Planning the perfect Slingshot road trip
There are few things as soul satisfying as a well-planned trip in a Polaris Slingshot. Whether it’s a week-long vacation or a quick weekend getaway, the feelings of anticipation, excitement and adventure as the trip nears never get old. The scenic views, twisting roads, small-town Americana and big-city lights are all out there—just waiting for you to roll in.
Things to Consider When Planning Your Trip
You might think the first decision is: “Where to?” But it’s sometimes best to figure out: “For how long?” Knowing you only have a few days will impact your range and how many stops you plan to make along the way. For longer trips, you have a little more flexibility, depending on your preference. Do you want to get to your destination quickly and stay a while, or take your time getting there with overnights along the way?
Start Thinking About How You’ll Get There
Consider picking a route that takes you off the main drag. Highways may get you there quicker, but they’re long, flat and often unexciting. Choosing smaller backroads or routes that are popular with motorcyclists offer a much more scenic option with less traffic and plenty of curves that flow naturally with the terrain.
Break Your Ride Up into Equal Parts
Unless you’re a “let’s-get-there-all-in-one-day” type, plan a few overnights along the way. Creating legs to your trip will make it feel more leisurely, allow you to take in more sights along those curvy routes and leave you feeling more relaxed once you reach your destination.
Check Weather, Traffic and Road Conditions
Before you head out, be sure to consider any weather or traffic conditions you might encounter in the areas you’ll be riding through. Both are available as map overlays in RIDE COMMAND. If you’ve never been on a particular road before, check local ride forums or groups for insights on the area. Local Slingshot dealers can also provide valuable information.
Make Sure Your Slingshot is Up to Date on Service
Check tire tread, tire pressure and oil level right before you leave. If your oil hasn’t been changed recently, get that done before any extended trips. If you want to do these things yourself, there are plenty of resources available to you, including information on how to change your oil. You can also purchase lubricants engineered specifically for your Slingshot.
You’re All Set. Time to Head Out.
Planning can get you excited for what’s ahead, but there’s no substitute for that feeling when you finally roll down your driveway and off on your multi-day road trip. That’s because Slingshot is perfection even in its most basic form. With or without upgrades you’ll be experiencing goosebumps and turning heads. And now you can head out confidently, knowing you’ve put in the pre-work and be open to the adventures that come your way.