MotorcycleUSA tests Kawasaki’s all-new player in the Recreational Utility Vehicle (RUV) game: the 2008 Kawasaki Teryx 750 4×4. Check out what we thought during our 2008 Kawasaki Teryx 750 4×4 First Ride
- Eager to take a slice out of the RUV pie, Kawasaki has released an all-new player in the side-by-side game - the 2008 Teryx 750 4x4.
- In 4wd with the Variable Front Differential Control fully locked, the Teryx offers true, 100-percent 4WD allowing it to climb up over obstacles that you otherwise wouldn't be able to in your $50,000 4x4 pickup.
- There's plenty of space between the driver and the compact, padded steering wheel with all of the various controls well placed within the drivers reach.
- Instrumentation is limited to just a parking brake, 4WD, and high-coolant temperature indicator lights, as well as a digital engine hour meter.
- Dual front 200mm disc brakes with two-piston 27mm calipers supplement the engines’ electronic engine braking system and are neatly recessed inside the steel wheels, sheltering them from debris and other trail hazards.
- Ground clearance is a lofty 11.2 inches, which allows the Teryx to comfortably sail over large trail hazards.
- Steering is precise and very neutral feeling. In 2WD there isn't a hint of understeer, which makes it possible for the driver to spin up the rear wheels and 'steer with the rear' quite effectively.
- Engineers designed the machine’s wheelbase at 76-inches and overall width at 58.7-inches. This gives the Teryx to a long, wide footprint out on the trail, yet it can still fit in the bed of a full-size pickup truck.
- Up front, an independent, double-wishbone setup is linked to a set of long travel A-arms, dampened via preload-adjustable, gas-charged Kayaba coil-over shocks. Front wheel travel comes in at 7.5 inches.
- The liquid-cooled engine still had plenty of grunt to lug us (including our camera gear and spare wheels/tires) around and was plenty capable of getting back in motion after parking on steep sandy inclines.
- Kawasaki engineers strategically mounted the engine in the middle of the chassis between the driver and passenger seats. This helps keep the chassis balanced front-to-rear, especially in the air.
- An independent, double-wishbone setup handles rear suspension duties and is dampened via gas-charged Kayaba coil-over shocks which also feature remote reservoirs with 7.2-inches of travel. The IRS also incorporates a torsion bar which helps to eliminate body roll.
- Throttle response is smooth and accurate which makes modulating the throttle in a power slide ridiculously easy.
- The standard we tested has an MSRP of $9699.
- The Teryx is like a mini-tank. It crawls right over inclines and small obstacles.
- High gear is the preferred drive mode under most circumstances.