back move slightly more at 8. 3 inches. Spring preload and compression
are adjustable on all four Fox-brand
shocks. Ground clearance measures
11 inches under the center of each
machine, and the wheelbase is also
identical at 85. 8 inches.
At the heart of the 2014 Teryxs,
Kawasaki installed their proven
V-twin powerplant. This time, the cc
level has been increased to 783cc.
The compression ratio was also
bumped up slightly to 10.7:1. Dual
36mm EFI throttle bodies draw gas
out of a 7.9-gallon gas tank. So far in
our testing, you can easily go over 100
miles between fill-ups.
Coupled to that V-twin engine is a
CVT system that utilizes a centrifugal
clutch system that should help pro-
long belt life, which is crucial on these
larger machines—or any machine
for that matter. For 2014, Kawasaki
went to great lengths to reduce both
cabin noise and heat from the engine.
Basically, they did this by coating the
engine cowling with sound-deaden-
ing material that also deflects heat.
By doing this, they were able to get
rid of the engine exhaust fan that
they were using on last year’s Teryx4
The Dirt Wheels crew tested these
brand-new machines at two of the
The two-seat Teryx has a dumping bed with a removable tailgate. It’s rated to carry 600 of whatever you want to strap in.
Under the dump bed of the two-seat Teryx, two big storage
compartments can keep sensitive items out of the elements
while speeding down the trail.
The Teryx will barely fit on regulated
60-inch-wide trails, bridges and other
obstacles. That opens the machine up to
be ridden in more places than the bigger
RZRs, Wildcats, Mavericks and Vikings.