I had the pleasure of traveling back to Tennessee with Kawasaki to try out the all-new 2012 Kawasaki Teryx4 at Brimstone Recreation. We explored the tight trails, muddy roads and steep hill climbs in the new four-seater.
Very impressed with what Kawasaki has put together for the Teryx4. Is is suprisingly nimble for a four seater. Wheelbase is significantly shorter than a RZR 4, which enables it to turn tighter. Even though the wheelbase is short, the space inside the cab is good. More room in the back than I would have thought possible.
Ground clearance was good, and approach and departure angles are clear. I am a huge fan of their new Centrifugal Clutch. Perfect for rock crawling.
Read more: Kawasaki Teryx4 Review
Brought the Teryx4 out to Sand Mountain Nevada last week. I had the 28x15 Colorado Components tires and wheels on for the desert stuff, but I also had my race Teryx out for a little testing and tuning. My race Teryx had a set of sand tires from Fullerton Sand Sports. After I was done with our desert ride to Middlegate and done playing with the race Teryx, I decided to swap tires out and play in the dunes. WOW! I was really suprised at how well it duned. These tires are big...smoothies up front and full 26" STUs in the rear. Decided to head over to the mountain and see how far it would climb. To my suprise it climbed about 1/2 way up in 4x4/High. I went back to the bottom and put it in 4x4/Low and made it a little further, but it sounded like it was almost there. Back to the bottom and aired down a bit and boom, all the way to the top! The Teryx4 is completely stock other than tires and the Factory UTV skid plate.
If you have been to Sand Mountain before, you know how hard it can be to reach the top in a stock UTV, let alone a stock four seater that is 1600 lbs. Gave me a whole new appreciation for the performance side of this four seater...
The proper tires make a huge difference, and I really think the float provided by the STUs are key, especially with a heavier four seat UTV.
Here is a video of me climbing to the top and playing in the dunes with the T4:
Kawasaki Teryx4 at Sand Mountain, NV - YouTube
More images and info from this trip: Sand Mountain - December 2011
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