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Last I heard, Hawaii doesn't allow the Slingshot or the Can-Am Spyder (or so I seem to recall having read).
 

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Hawaii is not known for being very progressive with anything new!
They are very bureaucratic regarding vehicle laws, licensing and such things!
Insurance, lawsuits, taxes and red tape are out of control in Hawaii! It may be a while for Hawaii to allow Slingshots, and it is a shame, because it would be a great place to have and drive one!

They do not have a helmet law, and have the warm climate, scenic drives and open air lifestyle. Seems like the right place for a Slingshot!
 

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Well, it's a small market there. Not sure Polaris will invest must time lobbying there.
 

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Does anyone know the specifics of why Hawaii won't allow SSs? Is it the wording of their motorcycle definition?
 

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I am shipping one to Hawaii next week that I originally purchased and registered in New Mexico. Hawaii DMV tells me that I can use the out-of-state registration for up to one year. I am counting on the state to resolve their registration issue before that year is up. If not, I guess it goes back to the mainland... (but it will be a FUN YEAR!)
 

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Very funny, I just left Oahu last night as I was there for a business trip. I said the same thing, Hawaii would be a perfect place for a slingshot. You will be one of a kind for a while at least. Enjoy!
 

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Look at the bright side......there's a limited number of islanders there, so you can expect an end to how many hours you'll be held up every time you stop for gas or a red light :woot::woot::woot::woot:
Until such time, plan on a normal ten minute trip to take several hours......hope you have the patience of Job, and don't mind repeating yourself over and over and over and...........
 

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I am shipping one to Hawaii next week that I originally purchased and registered in New Mexico. Hawaii DMV tells me that I can use the out-of-state registration for up to one year. I am counting on the state to resolve their registration issue before that year is up. If not, I guess it goes back to the mainland... (but it will be a FUN YEAR!)
And how is that working out for you so far? I'd enjoy owning one here on Kauai.
 

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Great fun! - and nothing but positive reactions from everyone including police officers. One officer even spent a very friendly half hour just checking it out in a parking lot! (no legal concerns at all, he was just curious and excited to see one!) Lots of friendly waves/shakas from police as well.

Since Polaris seems so passive/inactive (with no anxious dealers on board here in Hawaii)... I am personally working with the Hawaii Attorney General's office to get a correct interpretation of the "definition of a motorcycle". Currently, I am maintaining the out-of-state registration (for up to one year) - asserting that this is clearly legally valid, despite the fact that the PVMI (safety inspection administration) states that they feel there is "no reason to inspect this vehicle". (They are simply avoiding the issue by refusing to even perform an inspection on the Slingshot, although they readily admit that it would pass the official motorcycle checklist!) Bottom line is that the PVMI is confusing the traffic law (re: operation) with the definition law (re: safety inspections, title and registration). Here are the excerpts:

§291C-1 Definitions. (THIS IS THE FORMAL DEFINITION GOVERNING TITLE & REGISTRATION)
  • "Motor vehicle" means every vehicle which is self-propelled and every vehicle which is propelled by electric power but not operated upon rails but excludes a moped.
  • "Motorcycle" means every motor vehicle having a seat or saddle for the use of the rider and designed to travel on not more than three wheels in contact with the ground but excludes a farm tractor and a moped.
§291C-152 Riding on motorcycles. (THIS IS JUST TRAFFIC LAW GOVERNING OPERATIONS)
  • (b) A person shall ride upon a motorcycle only while sitting astride the seat, facing forward, with one leg on each side of the motorcycle.
Interestingly, the traffic law section was written to keep reckless bikers from performing "tricks" on the street - such as riding side saddle, or standing up on the seat, etc. It has nothing whatsoever to do with whether the vehicle is "street legal" or not, - but the PVMI is hung up on the fact that the Slingshot does not allow a rider to sit "with one leg on each side of the motorcycle". It is crazy, but this one stipulation is the only issue with obtaining a registration in Hawaii!

Hope this helps a little - it is not a firm verdict yet, but I believe there is movement in the right direction!
 

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That's awesome!

So we both have a one off in the state. Unless I'm proven wrong, I have the only Can-Am Spyder F3 in Hawaii and live on Kaua'i.

I'm just waiting on my vanity plates to make it complete. "5PYDER"

Lucky we live Hawaii!
 

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I'm on Maui - been riding now for several weeks and getting nothing but positive reactions from everyone including all police officers who are satisfied with the out-of-state registration for now. We did the road to Hana this past week - what a blast in a Slingshot!
I had to crate the Spyder to get it here. Were you able to ship the Slingshot as a roll-on roll-off through Matson?
 

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I'm on Maui - been riding now for several weeks and getting nothing but positive reactions from everyone including all police officers who are satisfied with the out-of-state registration for now. We did the road to Hana this past week - what a blast in a Slingshot!
You have to do the back road to Hana for me and report back. Before the road turns to dirt, beginning just after the last gas station, the road is like a roller coaster. That was surely be the best road for bike/Sling enjoyment I've ever been on.
 
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