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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....

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“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.

Quote:

“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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2015 Polaris Slingshot SL First Ride Review
Jul 28, 2014 - 11:12 AM - by PolarisSlingshotForumAdmin

The not-so-secret 2015 Polaris Slingshot has a steering wheel and bucket seats. So we shouldn’t even be reviewing it, right? I kinda felt that way when given the assignment. In hindsight, though, I’m glad I had the opportunity. The Slingshot’s an absolute blast, and at $19,999 for the base model, it’s gonna give Can-Am’s Spyder ($18,999 for the ST) some stiff competition.

It’s not just the Slingshot’s price that’ll lure owners, or possible owners, of Spyders away from Can-Am dealerships and into Polaris ones. There’s some crucial performance advantages of the Slingshot, specifically in the claimed 173 crank horsepower at 6200 rpm and 166 ft-lbs. of torque at 4700 rpm emanating from its 2,384cc inline-Four Ecotec engine. Can-Am claims 115 hp at 7250 rpm and 96 ft-lbs at 5000 rpm from the 1,330cc Rotax Triple powering the ST. At a claimed 1,725 pounds full of fluids, the Slingshot weighs substantially more than the RT’s approximate wet weight of 1,100 pounds, but the extra weight of the Slingshot is negligible when it comes to having fun.

The key to the Slingshot’s grin factor is its combination of low CoG and the superbly defined algorithms upon which its sophisticated electronic rider aids operate.

With supercar-like ground clearance of only five inches, the Slingshot tenaciously clings to asphalt with all three of its wheels. At least it did during the legal speeds of our road test and in the unrestricted environment of Polaris’ cul-de-sac test track. Resembling a giant lollipop, we inhaled the tire smoke of first gear burnouts, and managed second and third gear chirps down the track’s short straight (with TC on). In the big circle of the lollipop we tried everything we could to overwhelm the Slingshot, but its bevy of electronic aids (ABS, traction control [TC], electronic stability program [ESP]) managed to balance fun with safety and control.


Stripped of its bodywork, it’s easy to see the minimal amount of space between arse and pavement. The top of the roll bars (which can support 5-times the vehicle’s weight) measures 51.9 inches from tarmac. The spaceframe is constructed from high-strength steel. The 9.8-gallon fuel tank resides behind the driver’s seat.


It is here, with the electronics, where we can draw a significant difference between the workings of the Slingshot and the Spyder. Like an overprotective parent, the Spyder’s Vehicle Stability System (the same combination of ABS, TC and electronic stability) promptly retards enjoyment as soon as the fun really gets going. While you can get the rear wheel spinning in a straight line on the manual-clutch versions of the Spyder, the vehicle’s electronics, in the name of safety, kick in at a much lower threshold compared to the algorithms Polaris has produced.

The Slingshot, on the other hand, with its electronics in play, allows a greater amount of rear-wheel spin compared to the Spyder, and enough cornering force to get the front tires squealing. Like the Spyder, the Slingshot’s ESP maintains a level plane (you’re not gonna lift a front wheel or flip the vehicle) but turn the steering wheel hard enough and you’ll hear the front tires howling in protest.


The Slingshot’s electronics make you a better driver without actually improving your
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2015 Polaris Slingshot Official Price Released Base Model MSRP $19,999
Jul 28, 2014 - 10:48 AM - by PolarisSlingshotForumAdmin


The base Slingshot, with a U.S. MSRP of only $19,999, features titanium metallic paint, 17 inch lightweight alloy wheels upfront, and an 18 inch wheel in the rear.



The premium model called Slingshot SL, with a U.S. MSRP of only $23,999, features red pearl paint, larger 18 inch forged aluminum wheels upfront and a 20 inch wheel in the rear, and a blade windscreen for wind protection. It also features our media console with a 4.3” LCD screen, back-up camera, Bluetooth integration, and a 6-speaker audio system. Both trim models will be available this fall at Polaris Slingshot dealerships across the United States and Canada. Slingshots will start hitting dealer showrooms in September.

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