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Polaris Slingshot, NOT FOR WINTER
Nov 12, 2014 - 3:03 PM - by MikeyB

If you live in the midwest you will know exactly what I'm talking about. Three wheels, open cockpit and a simulacrum of a windscreen do not sound conducive to winter wonderlanding.

173 horsepowers, Slingshot Red Pearl Paint, Premium 18” Forged-Aluminum Front Wheels, a 20” Forged-Aluminum Rear Wheel, and a Media Console with a 4.3” LCD Screen, Backup Camera, 6 Speaker Audio System and Bluetooth Integration are all rendered null and void should yours end up like this one...

At least the slingshot comes with waterproof seats. Let this be a warning to all overzealous owners taking delivery...
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Are you Prepared for the Risks?
Sep 19, 2014 - 6:46 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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