Mitch Guthrie – 1st Overall at 2012 UTV King of The Hammers

Mitch Guthrie, #555 took the overall win at 2012 UTV King of the Hammers in his Polaris RZR XP.  Guthrie ran a flawless race, keeping a fast pace that gained momentum with each race mile.  Todd Stephenson in the #1944 Artic Cat Wildcat took 2nd, making it an impressive first run for the Artic Cat Wildcat.

With the new release of the Kawasaki Teryx 4, Long Travel Industries (LTI) was one of the first companies to get their hands on the new platform from Kawasaki.  It didn’t take the team at LTI long to dive into the Teryx 4 and develop a long travel platform for the car.  In typical LTI fashion the boxed arm kit for the Teryx 4 kit is 5 inches wider per side increasing the stance 10 inches overall and adds an additional 1 3/4 inches to the wheelbase as well.

The long travel kit for the Teryx 4 is 100% bolt on and requires no drilling or modification to the vehicle.  The boxed arms are constructed of 4130 Chromoly plate and fully TIG welded to create the toughest A-Arm on the market.  The arms feature 7/8″ spherical bearings with stainless steel tapered pins to increase the strength and durability of the suspension on the Teryx 4.  With an additional width of 5″ per side this increases the wheel travel to a staggering 14 inches of travel.  This makes the perfect combination for the Kawasaki Teryx 4 to tackle the rough terrain of the desert with ease!  The additional 1 3/4″ added to the wheelbase allows you to add larger tires to your Teryx 4 without having to worry about tire rub.

All Long Travel Industries suspension kits come with a set of King 2.0 coil-overs with piggy back shocks that have been custom valved for the Teryx 4 to give you the best ride possible in the harshest of terrains.  LTI and King have spent the time need to build the ultimate shock for your Teryx 4 that will complement the strength of the boxed arms from LTI.  Also included in the kit are a set of 300M axles that are the final piece of the puzzle that make this kit indestructible.

Teryx 4 Long Travel Kit Includes:
(8) +5 Chromoly plate A-arms
(4) 2.0 King Coil-overs w/ billet piggy back reservoirs
(4) 300M axles
(2) Billet Tie Rod Extensions w/ hiems
(4) 7/8 spherical bearings
(4) 17-4 Stainless Steel Tapered pins

About Long Travel Industries:
Long Travel Industries (LTI) was established in 2005 when the Yamaha Rhino hit the off-road market.  In the last 6 years LTI has established themselves as a leader in the Side X Side and UTV market. Manufacturing parts for the Kawaski Teryx, Teryx 4, Polaris RZR, XP-900, RZR 4, and the Yamaha Rhino to name a few their parts can be seen from coast to coast wether your on the track at the races or out for a weekend ride.   For more information about purchasing from Long Travel Industries or becoming a dealer please call 714-783-7491 or visit www.longtravelindustries.com.

Today, Kawasaki released information on its all-new 2012 off-road vehicles. Included in this group are Kawasaki’s dirt bikes the KX450F and KX250F, as well as its new Brute Force 750 4x4i ATV, which Off-Road.com has a chance to test earlier this year.

Check out Off-Road.com’s first ride on the 2012 Brute Force.

Kawasaki launched a page on its website today showcasing the new models with specs, pricing, videos and even a dealer location tool should you want to check one out first-hand. For more information on the new models, check out the new page on the Kawasaki website.

IRVINE, Calif. – Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Ltd. (KHI) motorcycle production facilities, located in Akashi, did not sustain any damage from the recent, tragic earthquake centered in the northern part of the country.

However, the company obviously relies on a large number of outside component suppliers and vendors in order to complete and deliver finished products. While normally relying on “just in time” daily deliveries from these business partners, KHI is understandably sensitive to the issues that many of them could be facing as a result of the recent tragedy. KHI will, as circumstances dictate, make adjustments to fit the needs of all concerned.

At this time, no long-term production stoppages are planned for the Akashi plant and Kawasaki plants in Thailand and the U.S. are in full operation.

Obviously, the tremendous devastation that has occurred in Japan, and the subsequent humanitarian issues, must take precedence, but KHI will strive to maintain successful business operations during this difficult time.

To provide support to those affected by the Japanese earthquake and tsunami, the presidents of all of the U.S.-based Kawasaki entities are collecting donations from employees and forwarding them to the American Red Cross. The U.S. organization will then forward the funds to the Japanese Red Cross, assuring distribution where help is needed most. Individual contributions by Kawasaki employees will qualify for the Kawasaki matching gift program. The Kawasaki Good Times Foundation is contributing $50,000 to initiate the charitable giving
campaign.

Rialto, California – The dawn of the 2011 Lucas Oil Off-Road Racing Series rises on the Phoenix, Arizona desert this weekend as Chad George spearheads his FUNCO Team into the season opener at Firebird Raceway.

Chad will seek the SuperLite championship in his new #42 Kawasaki Motor Corp. race truck and he will defend his UTV Modified title in his Monster Energy Kawasaki Teryx.  2010 was a strong SuperLite season with a solid second place finish, but Chad stands to top the podium for 2011.

Kawasaki ATVs and Mars on Earth High in the arctic circle research is being conducted by NASA and the Mars Institute to determine whether life on the surface of Mars could be a reality in the near future.

This area is known as Haughton Crater and has the closest resemblance to Mars, so its desolate and harsh landscape requires the use of Kawasaki Bayou 250 ATVs–the only ATV that the researchers trust to be tough enough to withstand the elements and meet their scientific needs.

Take a rare glimpse into what may be the first step into the final frontier aboard Kawasaki ATVs.

Check out the video below of the testing:

At the end of the week, Kawasaki will often drop some cool video or news in regards to its latest off-road happenings.

Today, Kawasaki released a video of some top off-road custom builders taking on the challenge of trying to build the baddest Kawasaki Teryx.

The vehicles were built and then put up to the challenge in a heavy competition on some rough desert terrain. The entire build will be fired in the Feb/March issue of UTV Off-Road Magazine.