WHEN SHANNON Tracy, the owner of UV Country Kawasaki in Houston, found out that the United States Special Operations Command was searching for a tough new tactical vehicle, she made a bid to provide the SOCOM with a large number of Kawasaki Teryx RUVs.
Having provided units to the military in June 2008, Tracy figured the Teryx was an excellent choice for the military's requirements for something tough, lightweight, quick and agile.
The military decided on the 2009 Teryx after conducting extensive research and numerous evaluations of everything from regular utility vehicles to expensive custom fabricated equipment.
Tracy's efforts have paid off.
Following the final round of evaluations, SOCOM awarded a contract worth up to $28,390,453 to UV Country. The woman-owned-small-business is scheduled to deliver up to 1,625 units over a five-year period under what's called an indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity contract. This type of contract provides for an indefinite quantity of supplies or services during a fixed period of time.
“We’ve fulfilled several smaller GSA and Texas state contracts in the past, but this new Special Forces project is our largest contract by far,” says Tracy. “It provides a great boost to our business, lends extra credibility to the Teryx and assists all Kawasaki dealers by capitalizing on its outstanding performance. If it’s good enough for the SOCOM environment, then it must be capable of handling whatever American hunters and outdoor enthusiasts can throw at it."
Powered by a fuel-injected 750cc V-twin engine, Kawasaki’s popular Teryx 750 FI 4x4 RUV offers side-by-side seating for two adults, a roll over protective structure (ROPS), front discs and a special sealed rear brake, four wheel independent suspension, a tilting cargo bed with 500 pounds of carrying capacity and the ability to tow up to 1,300 pounds.