By CJ Rena Johnson
Releases for 2009
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
rodeos to a
shooting range where
we learned how to shoot several different types
of weapons including
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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