Posts by wjfyfe

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    With the original purchasing, and returning for initial services and recalls, we got to know the original service staff pretty well and they were the best. But since they shut their doors to the SlingShot we have had to move our servicing needs an another 1.5 hours further and like Edward Neal, we hope that we never have to return often enough to get chummy.


    Bill

    ey, all of a sudden all the header topics disappeared and was replaced by this 102010-pasted-from-clipboard-png ?


    What have I done wrong?


    Mine has been that way since day one.... and still is --- on computer.

    Well, they did come back for a while, but are now gone again? ;(


    Bill

    Now, just to be clear, I can totally understand that some people just cant drive a stick for physical reasons and I think it is great if these people have the option, but not getting a Slingshot you really want because you are too lazy to learn something new? - - - - - WOW!

    I believe that when somebody says that they will not purchase a SlingShot simply because it has a clutch, it is only an excuse. Give these folks an automatic and they will simply come up with a different excuse not to buy it!


    Bill

    Well, I could be smug where this would vindicate my saying all along that if Polaris decided to offer an automatic transmission, or factory turbo, for the SlingShot, then it would have to be with a new and different engine to keep the weight within limits. I also suspected that it would come with a (major) redesign for the same reason. Though I have fought the thought of an automatic in the SlingShot, I have since experienced how selfish this stand has been because Justina has been having to wear a "boot" due to foot issues for the past couple of months, and has not been able to ride the Grasshopper herself, (nor our Jetta.) :( Though, I still would hope that it will be as the article surmizes where it will be offered as an alternative, and not as a replacement.


    Bill

    Trust me, I wold love to just stop in and chat, but my dealer is an hour and 1/2 away on the so cal freeways not exactly a fun ride and just not a direction I go very often with my slingshot - - having said that there is a dealer about 30 minutes away that I have not been too, I have been thinking about stopping by and talking to them about this recall - - - - might ride up that way this Monday and see what I think

    30 minutes away?1.5 hours even? You lucky devil you!


    Bill

    I do the same thing - Layers! Tee shirt, then long sleeves, then sweater/light jacket, then heavy jacket. I even have insulated Jean's if need be. I remember one time in Oregon riding the Victory - 80 degrees one 1 side of the mountain and 50 on the other, literally just a couple miles apart.

    Yup, layering is the key. Though, no matter how warm the temperatures are, we are always wearing a lighter, (moisture wicking?), long sleeve shirt and pants for sun protection.


    Bill

    Road conditions and safety are more the concern with us rather than fixating on the temperature. One of the first things we did with the Grasshopper was to get rid of those Kenda tires and replace them with a reputable all-season tire. There is nothing that compares with a nice brisk ride under sunshine filled blue skies after Mother has decorated the landscape with newly fallen snow! :thumbsup:


    (Unfortunately, that many times means that those roads have been layered with newly applied gravel! :( )


    Bill

    We still have the original battery in our March 2015 SlingShot, no tender, no issues. But, since it is a "full sized" automotive battery it is not really relevant to this conversation! ;)


    Bill

    Very good info, I will concur that as the temps fall below fifty degrees, summer tires become you nemesis and all-season tires become your friend. To further add is to remember that there is only that single tire driving you and it is riding in between the normal tire lanes.This is where all the oil has been deposited all year, where the above mentioned leaves, and other debris, frost, snow, gravel from sanding operations, they all wind up here. Speaking of the traction control, you may also want to consider just turning it off if there is any chance of hydroplaning. We also run into situations here where the windshield will become useless to see through with heavy rain, fog, and will develop frost in an instant if conditions are right. Oh, to put in a plug for the MeanSling Sport Top, it really helps to maintain a more comfortable riding experience by reducing wind buffeting and retaining passenger compartment heat.


    Bill

    I was going to wait until the 2020's arrived at the dealer so to get a look while getting the recall done, but we're having near perfect riding weather here presently, (I would be starting out in the mid 30's but returning in the 70's), maybe I might have to take advantage this Friday just to take the day and git-er-done, ( three+ hours each way.)

    Bill

    OK, call me a wimp, if the temps were going to rise into the 70's as originally forecasted, a couple of hours initially at the cooler temps would be OK. But now the temps are supposed to rise into the lower 50s only, and that is just a bit too brisk to be enjoyable for 6+ hours on the Interstate, especially for Justina and Athena. Maybe we'll just wait until the release of the 2020s after all.


    Bill

    Early model 2015 sneaking up on 25,000 miles and our belt has loosened some over the summer where we are being reminded of it since the seasonal temps have been getting cooler where the belt will squeal under acceleration when first starting out and cold, (currently in the mid-20s low 30s), but after a few miles the belt warms and tightens up to where it quiets down. The angle drive any more just has a slight mechanical whine, and like Edward Neal summarizes, it would not even be discernible if the vehicle was enclosed and insulated.


    Bill

    May I suggest that you move away from Chicago? Here in SW Oregon we get a lil more wet in the winter, but we can still ride all year. I am heading to work this morning where the temps are in the mid 20s, but when I head home this afternoon they will be in the high 60s, low 70s!


    Bill

    what would be nice is if there was a video of a perfectly clean belt and a perfect angle drive to listen to. Then noise comparisons could be made to determine what is considered too much and what course of action needs to be taken.

    What a great idea, Bigdog, since it is your idea how about you doing this for us? Take your time, do it right, and I have no doubts we all would be very appreciative in your taking the time in doing this for us!


    Good show! :thumbsup:


    Oh, just an added lil note, where it is the looser belt that tends to squawk more, I know that you meant to say it this way, right Bigdog;)


    Bill

    We also just received a call from the dealer today that the parts are in so to accomplish the recall.


    Bill

    I was going to wait until the 2020's arrived at the dealer so to get a look while getting the recall done, but we're having near perfect riding weather here presently, (I would be starting out in the mid 30's but returning in the 70's), maybe I might have to take advantage this Friday just to take the day and git-er-done, ( three+ hours each way.) By the way, this is not the dealer in which we purchased our SlingShot, if they forced the issue of taking a week and a half just because we did not purchase the SlingShot from them, I would be seeking a different dealer, no matter how much further I had to take it.


    Bill

    I figure if it were truly a "critical recall" I would have been notified by now about it by Polaris or the dealer - if it were not for this place I would have no clue there is a recall - - in the past they have notified me by mail of recalls and for the seat belt recall my dealer even called me - so far on this one I have heard nothing - - - with the potential liability I would have expected faster notification if they felt it were "critical"

    We received our recall notice by email weeks ago, but have not seen anything by snail mail to date. We also just received a call from the dealer today that the parts are in so to accomplish the recall.


    Bill