No need for a Motorcycle license either!
Starting July 1, citizens of Connecticut will be able to legally purchase and register their three-wheeled Polaris Slingshot. Last Friday, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy signed a law that puts the Slingshot into a new category of vehicles, the "Autocycle." This also will enable the Department of Motor Vehicles to other three-wheeled vehicles, such as the Elio, T-Rex and Morgan.
Apparently, however, consumer demand is far out weighing the state supply. "They're so popular. Its going to be forever before I get one in," said the owner of Libby's Motorworld, a Slingshot dealership in New Haven, Conn. He predidcted that he wont see a Polaris Slingshot in his dealership until August, and that it might very well be a 2016 model.
Despite the supply/demand issues, the DMV will begin licensing autocycles on July 1. One of the biggest differences between motorcycles and autocycles will be that you wont need a "M" classification on your license to operate an autocycle.
Part of the reason why the bill was passed was that lobbyists were able to promote the benefits to the State, including increased revenue from sales tax and property tax, and increased activity for dealers. Additionally, Alinabal Inc. of New Millford, Connecticut, makes many components for the Slingshot, including "stabilizing linkage, ball joints, outer tie rods and steering gear."
This is the definition of an autocycle, according to Connecticut law: a motorcycle derivative that “(A) does not have more than three wheels in contact with the ground, (B) is designed to be controlled with a steering wheel and foot pedals for acceleration, braking or shifting, (C) has a seat or seats that are fully or partially enclosed and in which the occupants sit with their legs forward, and (D) is equipped with safety belts…”
The bill was approved last month by the House in a 144-0 vote and approved 34-0 by the Senate.