Why Texas Banned the Three-Wheeled Polaris Slingshot

As a Texan, I like the Second Amendment, cheap gasoline and, of course, telling other people how great Texas is. I also appreciate the business-friendly atmosphere and emphasis on personal freedoms. So it comes as a surprise that the Lone Star State will not allow the Polaris Slingshot three-wheeler to be sold there. The Polaris is powered by a 2.4-liter GM EcoTec motor and is priced in the $20,000-$30,000 range. Just like the Morgan Three-Wheeler, it is also usually registered as a motorcycle since it lacks some of the safety features required of a car. That certainly makes sense since just about any three-wheeled car that surrounds the driver with bodywork and seat belts is going to be safer than your average superbike. Nobody usually has a problem with it. The Texas DMV, on the other hand, has decided to get picky. RELATED: See More Pictures of the 2015 Polaris Slingshot
Why Texas Banned the Three-Wheeled Polaris Slingshot
According to a memo posted by Polaris to Slingshot Forums, "The explanation we were provided is that Slingshot does not meet the current definition of a motorcycle in Texas due to our seating which requires that riders sit in a 'saddle' position." It's pretty odd that a state with no helmet law would get so picky about legal motorcycle terminology, but that seems to be the case. So, Polaris won't be selling any of their Three-Wheelers in Texas until the issue gets resolved. So there you have it. In a state where you can pretty much walk into Wal-Mart and walk out with a firearm as well as ride around on one of those silly Can-Am Spyders [see video below], you can't buy this perfectly good three-wheeled automobile just because you sit inside it instead of on top of it. RELATED: What We (Think We) Know About the 2015 Polaris Slingshot
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