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Read the motorcycle.com review:

http://www.motorcycle..com/shoot-outs/polaris-slingshot-can-am-spyder-f3-morgan-3-wheeler

They state:

"In California, at least, a motorcycle endorsement on your driver’s license to legally operate them is not required, and the two with seatbelts eschew the state’s helmet law."

Can anyone confirm this to be true? I looked on the CA DMV website and could not find anything that clearly calls out that a helmet is not required if you have a seat belt.
 

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To my understanding. It is categorized as a motorcycle. In the states that require helmets on motorcycles, a helmet will be required while operating the Slingshot. Here in Illinois, there are no helmet laws. You don't need one and the state will take care of you until you die of an infected bed sore after you suffer your traumatic brain injury that could have been prevented. But, a cop will nail you on a motorcycle if you're not wearing eye protection. I think things will get tweaked a little bit as time goes on because the Slingshot is unique vehicle. The verbiage in the laws will probably change for the better in places such as Indiana where the Slingshot is getting a hard time. Possibly get worse in other places.
 

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Can't confirm, but I've seen that said other places.

Even if not true, I bet given the car-like look, roll bars, and seat belts that the chances of not getting cited for no helmet are pretty good.
 

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Anybody else in California have a take on this now that some more Slingshots have shipped?
 

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By california law its a motorcycle so you need to have a helmet
I have heard that there is something that says if you have a seat belt and roll bars you don't have to wear a helmet in California. But I don't know where or what that is. It may be just a rumor. I don't know but I have heard it form a good source. I would like to look into this . This summer would be nice not to have to wear a helmet in 100+ DEGREE WEATHER.
I know I will always use eye protection. but really I don't think it should be necessary to wear a helmet on a Sling Shot.
 

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I have heard that there is something that says if you have a seat belt and roll bars you don't have to wear a helmet in California. But I don't know where or what that is. It may be just a rumor. I don't know but I have heard it form a good source. I would like to look into this . This summer would be nice not to have to wear a helmet in 100+ DEGREE WEATHER.
I know I will always use eye protection. but really I don't think it should be necessary to wear a helmet on a Sling Shot.
Well you can have a half helmet in the summer.
 

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VEHICLE CODE
SECTION 27800-27803

27800. It is unlawful for a driver of a motorcycle or a motorized
bicycle to carry any other person thereon, except on a seat securely
fastened to the machine at the rear of the driver and provided with
footrests, or in a sidecar attached to a motorcycle and designed for
the purpose of carrying a passenger. Every passenger on a motorcycle
or a motorized bicycle shall keep his feet on the footrests while
such vehicle is in motion.



27801. A person shall not drive a two-wheel motorcycle that is
equipped with either of the following:
(a) A seat so positioned that the driver, when sitting astride the
seat, cannot reach the ground with his or her feet.
(b) Handlebars so positioned that the hands of the driver, when
upon the grips, are more than six inches above his or her shoulder
height when sitting astride the seat.


27802. (a) The department may adopt reasonable regulations
establishing specifications and standards for safety helmets offered
for sale, or sold, for use by drivers and passengers of motorcycles
and motorized bicycles as it determines are necessary for the safety
of those drivers and passengers. The regulations shall include, but
are not limited to, the requirements imposed by Federal Motor Vehicle
Safety Standard No. 218 (49 C.F.R. Sec. 571.218) and may include
compliance with that federal standard by incorporation of its
requirements by reference. Each helmet sold or offered for sale for
use by drivers and passengers of motorcycles and motorized bicycles
shall be conspicuously labeled in accordance with the federal
standard which shall constitute the manufacturer's certification that
the helmet conforms to the applicable federal motor vehicle safety
standards.
(b) No person shall sell, or offer for sale, for use by a driver
or passenger of a motorcycle or motorized bicycle any safety helmet
which is not of a type meeting requirements established by the
department.


27803. (a) A driver and any passenger shall wear a safety helmet
meeting requirements established pursuant to Section 27802 when
riding on a motorcycle, motor-driven cycle, or motorized bicycle.
(b) It is unlawful to operate a motorcycle, motor-driven cycle, or
motorized bicycle if the driver or any passenger is not wearing a
safety helmet as required by subdivision (a).
(c) It is unlawful to ride as a passenger on a motorcycle,
motor-driven cycles, or motorized bicycle if the driver or any
passenger is not wearing a safety helmet as required by subdivision
(a).
(d) This section applies to persons who are riding on motorcycles,
motor-driven cycles, or motorized bicycles operated on the highways.
(e) For the purposes of this section, "wear a safety helmet" or
"wearing a safety helmet" means having a safety helmet meeting the
requirements of Section 27802 on the person's head that is fastened
with the helmet straps and that is of a size that fits the wearing
person's head securely without excessive lateral or vertical
movement.
(f) This section does not apply to a person operating, or riding
as a passenger in, a fully enclosed three-wheeled motor vehicle that
is not less than seven feet in length and not less than four feet in
width, and has an unladen weight of 900 pounds or more, if the
vehicle meets or exceeds all of the requirements of this code, the
Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards, and the rules and regulations
adopted by the United States Department of Transportation and the
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

(g) In enacting this section, it is the intent of the Legislature
to ensure that all persons are provided with an additional safety
benefit while operating or riding a motorcycle, motor-driven cycle,
or motorized bicycle.
 

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VEHICLE CODE
SECTION 27800-27803


27800. It is unlawful for a driver of a motorcycle or a motorized
bicycle to carry any other person thereon, except on a seat securely
fastened to the machine at the rear of the driver and provided with
footrests, or in a sidecar attached to a motorcycle and designed for
the purpose of carrying a passenger. Every passenger on a motorcycle
or a motorized bicycle shall keep his feet on the footrests while
such vehicle is in motion.



27801. A person shall not drive a two-wheel motorcycle that is
equipped with either of the following:
(a) A seat so positioned that the driver, when sitting astride the
seat, cannot reach the ground with his or her feet.
(b) Handlebars so positioned that the hands of the driver, when
upon the grips, are more than six inches above his or her shoulder
height when sitting astride the seat.


27802. (a) The department may adopt reasonable regulations
establishing specifications and standards for safety helmets offered
for sale, or sold, for use by drivers and passengers of motorcycles
and motorized bicycles as it determines are necessary for the safety
of those drivers and passengers. The regulations shall include, but
are not limited to, the requirements imposed by Federal Motor Vehicle
Safety Standard No. 218 (49 C.F.R. Sec. 571.218) and may include
compliance with that federal standard by incorporation of its
requirements by reference. Each helmet sold or offered for sale for
use by drivers and passengers of motorcycles and motorized bicycles
shall be conspicuously labeled in accordance with the federal
standard which shall constitute the manufacturer's certification that
the helmet conforms to the applicable federal motor vehicle safety
standards.
(b) No person shall sell, or offer for sale, for use by a driver
or passenger of a motorcycle or motorized bicycle any safety helmet
which is not of a type meeting requirements established by the
department.


27803. (a) A driver and any passenger shall wear a safety helmet
meeting requirements established pursuant to Section 27802 when
riding on a motorcycle, motor-driven cycle, or motorized bicycle.
(b) It is unlawful to operate a motorcycle, motor-driven cycle, or
motorized bicycle if the driver or any passenger is not wearing a
safety helmet as required by subdivision (a).
(c) It is unlawful to ride as a passenger on a motorcycle,
motor-driven cycles, or motorized bicycle if the driver or any
passenger is not wearing a safety helmet as required by subdivision
(a).
(d) This section applies to persons who are riding on motorcycles,
motor-driven cycles, or motorized bicycles operated on the highways.
(e) For the purposes of this section, "wear a safety helmet" or
"wearing a safety helmet" means having a safety helmet meeting the
requirements of Section 27802 on the person's head that is fastened
with the helmet straps and that is of a size that fits the wearing
person's head securely without excessive lateral or vertical
movement.
(f) This section does not apply to a person operating, or riding
as a passenger in, a fully enclosed three-wheeled motor vehicle that
is not less than seven feet in length and not less than four feet in
width, and has an unladen weight of 900 pounds or more, if the
vehicle meets or exceeds all of the requirements of this code, the
Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards, and the rules and regulations
adopted by the United States Department of Transportation and the
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

(g) In enacting this section, it is the intent of the Legislature
to ensure that all persons are provided with an additional safety
benefit while operating or riding a motorcycle, motor-driven cycle,
or motorized bicycle.
So because we do not have a roof that enclosed us , we need to wear a helmet even though we have seat belts and a roll bar that will support 5 time the weight of the vehicle? When it come to 2 wheel Motorcycles, believe me, I will always wear a helmet , but( the law is the law) I don't think it is necessary to wear a helmet on a Sling Shot with seat belts and a roll bar. That is just my opinion.
 

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Anybody else in California have a take on this now that some more Slingshots have shipped?

No issues without a helmet yet in Ca. been along side all of them at one time or another CHP / LAPD / and SHERIFF cruisers and motors with no incidents so far.
 

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No issues without a helmet yet in Ca. been along side all of them at one time or another CHP / LAPD / and SHERIFF cruisers and motors with no incidents so far.
I don't think there will be a problem, it looks more like a car or Roadster then a Motorcycle, and most cops or anyone else really don't know at least at this time what they are. ( LOL ) And I believe because they have roll bars and set belts we could talk our way out of a ticket . I am wearing a 1/2 helmet now for the warmth. keeps my head warm, don't care about the ears that much.
 

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I don't think there will be a problem, it looks more like a car or Roadster then a Motorcycle, and most cops or anyone else really don't know at least at this time what they are. ( LOL ) And I believe because they have roll bars and set belts we could talk our way out of a ticket . I am wearing a 1/2 helmet now for the warmth. keeps my head warm, don't care about the ears that much.
Well the only problem will happen when someone get in a accident with a ss and dont wear a helmet probably incurance dont pay
 

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In California a helmet MUST be worn due to the reason listed in the upper section, "a fully enclosed three-wheeled motor vehicle that is not less than seven feet in length" Since these are classified as a "motorcycle" in California and not fully enclosed and the roll bars have not been safety tested(according to California DMV) to withstand at least 5 times the vehicle weight from an approved crash test rating, you are required to wear a helmet in California.
Just because you sat next to all different disciplines of law enforcement, they are at the "Liberty of the law" to or not to issue you a citation for no helmet.
 

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I believe first offense helmet is around $150 like a seat belt ticket but it also depends on your county as well.
 
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