Kawasaki turned heads with the release of the Teryx KRX 1000 last fall. Not that the machine was blindingly fast or had the most suspension travel; it was because of how cool it looks, how smooth it drives and the reputation for reliability the Teryx name brings to the table. There are, however, at least six features Kawasaki’s KRX1000 has that no other high-performance UTV has. Here they are.
1. ECO MODE DISPLAY
Hidden in the digital instrument cluster is a momentary signal that tells you when you are driving like a grandma. Three small circles light up on the right-hand side displaying “Eco” driving. This might be important if you are on a super-long ride or a short one and running low on fuel.
2. CVT BELT TEMP GAUGE
On the left, at the very bottom of the instrument cluster, a bar scale that looks like a fuel gauge lets you know how warm your CVT belt is getting. A couple bars showing is a normal heat range, but once it fills up, you better go easy on the skinny pedal or shift into low range on Kawasaki’s KRX1000.
3. OIL-SIGHT GLASS
Nearly every dirt bike and most ATVs we’ve ever ridden had a small sight glass where you could check oil levels at a glance. There’s no need to find the dip stick. You can simply walk by the side of the engine, kneel down a bit and confirm the oil level in a second. This is a good way to see how dirty your oil is getting as well.
4. ACCESS PANEL FOR ALTERNATOR INSTALL
It seems like accessory alternators are becoming mandatory if you are running a lot of electronics, such as radios, GPS units, fans and lights. To install one, you are typically required to buy expensive, modified side covers, along with mounting brackets and the alternator itself. Kawasaki thought way ahead and put a small removable plate right in the side cover to easily mount a pulley to the crankshaft.
5. STEEL KICK PANELS AND SKID PLATES
How many times have you run over a pile of branches or a broken-off fencepost and it punctured your floorboard? Kawasaki wants to prevent this type of puncture and has installed steel plates forward of the passenger compartment and underneath. On the downside, rocks spitting off the front tires might make a little more noise, and the underbelly plates are welded on, so removing them for a deep cleaning is not really an option.
6. NON-FEATURE NO TOOLKIT
These days, OEM toolkits don’t provide much, and Kawasaki provides even less. Fact is, Kawasaki doesn’t even supply a toolkit with the KRX. You can make your own, but Kawasaki is so confident in this product, they don’t think you will need one. Furthermore, Kawasaki doesn’t even supply a tool to change a belt. The job requires a bolt that is 10×1.25 with at least 20mm of thread to spread the secondary sheave and, of course, the right-sized wrench or socket to tighten the bolts.