TAKING A LOOK AT THE NEW GREEN MACHINE
Last month, Kawasaki released the newest addition to the sport side by side lineup: the 2020 Kawasaki Teryx KRX 1000. Let’s be honest here, the off-road industry has been very eager to see what Kawasaki put together in their quest to join in on the fun with sport side by sides. Rumors and leaked images got all of us hyped for this new addition to the market. Now that the Teryx KRX 1000 has been out for about a month and we’ve soaked it all in, Bike Bandit looks at what it’s all about and responds to the critics.
The most voiced opinions thus far have been that the KRX is “heavy” and “lacks horsepower” in comparison to other machines. It must be noted that most of these comments and comparisons being made are versus turbo and extreme performance versions of the competitors’ vehicles. What people are failing to see is the new platform that Kawasaki has provided for us. There is a blank canvas that the Powersports industry needs to capitalize on and run away with. In a world of super-advanced electronically controlled suspension and the never-ending race for the highest horsepower number, the Kawasaki Teryx KRX 1000 is nothing more and nothing less than a simplistic and reliable sport side by side that will have a very interesting future.
ENGINE & DRIVE
The KRX is equipped with a 999cc 4-stroke parallel-twin DOHC engine which directly places itself next to the Polaris RZR XP 1000, Honda Talon 1000X, and the Yamaha YXZ1000R SE. This engine excels in high revving power and torque. The power is delivered by a CVT transmission with a Centrifugal Clutch. What the hell does that mean? This means that smooth acceleration and precise throttle control are made possible thanks to a belt-driven system. The engine and drive make the KRX very capable in a wide variety of terrains.
- 999cc 4-stroke, DOHC, 4-valve parallel-twin, liquid-cooled engine
- 76.7 lb-ft @ 7000 Rpm
- Selectable 2WD/4WD with locking front differential, shaft
- Gear indicator (L, H, N, R)
- DFI with two 50mm throttle bodies
The suspension geometry and design is where the Teryx KRX 1000 really excels. This machine is 68” wide. That’s 4” wider than the competitors’ naturally aspirated vehicles mentioned above. Not only is this machine wider than the Polaris, Honda, and Yamaha, it features a longer wheelbase that measures 98.8”. That’s more than 10” longer than the Talon AND 8” taller than the Polaris and Yamaha. The 18.6” of front wheel travel is working together with double-wishbone front arms, while the 21.1” of rear travel is working together with a 4-link trailing arm design. 4-link? That’s right! The rear suspension features 3 radius rods and a trailing arm; like the Polaris RZR but with an additional radius rod in front of the rear axle for added stability and handling. This suspension set up brings in a 14.4” ground clearance, once again exceeding the Polaris, Honda, and Yamaha!
- FOX 2.5 Podium LSC Shocks all around (24-way compression damping, dual-rate coil-over springs, front & rear piggyback reservoirs, stainless steel rear sleeves)
- Double wishbone front arms
- 4-link trailing arm rear design
Why does the Kawasaki weigh more? The truth of the matter is that this machine is built to last. It is beefy and constructed with no fear of a few hundred extra pounds. This machine has a 10.6-gallon fuel capacity and a load capacity of 781 lbs. You will find fully enclosed half doors and a steel & composite full skid plate. It is equipped with 31” tires and 15” bead lock wheels all around.
- Ladder type, tubular steel frame
- 31″ Maxxis Carnivore Tires (31x10x15)
- 15″ Alloy bead-lock wheels
SEEING IT IN PERSON
The Teryx KRX 1000 is arguably one of the better-looking stock side by side UTV’s on the market. Everything from the aggressive headlights to the sleek and stylish body lines really pop out with the Kawasaki Green that we all love. Keep in mind, this is coming from a diehard Yamaha YXZ fan (probably the ugliest sport UTV on the market). Seeing it in person, you quickly realize how big of a machine it really is. The ride height is tall; very tall! Kawasaki really did their homework when it comes to the nitpicky details that come in handy for the average consumer. Having sat in the machine myself, I quickly realized how comfortable the stock seats were and how much room for adjustability there was. I felt secure with the fully enclosed side doors and could really see out of the front. One thing that really stood out to me was the belt temperature gauge on the cluster, that’s something the competitors need to take note of!
RESPONSE TO THE CRITICS
All in all, Kawasaki did an excellent job with the 2020 Teryx KRX 1000 and I am very excited about this new addition to the side by side lineup as I’m sure many of you are. We need to take it for what it is and stop comparing this machine to others that are not in its class. It’s only a matter of time before Kawasaki releases 4-seater and turbo models. Hey, at least they don’t have 56 different versions of the same machine with a bunch of random letters, right?
ALREADY HAVE A KRX? HERE ARE SOME ACCESSORIES TO CONSIDER…
- Seat Belts & Harnesses
- Rigid Industries lighting
- Open Trail lighting
- Slasher Performance lighting
- Whip It Light Rods LED lighting
- 32x10x15 Tires
- 33x10x15 Tires
- Klim R1 Air Fresh Air Helmet
- Klim Balaclava
- Klim Terra Firma Dust Suit
- Klim Terrafirma Dust Gloves
- Bell Eliminator Forced Air Helmet
- Bell Qualifier Forced Air Helmet
- Alpinestars Faster-3 Shoes
- Sidi Gas Riding Shoe
- BikeBandit.com Sublimated MX Jersey
- BikeBandit.com Black Mechanic’s Apron
- Leatt 3DF 3.5 Kidney Belt
- RAM Mounts
- Garmin Virb 360 Action Camera
- Garmin Virb Ultra 30 Action Camera
- Garmin Virb X Action Camera
- Factory Effex Kawasaki Racing Hat
- Factory Effex Kawasaki Beanie
- Factory Effex Kawasaki Lines Hoody
- Factory Effex Kawasaki Baseball Tee
- Dcor Kawasaki 48″ Decal
- Dcor Kawasaki 24″ Decal
- Fly Racing Tool Bag
- Klim Tool Pak
Photo Credits: MW Creatives