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Introducing the Kawasaki Teryx 750 4x4 LE UTV

V-twin Power and Versatility


December 12, 2008
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photos by Kenny Jones and Adam Campbell

ImageStart with an IRS chassis, bolt on some adjustable gas-charged Kayaba shocks, slam in a first in class V-twin 749cc 90-degree V-twin engine and you have one heck of a ride! According to consumer research the name “Teryx”, is synonymous with words “big”, “powerful” and “outdoorsy”. Well, that’s what Kawasaki tells us anyway.

While we’re not big fans of the name, Kawasaki definitely did not disappoint with their latest entry into the side by side UTV market. The unveiling of the Teryx will definitely turn some heads. At first glance the Teryx looks almost like a cookie-cutter version of a Yamaha Rhino, but underneath there is a totally different machine.

ImageWith a push of a button the driver can easily activate 4WD. Further traction management is achieved via an ATV-style front differential control activated with this hand lever that functions like a rear hand brake and lets the driver lock the front wheels togetherThe mid-chassis mounted engine is the same one that is found in Kawasaki’s Brute Force 750 4x4. As for getting the power to the ground, Kawasaki did it right by including their velocity automatic transmission (CVT), which transfers the power from the big V-twin to the wheels smoothly and quickly.

The Teryx frame uses large-diameter thin-walled high-tensile tubular steel. Kawasaki said they were able to get necessary rigidity without performance draining weight. The LE version that we tested had plenty of room for our two full sized adults test drivers. It offers a digital meter with dual trip meters, a clock and hour-meter, a half-windshield, a hard top, dual retractable cup holders and a nifty 500-pound capacity gas-assisted tilting cargo bed.

The Kawasaki Teryx handles like it is on rails, it has gobs of sporty power to get you in and out of just about any situation - yet still packs plenty of payload capacity and a 1300 pound towing capacity to get your chores handled.

We spent a day at Sand Hollow Park in St. George, UT putting the Teryx through its paces. We showed up skeptical but left pleasantly surprised. Below are the opinions of Kawasaki’s new Teryx 750 4x4 from our test drivers Joe Tolle and Brad Phillips.

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