Stop Sale, Stop Ride. Polaris Slingshot Recalled
Jan 20, 2015 - 11:55 AM - by MikeyB
No Slingshots shall be sold, none shall be ridden. As the name implies thats the gist of the latest letter Polaris has mailed to its dealers and owners of the Polaris Slingshot.
Two issues culminated in this latest hiccup. The first involves faulty ball bearings in the steering rack which could lead to a sudden loss of steering. Total loss, without warning. The second issue focuses on the roll hoops, which as per a Polaris supplier "are not up to the performance specs...and therefore may not protect the driver and passenger..."
Replacement parts will be available to dealers starting January 22nd, repairs are unlikely to begin in earnet until at least February.
Letter Sent to Dealers:
Dear Slingshot dealer,
Safety and quality are the highest priority for Polaris, and we want to make you aware of two important safety concerns for model year 2015 Slingshot vehicles.
First, we are issuing an immediate stop sale and stop ride for all Slingshot vehicles (SAF-15-01). We have determined that some vehicles may have defective ball bearings located in the steering rack which, should they fail, will result in unexpected loss of steering control. Due to the potential safety risks, please immediately notify your Slingshot owners that they should refrain from operating their vehicle until the necessary repairs are made.
Second, but unrelated to the steering safety issue, Polaris is also voluntarily replacing the roll hoops on certain Slingshot vehicles. We were recently notified by our supplier that some hoops, which are situated behind the driver and passenger seats, may not support the Polaris performance specifications. To ensure that Slingshot continues to deliver world class quality and address this potential hazard, we will replace roll hoops on the affected vehicles.
Formal Safety Bulletins for both issues will be delivered to dealers by the end of business on Wednesday, January 21st. Service parts will be available for dealers to order starting on January 22, with the vast majority of service parts available for dealer order by the end of January.
Polaris will replace all parts and make necessary repairs at no cost to customers. We apologize for the inconvenience caused by this announcement as we work together to ensure safe riding.
Thank you for your continued support.
The Slingshot Team
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Slingshot vs Spyder vs Morgan: By the Numbers
Dec 12, 2014 - 6:21 PM - by MikeyB
By now I'm sure most of you have seen the video of the three way shootout between the Slingshot, the Can-Am and the Morgan, however have you had a look at the three by the numbers?
Slingshot: 2.3L DOHC Inline-4
Spyder: 1.3L Rotax DOHC Triple
Morgan: 1.9L Pushrod V-Twin
Bore x Stroke
Slingshot: 88 mm x 98 mm
Spyder: 84 mm x 80 mm
Morgan: 104.8 mm x 111.1 mm
Slingshot: 173 @ 6200 RPM
Spyder: 115 @ 7250 RPM
Morgan: 93 @ 5250 RPM
Slingshot: 166 ft-lb @ 4700 RPM
Spyder: 96 ft-lb @ 5000 RPM
Morgan: 103 ft-lb at 3250 RPM
Slingshot: 5 speed manual
Spyder: 6 speed manual or semi-automatic
Morgan: MAzda sourced 5 speed
Slingshot: Double wishbone with anti-roll bar
Spyder: Double A-arm with anti-roll bar
Morgan: Unequal A-arm
Slingshot: Monoshock single sided swingarm
Spyder: Monoshock swingarm
Morgan: Monoshock swingarm
Slingshot: 298mm vented discs
Spyder: 280 mm vented discs
Morgan: Brembo 270 mm discs
Slingshot: 298mm vented disc
Spyder: 270 mm disc
Morgan: 250 mm drum
Slingshot: 205/50-17 or 225/45-18
Morgan: 4.00 x 19
Slingshot: 265/35/18 or 255/35-20
Slingshot: 1725 lbs or 1745 lbs
Spyder: 850 (dry weight)
Morgan: 1212 lbs
Slingshot: 9.77 gal
Spyder: 7.1 gal
Morgan: 11 gal
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Polaris Slingshot Vs. Can-Am Spyder F3 Vs. Morgan 3 Wheeler
Dec 05, 2014 - 3:58 PM - by PolarisSlingshotForumAdmin
Is This A Motorcycle Shootout?
Technically, and by that I mean according to the way in which the vehicles here are registered through the DMV (except Texas, but more on that later), each of these three-wheelers qualifies as a motorcycle. A motorcycle endorsement on your driver’s license to legally operate them is not required, and the two with seatbelts eschew helmet laws in states that have them. Still, without a more explicit category available and the law being what it is, “motorcycle” becomes the default label for this trio.
As a lover of all-things-motorcycle, with a broad motorcycling perspective, you’ll not find me disparaging anyone for constructing or owning one of these reverse trikes, a traditional trike, a sidecar or any other configuration of “motorcycle” no matter how thin the association. However, in a situation of forced attrition where my garage is bereft of Morgan 3 Wheelers, Polaris Slingshots and Can-Am Spyders you’ll always find a two-wheel motorcycle, but never the other way around. Hopefully, under no circumstances will I only have one motorcycle in the garage.
With that said, the comparison test here technically and subjectively qualifies as a motorcycle shootout – more so for some than others, but we’ve made peace with the elephant in the room. So let’s get into what we’re all here for: How ridiculously fun these things are to ride and/or drive.
The Slingshot provides the best wind protection, has adjustable seats, adjustable steering column, and cruise control. The Spyder F3 also has cruise control, but the Morgan does not.
To get the ball rolling, Chief Editor, Kevin Duke, has a few observations for those thinking the Morgan or Slingshot may be a good replacement for their Honda Civic.
“Don’t mistake these cyclecars for having car-like interior noise levels,” he says. “Not only is wind noise naturally part of the equation, but engine and driveline noise is also much more prevalent than in a normal car.”
It should also be noted that the Morgan and Polaris Slingshot, although car-like in appearance, are not endowed with the same safety standards (airbags, crumple zones, side-impact protection, etc.), installed in actual automobiles. So, any perceived safety benefit compared to a two-wheeler is minimal at best.
Duke also reminds us that “a three-wheeler results in at least one wheel hitting every bump in the road – no swerving between tire lanes as on a motorcycle, and no straddling a centralized bump as in a car.”
Nothing but analog here. “No power steering, no power brakes, skinny front tires and technologically ancient engine architecture means the Morgan is basic and elemental,” says Associate Editor Troy Siahaan.
Funny how the most expensive vehicle here, the Morgan ($78,000 as tested), is also the one lacking any of the modern technological rider aids with which the other two are so equipped. “There’s a pureness in the driving experience, where you know every input you’re giving is being delivered to the vehicle and not given by a computer’s interpretation of your demands,” says Siahaan.
“The Morgan’s steering is beautifully communicative, well-weighted and provides delicate yet clear feedback,” says Editorial Director Sean Alexander. “The 3 Wheeler’s well-sorted chassis encourages the driver to... [Read More]
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