❏ The UTV world is booming from
the top down. The 1000cc machines
get the most fanfare. The 50-inch-wide
ones are the best sellers, and dealers
can’t keep the utility models in stock.
One segment that has been primarily
ignored by the major manufacturers
other than Polaris is the youth UTV, or
SxS, segment. We call these models
“side-by-sides,” as they are only 2WD.
We have to thank Polaris for starting the segment and continuing the
development of the machine. The only
competition Polaris has in the market
is from lesser-known companies like
Pitster Pro, Bennche and Hisun.
Hisun is actually a company that
rivals Polaris in size and has been
quietly hiding in China. Now they
have expanded their name globally
and, more importantly, to the U.S. The
brand has full-sized UTVs and ATVs,
with a V-twin powerplant similar to
Can-Am. Hisun’s youth SxS has a dis-
tinct RZR look with a ton of features
the larger RZRs don’t even have.
Hisun markets the Strike for drivers
12 years and over. It’s a two-seater
with two-wheel drive and reverse.
To power the little SxS, Hisun uses a
scooter-type CVT engine that requires
no shifting and easy operation. The
engine is a liquid-cooled, single-cyl-
Youth SxS’ are growing in popularity and in size. This Hisun Strike 250 is
technically the biggest. It fits drivers
from 4 feet to 5 feet tall comfortably.
inder, 229cc mill mated to an automatic transmission with high, low,
neutral and reverse gears. Starting
is electric and offers a keyed ignition.
The engine is fuel injected, as is the
new RZR 170, but has liquid cooling,
something the smallest RZR does not.
To separate itself even from a RZR
170, the Strike has a much bigger
frame. Physically, it measures 4 inches longer at 89 inches. This allows
the machine to fit larger adults so
they can join in on the fun, or at least
sit next to their pre-teen as they are
teaching them to drive. The driver’s
seat is adjustable enough to fit a person from 4 to 6 feet tall. Large adults
have a hard time squeezing into the
driver or passenger seat of the youth
RZR, but they can fit comfortably in
the Strike. The driver’s seat has four
adjustment settings, and an adjustable passenger side gets a quick-ad-just grab handle.
Small half doors keep both passengers securely inside the machine, as
does four-point racing harnesses. The
Strike is 1 inch wider at 49 inches than
the RZR, but still fits easily in the back
of a full-sized pickup truck. Tire size
on the Strike is 2 inches taller at 22
inches than a youth RZR, helping sus-
2016 HISUN STRIKE 250
Up front dual A-arms move 6 inches. A standard sway bar
helps eliminate body roll. The headlights work, as do the turn
The dash is fully equipped with an assortment of winch controls, turn signals and headlight switches. It comes with a
working horn too. We wish that Hisun made a machine without all these features with a significantly lower price.