protection sport UTVs provide. The
Teryx Sport’s all-terrain Maxxis tires are
adequate for the soft stuff, but if mud
is a big part of where you ride, you can
get more grip with soft-terrain tires or
dedicated mud meats.
HOW IS IT FOR HILLS?
It’s a capable climber. Strong engine
performance, impressive traction and
excellent balance make the Teryx able
to conquer hills most drivers wouldn’t
have the nerve to try. Going back
down, the Kawasaki provides good
four-wheel engine braking in four-wheel
drive. Powerful front disc brakes and
the fade-resistant, oil-cooled rear brake
make it easy to slow the machine.
Working alone as a parking brake, the
sealed rear brake has its hands full
holding the machine on steep hills, and
there’s no park position on the range
HOW IS IT ON THE ROCKS?
Pretty smooth. The Teryx had all the
dunes and even small jumps.
HOW DOES IT HANDLE?
The Teryx is agile and stable. It is
58. 5 inches wide, so it’s narrow enough
to maneuver easily in tight woods, but
wide enough to feel well-planted in hard
cornering. The Kawasaki’s mid-engine
design also gives it a balanced feel, and
it’s relaxed, even on loose dirt roads at
top speed. Semi-long-travel suspension
makes the Teryx feel secure on steep
climbs and sidehills, and unless the
traction is incredible, the Teryx slides
HOW DOES IT DO IN MUD?
Mud is no problem. A potent engine,
surefooted four-wheel-drive system,
and 11. 6 inches of ground clearance
make mud bogs and sloppy sections
of trail fun to navigate in the Teryx.
The bodywork doesn’t offer as much
HOW DOES THE SUSPENSION WORK?
protection from mud and water coming
off the tires as some recreation/utility
UTVs, but it’s better than the minimal
base recreation/utility UTVs come with
nonadjustable, non-gas shocks, front
The suspension is very good, but
it has its limits. Piggyback-reservoir
gas shocks give the Teryx Sport a
more refined and controlled ride than
UTVs with basic non-gas shocks. The
suspension has a compliant, fluid feel
on rocky terrain with good bottoming
resistance for unexpected impacts and
unavoidable ruts. We could manage a
pretty quick pace on bumpy trails, but
7 1/2 inches of travel acts as a speed
limiter on really rough terrain. Increasing
the compression damping helps control
bottoming for higher speeds but can’t
replace longer travel. The Teryx Sport’s
suspension is fine for cruising trails and
Fully adjustable, piggyback-reservoir front
shocks make the most of the Teryx’s 7. 5
inches of travel.
overhead-cam V-twin pulls well for a 750, but we’d like to
Adjustable, piggyback-reservoir rear shocks and a sway bar control the rear end.
Stability and excellent balance make the Teryx feel secure and planted, even on steep trails