Own a Slingshot, You will Need a Helmet. - Polaris Slingshot Forum
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post #1 of 31 (permalink) Old 07-28-2014, 03:54 PM Thread Starter
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Own a Slingshot, You will Need a Helmet.

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NOTE: Slingshot™ is a 3-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, especially in wet conditions. Always wear helmets and fasten seat belts. Driver may need a valid motorcycle endorsement. Don’t drink and drive.
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Legal loophole?

Maybe. They skipped a significant amount of safety requirements by going with three wheels and classifying it as a motorcycle. I read somewhere that only 19 states have helmet laws. If that's true, lot of people won't need one.

You will in VA.
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^ good point.
required or not, i think it would be wise for anyone riding in one of these to wear a helmet.



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Oh yea, I guess there are states where you don't need to wear a helmet. Not wearing one is just asking to die if you crash though. I'd rather go find a cool helmet than try to avoid wearing a helmet to look cool.



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Helmet req.

If you have a $ 2.00 dollar head
protect it with a $ 2.00 dollar baseball hat
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If you have a $ 2.00 dollar head
protect it with a $ 2.00 dollar baseball hat
Best way to put it.

It really comes down to a personal choice, some people feel like they will never need one, while others are smarter and protect their greatest asset



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I wonder how much a helmet will really protect you? Obviously it will but the Slingshot sits so low you're going to be in a world of hurt if you get hit but a car.
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I wonder how much a helmet will really protect you? Obviously it will but the Slingshot sits so low you're going to be in a world of hurt if you get hit but a car.
mhm, and you're also strapped in. At least on a moto you can get flung to "safety". Oh and watch them guillotine guardrails...
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Yes, indeed.

Might get trapped when you don't want to be.

But I wonder how much other motorcycle gear will help you (jacket and pants)? I guess some but I think most motorcycle gear is meant to protect you if you get off the bike and are landing on yourself.

Don't mean to make this thread grim, just what I'm thinking about. I will admit, in the Florida heat, sitting in the SS during the summer at a traffic light is going to suck. It will be so hot and add to that a motorcycle jacket? Ugh.

I will always have some gear just for the rain though.
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I wonder if they were required to do crash testing on the Slingshot. I bet those videos would be pretty scary to watch. The Slingshot definitely isn't the safest thing you can drive around.



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