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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old 05-29-2015, 08:30 PM Thread Starter
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Polaris slingshot

My 75 year old mother bought one today... has never even owned a bike. Pretty cool toy. Kinda glad she got that instead of the can-am she was looking at. Gonna have to go visit soon, I think.
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Your 75 year old mother bought a street legal (in most states) urban ATV?...for herself? Amazing. I'm sure I'll be like a Dodge, Most Original Parts Already Replaced (MOPAR), by then and take enough pills daily to be a meal replacement.

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Yeah, Mom's a pisser and a long-time gear-head. Hope I'm as good shape at that age (if I even make that age). She's had a porsche, maserati, lambo or other hyper-car in the garage near as long as I can remember. My stepfather and still-living-at-home brother have bikes, so she wanted something to go out and reasonably 'ride along' with them, but wasn't quite comfy with a 2-wheeler. Can-am was first thought, but she liked the car-like nature of the slingshot.

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that is an extremely cool non-motorcycle. just moved the discussion here to the lounge where non-motorcycle discussions can run free

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Lol, bevo. You and I agree on that status... and yet thankfully the dmv considers it a motorcycle, else it would be an off road vehicle.

So when someone in my crew inevitably buys a can am, is that a motorcycle?
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just pulled this from Polaris' site: "Slingshot® is a three-wheeled motorcycle. It is not an automobile, it does not have airbags, and it does not meet automotive safety standards. Three wheel vehicles may handle differently than other vehicles, "


guess this is also a motorcycle, if you ask Polaris:



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Polaris says their Slingshot is a motorcycle because our Federal Government says it is a motorcycle.
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The Feds almost didn't define it that way. The definition was expanded a few years back and the motorcycle lobbyists almost got handlebars included in the definition. I would suspect (opinion warning) that because we still have three wheeled courier vehicles and a few other exotic three wheelers out there classified as motorcycles the the handlebar inclusion will always be a tough sale (mopeds and motor bicycles DO have handlebars in the definition). The other is the inclusion of "seat or saddle".

I believe it was Texas making a spit about the Slingshot in the beginning. I have no idea how or if that was resolved (old article http://www.motorcycle-usa.com/3/1953...lingshots.aspx) but it seems ridiculous that a Morgan could get licensed as a motorcycle and a Slingshot would meet opposition.

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The Feds almost didn't define it that way. The definition was expanded a few years back and the motorcycle lobbyists almost got handlebars included in the definition. I would suspect (opinion warning) that because we still have three wheeled courier vehicles and a few other exotic three wheelers out there classified as motorcycles the the handlebar inclusion will always be a tough sale (mopeds and motor bicycles DO have handlebars in the definition). The other is the inclusion of "seat or saddle".

I believe it was Texas making a spit about the Slingshot in the beginning. I have no idea how or if that was resolved (old article http://www.motorcycle-usa.com/3/1953...lingshots.aspx) but it seems ridiculous that a Morgan could get licensed as a motorcycle and a Slingshot would meet opposition.
The old Cushman Trucksters might cause an issue. The earliest ones had handlebars and direct steering. Later, they got steering wheels and geared (less direct) steering. Same vehicle, different hardware to turn the same single front wheel. Lots of those things got used by meter maids in city police departments.
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Yup, and I believe they have motorcycle registrations, too. The three wheeled variety, that is. I remember reading somewhere that California added a weight clause so those type of vehicles could be ridden without a helmet.

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