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JIMMY WHITE, TEAM KAWASAKI 1984

-- 3-WHEEL RACING HALL OF FAME -- You may have heard of the epic 3-wheeler battles in the 1980s between Team Honda and Team Kawasaki. These iron men racers were involved in plenty of bar-banging action on race tracks all across the country as they fought for the National ATV Championship. The Honda team had several riders who had a shot of winning each weekend. For Kawasaki, the top guy was Jimmy White. His screaming green machine was usually up front fighting with a pack of red riders.  Back in our February 1984 issue we…

HOW-TO RESTORE OLD PLASTIC

-- Easy way to make your quad or UTV look like new -- When you see a shiny ATV in the showroom, it’s like love at first sight. The light gleaming off the carefully sculpted curves of the plastic bodywork is like art. Then you ride it, and two weeks in, it looks like a tired old mule. We may be exaggerating that last part a small amount, but every machine we test ends up with scuffed, scratched and beat-up plastics, no matter how careful we are with it. So instead of dropping hundreds of dollars on brand-new plastics, why…

KAWASAKI MOJAVE 250

-- Making it easier to start -- By Winston "Boss" McKannick Dear Boss, I have a 1993 Kawasaki Mojave 250 with a one-size-over Wiseco piston. During the rebuild, I had new valve seats, guides and seals installed in the cylinder head. The builder also smoothed out the casting flash in the intake and exhaust ports. It has an aftermarket exhaust and a K&N filter in the factory airbox, so he also installed a #135 main jet in the carb to get more fuel with the added airflow. The quad is now hard to start when…

HOW TO MAKE YOUR QUAD RUN BETTER

-- Boss McKannick figures out what's wrong and how to fix it yourself -- From Dirt Wheels Dialed In, by Winston "Boss" McKannick. Dear Boss, I have a 2009 Kawasaki Brute Force 750i with almost 5000 miles on it. A while back it started spitting and sputtering when I hit 30 mph, and it wouldn’t go any faster than that. I sent it to the dealer, and the coils and the filter screen for the fuel pump were replaced. When I got it back, I took it riding the same day and it began spitting again at 30 mph. The longer I rode it,…

2019 UTV BUYER’S GUIDE: KAWASAKI

-- 2019 UTV LINE UP FROM KAWASAKI -- KAWASAKI TERYX The Kawasaki Teryx is offered in multiple models. You can upgrade to a camo model for $14,299 or go with the LE version for $15,199 that comes with three-tone seats and 14-inch cast-aluminum wheels. All versions have a 783cc, four-stroke V-twin-cylinder engine that is electronically fuel-injected. The machine has a capable 4x4 system and independent suspension all around. Engine type SOHC V-twin Displacement 783cc Suspension: Front Dual A-arm/8.0” Rear Dual…

HOW-TO: 10 Tips on Buying a Used UTV

-- What to look for when shopping for a good deal -- As the UTV market expands, there are a lot of enthusiasts purchasing new machines and putting their old ones on the market. Those used machines can be where a smart buyer stakes their claim on a handsome deal for a (new to them) UTV. With sites like Craigslist and atvtrader, there are many options to view the available herd of UTVs, and begin the process of narrowing down the quality values and weeding out the not-so-promising SxSs. Research is key when it comes to…

2019 KAWASAKI MULE PRO-MX

-- UTV TEST --  By the staff of Dirt Wheels For the most part, the side-by-side world is split into three categories: sport, utility and recreation utility. Consumers are then left to play the role of Goldilocks and decide which category is just right for their needs and wants. Kawasaki kept this dilemma in mind when they created the Mule Pro series. While every machine in the series is highly capable, the Mule Pro-SX is the smallest of the bunch and the Mule Pro-FX is considered the largest. This year it was time…

2018 KAWASAKI TERYX4 LE TEST

-- As good as it looks --  By the staff of Dirt Wheels, Photos by Pat Carrigan Kawasaki is one of those dependable brands that we are able to trust to build impressive machines. The Teryx lineup has sold very well, and for good reason. It’s a well-built UTV that looks absolutely stunning in the Teryx4 Limited Edition brilliant Lime Green color scheme. The fit and finish are amazing, with automotive-style paint that rivals anything at a car dealer. It made us cry to take it on brushy trails, but we did! The Teryx4 is…

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 oversize…

2019 KAWASAKI MULE PRO-MX

-- Could you win the pro motocross class in this? Only if you were racing against other Mules -- By the staff of Dirt Wheels Kawasaki releases yet another all-new UTV! Is it a sport machine, capable of flying high and racing over 70 mph? Nope. Will it make your life more fun and work around the property much easier? You bet it will! The Mule Pro-MX is a preshrunk version of Kawasaki’s relatively new Pro-FXR. The FXR is a shrunk-down version of the Mule Pro-FX. Do you see the theme? Sometimes, smaller is better.…

2019 KAWASAKI LINEUP

-- The Brute, Teryx, Mule & more -- The biggest news (released so far) is that Kawasaki continues to grow the Mule Pro family with the all-new Mule Pro-MX UTV. The Mule Pro-MX features increased recreational abilities and rugged, no-nonsense styling. It also brings a mid-size option to the Mule Pro series. It features a comfortable fit for two passengers, the muscle to cover ground and the capability for fun when work is done. The fuel-injected, 695cc, single-cylinder engine is complemented by speed-sensitive…