HOW IS THE DELIVERY?
Smooth and steady. With a top
speed of 50 mph for low range, the
CVT tuning could be better for hard-core off-roading. It gets the job done,
but we’d like to see lower gearing
with a top speed around 40 mph.
High range is good for up to 70 mph.
The locking front diff is nice, as is the
unlocking rear diff, which helps turning
and saves turf. The CVs are stout,
and the axles are protected by nice
aluminum A-arm guards.
V-twin produces 65
horsepower with 11:1
compression and two
95mm pistons. It has
Delphi EFI induction
with a single throttle
body feeding both
cylinders. On the other
side, the CVT cover
ducts up to a RZR-like
side-bed intake with
frog-skin inlet, and it
has a drain in the CVT
Yit piggyback shocks
ours came set at
13 clicks out on
10 clicks out on
rebound. EPS assists
steering, and there is
an oil cooler in front
of the fan-assisted
We’ve never seen a gnarlier front bumper,
and it has embedded turn signals and a
3500-pound winch. LED halos encircle the
low-beam headlights, but they turn off when
the high beams are turned on. The Wanda
tires offer great traction in many conditions.
LED taillights flank white LED turn signals
in back, and bed capacity is 350 pounds.
The closed-loop EFI and center-exit exhaust
are high-tech, and the Strike 1000 will tow
1200 pounds. We like the A-arm guards and
S 900 is $15,499 or $16,499 with EPS.
The Can-Am Commander 1000 DPS is
$14,449, and the Honda Pioneer 1000
HOW FAST IS THE 976CC V-TWIN?
Not very fast. At 976cc, the Strike is
very much like Can-Am’s V-twin, but
it’s more Commander than Maverick.
Hisun claims 65 horsepower, and
Can-Am claims 85 horsepower for its
Commander 1000 engine. Throttle
response is good, but acceleration is
lethargic compared to other 1000s. It’ll
do 70 mph in high range and 50 mph
in low, but it takes a while to get there.
The closed-loop EFI gets the EPA and
California Air Resources Board squeals