Riding with Kawasaki at Badlands Off-Road Vehicle Park

| October 20, 2009 | 0 Comments
2010 Kawasaki Teryx at the Badlands ORV Park

2010 Kawasaki Teryx at the Badlands ORV Park

By Jon Crowley

I had heard of Badlands Off-Road Park before, but never had the opportunity to travel to Indiana to do any off-roading.  That all changed when I was invited to ride at Badlands with Kawasaki as they rolled out their 2010 Kawasaki Teryx .

The Badlands ORV Park is a privately-owned off-road area of about 800 acres in western Indiana near Attica. The park is literally a smorgasbord of off-road riding: sand dunes, pea gravel hills, bottomless mud, the tightest off-camber woods trails, extreme rock crawling, shear drop-offs, hood-deep water, and stream crossings.

Creek Crossing at Badlands Off-Road Park

Creek Crossing at Badlands Off-Road Park

We all showed up on a cold and wet morning in the middle of October and I wasn’t expecting the best day. I wasn’t quite ready for the 40 degree temperature and riding in the rain usually isn’t my thing.  Plus I had checked out the Badlands Off-Road Park website and  it really didn’t look all that exciting.  Boy was I in for an eye opener.

I hooked up with Nick Nelson in one 2010 Kawasaki Teryx and Thad Josey of ATV Rider and Brad Howe from Dirt Wheels followed in another 2010 Teryx. Now for those of you that don’t know, Nick has been an ATV racer for many years, and doesn’t know the meaning of “take it slow.”  So it was game on! There was a  marked loop six miles long that travels through the sand and gravel, then heads into the trees.  That is where the fun really began.  It is a tight one-way course that snakes its way left, right, up and down, then across a few creek crossings before popping back into the open again.  Big fun! I had the video camera pointing towards the car behind us and captured some of the action.

2010 Kawasaki Teryx

2010 Kawasaki Teryx

The Teryx is just an all around great vehicle for the varied type of terrain we played in at Badlands. The Teryx 750 FI 4×4’s smooth and powerful V-twin engine and sport-tuned wide-body chassis is powerful enough in the sand, nimble enough in the trees and it can tackle a little rock crawling too. I think that is what I like best about the Teryx.  Dunes and desert, camping or hunting, work and play it is right at home.

2010 marks the second refinement to the Teryx that was recently introduced in 2008.  For 2009, the Teryx got digital fuel injection and a new Sport model.  Now for 2010, a hinged, forward-tilting hood, more cooling capacity and an ignition cut-out for the parking brake are the key upgrades.  Along with the opening hood comes an all-new look.  Not quite sure I have fallen in love with the looks of the new hood, but I sure do like the ability to open it.  Now all we need is a little built in storage area under the hood…

I jumped in several different vehicles with different drivers during the day and had fun every time.  The different terrain added some flavor to the day, and the weather added levels of challenges with wet rocks,  wet sand and cold hands!  Kawasaki always puts on a great event to show off their vehicles and this year’s pick of the Badlands Off-Road Park in Indiana was a refreshing change of scenery for me.

What’s New for the 2010 Kawasaki Teryx 750 4×4:

  • A new hinged, forward-tilting front hood enforces aggressive new styling, and allows quick access to the radiator and front suspension components, for easier maintenance and suspension tuning.
  • New, inset headlights complement the aggressive new styling.
  • A larger radiator fan helps keep engine temps under control in slow going, and a larger-diameter hose increases coolant flow and overall capacity. The coolant reserve tank was moved under the front cover for easier maintenance.
  • A new ignition cut-out feature protects the brake system by preventing riding with the parking brake on.
  • The tilt bed’s frame is engineered with increased rigidity for even greater durability.
  • Other minor modifications aimed at more efficient production and durability keep the Teryx at the front of the RUV pack.

More 2010 Kawasaki Teryx Information:

Badlands Off Road Park:

3968 North Xavier
Attica, IN 47918
Phone: 866.762.2981
View Google Map

Access to the park’s trails is $20 per day. Helmets are required for all motorcycle, ATV and side by side vehicles. All participants must display an orange safety flag.


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