BikeBandit.com article on Autocycles

Discussion in 'Polaris Slingshot vs The Competition' started by BKL, Oct 9, 2016.

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    I agree it is not a motorcycle. Never thought it was one to begin with. I still think autocycles the best classification. But it needs to be consistent throughout all states probably not having to wear a helmet would be a good thing.
     
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    "But under federal law, they are – and Polaris knew exactly what they were doing when they built it. (Emphasis added), Under DOT classifications, a three-wheeled vehicle, despite its other characteristics, is a motorcycle – and this distinction is not insignificant.
    Legally classifying it as a motorcycle allowed Polaris to avoid much of the safety testing and equipment that would have gone into manufacturing an automobile, such as including airbags, crumple zones, and seat belts into the vehicle, which would have raised the development cost for the Slingshot dramatically. At the price it would have cost to develop the Slingshot to automotive safety standards, there may not have been a market for it at all."

    If the SlingShot's classification is changed to include the term "auto", then sure as the sun rises the Gov't will start regulating it like an auto. :(

    Justina and Bill
     
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    Polaris is smarter than Uncle Sam.. not saying much.
     
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    Doesn't matter what the federal government calls it it's not a motorcycle. Yes Polaris was smart but don't fool yourself into thinking you're driving a motorcycle.
     
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    What really matters to us is that presently the SlingShot is currently regulated as a motorcycle and thus provides us with the freedoms and perks that come with owning and riding a motorcycle.

    Bill and Justina
     
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    Guess I'll take that side-stand off then.. :rolleyes:
     
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    I think my side-stand must've gotten ripped off the first time I put the Slingshot in Reverse, as I've never noticed mine! Maybe the dealer or delivery guy removed it when it was backed off the truck.
     
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    @wjfyfe Bill,
    Mind telling us whom you are quoting?
    Robert
     
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    Lots of folks are ignorant to the fact that motorcycle is a vehicle classification that covers a number of styles and configurations. From your basic scooter to the three wheeled Cushman the parking Nazi drives they are all classified as motorcycles, including the slingshot. There is no federal designation for Autocycle. Think of it this way; all bikes are motorcycles but not all motorcycles are bikes.
     
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    So what do you define a motorcycle as?
     
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    2 wheels sitting inline. Someone posted the fed says they are. Guess the fed is Aways right even when it defies common sense. But what else coulld we expect from our non corrupt govt?
     
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