Kawasaki Announces New-And-Improved Teryx For '09
Since its release in early 2008, the Kawasaki Teryx has been a huge hit in the UTV market and has been flying off showroom floors. A trip to the Kawasaki dealer meeting in Dallas, Texas, showed us that Kawasaki has listened to the feedback from magazines like ours and Teryx owners about changes that could make its product go from good to great!
The first and biggest improvement for 2009 is the switch from a carburetor to a Digital Fuel Injection (DFI) system. With this system in use, the engineers at Kawasaki have been able to get the strong 750cc engine to rev quicker than ever, which means getting as much power as possible in the least amount of time. They also changed the ignition timing to increase low and midrange torque while improving engine response at higher rpm. An array of electronic sensors monitoring the intake air pressure, throttle position, crankshaft position, rpm and water temperature allow the DFI system to deliver the precise amount of fuel to the engine needed to create the most power possible. These sensors also help compensate fuel delivery for changes in altitude and idle for easy choke-free starting.
Not leaving the drivetrain out of the loop for upgrades, Kawasaki focused on the performance of its already tried-and-true CVT belt-drive system. The addition of a Throttle Position Sensor (TPS) works in conjunction with the fuel injection system to prevent tire freewheel and better low-speed performance with less belt overloading. This system also notifies the driver of excessive belt slippage by retarding ignition timing and triggering a warning light when it senses the rear wheels aren't moving for more than two seconds under throttle. Further improvements to the CVT system include refined intake and cooling ducts revised to further prevent water or mud from entering the drive belt area. The new CVT intake system is larger to allow for increased airflow to cool off the belt in extreme conditions. To further aid in cooling the air to the belt housing, a heat shield has been placed on the exhaust pipe, which lies just below the intake duct.
Getting the power to the ground is now handled by 26-inch Maxxis tires which have been specifically designed for the Teryx and offer great traction and sliding control. The handling of the new beast has also been improved through the adjustable Kayaba gas-charged shocks that feature improved valving and are used with a new stabilizer bar.
To round off this great updated package, you need to look at the Teryx's cab and bed. In the cab area you'll find a digital dash that's now a standard feature on all models. The digital dash supplies information such as fuel gauge, parking brake indicator, hourmeter, clock odometer, dual tripmeters and various warning lights. Last but not least is the gas-assisted 500-pound-capacity tilting cargo bed. All of these upgrades add up to what the Kawasaki marketing people would call a "Rhino slayer." To please even more of the public, the Teryx is offered in five model variations, each with its own color.
If you're in the market for a quality side-by-side machine, be sure to stop by your local Kawasaki dealer and take a look at what they have to offer.
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Did you know that you should relax while you ride? In the past when I've been on the starting line, I felt the adrenaline flowing through my body and my muscles getting tense. It wasn't long after the gate dropped that my forearms swelled up and I could hardly hold on.