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By CJ Rena Johnson

Modern Age Dinosaurs that Rock: Welcome to the New and Improved Teryx!

Aftermarket Accessories are available for all the Teryx Models.
Aftermarket Accessories are available for all the Teryx Models.

Comfort and Style are both a part of the Teryx Experience.
Comfort and Style are both a part of the Teryx Experience.

Demo Course Obstacles
Demo Course Obstacles

Demo rides at the 2009 Kawasaki Dealer Event.
Demo rides at the 2009 Kawasaki Dealer Event.

Inside the Teryx LE
Inside the Teryx LE

Teryx Modified for Racing
Teryx Modified for Racing
Often referred to as the T-Rex, these incredible machines are starting to dominate the off-road world. If you have ever considered buying a side x side, the new Kawasaki Teryx 750 FI 4x4 takes the guesswork out of which way to go. It has everything ATV enthusiasts love and then some!

I had the exciting opportunity to test ride the new 2009 model on a very extensive course staged for demo rides at the 2009 Kawasaki Dealer Event in Dallas, Texas. I was completely amazed by the stability, handling, and comfort that were all a part of this dream machine experience.

With me, being used to riding utility quads that I treat like sport quads, the Teryx was everything I wanted. Admittedly, it would have taken a couple more trips around the mile long course for me to really get the hang of turning, but everything else came naturally.

The 2008 model had me interested with its versatile, sporty look and rugged durability. However, the 2009 model with its choke-free Digital Fuel Injection, Digital Instrument Panel and tilting bed, had me hooked right out of the gate.

We went through gullies, down hills, over rock piles, logs, and other obstacles. We climbed hills and even flew over a jump or two, and we did it all in comfort and style.

The new Teryx has something for everyone. You can pick between the six varieties as they come standard and be able to take center stage on any trailhead out there. No matter which Teryx you choose, there are also tons of aftermarket accessories that you can add to turn your new toy into the envy of everyone out there digging up dirt anywhere you go.

The Teryx 750 FI 4x4 with a MSRP of $10,899 comes from the factory with a body chassis that is narrow enough to navigate most trails systems, and wide enough for the additional stability and plenty of room for work and play. It comes standard with a four-stroke V-twin engine, excellent ground clearance and plenty of cargo space, including an easily accessible glove box area. It has a simple servo-control switch the driver can use to activate the 4WD and a hand lever that lets the driver select how much the wheels are locked together via the front differential control. Like the sport ATV, the back wheels are always locked and turn together which allows the Teryx to slide around turns in what they call “drift” style. It comes equipped with 26-inch Maxxis tires, designed specifically for the Teryx which are great in navigating rough terrain and getting over obstacles.

Its great stopping and starting power also impressed me. During the demo ride, I tested the brakes by telling my riding companion to hold on; and by the time the words were out of my mouth, we were dead stopped. Then I hit the gas. We immediately spun out and took off. I was in love! When we got back, I looked underneath and found the front brakes are hidden inside the wheels to protect them from obstacles out on the trail. The back brakes are sealed to make them more reliable even in the wettest or muddiest areas.

Bucket seats and three-point retractable seat belts keep the driver and passenger safer and more comfortable no matter where you are riding. The instrument panel includes a speedometer, fuel gauge, parking brake indicator, hour meter, clock, odometer, and trip meters as well as warning lights including a water temperature gauge and oil pressure indicator. It comes with a standard 500-pound cargo capacity, 1300-pound towing and a tilting cargo bed including a cargo net and tie down hooks in all four corners. The standard color for the Teryx 750 FI 4x4 is sunbeam red.

Teryx Camo
Teryx Camo

Teryx 750 FI 4x4
Teryx 750 FI 4x4

Teryx NRA Outdoors
Teryx NRA Outdoors

My personal favorite is the Teryx 750 FI 4x4 LE with the MSRP of $11,549. It comes with all the same features as the standard model but adds other great features such as a cab roof, painted bodywork, half-windscreen, and retractable cup holder. The LE version comes in Metallic Titanium and Candy Thunder Blue.

The Teryx 750 FI 4x4 LE Camo version has everything the LE version has, but the body work is painted with Kawasaki’s Realtree™ Hardwoods Green® HD camouflage. The MSRP of the camo model is $11,849.

You can take all that a step further with the Teryx 750 FI 4x4 NRA Outdoors version. (MSRP $12,149) It has everything the LE version has plus Realtree APG HD camouflage to the bodywork, dashboard, roll bars, hardtop, and all four wheels. It also comes with Kolpin gun scabbards. This is the perfect vehicle for the hunters and nature photographers out there.

My second favorite is the Teryx 750 FI 4x4 SPORT version. The MSRP seems about on par at $11,899. It is slightly smaller than the LE version, but with all the same luxuries, except the cup holder, sun top cover and half-windscreen. It does have the sporty aluminum rims you would expect from a sport edition. This unit comes standard in Lime Green.

The Teryx 750 FI 4x4 Monster Energy (MSRP $12,199) version has all the same specifications as the sport model but with the Monster Energy graphics set.

These vehicles are also great products for anyone with disabilities to consider as they do make them available as hand-controlled vehicles, and there is plenty of storage for a wheelchair or other accessories in the back.

Please keep in mind that while they do look safer for a child than a regular ATV or motorbike, they are still very powerful and heavy machines. Remember this when considering letting your children ride in or drive one of these vehicles and take every precaution to keep your child safe.

This is a great vehicle for anyone ready to make the crossover from an ATV to a side x side or from a more work oriented utility vehicle such as the mule, over to a more trail friendly and sportier RUV. You will still have all the great fun, performance and durability of a rugged ATV while maintaining the workability of a side x side. In addition, it will dramatically increase family fun and togetherness. Family members and friends that have not previously been allowed or able to go ATVing can now climb in the passenger’s seat and take off with you. Now you can have a companion right beside you to spur you on or just to be there with you to enjoy those moments you usually have to wait until the next stop to share with someone that was not with you at the time.

Another thing I found very interesting about the Teryx was the racing aspect of it. Typically, when a new model comes out it usually has to work its way through the ranks to the top. The Teryx, however, did not wait politely at the back of the line. It shot straight to the front its first time out. That in itself says a lot about this product.

So go ahead, stop by your local Kawasaki shop and look at these new machines. They are definitely worth a second glance. Maybe one day you will run across me out on the trail on my own Teryx.
As always, decide now to have an awesome day!

For more specifics on each of these models, please refer to Kawasaki’s very informative website at

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