For those of you guys who can't get enough thrills and spills, maybe this is the ultimate 'boy toy' for you! Who says bikes are just for on land. Now you can ride your bike high up in the air, on water doing crazy aerial tricks like 360 degree barrel rolls, and back flips. Insanity at it's best!
Welcome to the JETOVATOR! The revolutionary watersports accessory that makes use of your existing personal watercraft (PWC) in the most elevated way! As they put it, "It's the thrill of flying with the ease of riding a bike".
You can reach heights up to 30 ft. (9.14 m) and dive to depths of 10 ft. (3.05 m)! From there you can go like a bat-out-of-hell on the surface with speeds of up to 25-30 mph (40-48 km/h).
So How Does This Baby Actually Work?
The Jetovator does not come with its own power source and customers must acquire their own high output PWC in order to power the Jetovator. The Jetovator redirects the water thrust from the jet unit of the PWC along a forty foot hose to the Jetovator body. This water thrust is then used to propel and elevate the Jetovator into the air. The rider can also redirect the water thrust of the two front nozzles in order to maneuver the Jetovator in all directions.
The PWC, which provides the power, follows behind the Jetovator using the hose as a tether. It is similar to other water sports accessories like wake boarding or water skiing except the accessory is actually towing the boat rather than the other way around. The 40 foot connecting hose is attached to the PWC via a supplied thrust adaptor that re-directs the jet thrust 180 degrees to the front of the PWC. This thrust adapter can be easily installed and removed, allowing the PWC to still be used as normal.
Of course, all this means the standard Jetovator kit requires two people to operate it; a rider on the Jetovator controlling the height, and direction of the Jetovator, and a rider on the PWC controlling the throttle of the engine. Although this might sound complicated, generally the rider of the PWC just takes the throttle up to approximately 80% of full power and holds it there until the Jetovator rider is ready to come down (again, very similar to waterskiing or wakeboarding).
The site claims that the Jetovator is actually incredibly easy to learn to operate:
The idea of balancing atop a moving hose sounds impossible but the Jetovator provides such a stable platform that we can train just about anybody to operate it safely and proficiently in twenty minutes.
The Price Tag?
The Jetovator Standard Kit starts around $8,975 US and includes:
- Powder coated aluminum tubular frame with 1 fixed and 2 vectored nozzles
- Polyethylene body (provides vehicle floatation)
- Urethane padded seat, visor, and knee pads
- PWC Jet Unit Adaptor and Hose Mount (Seadoo, Yamaha, or Kawasaki)
- 40 foot long 4 inch diameter hose
- PWC Powered Nozzle (For Higher Speed)
- PWC Auxiliary Steering Attachment (For Enhanced Maneuverability)
Source(s): gizmag.com/, jetovator.com/