Posts by wjfyfe

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    Well, the change of engines is a fact, but they are not going to be using the Ford power plant. They will be using a Polaris built engine. Nobody will confirm, but talk was that they were going to have the Razor 1000 Turbo as one choice as well as something else as a base model.

    How many years now has the prediction been for the following year that there will be a change in engine? An automatic transmission? One of these years that prediction is bound to become true!


    Actually, I am kinda hoping for both, for then that will just keep our 2015 more valuable! :thumbsup:


    Bill

    Just a simple related point, since installing the Sport Top, Justina has not been using her heated apparel.......................


    Bill

    This spring as the weather warmed the Sport Top wound up hanging on the wall for the duration of the summer. Now as the weather is cooling again the Sport Top has been reinstalled on the Grasshopper, it really does help keep the passenger compartment much more comfortable on these cooler days!


    Bill

    Just a lil side note, every once in a while either one, or both, of the center lights do not come on and so far the fix has been to remove the plugs and spray some Deoxit on the connectors.




    Bill

    OK, the only time we have noticed any significant "fender flapping" is under extreme conditions, like when riding a two lane highway and a semi passes by going the opposite direction on a very windy day, it has to be something that extreme. Thinking back, we own a 2015, when we were in at our dealer shortly after the 2016 came out, we were inspecting the new 2016 comparing it to our 2015 with the shop foreman where he mentioned that the hood had been lightened, (among other things), on the 16. Now, could this be the reason we are not experiencing the extreme fender flapping so many others are so concerned about?


    Bill

    The Prestone that you purchase off the shelf today says on the bottle that it will mix with any other make/color anti-freeze, it is what I used when topping off the system after installing the aftermarket surge tank, no issues................


    Bill

    I was the first here in SW Oregon to get my three-wheeled motorcycle endorsement in the SlingShot, (Justina was the second), and we had to do the then existing DMV set up three-wheeler course, We both did it and passed! :thumbsup::thumbsup::thumbsup::thumbsup:


    Today you no longer are required to have a motorcycle endorsement to operate the SlingShot.


    "Three-Wheelers, Sidecars and Trikes

    "Autocycles" (three-wheeled vehicles with a steering wheel and bucket seat) as defined in ORS 801.133 do not require a motorcycle endorsement. All other types of three-wheelers require a motorcycle endorsement. However, you may apply for a restricted (3W-only) endorsement at DMV. Applicants must pass the DMV motorcycle knowledge test to qualify, but are not required to complete a rider training course or pass a DMV skill test/road test."



    Bill

    On a parallel topic, Polaris was allowed to offer us the SlingShot because they were able to take advantage of the current regulations and classify it as a motorcycle, thus bypassing many of the regulations required of an automobile. This unique "motorcycle" then attracted buyers attention and folks were purchasing them because of this "uniqueness", but then within a very short time, even though they owed the opportunity for owning this vehicle due to it's being classified as a motorcycle, began whining and complaining because they had to comply with a basic requirement of motorcycle ownership, you must wear a helmet. Then shortly after that, folks continued to whine even more when they started comparing it to a car. Personally, it is really sad that folks are unwilling to accept and enjoy this unique vehicle as it was originally conceived, a motorcycle alternative, and wanting to change it into a car in which there are several examples to be had already on the market.


    Bill

    Autocycle regulations vary depending on the state. In Oregon the SlingShot is considered an autocycle, which translates that it is a motorcycle that does not require a motorcycle endorsement, but still requires a helmet. Personally, a very "common sense" compromise where the SlingShot is concerned.


    Bill

    Considering this whole topic, Data will support that helmets overall save lives, that there is no doubt. There have been several folks coming here sharing how their helmets have protected them from serious injury, or possibly worse. So, If or when somebody dies in a SlingShot solely because they were wearing a helmet, then maybe there will be reason to continue this discussion, otherwise....................................


    Bill

    Get rid of the stupid fin on the rear deck and put a rear-view mirror on the dash, mounted on a post high enough to see over the rear decklid. The side mirrors have numerous blind spots, and the backup camera is difficult (impossible) to see in direct sunshine and when wearing polarized sunglass

    Here is a representative view showing the blind spot that exists behind the SlingShot when using just the side mirrors



    Not even a motorcycle can hide in there?


    Bill