Best Sea Doo Brake is A Must-Have…
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“I want the Sea Doo brake.” That’s the refrain repeated at Sea-Doo dealers around the world. It comes from experienced jet ski riders and PWC beginners eager to own the best and safest technology on the water. Especially for Sea Doo tours and other PWC adventures.
Sea-Doo introduced their exclusive Intelligent Brake and Reverse (iBR) in 2008. Since then, it’s become the gold standard of the PWC industry. No wonder, because no other watercraft or recreational boat provides brakes. Or at least not one that works so well. So no other personal watercraft or recreational boat manufacturer delivers the effective stopping ability I have on my Sea Doo GTX 155!
Why We Need the Sea Doo Brake
As an enthusiastic jet ski rider, I can testify that iBR is a must-have innovation. What other kind of motor-powered vehicle operates without the benefit of brakes? In most cases, not having brakes or brakes that work is plain dumb, if not illegal. Think motorcycle, ATV or snowmobile. Do you want to ride any of them without brakes? In fact, as anyone who rides these other powered vehicles knows, your ingrained habit is to grab for a left hand brake lever whenever you want to slow down or stop suddenly. Riding on the water isn’t any different. And thanks to Sea-Doo’s on-water brake, now it isn’t.
How To Use the Sea Doo Brake
My first time riding with iBR, I got wet. I wanted to see for myself how brakes worked. So I clipped along at about 30 mph. Then, I slammed on the brake by squeezing the left hand brake very hard and fast. That Sea-Doo came to an abrupt halt nose down. A wall of water swept over me. Convinced that I could virtually stop on a dime (at least compared to PWC’s without brakes), I began to experiment with applying the Sea-Doo brake at various speeds.
With any hard squeeze of the brake lever all the way into the handlebar over 25 mph, I soaked myself. But that’s better than colliding with something, isn’t it? As with any other powered vehicle, the higher the speed at which I applied the brake, the longer the PWC took to come to a full stop. So having an on-water brake isn’t a licence to speed. Or not to be constantly vigilant. But it does provide incredible peace of mind from knowing that if you do get into a tight situation, your brake will works like a charm.
Sea Doo Brake Makes Touring Safer
Today, using the Sea-Doo brake is as much an ingrained habit for me as on any other motorized vehicle. And that’s exactly how I use it too. It’s integrated into my riding style the same as using the brake pedal in my automobile. A constant and frequent interplay back and forth between brake and throttle to speed up or slow down according to traffic and conditions. When used in this normal way, I never get wet. And – knock on wood – I’ve never even come close to getting into trouble.
So I can understand why so many people ask for “the one with the brake”. And boy oh boy, imagine their surprise at all the other amazing things iBR does to make riding your Sea-Doo watercraft a breeze. So check out my other product reviews!
The tips and advice in this article are the opinions of the author, may not work in every situation and are intended only for the convenience and interest of the reader, who has the personal responsibility to confirm the validity, accuracy and relevancy of this information prior to putting it to their own use.