SSR Motorsports is best known for its line of 70cc–140cc pit bikes and scooters, but it’s venturing into 4x4 UTV-land with the all-new, long-travel SRU500-LT. Nick Nelson checks out the
500’s ability to soak up uneven terrain.
switch is easy to use, and the drivetrain
is stout, with burly axles and CVs. A
4x4 icon appears in the digital panel
when 4WD is engaged, and the icon
also designates diff-lock. Unfortunately,
steering is very heavy with the diff
locked and in unlocked 4WD, and the
range selector is weak and doesn’t
want to stay in adjustment.
HOW IS THE SUSPENSION?
It’s the best part of the SRU500-
LT. The SRU floats over nasty terrain
and delivers a plush ride in chop. The
front and rear ends are well balanced,
but big hits and G-outs will bottom
the shocks, which tend to blow
through their travel when pushed hard.
Articulation in rocks is good, and the
chassis stays fairly flat in corners.
WHAT ABOUT THE HANDLING?
Handling is a mixed bag. With a
shorter wheelbase than the RZR 800
S and CFMoto, the SRU500 rails tight
turns when there’s traction. In looser
soil, it pushes the front end, which
has 5 degrees of caster and 26mm of
trail. The steering feels heavy, but the
64-inch width gives it a ton of stability in
turns and on rough straights. Leave it in
2WD for optimal cornering and speed.
IS IT A MUD MONSTER?
Not so much. Ducting is good on
the CVT, but the 493cc engine lacks
the shear power to conquer big bogs,
and the air filter doesn’t have a ducted
still airbox. It sits under the console at
elbow level. The 25-inch tires aren’t
very aggressive for the deep stuff,
HOW IS IT IN BIG BOULDERS?
As long as the boulders aren’t moss-covered, the SRU500 does well. It has
13. 4 inches of ground clearance and
good articulation, so put it in low and
lock the front diff. In fact, the SRU500
is happiest on rocks, as they provide
plenty of traction and let the torquey
motor do its stuff. We wouldn’t even
think of taking the SRU500 to the
HOW ABOUT THE BRAKES?
On paper, they should be great. With
twin-piston hydraulic calipers at all four
corners and stainless-steel brake lines,
the SRU500 should stand on its nose,
but the brakes are weak and lack feel
at the pedal. The mechanical caliper on
the rear driveshaft at the transfer case
is very Rhino-like, but it’s weak as well.
HOW ABOUT TRAIL COMFORT?
It’s a highlight. The seats are
comfortable and have four-point
harnesses, but we wish the harnesses
were padded. The ergonomics,
The doors have a secure latch, and the handle can be rotated to lock
the latch open. The crinkle finish on the secure doors is cool too.
A 5.8-gallon fuel cell sits under the right seat, and a door in the rear
fender hides the gas cap. The high-compression engine demands
The one-into-two exhaust is well protected
by the rear bumper, and laid-down remote-reservoir shocks and long IRS A-arms provide
13 inches of rear travel. The stylish bed holds
176 pounds of cargo, tilts and has a half-tailgate.