).
Best cruise for the Yamaha V1 (2015-) is 31.2 mph (50.2 kph), and the boat gets 10.06 miles per gallon (mpg) or 4.28 kilometers per liter (kpl), giving the boat a cruising range of 168 miles (270.37 kilometers).
Tested power is 1 x 1052cc Yamaha Marine engine .
Time from 0 to 30 of the Yamaha V1 (2015-) is 2.7 sec. seconds.