TEST: Hisun Strike 250

The popularity of UTVs is exploding, so it’s no wonder that young UTV enthusiasts and their parents are looking for scaled-down machines for youth drivers. Hisun’s Strike 250 is one of the latest in a growing group of youth UTVs, so we got one for a full test to see what it offers.

ARE YOUTH UTVS JUST LIKE FULL-SIZE UTVS?
Not exactly. Most adult UTVs have 4WD, independent front and rear suspension, and 16-and-over age recommendations. Like other youth UTVs, the Hisun is 2WD and has independent front suspension and swingarm rear suspension. The Strike 250 is recommended for riders 12 and over, though some youth UTVs are recommended for kids 10 and older. The Hisun is a little larger than some youth UTVs and is roomy enough for 5-foot-tall riders. A 6-foot-tall parent can fit, but they won’t want to ride very long, a feature most kids like.

Hisun’s Strike 250 has more power and better handling than we’ve come to expect from youth UTVs for the same price as a Polaris RZR 170.
Hisun’s Strike 250 has more power and better handling than we’ve come to expect from youth UTVs for the same price as a Polaris RZR 170.

HOW DOES COST COMPARE?
The Strike 250 sells for $4699, the same as the popular Polaris RZR 170. SSR’s SRU170RS is $3499. Pitster Pro’s Lil Mojave 200 is $3799. Odes’ Blazer 150 is $2699.

HOW ABOUT THOSE FEATURES?
Hisun’s Strike 250 is far better equipped than other youth UTVs, and its list of features even puts many fullsize vehicles to shame. It comes with doors, a roof, a windshield, mirrors, aluminum wheels, full instrumentation, a 2500-pound winch, slide-adjust seats, harness-type belts, a horn and turn signals. It’s also available in five color choices and camo.

WHO IS HISUN?
Hisun is a large Chinese manufacturer of UTVs, ATVs, motorcycles and electric vehicles that has been in business for 25 years. They have hundreds of dealers in the U.S. Final assembly and parts distribution are done at Hisun’s U.S. headquarters in Dallas, Texas.

Like other youth UTVs, the Strike 250 uses swingarm rear suspension and chain drive to the rear wheels only.
Like other youth UTVs, the Strike 250 uses swingarm rear suspension and chain drive to the rear wheels only.

WHAT POWERS IT?
A liquid-cooled, fuel-injected, 229cc engine. The 2016 RZR 170 is fuel injected, but most youth UTVs have carbureted, air-cooled engines from 170 to 200cc.

WHAT KIND OF TRANSMISSION DOES IT HAVE?
A dual-range, fully automatic, belttype continuously variable transmission. All youth UTVs have easy-to-use automatics, but only the Hisun has low and high range. Low range adds climbing power and extends belt life in low speed or aggressive driving. High range allows higher top speed and more relaxed high-speed cruising.

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HOW FAST IS IT?
Plenty fast for a kid’s machine. The little Hisun’s acceleration is surprisingly strong, and low range is good for nearly 40 mph. In high, the Strike can almost hit 50. You can easily limit the Strike 250’s performance with the adjustable throttle stop on the gas pedal.

HOW IS THE POWER ON THE TRAIL?
It’s fun and impressively powerful. The Strike 250 has quick, smooth, predictable throttle response, so it gives young drivers most of the sensations that make driving big UTVs so much fun, but at speeds learners can handle. It will slide if there’s not too much traction, and it conquers surprisingly difficult trails easily. Unlike many youth UTVs, the Hisun has some reserve power for tackling tough hills and sand, and the option to select low range lets young drivers take full advantage of the available power. Having a dual-range transmission also helps young UTVers learn when to use low range, a subject some adults are a little shaky on.

The Hisun’s double-A-arm front end is less subject to bump steer than the simpler single-A-arm setups on some youth UTVs. A front sway bar reduces body roll in corners. The shocks are spring preload adjustable too.
The Hisun’s double-A-arm front end is less subject to bump steer than the simpler single-A-arm setups on some youth UTVs. A front sway bar reduces body roll in corners. The shocks are spring preload adjustable too.

WHAT KIND OF SUSPENSION DOES IT HAVE?
Like most youth UTVs, the Hisun has independent front suspension and solidaxle swingarm rear suspension, but it offers more than most in several ways. First, it has more travel than some; second, it has a double-A-arm front end that is less subject to bump steer than simpler single-A-arm setups; and third, a front sway bar reduces body roll in corners. The shocks are spring preload adjustable too.

A fuel-injected, liquid-cooled, 229cc engine supplies the power, and a dual-range automatic transmission lets young drivers make full use of the performance.
A fuel-injected, liquid-cooled, 229cc engine supplies the power, and a dual-range automatic transmission lets young drivers make full use of the performance.

HOW DOES THE SUSPENSION WORK?
It’s very good for a youth UTV. The suspension is tuned right for the rider weights and speeds this machine will see, so it delivers a comfortable ride and doesn’t bottom unless it is pushed pretty hard. As with any kids’ UTV, big bumps and big jumps will find the suspension’s limits, but the Hisun can handle hard riding better than most.

The Strike 250 comes with doors, a roof, a windshield, mirrors, aluminum wheels, full instrumentation, slide-adjust seats, harness-type belts, a horn, turn signals and even a winch. It’s also available in five color choices and camo.
The Strike 250 comes with doors, a roof, a windshield, mirrors, aluminum wheels, full instrumentation, slide-adjust seats, harness-type belts, a horn, turn signals and even a winch. It’s also available in five color choices and camo.

HOW DOES IT HANDLE?
The Hisun’s handling is more like a big UTV than the toy-like feel of some youth UTVs. The double-A-arm front end helps the machine steer accurately, even on bumpy terrain, and the front sway bar keeps it flat in corners. Most parents are more concerned about safety than performance, but the features that help the Strike 250’s handling performance also make it safe, stable and predictable.

HOW DOES IT HANDLE RUGGED TERRAIN?
It’s fine for learning UTVers. The Strike’s 2WD takes the machine most places new drivers will want to go, and the winch can get them unstuck if they overdo it. Parents should school their kids on winch use before they get in a jam, though. Like other youth UTVs, the Hisun uses chain drive, so the rear sprocket reduces ground clearance to 5.8 inches. It’s not a problem as long as kids know the sprocket is lower than the rest of the machine. Splash protection is just okay, just like on big sport UTVs, but kids would find a way to get wet and muddy if the thing had a full cab.

Five-foot-tall kids fit comfortably in the Strike. The seats are comfortable and slide to adjust.
Five-foot-tall kids fit comfortably in the Strike. The seats are comfortable and slide to adjust.

HOW ARE THE DETAILS?
We never thought we’d say this about a UTV, but when it comes to features, the Strike 250 has almost too much of a good thing. While it’s great to get an accessory catalog worth of features as standard equipment, it would be even greater if Hisun also offered a stripped base model of the Strike 250 for a substantially lower price in addition to the loaded model.

Full instrumentation is one of the Hisun’s many big UTV-like features. The switches control the lights, winch and turn signals.
Full instrumentation is one of the Hisun’s many big UTV-like features. The switches control the lights, winch and turn signals.

Detail-wise, the Strike 250 stands above most youth UTVs. Having a transmission with low and high range is a big plus, and the range selector’s smooth action shows quality and makes the machine easy to drive. The Hisun’s double-A-arm suspension and front sway bar give the Strike outstandingly safe, predictable handling. The fit and finish are remarkably good too. Some areas need work. Checking the oil and coolant levels should be easier, and you have to unbolt the seat base and remove an access panel to get to the battery.

WHAT IS OUR FINAL ANSWER?
The Hisun Strike 250 is a well engineered, extremely well-equipped machine at a very good price. Young UTVers never had it so good.

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SPECS
HISUN STRIKE 250
ENGINE/TRANSMISSION
Engine type Liquid-cooled, OHV single-cylinder 4-stroke
Displacement ……………………………………….229cc
Bore x stroke ………………………………… 65.5 x 68
Compression ratio …………………………………. 9.7:1
Lubrication system …………………………..Wet sump
Additional cooling ……………………………….. Auto fan
Carburetion ………………………………………………EFI
Starting/back-up ……………………………Electric/none
Starting procedure In any range, turn key w/ brake on
Idle adjustment …………………………………………N/A
Air filter
Type ………………………………………………….Paper
Access …………………………….. Remove airbox cap
Transmission ………………Dual-range CVT w/ reverse
Reverse procedure……… Move range selector to “R”
Drive system ………………………………………….2WD
Final drive ……………………………………………. Chain
DIMENSIONS/CAPACITIES/WEIGHTS
Fuel capacity ………………………………………3.5 gal.
Wheelbase …………………………………………… 68.2”
Overall length/width/height …………. 88.9”/49.6”/59”
Ground clearance …………………………………….. 5.8”
Dry weight ………………………………………….688 lb.
Bed capacity …………………………………………50 lb.
Hitch ……………………………………………………… No
Towing capacity ………………………………………..N/A
ROLLING CHASSIS
Frame ……………………………………………Steel tube
Suspension/wheel travel:
Front Dual A-arms, w/ sway bar, prel.-adj. shocks/6”
Rear ………………… Swingarm, prel.-adj. shocks/5”
Brakes/actuation:
Front ……………………….. Hydraulic discs/left pedal
Rear ………………………….. Hydraulic disc/left pedal
Parking …………………………………. Lever on console
Tires:
Front ……………………… Wanda AT22x7-10 Radial
Rear ………………………Wanda AT22x10-10 Radial
DETAILS
Instruments Speedometer/odometer, trip meter, clock
Lighting:
Front ………………………………… 2 35W headlights
Rear ……………………………………..Tail/brake lights
Colors . White, black, blue, red, orange, Vista Camo
Minimum recommended operator age …………….. 12
Suggested retail price …………………………… $4699
Contact Hisun, (909) 989-3366, www.hisunmotors.com

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