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)
§291C-152 Riding on motorcycles. (THIS IS JUST TRAFFIC LAW GOVERNING OPERATIONS)
- "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.
- (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!