Pedal drive kayaks are becoming more and more popular, especially with anglers as they give hands free propulsion allowing the fisherman to cast and play a fish whilst moving. The Mako 12 from Riot comes with the new Impulse drive – this propeller system allows the kayaker to pedal both forwards and backwards controlling the direction of the kayak with a hand operated rudder. The Impulse Drive unit is very light and can easily be removed and securely clipped to the bow of the kayaks when in shallow water.

The Mako is very well thought out with a very comfortable seat that can be moved back and forth on rails to accommodate for different height pedalers. The Riot Mako 12 is slightly larger than the Mako 10 at 12’4” and better suited to heavier paddlers with a capacity of just over 210kg – but even this only weighs 33kg with the seat and drive removed.

Despite its light weight, the Mako has a full complement of fishing accessories already fitted including several gear tracks, flush mounted rod holders and even a fully fitted anchor trolley on each side.


Overview of the Riot Kayaks Mako 12 Pedal Drive Kayak with features and specifications.

Powered by Riot's Impulse Drive, the lightest drive on the market.

When you first unpack your Mako Kayak Impulse Drive, there are some things to set up and install. This video walks you through this process step by step to get you on your way faster.


Installing the Impulse Drive:

Overview of the Mako Kayak Impulse Drive: This video shows how to quckly set up your Impulse Drive for your Mako Kayak from when you first unwrap it. The 2nd half of the video shows you all the parts of the drive for maintenance and replacement parts plus how to service and maintain your drive.

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Stability test

Best features courtesy of Kayak Angler Fishing Magazine

If you need any further help or advice about the Riot Mako 12 with Impulse Pedal Drive please get in touch by email, phone or visit any one of our stores.

Here's a video comparing the Pedal drive (our Impulse) system and Mirage drive.


* Pedals backwards and forwards
* Also paddles well using a conventional kayak paddle
* Removable Pedal Drive
* 4 flush and a swivel rod holder     
* Handheld rudder control
* Deep Keel for perfect tracking
* Easily adjustable Vantage Seat
* Large Well on Bow and Stern 
* 6" round hatch at the rear

* 10' Hatch in Front
* Scupper Plugs
* Carry handles 
* Paddle Keeper

* Anchor Pulley 


Model Weight Length Width Capacity
MAKO 12 33 kg 12'4" / 3.76m 34" /86.4 cm 470 lbs. / 213 kg
  40kg's inc seat and drive      

Specifications : Material : High Density Polyethylene (HDPE) with grade 12 UV stabilizer


SKU S0314RIO010-21
Brand Riot

Initial Review

By: on 23 December 2021
So far I’ve only taken the kayak out three times all around Clarkes Point and Cockatoo Island around Sydney outer harbour. It’s very stable especially with all the ferries in and out of Circular Quay. Really enjoying the experience after many years of just fishing off the bank and now being able to have access to all the inlets around Sydney, The main issue i have is the steering. Depending on where the seat is situated dictates where the steering lever is. The steering is controlled by a series of cables unfortunately the setup means that there are a number of kinks in the cable that make steering quite difficult. Looking online I’m not the first to have this problem. I’m currently looking at trying to reduce the number of kinks to make the steering more responsive. My fishing buddy has a really old Holbie and the steering control has a direct link to the rudder with no kinks - I’ll be trying to replicate this in changes I’ll make to my kayak. Getting a kayak is a totally new experience and there are so many extras items with additional costs to take into account BUT it is all worth it as you have so much freedom in where you fish and at the same time see how the other half live in their pricey pads.

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