SAN DIEGO, Calif. - “Kawasaki Strong” was the key message last week as the OEM held its 2014 national dealer meeting. Kawasaki aims to continue to expand its presence in all of its efforts, but the top brass was quick to point out the product is the driving force.
To that end, Kawasaki unveiled something for every one of its dealers, whether they were focused on the PWC market, off-road, street, or all three.
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Continuing the theme from the Times Square event held last year in New York, the San Diego Gaslamp Takeover featured all the new 2014 products on display for the public to check out, stunt riding from Jason Britton and Team No Limit, a well-received appearance by World Superbike points leader Tom Sykes, and plenty of high energy music and swag giveaways.
The message to both the general public and dealers in attendance was simple: only Kawasaki has the ability and the chutzpah to stage such an event. Based upon the reactions we saw in both dealers and fans in attendance, it certainly appears that Kawasaki has found a unique way to successfully reach its constituents and excite them to a fever pitch.
Here's the update on the Teryx and 2014 off-road motorcycles.
For customers and dealers looking to make the most of the dirt and trails, the heavily revised Teryx and Teryx4 were the stars of the show in San Diego. Lead by the flagship Teryx LE model, the 2014 Teryx range features a massive list of improvements to the powertrain, chassis and standard accessories.
On the LE, which features all the improvements for 2014, the changes start with the engine. The four-valve, SOHC 90-degree V-twin grows to 783cc and is claimed to produce 12 percent more torque and a massive 26 percent more horsepower, primarily in the low- and midrange where side-by-side motors spend most of their lives.
The fuel injected V-twin features all the specs one would expect to find inside a supersport motorcycle motor, including hard-wearing electroplated bores, an oversquare bore and stroke of 85mm x 69mm for quick revving power and a high-capacity cooling system to handle the additional engine load and output. Transmitting the power to the wheels is an all-new Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) provides ease of use and improved efficiency. Despite the additional power, fuel economy gets a healthy 20 percent improvement.
To match the performance needs of the new powertrain, the 2014 Teryx features a larger, stronger chassis design. The frame features a “double-X” design and integrated Roll-Over Protective Structure (ROPS) cage that is stronger for reduced chassis flex, improved durability under abuse and improved handling. The new frame not only copes with the additional weight of the 2014 Teryx (approx. 160 lbs. over the 2013 model), it also offers more carrying capacity, with a 600 lb. bed capacity. The updated chassis provides a full 11 inches of ground clearance and new skidplates protect vital chassis parts from rocks and other debris. (continued)