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Are you Prepared for the Risks?
Sep 19, 2014 - 5:46 PM - by MikeyB

I mean that in the nicest way possible I might add. Seriously though I see it as a question of perception.

Classified as a motorcycle we know to circumvent the U.S DoT, and when I say circumvent I really mean bypass and when I say bypass I mean motorcycles are not subject to regulations stipulating airbags here, bumpers there and an acceptable level of crashability. As a car, in this form the Slingshot would of never had a chance.

Of course we also know that you will need a motorcycle permit to operate, motorcycle insurance to drive it and a helmet will be mandatory where helmets are mandatory.

Thats all well and good, but my question is a psychological one. Because you're not straddling the slingshot, because you have a wheel not bars and because you're harnessed in are people more likely to short circuit risks in their mind in ways motorcyclists would never dream? You're just as vulnerable in a Slingshot as you are on an S1000RR, in fact maybe more so in a slingshot because you're strapped in. In some circumstances being thrown from the bike could potentially save you....

“Slingshot is a 3-wheeled motorcycle. It is not an automobile, it does not have airbags, and it does not meet automotive safety standards.” When you ride a Slingshot, you’re assuming the same safety risks that you do when you ride a motorcycle, so don’t get lulled into a false sense of security because there’s some bodywork around you. This is a very risky vehicle to ride, just like any other motorcycle. It’s low enough that it could go unnoticed by larger vehicles in certain situations; and it is definitely fast enough to cause some real damage to its riders in an accident. If you’re willing to assume the risk, manage it carefully and you a thrilling ride could be ahead of you.
Legitimate Question.
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Australian/NZ Slingshot Issues!
Aug 12, 2014 - 9:48 AM - by MikeyB

To our Aussie and Kiwi friends following the slingshot closely, they may be out of luck, or at least seriously delayed! The Slingshot faces regulatory scrutiny much more severe than it does in North America, quite similar to the issues the Morgan faced.

The Morgan has to be officially categorized as a three wheeled car not a three wheeled motorcycle, there were specific changes made to the Morgan for the Aus/NZ markets. What this means for the Slingshot is still partially unclear, for one though it will be subject to crash testing, for two no helmets will be required in Australia.

Potential Changes for Australian Market:

Steering column
Steering wheel
Additional dash padding
Higher roll-over hoops
Padded head rests
Repositioned front indicators
Side repeater indicators
Side reflector
Reversing light
Wind deflectors, rather than screens
Different mirrors

Those are based on the issues Morgan had with their trike, of course its possible the Slingshot was designed with those issues in mind form the get go.


“We will work with regulators in regards to what it will take to bring the unique Slingshot to our marketplace.”

Further, a spokesperson for Polaris Australia and New Zealand told CarAdvice that timing remains up in the air, however, the local division is “looking into the homologation and also the market for such a model in Australia, which at this stage is just exploratory”.
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