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Hot new trike from Polaris — you’re five inches off the ground

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Motorcycles are fun, way fun. But things can happen on two wheels that probably won’t if you’re in a four-wheel car. A car has bumpers to fend off the world. A friend once watched me get on my bike (Honda ST1100) and said, “just remember — your legs are the bumpers.”

In between, there’s a trike and I’d think the safer trikes are the ones that have the two wheels in the front rather than in the rear. To that end, Polaris, a longtime maker of powersports toys, has come up with a new trike that has a lot of promise in the Dept. of Having Fun.

Polaris calls it the Slingshot and if you blank out the single rear wheel, it looks more like a traditional sports car. It has a steering wheel and what Polaris describes as a 2.4-liter, 173 horsepower (presumably Ford) Ecoboost engine and a five-speed manual transmission. It even has such current automobile attributes as electronic stability control and anti-lock brakes (in fact, some motorcycles have ABS brakes.)

The Slingshot weighs 1,700 pounds and is skedded to be in showrooms this fall. Prices range from about $20,000 to $24,000. More here at this story on Gizmag.com.

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Michael Taylor

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