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Hensim USA / Tierra Motorsports / Tremendously frustrated with the ATVs!

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Almost two weeks before Christmas, my wife and I bought two Tierra Motor Sports (A.K.A.Hensim) ATV'S on-line at Family Go-Karts. We had them shipped a week before to ensure they would be operational on Christmas Day. When they arrived, both were missing certain parts like bolts for the wheels, parts for the handle bars, and fuel filters. I called family go-karts and they told me we needed to find the parts somewhere else because they couldn't ship me the parts before December 25th. They alleged that these models used the same parts as Honda ATV'S, but after a week of frantically searching, I found out this was not true.

The Honda dealers I spoke with didn't even know what a Tierra ATV was.

We only received the parts after dozens of phone calls and getting in touch with a parts distributor for either Hensim or Tierra Motor Sports? He told us that he was not allowed to deal with us directly, but would send the parts because of our situation. Finally, the parts came a week later (try explaining why Santa left broken ATV'S to a 9 and 4 year old boy), and while my boys were riding them, a wheel came off one, an oil cap off the other, a broken part, and at different times neither would start. It is now almost six weeks later and I can't find anyone that has the parts I need. It seems no one at Family Go-Karts, Tierra Motor Sports, Hensim, or any dealer who sells these ATV'S has the parts or will even return my calls for parts. I am tremendously frustrated and just do not want another family to have to go through the same mess I have been involved with for almost six weeks.

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  • La
      28th of Jun, 2007
    +1 Votes

    I have had nothing but problems with the Hensim/Tierra ATVs. I bought 2 of the 125cc ATVs. One would not start-it had a short in the electrical system. They ran well for maybe 2 weeks and then simply started falling apart. Bolts would fall out. The air filters would fall off. From my experience, these are poorly designed and built machines. Essentially useless and overall a rip-off.

  • Ju
      30th of Apr, 2010
    +1 Votes

    I am am an part time independent shop in Arizona, I repair and fix all brands that come to me, including these so called junk Chinese quads/bike's. I happened to be the lucky recipient of some one else' s ignorance.
    It was a very beautiful Hensim 250 sport quad that was the recipient of a few select words. including the classic as I have now learned to call it, "piece of Chinese crap".
    well when the guy finally calmed down, i gave him the bad news. He had left the shipping oil in the engine. people these things travel across the ocean; you can not SHIP HAZARDOUS materials across the ocean in a freight boat. they are filled with vegetable oil to protect the engine from salt corrosion.
    After the cussing and swearing had ended again and I had heard a few a Honda, Suzuki, Yamaha, Can Am, Arctic cat, Polaris, Kawasaki, KTM wouldn't do that new.He decided it was a total loss and asked me if I would buy it from him for $100, I said okay I'll take it. He went to his truck and walked back with an extra coil and cdi unit for the bike, he told me he replaced them cause they seemed not to be working(they worked).
    I got the crank, piston, rings and cylinder for the engine to fix it costing me a whopping $180.00.
    reassembled the engine and filled the fluids with the correct type and viscosity and level. charged the battery up and proceeded to start it, it didn't, check all the wires and low and behold a loose wire, connected it and made sure it was tight along with the rest of the wires. went to start again and fired right off the bat. shut it down and proceeded to go through the bike excited as hell that I just got a brand new running bike for $280.00. I proceeded again to do the things I had learned over the years of working on motored cycles. loctite every important nut and bolt that I could, yes even the big name brands have bolts that come loose. made sure all the castle nuts had pins and took it out for a ride.
    to end this story I have had this quad for 2yrs 3 months now. I have had no failures/problems concerning this machine. I would have to say that any problems concerning Hensim would likely to be neglect or ignorance of the truth. ordering a quad/ bike/go kart at 2 weeks before Christmas and expect to be able to get help the second you want it = not smart in the first place; how many other people just did the same thing? and what kinda hell gets put on other people trying to do their job to satisfy all of their customers not just you. be smarter order it way ahead of time so you/they have the time to solve issues.
    I have a friend that works at a rather large Honda dealer, he told me those bikes can sit in the back for 2 weeks before the parts come in to fix them, THESE ARE BRAND NEW BIKES FROM THE FACTORY getting repaired. before you even get to see them on the sales floor. Do you really think your internet purchased machine got this process? No it did not, YOU HAVE BECOME THE DEALER!!, these come off the boat and head straight for your home. You have to do the dealer preparation, checking over the entire bike, that means you get to assemble and do the final finished inspection.
    Complaining about them breaking when you assemble it with out proper preparation is your fault, not the bikes, I suggest to you that the gentleman above also thought he was good at mechanical/electrical things.
    if you are unsure about assembling one of these and going through it properly I am sure their are independent shops that may assemble it for a charge.If not BUY FROM A RECOGNIZED DEALER.

  • Da
      23rd of Jun, 2007
    0 Votes

    I understand what you mean I just bought from Power Sports Max it ran for a few hours I cant get any help from Power Sports Max which is really Deeal corp. I have emailed many times called many times and nothing I just wanted some tech help to get it running I would even pay I wasnt even asking about warranty my son was all excited about it for a couple hrs, its been 3wks now no call or email they dont answer their phone voice mail is always full. I did find a place to by parts its called prices are cheap they have several chinese brands. Still not running yet Im trying to get a electric diagram When I was buying it I had no trouble getting returned calls or emails Their web page should say as is with no contact after we get your money. The factory doesnt even have a tech person The name is HENSIM I think every one that sells this Chinese junk operates the same way if you call the factory they dont give a dam either. In fact I went to Pep Boys they sell them to and dont service or warranty them they know the factories wont honor the warranty. To bad there is not a real web site to post all the ripoffs so no one else gets burned

  • To
      3rd of Jul, 2007
    0 Votes

    David Shrewsbury,

    It sounds like your stator has gone bad. Which unit did you buy? We can certainly send you a stator and CDI if it is bad.

    Hensim East

  • Br
      11th of Jul, 2007
    0 Votes

    Hello... I'm a dealer for Hensim USA. I sell all my ATVs from a store location. I honor the warranty on all products. If anyone is having problems getting parts for their Hensim, please email me and I'll do my best to find you parts. That's the benefit of buying a product from a dealer you deal with face to face.

  • Ju
      20th of Jul, 2007
    0 Votes

    I had the same problem with my hensim /tierra atv i bought a 150cc atv at Christmas and when it arrived the tires where popped and the company would not get me new tires and a week later the starter broke! I'm suggesting every one not to buy those crappy chines atvs.

  • Ma
      3rd of Sep, 2007
    0 Votes

    My experience with the Hensims are they are good units. But only the 70cc and 50cc models. Dont waste your money on the 150's. The 150's are garbage. BUT you do have to remember, You get what you pay for. If you think your buying a yamaha honda or any of the named brand units your wrong. The engines on the 50's and 70's are honda cloned motors and the parts are interchangeable. The only problem with that is you have to know what part you need in order to purchase it from Honda. The honda dealers are not going to help you find a part for these dirtbikes or ATV's. You have to buy these bikes from a dealer. The reason why they won't warranty your unit is because you purchased it in a crate and put it together yourself. In order for the warranty to be in effect, you have to have the dealer assemble it for you. That is why they won't warranty your ATV.

    As far as your wheels falling off... the only question I have is you didn't locktite your bolts?? #1 rule, go over the bike or ATV from top to bottom and use locktite. Follow these steps and you should not have a problem.

  • Ja
      5th of Nov, 2007
    0 Votes

    I purchased a 70cc Hensim from family go carts for my daughter. When we got it in the spring the thing ran beautiful, but after a few months the trouble began. The problem was keeping it running, it would not stay running after numerous attempts we finally contacted Family Go Carts, and spoke with a tech. He said that it sounded like a problem with the carb and that it was clogged. As per his instructions we cleaned the carb which appeared to do the trick. Now we're right back to square one. It's breaking up it won't stay running and with each attempt to keep it running it wins and right back to the garage with a disappointed kid. If there is anyone out there that has an idea to a suggestion and could post one I'd appreciate it.

  • Ma
      26th of Oct, 2007
    0 Votes

    I also had issues with Family Go Karts. I ordered 2, 70cc tierra for last Christmas . on delivery, we also had a bent rim and flat tire. I phoned the company we bought bikes from and it took many phone calls to them and some other distributer in Florida, Swamp Cycles to get part. This was warranty part I sent photos of quad in crate and filled out damage form. I have since got a collection notice from DHL for the shipping of the tire and rim. I will not pay this. The bike came damaged . I filled out damage report and took photos. Then I received a memo from Hensim USA stating the quads were marked as 50cc instead of 70cc. So is it a 70cc? Not according to the engine stamp and the certificate of origin.
    Lesson learned. One don't buy bikes on line. Read all warranty information if you do, and hope there is a dealer near by who will fix it when it brakes.

    There are many bike shops selling quality china and off brand atv's and bikes who stand behind there warranty. The price is a little more but is worth it.

  • Er
      19th of Nov, 2007
    0 Votes

    Janet Giuliano,

    Hello my name is Eric i have a repair shop and Power sports dealership. We don't sell Hensims but we have serviced alot of them and other Chinese atvs. Your problems sounds like a internal carb problem the float may be sticking or on of the needle valve could be working lose when the atv is riding.Email me at [email protected] and let me know how many set screw adjustment are on the side of the car. I will be able to help you out.


  • Ch
      28th of Nov, 2007
    0 Votes

    My Name is Chip and I own a shop in southern N.H. I sell mostly Hensim atvs and dirt bikes. I have been in this market for over 4 years I started out with pocketbikes and have spent countless hours researching and have dealy with just about every make of chinese atvs. I have found Hensim to be one of the best not only for quality and price but also in the support they give there dealers which means better servive I can give my customers. Anyone out there having a problem e-mail me at [email protected] and I will try to help you out. I can get parts for many different makes and models so before you give up send me an e-mail I will answer and if you live close to or in N.H. get your unit from an official dealer to get the warranty 6mo bumper to bumper 12mo powertrain the best warrenty out there.

  • Br
      6th of Dec, 2007
    0 Votes

    I will make this as brief as possible. I have a customer who purchased an Hensim atv from family go karts. I assembled it and it never ran. We have been waiting for a cdi unit for two months. The owner of family go karts said it is back ordered from the oem. I finally contacted Hensim and they said the part is in stock and has been all along. What gives with this. Do not deal with family go karts, there customer service is horrible.

  • Ke
      11th of Dec, 2007
    0 Votes

    I am also a Hensim dealer and have parts and warranty service for our customers. Hensim - and the other companies we sell stock all the parts - top to bottom for everything they sell. We have had a ton of customers purchase stuff online then have nothing but headaches.

    If you want to buy the affordable scooters atv's dirt bike's and go-karts - Buy from someone in your area setup as a real commercial business with a shop on site. Make sure they are DMV dealers and licensed to repair/service as well.

    Affordable toys are a great way to enjoy your time - but all atv's, dirt bikes, go-karts and scooters require regular maintanence. If you arent a do-it-yourselfer make sure to pay someone qualified to loc-tite all the nuts and bolts on your toys and service and check it regularly. Ohv's arent like a car where you can drive 75k between tune-ups. They all (Honda,Kawasaki,Suzuki, Polaris, Can-am, Yamaha, Artic Cat, Hensim, Tank, TaoTao, Coolster) require much more service and maintanence to run properly.

    We have Hundreds of thankfull and very satisfied customers.
    In my experiance the few dissatisfied customers of our business dont know anything about motorcycles and havent followed any of the step by step instructions we gave them on how to maintain and service vehicles.

    Mad as they were in feeling they got taken advantage of and bought a piece of junk, it was all resolved in a explantion of what went wrong and why it did.

    On the other hand my Neighbor has a 2001 Yamaha yzf250 that he took to a reputable Yamaha Dealership for service. His dirt bike was ridden hard and neglected. The unamed Yamaha Dealer inspected his run down bike that he purchased for over 4k and called him to tell him that after looking at it the repair bill would be over $2000 for a new motor. He brought it in and asked us for a second opinion. Good thing that he did. There is nothing wrong with his motor. It just needed to be serviced, cleaned and adjusted. And guess what - it too was missing a few nuts and bolts.

    Buy your toys from a real business face to face - Have them maintained, serviced, and checked regularly by a qualified shop or do-it-yourself and always get a second opinion if you have an expensive repair quote.

    If you are new to the sport please dont jump to conclusions assuming that your new affordable Atv-Dirt Bike-Scooter- or Gokart is junk after having a minor issue. Talk to someone in the business who knows more than you might and get it resolved face to face.

    If you are Northern California and need help call me directly at 916.300.9970.

    P.s. I ride what we sell and so does my family!

  • Si
      18th of Dec, 2007
    0 Votes

    I think that one of the best user sites to research and get mechanical advice about all the Chinese brands and types of bikes (i.e. scooters, atv's, enduros, street bikes, pit bikes, etc) No, there is no corporate backing to it; it was started by a guy who wanted a better group site than the Yahoo! Groups that the site evolved from. There are hundreds of members with varying degrees of mechanical advice from expert, to nill.

    This site, in my opinion, is one of the best sites to get opinions and (for the most part,LOL) non-biased advice on the various brands/types of bikes. Again, the members are very helpful and polite, too, and have helped literally hundreds of other members' problems.

    The best advice is to buy through a true brick and mortar dealer if you are not too mechanically inclined (don't let your ego get in the way, either!!). But if you really desire to purchase through the mail, then go to first and gather up as much information that you can soak up.

    FYI, manufacturers and dealers are more than welcome there, and this would be a great place to get the low-down on market trends, etc. as well as some grass-roots marketing. There is one manufacturer rep who contributes there regularly, as well as some dealers. However, I think the moderator requires those who are dealers to reveal this in their signature.

    The best thing, as of now, its all FREE!!

  • Ry
      2nd of Jan, 2008
    0 Votes

    i bought a hensim 150 about two weeks ago from a local dealer in broken arrow, OK who is affiliated with after buying this atv i went through the check list as suggested by the owners manual, doing so led me to find the lug nuts were lose and a tire was mounted backwards by the dealer who was glad to remount it for me. for anyone looking to buy a hsn150 try and find a local dealer who can be trusted, DONT buy online. and after purchasing check every nut, bolt, cotter pin, and take pictures for l8r refrense cause it was made in china so parts will come lose, if while riding you hear an odd noise stop dont think you'll fix it later repair immediatly. the only bad thing about this atv is the automatic tranny, and if your wanting to do wheelies on it it doesnt have the power to keep you up for too long. i hope this helped and happy riding!!!

  • Al
      9th of Jan, 2008
    0 Votes

    I got a Tierra ATV last christmas and after about a month of riding it, it would start to cut off while i was out riding it and would not turn back on. I have had numerous people try to fix it and it worked for about a day and does the same thing. Now it just won`t cut on at all and the ATV dealers around here can`t fix it if it`s not bought from them. What should I do now???

  • Co
      2nd of Feb, 2008
    0 Votes

    we are a licensed bonded dealer for Hensim and have been dealing in this market foralong time. One rule of thumb... If you buy online you need to make sure you check the tightness of every bolt. Ifyou buy it I. The crate and don't check what you state you will in the terms of agreement when youbuy online your asking for problems. This is with even the top 4. If you need help at all even if you did t buy from us call us for help. We can help. 5592557823 ask for Jesse we are county m otorsports! Located in Clovis CA! www. Countyimports. Com

  • Co
      7th of Feb, 2008
    0 Votes

    Please note any customers out there whom have purchased an ATV from any online dealer who is in need of parts in any way we would be happy to try and assist you resolve this need. Please email us or file a claim online for your needs via our website . We are here 24/7/365 . Future note, if anyone if considering of buying online it seems many are so consumed with getting the absolute best prices you can find are just asking for trouble. There is more to the purchase of an ATV. Its the service after the purchase. These are not a simple pair of shoes. This is a machine with moving parts and it costs money to run a business that can support your needs as a customer. From reading above I notice many mention a said website, now if you notice they have very aggressive prices however they are just an online company. There is a simple equation to this problem.... I wold suggest you call the company your going to buy from and have them tell you about them, listen carefully to everything they tell you. Do they sound like they have a good thing going? do they have any credentials? Do they have real testimonials? How long have they been in business and how is thier BBB rating? These things don't lie. Now they can say they are members of the BBB but how many complaints do they really have resolved or not the fact is they are there. Now every company online has BBB complaints its just the way it is and is in part by customers who are impatient and honestly rude. These people do actually exsist thus the reason for law and order. Now CMS is on board to try to make the online community a better place to be and purchase with ease however PAYING THE LEAST AMMOUNT POSSIBLE is asking for problems. You need to stop and thik about how much could a company really be making and is it going to be worth it to that said company you paid down the road should you need they're help will the be there. if you just got the best price ever then your probaly heading down a prim rose path you have just asked for. Look for a real licensed dealer who can answer and will actually spend the time to talk to you on the phone. The business talking to you verbally is the first sign they are decent. best of luck in your hunt. Need parts or questins answered? - 559-255-7823

  • Ke
      28th of Feb, 2008
    0 Votes

    I purchased a hensim 150 cc utility model. I had emediate problem's. Tqhe fuel ###, or valve was starving the engine and it would shut off. After only a coupple day's of easy riding, i noticed the rearend was twisted toward the sprockett side. I'm a mechanic myself, and had a friend who is also a mechanic to look at it, and the weld, and or the arm it's self is defective. All of them do this. After calling mountain motorsports where i bought it, i went through hell but finally got a replacement. The replacement was a hensim 150 sport. The day i went and got it, as soon as i got it off of the truck, i started it and rode up my road. It shook and vibrated so bad, i had to let off the throttle. I told the dealer as soon as i got off the machine. He told me to ride it until he could resolve it. Aq week after i recieved this P.O.S., THE GEAR BOX STARTED POPPING, THE CENTRIFUGAL CLUTCH WAS SLIPPING, AND THE REAREND WAS TWISTED OUT OF ALIGNMENT. Anyone looking to buy an atv beware!! This product is junk, and cheap junk at that. I was also accused by mountain motorsports owner, of mis use. I asked how can you mis use a all terrain vehicle. By riding up the road!! If i dont get a favorable outcome, i have a lawyer, but am thinking of finding other people that have been wronged by hensim, and get a class action law suit filed. If these people aren't stopped, a kid, or adult is going to get seriously injured, or killed by these dangerous death trap's. I know of other cases where bolt's fall out while riding, wheel's fall of after they have been tighened, and the C.D.I. boxes often malfunction. Hensim, and the other main dealer's will try to make it seem as if you are at fault in some way. Yes, it was my fault for buying a hensim. P.S. IF YOU BUY FROM YAMAHA, KAWASAKI, OR HONDA, you wont have these problem's as they are quality machines. If you buy a honda or other popular brand, if your machine even has a slight miss in the engine, they'll break their neck's trying to satisfy the customer. But again, i've never in my long life of riding, and repairing atv's an motorcycles, ever seen a defective honda.

  • Jo
      1st of Mar, 2008
    0 Votes


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