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The new Kawasaki Teryx Created Quite a Stir in the SxS market!
Even before the release of the Kawasaki Teryx 750, people were speculating that it might be the Side x Side to dethrone the established king of of the hill - the Yamaha Rhino. Now that the Teryx has been released, the buzz is still afoot as to whether this might be the side by side that will capture the market share from the well established Yamaha Rhino. Time will tell whether the Teryx really is a Rhino killer. If nothing else, the competition will turn up the heat on all companies to bring better machines to market. In the end, the consumer will benefit.
Motivated by the same powerful 749cc V-Twin engine as used in the Brute Force ATV, the Kawasaki Teryx has good horsepower and torque in stock form, but aftermarket performance potential is outstanding. Now, this is not the first side by side vehicle produced by Kawasaki (the Mule has been around for a long time), but the Teryx is their first serious entry in the exciting sport side by side market.
KAWASAKI TERYX 750 SPECIFICATIONS:
ENGINE: 749cc liquid cooled, 90 deg V-Twin, 4 valves per cylinder.
BORE x STROKE: 85 x 66mm
COMPRESSION RATIO: 8.8:1
RATED HORSEPOWER: 44 HP @ 6500 RPM
FUEL DELIVERY: Dual Keihin CVKR-D34.
IGNITION: Digital DC-CDI
FUEL CAPACITY: 7.9 gallons
LENGTH: 115.4 inches
WIDTH: 58.7 inches
HEIGHT: 75.0 inches
WHEELBASE: 76.0 inches
GROUND CLEARANCE: 11.3 inches
DRY WEIGHT: 1276.1 lbs
DRIVETRAIN: CVT with high/low range, reverse, & engine brake control.
FRONT SUSPENSION: Dual A-Arm with gas shocks & 7.5" travel.
REAR SUSPENSION: Fully independent, reservoir gas shocks & 7.5" travel.
FRONT BRAKES: Dual hydraulic discs with twin piston calipers.
REAR BRAKES: Water/mud proof, sealed, oil bath, multi-disc brake.
FRONT TIRES: Maxxis 26x8-12
REAR TIRES: Maxxis 26x10-12
BED SIZE: 44.1" W x 32.7" L x 11.2" H
BED CAPACITY: 500 lbs.
TOWING CAPACITY: 1200 lbs.
TOP SPEED: Approx. 45 MPH
The Kawasaki Teryx 750 comes equipped with strong steel floor board guards and engine crash shields underneath. A good sized cargo bed can handle up to 500 lbs and has tilt capabilities in the LE and NRA versions. Simple add-ons can make the base model Kawasaki Teryx dump bed capable too. For occupant safety, integral leg guards are already built into the floor. The Teryx comes with a transmission gear indicator lights, water temp lamp, and oil pressure lamp. The LE and NRA models get an upgraded digital meter display with dual trip meters, clock, and hour meter. The LE and NRA versions also come with a hardtop roof, half windshield, cup holders, and gas assisted cargo bed tilting. In addition, the NRA version comes decked out with Realtree APG HD camouflage on bodywork, dashboard, roll cage, hardtop, and wheels. All Teryx models include features like the innovative, sealed rear wet brake system that is not affected by water and mud like a conventional disc brake. The Teryx engine was initially released with dual Keihin 34mm carbs, but at some point in the near future fuel injection is also expected to be available. Big bore, v-twin power helps propel this side by side utility vehicle with authority. The fight is heating up! The Kawasaki Teryx 750 is another heavyweight contender in the battle for the most popular side by side vehicle.
UPDATE: Now that the Teryx has been out for a long time, customer feedback and reviews are plentiful. The verdict? It appears that the Teryx will definitely give the Rhino a run for the money. Speaking of money, at the time that this update is being written, the base price on Teryx is now up to $10,999. Below you'll find a summary of some of the PROS and CONS of the Kawasaki Teryx 750.
KAWASAKI TERYX PROS
Heavy duty frame and suspension with many reinforcements.
Outstanding suspension - some say best in the SxS market today.
Quieter than many other utility vehicles.
Powerful Brute V-Twin engine with established aftermarket.
Well established reliability of the Brute 750 engine.
Rear sealed wet brake protected from the elements.
Good all around performing Maxxis tires.
Effective lockable front differential.
KAWASAKI TERYX CONS
Heavier than Rhino or RZR - structural integrity has it's cost in weight.
Engine is de-tuned from the factory in stock form.
Hood is screwed down and not easily accessible.
Engine cover held in place with push pins & not easily accessible.
CVT system hard to access for mods or belt changes.
Base model doesn't come with dump bed. Requires more parts to dump.
Digital display on LE and NRA models does not have a fuel gauge.
SUMMARY: Whether or not the Teryx is the best machine for you depends on what you plan to do with it. Suffice it to say, that it appears that Kawasaki has put together an excellent machine! In terms of speed and acceleration, people that drag raced the Kawasaki Teryx 750 against the Yamaha Rhino 700 have had mixed results. Apparently, it has been very close when comparing them in stock form. However, it has been discovered that the CDI on the Teryx is drastically de-tuned compared to the Brute ignition timing curve. What this means is that an aftermarket CDI like a VDI or Dynatek should really make a significant difference in the performance of the Teryx 750. In addition, the intake and exhaust on the Teryx are clearly choked down - probably in the interest of noise reduction and further limiting power for liability reasons. More than one person has simply removed the the spark arrestor off the end of the muffler (3 simple bolts) and picked up from 3 - 7 HP (dyno certified)! How's that for easy, free power! Just goes to show how restricted and de-tuned the Teryx is in stock form. With that being said, it also goes to show how easy it should be to unleash significant amounts of power with simple intake, exhaust, and CDI modifications! The potential is very exciting. And if that is not enough, there are companies that produce big bore stroker kits for the Brute that have been known to crank out ~ 100 HP! Time will tell if the Kawasaki Teryx 750 really becomes a Rhino killer after all!
Room for Four - Kawasaki Teryx4
LATEST UPDATE: The Kawasaki Teryx has been updated with new body styling and now comes with a fuel injected engine. In addition, a new 4 passenger model of the Kawasaki Teryx has been added to the line up. The base model Teryx 4 seater is priced at $13,399 and goes up to over $15,000 on some versions with more features and options. The Teryx4 is a direct competitor to the Polaris RZR 4. The RZR is known to offer a more powerful engine, but the Teryx 4 is known to have a more spacious rear seat which is better suited to larger passengers. In addition, some say that the frame on the Teryx 4 is built stronger. Kawasaki has a good reputation for building heavy duty machines, and the Kawasaki Teryx is another fine example.