NOVEMBER 24, 2014 - By Bud Wilkinson
The future of the Slingshot in Connecticut remains unresolved following a Monday meeting between officials of the state Department of Motor Vehicles, Polaris Industries and Polaris dealers who are hoping to sell it. An effort is now underway by those pushing the state to allow the sale of the Slingshot to secure a demo model to demonstrate its roadworthiness to the decision-makers.
“Nothing definitive was decided today,” said Ernie Bertothy, state DMV spokesman. “We were presented information and now we have to go back and review it.”
Polaris Industries and its dealers are specifically trying to convince the DMV that the futuristic reverse trike (with two wheels in front and one in the rear) is a motorcycle. The state maintains it fails to meet the current definition and therefore cannot be sold here.
Damon Libby of Libby’s Motoworld in New Haven, one of four Polaris dealers at the morning meeting at DMV headquarters in Wethersfield, termed the gathering “very positive. It’s still up on the air but they were very positive.” He explained that he’s urging Polaris to quickly bring in a demo Slingshot for another get-together. The Slingshot has side-by-side seats in an open cockpit, a steering wheel and a stick shift located in a console between the two seats.
Polaris builds the Slingshot at a plant in Spirit Lake, Iowa using several parts that are made in Connecticut. The company maintains that it is a motorcycle and not an automobile because “it does not have airbags, it does not meet automotive safety standards,” according to fine print on the Slingshot website.
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