2008 Kawasaki Teryx 750 4X4 Review

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2008 Kawasaki Teryx 750 4X4

We knew it was coming, and we’ve written about it , but until the launch in St. George, Utah in January, ATV.com hadn’t had a to ride Kawasaki’s highly-anticipated side-by-side offering, the Teryx 750

It was worth the wait.

Kawasaki’s with the Teryx was to design a mainly for recreation and sport, but enough versatility to help out work needed to be done. we didn’t fly across the country to around rocks and perform labor, we spent our time just how much fun we could and what the Teryx could

Sand Hollow State which is just a short from downtown St. George, was a spot to put the Teryx to the test. miles of open, rolling dunes, long stretches of sand washes and a very and varied rock crawling it was a dream site to try out a new vehicle.

the Teryx is Kawasaki’s beloved V-twin, the same engine charges the Brute Force

“It’s our trademark V-Twin which we’ve developed for ATVs about six years It’s a very capable plant,” Kawasaki product Vince Iorio told . “The thing that it different is that it’s a V-twin, so having two cylinders at 90 degrees virtually eliminates It’s almost a self-balancing

We have very little and twice the torque.

“The does weigh a little than a single cylinder, but in type of product we wanted a amount of horsepower on tap and we wanted a amount of torque on tap and the V-Twin does it for us.”

After a full day of riding the it’s hard to argue Iorio. The V-twin is plenty and it won’t take long for the to find a way to greatly increase the abundant horsepower.

Torque is a of the 750 V-twin and it certainly isn’t on the Teryx. Low-end torque was most impressive, as on more one occasion we went from a stop to launching up ridiculously and uneven rocks. The Teryx is a of a climber.

Only one climb got the of us on test day, but it had more to do terrain and tire pressure lack of power. We attempted to a tall, steep sand but we only got about half-way up the Teryx could go no further. in mind, though, that we riding on stock tires stock air pressure.

Proper tires or lower air pressure would have made the in the climb, but Kawasaki wanted us to a completely stock unit.

the company is understandably keen on the it was the Teryx’s suspension that caught our eye. No matter kind of abuse we dished we served up plenty–the suspension up everything.

“We took a lot of care in it (the suspension) together,” Iorio. “The premium we put in this base-model product it stand out.

“You’ve got a that you can take on a sidehill and comfortable. You don’t feel it’s going to fall in on You can take it through rocky and you don’t lose fillings.”

A chassis up front allowed for A-arms with adjustable shocks, which provide 7.5 of travel. In the back is the all-important rear suspension (IRS) and gas-charged shocks with which also provide 7.5 of travel.

With the pedal floored on the sand washes, whatever or ruts we rolled over melted away. The IRS helped all four wheels firmly on the at top speed, giving the driver a lot of

The dunes at Sand Hollow littered with natural Though we wouldn’t normally flying through them at top in any vehicle, since we were the limits we gave it our all. goodness for seatbelts and helmets, the quick ups and downs of whoops takes its toll on you, and our efforts we couldn’t bottom out the

While crawling over rock sections, the suspension to the occasion again. Not only did the IRS the wheels down to provide when we needed to power a tricky climb, but the 11.3 of ground clearance would not been possible with a axle. Without the additional there’s no telling how often we have gotten hung up or the bottom of the Teryx.

When the day we really didn’t think have all four wheels off the for any length of time. This was one of rare times when good to be wrong.

Kawasaki led our to a dune that would act as a launching pad for a good long We started out taking it fairly to make sure we wouldn’t be on the landing–but soon found screaming into the jump as as we could.

Let’s be honest—no one was around like motocross as the Teryx, full of fluid, our and one rider, was tipping the scales at 1,600 pounds. Even all that weight, though, we well off the ground–just check the gallery for proof. Even all this jumping, the suspension up every single time.

Surely the soft sand but the landings were all smooth and and we were able to just off without losing control and around again for another

A nice addition from on the Teryx is a variable front control. You can lock or unlock the wheels on the fly. To lock the wheels you just pull on the handle located between the and passenger. Unlocking it is somewhat especially if you’re moving, as it a little more finesse.

A switch on the dash might be a option, but that is hardly a bone of contention.

Though we use them much while up the dunes, the brakes performed when on the steep, rocky The multi-disc rear brake is completely enclosed and operated in a oil bath. According to Kawasaki, it has an unlimited service life as is nothing—namely pads—to wear

Up front is a pair of dual brakes.

Kawasaki worked Maxxis to design the 26-inch especially for the Teryx. Whether crawling or speeding around dunes, they performed fine and the strong side will no doubt come in over the long-term.

Bucket offer plenty of comfort, but most practical feature is the drainage hole. If it rains or if you to spill whatever beverage carrying, the drainage hole the water from building up and you. It seems like a detail, but driving around a dry rear end certainly beats the

Portability of the Teryx is a feature took seriously. At 58.7 wide and 115.4 inches the Teryx is still capable of into the back of a full-size truck, eliminating the need for a

With a towing capacity of pounds and a cargo bed that can an additional 500 pounds, the Teryx is a worker when need be. The cargo net with tie downs all our gear securely in place the day.

A very solid the Teryx could still from a few changes on future

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To avoid delaying the launch of the Kawasaki says, it chose to use instead of waiting for an electronic injection (EFI) system to be To be fair, in our tests, the vehicle well for us all day, but EFI would be an especially if you ride in various Though Kawasaki didn’t when, exactly, the Teryx is to be fitted with EFI within the two years.

Outside of fuel we noted the absence of a speedometer or any of digital meter on the base Kawasaki does not include the meter and a few other non-performance as a pricing strategy, and we understand but it’s just a convenience grown accustomed to. A digital is available as an option for an additional and is a standard item on the Teryx LE edition).

Neither the base Teryx nor the limited edition with a digital gas gauge. You can get a on fuel level on the translucent on the molded tank, but why not make it and just include it in the digital

Another issue we ran into the cargo bed. We loaded up our gear and some luggage the test and by the time we finished the black paint started to away and the bare metal of the bed was If the paint can’t stand up to luggage, how would it handle a of rocks?

A spray liner is a if you plan to haul anything Teryx.

As much fun as we had on the Teryx, the that most interests is who is going to buy it?

Iorio says is expecting the Teryx, and UTVs in to attract a lot of new people into the market. He also says will be a lot of migration coming different powersports activities.

that have had ATVs may be to them because of their says Iorio. “You can a passenger and have a nice together, as opposed to being between two vehicles and having difficulties.

“We’re attracting people. Not just the ‘go fast’ but people who like the off-road and who want to experience the beauty of a like this and don’t to buy a jeep and don’t want to buy an It’s kind of like a new

The UTV market has gotten a lot more recently, but Kawasaki thinks the fills a gap that consumers and compares favorably to other in the class.

Polaris’ Ranger RZR has power and speed, but the Teryx has ground clearance and a lot more space. Kawasaki says its vehicle is also better at and is more stable. Also, the RZR is almost pure sport, the has more utility.

Versus the Yamaha Rhino, says the Teryx has the edge in torque, speed and stability.

Cat’s Prowler, according to has less power and torque the Teryx, as well as a higher of gravity.

As far as price is concerned, at the base model Teryx is less than the Ranger $700 less than the 700 and $400 less than the XT 650 (the base Prowler 650 is less than the Teryx).

The LE, which Kawasaki expects outsell the base model by 20%, will run an additional It’s the version we would as it comes with the digital cup holders, hard top, windshield and a tilting cargo bed gas assist.

For the hunters out there, the also comes in an NRA Outdoors for US$11,349 and features dual gun Not only does it have a paint job, but the dashboard, cup hard top and wheels are also

For an additional cost, Kawasaki has a list of accessories for the Teryx, a heater and modular cab. aftermarket parts and accessories begin appearing in short so customization won’t be an issue.

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