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2015 Polaris Slingshot SL - Coolness Factor = 45.3%

Unread post by totalmotorcycle » Fri Aug 01, 2014 11:19 am

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2015 Polaris Slingshot SL

revolutionary 3-wheel roadster that delivers head turning exhilaration...

The Slingshot™ SL, with a U.S. MSRP of only $23,999, features red pearl paint, larger 18 inch forged aluminum wheels upfront and a 20 inch wheel in the rear, and a blade windscreen for wind protection. It also features our media console with a 4.3” LCD screen, back-up camera, Bluetooth® integration, and a 6-speaker audio system.

Polaris® celebrated 60 years of innovation by introducing the highly anticipated Polaris Slingshot™, an awe-inspiring 3-wheel roadster that represents the future of on-road driving exhilaration. “Slingshot was designed to deliver head turning exhilaration on two dimensions,” said Mike Jonikas, Vice President of Slingshot. “First is the exhilaration that you can see, hear, and feel while riding in Slingshot. Second is the exhilaration you feel when people turn their heads to stare at Slingshot’s unique and exotic styling.”

Established in 1954, Polaris this week celebrates its 60th anniversary and as part of this momentous occasion unleashed the radical new Slingshot. The three-wheeled Slingshot is a daring new machine, drawn from Polaris' high performance adrenalin stable that has produced products that race the deserts of Dakar and the snowfields of the Rocky Mountains.

The Slingshot offers heart pounding acceleration with a 2.4 litre DOHC four cylinder engine delivering 173 horsepower. Boasting optimised weight distribution, sport-tuned double wishbone suspension, coil-over gas filled shocks and sway bar, the Slingshot has been made to charge corners at top speeds. The combination of an open cockpit and truly dynamic performance make the Slingshot one of the most exhilarating driving experiences…. on the planet.

The pilot commands the distinctive machine with a power-assisted steering wheel and five speed manual transmission and sitting only 5 inches off the ground, pilot are made to feel like they are surfing the asphalt.


2015 Polaris Slingshot SL - http://www.Totalmotorcycle.com USA Specifications/Technical Details
US MSRP Price: $23,999 USD
Canada MSRP Price: $26499 CDN


DIMENSIONS / CAPACITIES


Dry Weight 1684 lbs.
Curb Weight 1743 lbs.
Overall Length (in/mm) 149.6 in/3800 mm
Overall Width (in/mm) 77.6 in/1960 mm
Overall Height (in/mm) 51.9 in/1318 mm
Track Width (in/mm) 69.1 in/1755 mm
Wheelbase (in/mm) 105.0 in/2667 mm
Ground Clearance (in/mm) http://www.Totalmotorcycle.com 5.0 in/127 mm


POWERTRAIN


Engine 2.4L DOHC
Displacement (cid/cc) 2384 cc
Bore and Stroke 88mm x 98m
Compression Ratio 10.4:1
Valve Train DOHC, VVT
Fuel 91 octane or higher


PERFORMANCE


Rev Limit (RPM) 7000 RPM
Peak Power (HP) 173 HP @ 6200 RPM
Peak Torque (ft-lbs) 166 ft-lbs @ 4700 RPM


FLUID CAPACITY


Fuel (Gallons/Liters) 9.77 Gallons / 37.1 Liters


BRAKES


Brake Rotors (Front) Vented, 298mm diameter
Brake Rotors (Rear) Vented, 298mm diameter


WHEELS AND TIRES http://www.Totalmotorcycle.com


Front Tire Type Kenda "Slingshot" 799
Front Tire Size 225/45R18
Front Wheel Type Forged; 10 Spoke
Front Wheel Size 18x7.5 J
Rear Tire Type Kenda "Slingshot" 799
Rear Tire Size 255/35R20
Rear Wheel Type Forged; 10 Spoke
Rear Wheel Size 20x9.0 J


TRANSMISSION


Clutch Type Dry, Single Plate, Hydraulically Actuated
Transmission Type 5 Speed Synchromesh with Reverse
1st Gear Ratio 3.753:1
2nd Gear Ratio 2.258:1
3rd Gear Ratio 1.512:1
4th Gear Ratio 1.000:1
5th Gear Ratio .729:1
Reverse Gear Ratio 3.672:1
Gear Shift Pattern H
Bevel Drive Ratio 2.312:1
Final Drive Type Carbon Fiber Reinforced Belt, 36mm x 147T http://www.Totalmotorcycle.com
Final Drive Ratio 1.590:1


STEERING


Actuation Rack-and-pinion
Assist Polaris EPAS, Speed Sensitive
Steering Turns, lock-to-lock 3.2


ELECTRICAL


Battery 575 CCA


LIGHTING


Headlight 2x Projector Hi/Lo H3 55w (Center)
Auxiliary Light 2x Projector H3 55w (Outboard)
Tail/Brake Light LED
Turn Signals LED
License Plate Light LED
Speedometer & Indicator Lights LED


DRIVER AIDS


ABS (Anti-Lock Brakes) Standard
ESC (Electronic Stability Control http://www.Totalmotorcycle.com) Standard
Traction Control Standard


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Re: This Week: 2015 Polaris Slingshot SL - Vote Today

Unread post by totalmotorcycle » Fri Aug 01, 2014 11:22 am

LOTS and lots of firsts for this model...

1st motorcycle under the Polaris brand
1st mass-production motorcycle 3-wheeler using a car engine
1st 2015 Polaris "bike"

...and yes, it's classified as a motorcycle much like the Can-Am Spyder is.

So here we go! Have fun with it, Polaris is reading.

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Re: This Week: 2015 Polaris Slingshot SL - Vote Today

Unread post by Hanson » Fri Aug 01, 2014 1:13 pm

As a motorcycle.... fail.

As an edgy, unique roadster.... cool.

It might well be classified as a motorcycle but that does not make it one, rather it just means the current classification system can not pigeon hole this vehicle into a nice neat legal category. I don't consider Can-Am Spiders to be motorcycles either and at least you sit on a Spider instead of inside one. For that matter, a trike is not really a motorcycle either and even some side car rigs which are designed from the start to be side car rigs are pushing the boundary of what I would consider to be a motorcycle.

Two wheels please, just two.

I happily admit that side-car rigs are very cool as long as they started life with just two wheels and can be returned to the that condition without excessive drama.

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Re: This Week: 2015 Polaris Slingshot SL - Vote Today

Unread post by montanalifter » Fri Aug 01, 2014 1:48 pm

Another one where I don't know how to vote, not a motorcycle. Looks like it would be fun but at that price I would buy a very nice bike.

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Re: This Week: 2015 Polaris Slingshot SL - Vote Today

Unread post by BRUMBEAR » Fri Aug 01, 2014 3:40 pm

I am a Polaris guy I own 3 of them but they don't need this abomination FAIL :evil:
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Re: This Week: 2015 Polaris Slingshot SL - Vote Today

Unread post by totalmotorcycle » Fri Aug 01, 2014 7:53 pm

Hanson wrote:As an edgy, unique roadster.... cool.

It might well be classified as a motorcycle but that does not make it one, rather it just means the current classification system can not pigeon hole this vehicle into a nice neat legal category. I don't consider Can-Am Spiders to be motorcycles either and at least you sit on a Spider instead of inside one. For that matter, a trike is not really a motorcycle either and even some side car rigs which are designed from the start to be side car rigs are pushing the boundary of what I would consider to be a motorcycle.
It's very true this model is in a grey-area, in fact, Can-Am Spiders are in the same boat as well. I'd call it a vehicle myself rather than a motorcycle, a Trike comes to mind, with this one being what they call a "Reverse Trike". Quite the unique design. They did make a Trike in the UK for a while, it didn't do well around corners though... when I look at the Slingshot I think to myself, very cool, but I'd like it to have 4 wheels. lol.

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Re: This Week: 2015 Polaris Slingshot SL - Vote Today

Unread post by JackoftheGreen » Fri Aug 01, 2014 8:59 pm

Yeah...

I give the Spyder a lot of latitude, most of you know I've voted it either Cool or Awesome every time it's come up. But you sit ON a Spyder, and control it with bars, and some sort of hand throttle (I admit I've never learned the particulars of the Spyder), and it's got a saddle and bags and I just SEE a kind of motorcycle with the Spyder.

This thing is different. It's a roadster, plain and simple. SXS seating, steering wheel, stick -- or maybe a slap? -- shift and obviously pedal operated throttle, brake and clutch. The legal niche that allows the Spyder to be registered and insured like a motorcycle just shouldn't apply to this -- three wheeled or otherwise. So for that reason, this just has to be a Fail.

That said, as anything other than a motorcycle, this machine is absolutely CHERRY! It looks like Fun with a capital F, like Fun wearing a miniskirt and high heels. What an insane rush it must be to flog that beast through a canyon.

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Re: This Week: 2015 Polaris Slingshot SL - Vote Today

Unread post by Mithrandir » Fri Aug 01, 2014 10:11 pm

I have mixed thoughts about the 2015 Polaris Slingshot. I have similar thoughts as Hanson.

It is unique looking and I think it looks cool.

at 1800lbs w/170hp this would be a blast to drive. (I would expect under 6 second 0-60mph times)

@ $24k I would not consider it practical. No cover from the elements. Little if any storage.

If it was under 10k I would consider it outstanding. At 24k it is just cool.

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Unread post by madjak30 » Sat Aug 02, 2014 9:13 pm

I think it's kind of ugly...edgy maybe but not good looking. I'm sure it's a fun ride, but I don't see a bike at all other than it's missing one wheel.

I do like the Spyder, but like Jack said: "you sit ON a Spyder, and control it with bars, and some sort of hand throttle and I just SEE a kind of motorcycle with the Spyder". But even the Spyder is a Skidoo with wheels, not a bike.

I vote total fail...just not for me at all.
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Unread post by Thumper » Sat Aug 02, 2014 9:57 pm

I like quirky and different, but this just doesn't quite do anything for me. It's not a motorcycle--it has a freaking steering wheel--and if I'm going to be in a car, I'll stick to my VW Bug convertible...

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Unread post by ceemes » Sat Aug 02, 2014 10:05 pm

Complete and utter fail.

Morgan has been doing it longer, better, with more class and style for decades.

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Unread post by ceemes » Sat Aug 02, 2014 10:10 pm

totalmotorcycle wrote:
Hanson wrote:A

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Unread post by Grey Thumper » Mon Aug 04, 2014 9:34 pm

All the disadvantages of a car plus all the disadvantages of a bike, plus none of the benefits of either. Fail.
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Unread post by zombiekatzu » Tue Aug 05, 2014 11:29 am

Gotta agree with the rest. Government licensing as a motorcycle doesn't make it one. I mean, would you give 'the wave' to one of these as it passed?
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Unread post by totalmotorcycle » Tue Aug 05, 2014 12:08 pm

zombiekatzu wrote:Gotta agree with the rest. Government licensing as a motorcycle doesn't make it one. I mean, would you give 'the wave' to one of these as it passed?
You bring up a lot of interesting points of discussion...

Would you (you being 3rd party) wave at:

1. Scooters?

2. Can-Am Spyders?

3. Trikes? (like the Harley-Davidson Tri-Glide)

4. Motorcycles with sidecars?

Just lumping them into the area of "might or might not" ... Could be quite interesting here.

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Unread post by Hanson » Tue Aug 05, 2014 1:00 pm

I wave at all of the above.

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Unread post by zombiekatzu » Tue Aug 05, 2014 1:50 pm

yeah, I'd wave at all of those
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zombiekatzu wrote:Gotta agree with the rest. Government licensing as a motorcycle doesn't make it one. I mean, would you give 'the wave' to one of these as it passed?
You bring up a lot of interesting points of discussion...

Would you (you being 3rd party) wave at:

1. Scooters?

2. Can-Am Spyders?

3. Trikes? (like the Harley-Davidson Tri-Glide)

4. Motorcycles with sidecars?

Just lumping them into the area of "might or might not" ... Could be quite interesting here.

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Unread post by jstark47 » Tue Aug 05, 2014 9:08 pm

As a motorcycle, it's a fail. Not a motorcycle.

As a vehicle it's kind of cool, though probably not very useful. And I agree with Ceemes, Morgan does this better.
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Unread post by blues2cruise » Tue Aug 05, 2014 9:14 pm

JackoftheGreen wrote:Yeah...

I give the Spyder a lot of latitude, most of you know I've voted it either Cool or Awesome every time it's come up. But you sit ON a Spyder, and control it with bars, and some sort of hand throttle (I admit I've never learned the particulars of the Spyder), and it's got a saddle and bags and I just SEE a kind of motorcycle with the Spyder.

This thing is different. It's a roadster, plain and simple. SXS seating, steering wheel, stick -- or maybe a slap? -- shift and obviously pedal operated throttle, brake and clutch. The legal niche that allows the Spyder to be registered and insured like a motorcycle just shouldn't apply to this -- three wheeled or otherwise. So for that reason, this just has to be a Fail.

That said, as anything other than a motorcycle, this machine is absolutely CHERRY! It looks like Fun with a capital F, like Fun wearing a miniskirt and high heels. What an insane rush it must be to flog that beast through a canyon.
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Re: This Week: 2015 Polaris Slingshot SL - Vote Today

Unread post by blues2cruise » Tue Aug 05, 2014 9:17 pm

jstark47 wrote:As a motorcycle, it's a fail. Not a motorcycle.

As a vehicle it's kind of cool, though probably not very useful. And I agree with Ceemes, Morgan does this better.
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