The tilt steering wheel is nice, and the SRU500-LT comes with
turn signals, a horn, stereo, speakers and full instrumentation.
The glovebox locks, but doesn’t hold much more than the tool
kit, and the owner’s and shop manuals are on CD.
The 493cc engine sits backwards in the
frame behind the cab, and SSR claims it
puts out 38 horsepower via an 87.5mm
bore, 82mm stroke, 10.5:1 compression and
36.5mm CV Keihin carburetor.
and comforts of an automobile,
except a windshield (optional) and air
conditioning. Instrumentation includes
a tachometer, speedometer and digital
LED multimeter with indicator lights.
The tilt steering wheel has turn signals
and headlight switches on the left and
a windshield wiper control on the right.
Both seats are adjustable and have
HOW DOES COST COMPARE?
four-point harnesses, and there’s a
stereo/CD player with speakers under
the dash. Sweet!
SSR Motorsports has set a list price
of $6999 for the SRU500-LT. The
CFMoto Terracross 625 lists for $8549,
while the long-travel 625-EX is $9549.
The Polaris RZR 570 retails for $9999,
while the Kymco carburetor-fed 500
UXV is $7899. Kymco’s 500 EFI UXV is
$8999, and the SP 500UXV is $10,499.
HOW IS THE 500’S POWER?
It’s torquey but lazy about building
revs. The long-stroke engine has 10.5:1
compression (so it requires 91-octane
gasoline), and it makes its best power
in the low end to midrange. Deep sand
really drags the engine down, especially
in high range. In deep sand or on steep
hills, you’ll definitely want to use the low
range for better acceleration and trail
WHAT ABOUT 4X4 DELIVERY?
It’s excellent. The 2WD/4WD/diff-lock