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Old 25 August 2005, 22:16   #1
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Need Help choosing engine

Hey im about 2 days away from ordering my new RIBCRAFT 5.85 but i still am trying to decide on the engine. Its between the Honda 90 and 115 4 strokes....would there be much of a performance difference? I know the weight is signifcantly different and during those rough days the 90 will be better for handling and such but the 115 will give me that extra oomfff that im looking for THanks
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Old 26 August 2005, 08:04   #2
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Old 26 August 2005, 08:31   #3
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Old 26 August 2005, 08:34   #4
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heh ok
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Old 27 August 2005, 19:20   #5
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will a 115 optimax go much faster/smoother/overall perform better than the honda 115?
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Old 27 August 2005, 19:36   #6
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When i bought mine - the salesman said i would quickly get bored of a 90.

So i thought ah f**k it - and got the biggest suzuki it would take.

Someone on this forum siad before.

Horse Power - Its better to be looking at it, than looking for it.

i.e. its better to have it and not use it than be wishing youd got a bigger engine everytime you take the boat out.
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Dont know about the difference regarding speed, the opti should be lighter, no valves, cam shafts, sump oil ,etc,
The opti will be more responsive especially on take off, probably rev a little higher being a two stroke.

What price are you paying for gasolene now with the two wars in the Middle East, prices have edged up in Europe now, will this be a consideration now in the US or does it matter.
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When i bought mine - the salesman said i would quickly get bored of a 90.

So i thought ah f**k it - and got the biggest suzuki it would take.

Someone on this forum siad before.

Horse Power - Its better to be looking at it, than looking for it.

i.e. its better to have it and not use it than be wishing youd got a bigger engine everytime you take the boat out.
I forgot - the other reason i ended up choosing the 140 was because those guys at suzuki managed to produce a 140 that weighed 3kg less than the 90 so i didnt have to worry about loosing some of the performance gained by the extra hp to extra weight.

Thats probably not the case with the hondas - i understood that the honda 130 was quite a heavy lump.

Still i met a guy out on the water the other day who swore by them - said he wouldnt buy anything else.
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prices are still around 2.50 USD per gallon here...its about 5 USD per Gallon in europe according to my fam in Greece
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Old 27 August 2005, 20:15   #10
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forgot to add..my only real concern is rough water capability. Im not gonna get anything lower than a 115 because i do want to be able to open it up on a nice calm day and fly but on those rough days we get around here i dont want to be landing stern heavy each time....Sand bag in the bow help? lol
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