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By CJ Rena Johnson

Kawasaki’s Newest Releases for 2009

Showroom Floor

Kawasaki put on an incredible Dealer show in Dallas, Texas this year.  This was the first event of this sort I had ever attended and I was very impressed.

Their show was held in the convention center of the Gaylord Texan Resort and Spa, which is billed as one of the most technologically sophisticated resort hotels in the Southwest United States.  It was awesome with its 4½ acre indoor gardens, 25,000 square-foot spa and fitness center, several fine dining and casual restaurants inside the hotel, as well as night clubs and sports bars such as the one inside the Texan Station.  I loved the unique shopping, gorgeous views, indoor and outdoor pools, the jogging trail and finding the little vineyard along the pathway in the courtyard.  As much as I travel, it is rare to find a hotel that could be the destination, but this one is definitely the exception.

The weekend was an amazing adventure, which included everything from authentic catered barbeques and rodeos to a shooting range where we learned how to shoot several different types of weapons including automatic rifles.  However, the most exciting part of the weekend, outside of getting to ride the new Teryx, was the show itself.  In one of the grand ballrooms, Kawasaki put on a great show that left nothing to be desired.  Many of the new products were actually brought out on stage and rode down through the audience for an up-close and personal experience I will not soon forget.

We learned about all the new products coming out and of course, the ones of special interest to me were all the new ATVs.

For a quick rundown, their newest ATVs for 2009 are:

Sport Utility ATVs:

Brute Force 750 4x4i (MSRP $8,199) with digital fuel injection, revised suspension settings and new urethane seat.  It is also available in a REALTREE™ Hardwoods Green® HD™ camouflage model for an MSRP of $8,549.

Brute Force 750 4x4 NRA Outdoors (MSRP $8,949) has all the same new features as the Brute Force 750 4x4i but includes the Advantage® MAX-I™ HD™ camouflage pattern not only on the body work but also on the front guard, the front and rear racks and all four wheels for maximum coverage.

Brute Force 650 4x4i (MSRP $7,399) comes standard with a balanced V-Twin engine, KAPS automatic transmission, Kawasaki engine brake control and a trailer hitch bracket with 1,250 lbs towing capacity.  It is also available in REALTREE™ Hardwoods Green® HD™ camouflage for an MSRP of $7,749.

Brute Force 650 4x4 (MSRP $6,899) comes with Kawasaki’s original V-Twin Engine for smooth torque and includes an advanced chassis, suspension, automatic transmission and braking system.  It can tow 1,250 pounds.  It is also available in REALTREE™ Hardwoods Green® HD™ camouflage for an MSRP of $7,249.

Prairie 360 4x4 (MSRP $5,349) with a full 362cc air-cooled, single cylinder, four-stroke engine as well as the Kawasaki engine brake control, a continuously variable transmission with high and low forward gears plus reverse and with rear and front cargo racks capable of carrying an additional combined weight of 242 lbs.  It is available in the camouflage version as well for an MSRP of $5,699.

Prairie 360 (MSRP $4,799) with the same engine, brake control and transmission including reverse as its 4x4 counterpart, the Prairie 360 makes a great alternative.  It comes standard with a hitch bracket that makes installing a ball hitch quick and easy and can then tow up to 1,100 lbs.

Bayou 250 (MSRP $3,099) It comes trail ready with independent A-arm front suspension, semi-independent multi-link rear suspension and triple drum brakes.  It comes standard with fuel gauge as well as a hitch bracket.  With an optional tow hitch, it can tow 450 lbs.

Sport ATVs:

KFX 700 (MSRP $6,849) It has a liquid-cooled, 697cc, four-stroke, 90-degree V-twin engine with continuously variable automatic transmission.  It also comes standard with dual front disc brakes and Kawasaki’s sealed, multi-disc rear brake system.

KFX 450R (MSRP $7,549) It comes with a full 449cc liquid-cooled, four-stroke single engine with four valves per cylinder, a 32-bit digital fuel injection, lightweight titanium exhaust header pipe, forged piston.  It is also known as the first competition-oriented ATV to include a reverse gear.

KFX 450R Monster Energy (MSRP $7,849) It is just like the KFX 450R but includes the Special Kawasaki Monster Energy graphics.

KFX 90 (MSRP $2,399) This great kids ATV comes with an 89cc air-cooled overhead-cam four-stroke engine, continuously variable automatic transmission, electric push-button start (with a kick-start backup) and single-shock swing-arm rear suspension. Many current laws restrict children 15 years of age and younger from operating any ATV over 90cc.

KFX 50 (MSRP $1,999) This is another great kids ATV with a 49cc air-cooled overhead-cam four-stroke engine.  This has a wide 27.6-inch stance, full floorboards and a design similar to the larger KFX models.

Side by Sides:

Mule 4010 Trans4x4 (MSRP $10,499) comes with new digital fuel injection, electric power steering and is available in two or four seat designs.  It is also available in REALTREE™ Hardwoods Green® HD™ camouflage for an MSRP of $10,899.

Mule 4010 Trans4x4 Diesel (MSRP $11,599) has all new styling,  electric power steering, diesel performance and economy as well as a full automatic transmission with selectable two- or four-wheel drive.

Mule 4010 4x4 (MSRP $9,499) comes with digital fuel injection, new electronic power steering and all new bodywork and dashboard.  It also is available in REALTREE™ Hardwoods Green® HD™ camouflage for an MSRP of $9,999.

Mule 4010 4x4 Diesel (MSRP $10,599) already a proven performer it now has all new styling and electric power steering along with its diesel performance and economy.

Mule 4000 (MSRP $8,199) now with digital fuel injection and all new styling including a new dashboard in a two-wheel drive.

Mule 610 4x4 (MSRP $7,099) a great little compact utility side-by-side with some of the best luxury features including a new tread pattern on the large 24-inch tires and it can be easily transported in the back of a full size truck.  It can tow up to 1,100 lbs with optional Kawasaki draw bar. This model is also available in REALTREE™ Hardwoods Green® HD™ camouflage for an MSRP of $7,499.

Mule 600 (MSRP $6,299) This model sports a single-cylinder engine with a continuously variable transmission, dual-mode rear differential and a spacious cab.

RUVs: (My personal favorites!)

Teryx 750 FI 4x4 (MSRP $10,899) it comes with liquid-cooled, 749cc SOHC, 4-valve fuel-injected, 90-degree V-twin engine that is noted as the most powerful in its class. It features high and low ranges as well as reverse, with the continuously variable transmission.  This is the perfect cross between a side-by-side and a more trail friendly sport utility quad.

Teryx 750 FI 4x4 LE (MSRP $11,549) It is just like the standard Teryx 750 FI 4x4 but has added features including a retractable cup holder, a revised sun top cover, half-windshield and new painted bodywork.  Speaking of which, it is also available in REALTREE™ Hardwoods Green® HD™ camouflage for an MSRP of $11,849.

Teryx 750 4x4 NRA Outdoors (MSRP $12,149) This one is like the LE version but comes with Dual Kolpin gun scabbards and Realtree® APG HD™ camouflage to the bodywork, dashboard, roll cage, hard top, and all four wheels which makes this vehicle a hunters dream.

Teryx 750 FI 4x4 Sport (MSRP $11,899) It has all the same features as the other Teryx models including the 749cc V-twin fuel injected engine and rugged durability in all aspects.  It is slightly smaller than the LE version, but with most of 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.

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

Each of these models comes in a variety of colors and aftermarket accessories are available for all of them.  For more information on each of these vehicles, please visit your local Kawasaki dealership or go to their website at  I hope you are as impressed as I was.

Remember to ride for fun but prepare for the accident and as always: Decide now to have an awesome day!

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