HISUN STRIKE 900

UTV TEST

— Fully loaded for $10,999 —

Some lower-priced UTVs turn out to be pretty expensive once you get them set up the way you want them. Hisun’s Strike 900 is an affordable 61-inch-wide sport machine that comes as well equipped as many brands’ high-end UTVs but that stays inexpensive.

The Strike 900 isn’t the fastest 900 sport machine, but it has more than enough power to tackle tough trails, and it’s $1300 less than a RZR 570.

WHAT EXTRAS COME AS STANDARD EQUIPMENT?

The Strike 900 comes with a roof, windshield, aluminum wheels, winch, side mirrors, adjustable, piggyback reservoir gas shocks, turn signals and a horn.

WHAT KIND OF UTV IS IT?

Hisun’s Strike 900 is a 61-inch-wide sport machine. The 61-inch width makes it more compact than larger 64-inch-wide sport machines and more stable than 50-inch trail-width UTVs.

A 924cc, single-overhead-cam, eight-valve V-twin supplies the power.

HOW DOES COST COMPARE?

The Strike 900 is $10,999. The Polaris RZR 900 is $12,999. Can-Am’s Commander 800 is $11,199. Kawasaki’s Teryx 800 is $12,999.

WHAT POWERS IT?

A 924cc, eight-valve, single-overhead-cam V-twin.

Double A-arms and adjustable piggyback reservoir shocks offer 8 inches of travel, which is plenty for cruising trails. The winch is just one of the Strike’s useful standard features.

WHAT KIND OF TRANSMISSION DOES IT HAVE?

The easiest kind to use—a fully automatic, dual-range, belt-type continuously variable transmission.

WHAT KIND OF 4WD DOES IT HAVE?

Selectable 2WD/4WD with a locking rear differential.

HOW FAST IS IT?

With more than 900cc of V-twin power, it’s impressively fast, but not as quick as a Polaris RZR 900, Can-Am Commander 800 or Kawasaki Teryx 800.

Rear suspension travel is 6 inches. Front and rear sway bars fight body roll.

HOW IS THE POWER DELIVERY?

Responsive but controllable. The Strike’s power delivery is aggressive enough to be fun, and it works well on technical parts of the trail. The Hisun’s power delivery just off idle could be more refined, but it stays hooked up on slippery off-cambers and on loose, rocky climbs. Grab enough throttle and the 900 can drift around turns on fire roads, conquer challenging trails and maintain a respectably quick pace in open terrain.

HOW IS THE SUSPENSION?

It’s good within its limits. The Strike 900 has 8 inches of front suspension travel and 6 inches in the rear. Most sport machines have 10 inches of travel or more, so the Strike’s suspension has to be fairly firm to fight bottoming. It rides comfortably unless you get too aggressive. Go too fast and you’ll use all the travel on G-outs, big bumps or jumps. The shocks are adjustable, so we backed out the compression adjustment for more comfortable cruising and firmed it for faster riding.

Side mirrors and turn signals activated by a automotive-style stalk on the steering column are standard equipment.

HOW DOES IT HANDLE?

It’s sure and stable on straights and in corners, as long as they’re not too rough. The Strike’s relatively low, wide stance keeps it well planted in turns, and front and rear sway bars keep it flat in corners. There’s no power steering on this model, but the Strike is easy to handle and steer, though there is more steering effort in 4WD. The Strike is relaxed and easy to handle at higher speeds, though the short-travel suspension can get overwhelmed by bumps.

HOW IS IT FOR CHALLENGING TERRAIN?

It’s impressive. The Strike 900 doesn’t have a locking front differential, but it can handle mud, soft terrain and difficult climbs. The transmission doesn’t have automatic engine braking, so you need to man the brakes on steep downhills. Fortunately, the Strike’s brakes are strong and have good feel.

There’s a storage area under the hood, along with access to the radiator.

WHERE DOES IT WORK BEST?

The Strike 900 is most at home on twisting trails where lower speeds are natural. In that setting, its suspension can keep up with the action, and the machine’s quick, sure cornering lets drivers enjoy the Strike’s ability to carve turns.

HOW ARE THE DETAILS?

Most are impressive. We like doors more than the Strike’s nets, but for its price, the machine is so well equipped, it’s hard to snivel at. As we said, this machine comes with many of the most popular things UTVers add, including a roof, windshield, aluminum wheels, winch, side mirrors and adjustable piggyback reservoir gas shocks. Turn signals and even a horn are standard, so the Hisun saves you the cost of a street-legal kit. The Strike also has comfortable, adjustable seats and a roomy, comfortable cab. There’s no glove box and not much storage in the cab—just two drink holders and a small compartment that could hold a candy bar. There is a storage bin under a hatch in the hood that could hold a light jacket.

Many brands’ inexpensive UTVs don’t come outfitted the way drivers want. Hisun’s Strike 900 is priced like some base models, and it comes with a roof, windshield, aluminum wheels, winch, side mirrors, and gas shocks.

WHAT IS OUR FINAL ANSWER?

The Hisun Strike 900 isn’t the fastest 900, and aggressive drivers will want more suspension travel, but this feature-loaded machine delivers a lot of value for drivers who enjoy cruising and exploring trails.

SPECS:

HISUN STRIKE 900

ENGINE/TRANSMISSION

Engine type Liquid-cooled, 8-valve, SOHC 4-stroke

V-twin

Displacement 924cc

Bore x stroke 91mm x 71mm (2)

Compression ratio 10.5:1

Lubrication system Wet sump

Induction EFI

Starting/back-up Electric/none

Starting procedure In any range, brake engaged

Air filter:

  Type Paper mesh/screen

Transmission Dual-range CVT w/ CVTech clutch

Drive system 2WD/4WD w/ locking front differential

Final drive f/r Shaft/shaft

DIMENSIONS/CAPACITIES/WEIGHTS

Fuel capacity 7.3 gal.

Wheelbase 76”

Overall length/width/height 106”/61”/72.5”

Ground clearance 12”

Dry weight 1367 lb.

Bed capacity 350 lb.

Hitch 2-inch receiver

Towing capacity 1,200 lb.

ROLLING CHASSIS

Frame Round steel tube

Suspension/wheel travel:

  Front Dual A-arms & spring preload adjustable shocks/8”

  Rear Dual A-arms & spring preload adjustable shocks/6”

Brakes:

Front Single-piston hydraulic discs

Rear Single-piston hydraulic discs

Tires:

Front 26×9-14 Wanda radial

Rear 26×11-14 Wanda radial

DETAILS

DC outlet Auto-style waterproof plug

Lighting:

  Front Twin headlights

  Rear Twin tail/brake lights

Instrumentation Speedo/odo/tach/trip/hour/fuel/

gear position/diagnostics/clock

Colors Red, black, white

Minimum recommended operator age 16

Suggested retail price $10,999

Contact www.hisunmotors.com, (972) 446-0760

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