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UTV TEST: 2017 KAWASAKI TERYX LE

-- A nice ride with great features:  By the staff of Dirt Wheels -- The Kawasaki Teryx has been around for a while, but it remains a workhorse, an able hunting or camping companion or just plain fun on the trail. The Teryx is durable, long-lasting, and the LE model has the beautiful fit and finish of a modern automobile. Storage is ample and the cockpit is comfortable. The Kawasaki Teryx hasn’t gone through any major upgrades from 2016 to 2017, but it doesn’t really need big changes to serve its…

READER’S KAWASAKI RIDES

-- "Which one should I ride today?", that's what Dirt Wheels reader Joe Swatland has to decide each time he wants to go have some off-road fun. When looking at his three machines here you can easily tell what his favorite color is. Some riders are loyal to a certain brand, and for Joe, that would be Kawasaki… and in particular, their 450 model range. Starting on the right we see Joe's 2014 KX450 dirt bike. On the left is his 2009 KFX450 quad. In the middle is his Kawasaki 450 3-wheeler. It was converted by Halls…

KFX440 PROJECT QUAD

-- BUILDING A KRAZY KAWASAKI -- Today we're going to check out the ride of a Dirt Wheels reader in Massachusetts. Marshawn Garden put a lot work into his 2004 Kawasaki KFX400. He made sure his older quad had all of the latest hardware to run with the newer machines of today. Here's the list: MOTOR: Cylinder Works 440cc big bore kit, Ferrara stainless steel valves, DRZE springs, Dyna Tek CDI, Dyno Jet kit, CFM air box & oil tank, K&N filter, Powerbomb header, DMC muffler, custom clutch cover, Fluidine…

How to install a new seat cover

Subscribe Here AND WHERE TO GET NEW SEAT COVERS -- ATV seats come in all shapes and sizes, but they all have one thing in common—they are always used every time you ride your machine. While some riders don’t spend much time thinking about how important a seat is, others know when they should consider upgrading their seat cover to one that is more durable and even grips better. Replacing a seat cover may be tricky, but it’s not as difficult as many believe it to be. We are here to walk you through the steps of changing…

KAWASAKI KFX450 — READER BUILD:

We're always interested in seeing what Dirt Wheels readers do to their quads and UTVs. Fortunately, many of them send us pictures and info on their builds. You should do that too. It's as easy as emailing it to the Dirt Wheels crew at [email protected] Tony Cooper in Davenport, Iowa emailed us recently and here's what he had to say: Hi Dirt Wheels -- I am the proud owner of a 2011 Kawasaki KFX 450R ATV and wanted to share some before and after pics and hopefully have a chance of seeing it in an upcoming issue of…

OVER A HALF MILLION MULES!

-- In 1987 Kawasaki began producing Mules in the USA at its plant in Lincoln, Nebraska. After 30 years of this there has now been 534,444 that have rolled off the assembly line. Wow, that's a lot of Mules! The Kawasaki Motors Manufacturing plant in Nebraska first began in 1974 with a 270,000 square foot building. Today it's a 2.4 million square foot compound employing 2,000 hard working people. "Many of our employees farm, have acreages and raise livestock, so they understand what it means to have a vehicle you can…

TEN 3-WHEELERS THAT NEVER WENT INTO PRODUCTION

-- YAMAHA TRI-FZ 450: This would have been the logical next step for Yamaha after their Tri-Z 250, but it was not to be. You have to build one yourself using parts from a YZF 450 dirt bike. KAWASAKI TECATE 450: The Tecate 250 two-stroke was a fast 3-wheeler and this 450 four-stroke would have been an excellent replacement. But no, Kawasaki only offered a two-wheel version and much assembly was required to covert it. HONDA ATC250R WATER EDITION: With these special big wheels you could ride it right into a…

KAWASAKI MULE CELEBRATES 30 YEARS OF HARD WORK

— KAWASAKI REVOLUTIONIZED UTILITY VEHICLE MARKET WITH MULE™ 1000 MODEL — Evolved from a simple napkin sketch to a purpose built two-seat utility vehicle, Kawasaki revolutionized the side x side utility vehicle segment with the introduction of the MULE™1000, 30 years ago.  Kawasaki saw a need in the market that was being underserved by the ATV segment, which generated the idea for a two-seat, four wheel utility vehicle. It took nearly seven years of development by Kawasaki’s Research and Development team to bring…

NEW 2018 KAWASAKI TERYX LE

-- The Kawasaki Teryx® and Teryx4™ family of side x sides return for 2018, ready for adventure. With aggressive styling, versatile 783cc V-twin engine and Fox Podium 2.0 shocks, the Teryx and Teryx4 are ready to tackle the trails. New for 2018, the Teryx LE can be purchased in Candy Plasma Blue or Matrix Camo Gray paint, while the 2018 Teryx4 LE is available in Candy Lime Green, Candy Plasma Blue, and new, stylish Matrix Camo Gray. Assembled in Lincoln, Nebraska out of domestic and imported parts, the Teryx and Teryx4…

NEW 2018 KAWASAKI PRO-FXR

-- FIRST REPORT -- Following accolades for its MULE PRO series, Kawasaki has upped its game once again with the addition of the MULE PRO-FXR to the 2018 lineup. The new MULE PRO-FXR features increased recreational abilities and premium styling that further establishes the full-size, compact UTV as the customer’s dependable work partner. Developed alongside the PRO-FXT and PRO-FX, the new MULE PRO-FXR shares the same engine and smooth acceleration, meaning it’s still the fastest most powerful MULE ever built, with…

MAD MAX V-FORCE

-- As a military assault vehicle, this KFX700 would get you to the intended target in a hurry. However, Chris Rodriguez had his big Kawasaki V-Force set up like this for sand drag racing in the Amarillo, Texas area. Big Kev built the engine and Dave Moore built the chassis. Along with Chris, Savanah Martin likes to ride it too, when she goes out for target practice.

K&N HELPS SMALLER ATVs TOO

-- PRESS RELEASE FROM K&N: The Kawasaki Brute Force KVF300 is an ultra-popular ATV for good reason. Compared to other ATVs in its class, the Brute Force has a relatively big and roomy chassis. The capable 271cc single-cylinder, four-stroke engine in the KVF300 is tuned for torque and does an admirable job of moving the ATV in the right direction. However, anytime you can get a bit more power out of a small engine, riding becomes even more fun and exciting. That’s where the new KA-2712 replacement air filter…