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Slingshot Versus Other On-Road Vehicles

The Slingshot is a three-wheel vehicle equipped with a five-speed manual transmission. The Slingshot handles differently than two-wheel motorcycles, other three-wheel vehicles and four-wheel vehicles. The following information also is available in your Owner's Manual. It will help you understand the features and characteristics that make operating and handling the Slingshot different from operating and handling other on-road vehicles.

How a Slingshot differs from a two-wheel motorcycle:

  • Low center of gravity
  • Steering wheel
  • Foot controls like brake, clutch and accelerator
  • Front suspension and steering
  • Side-by-side operator and passenger seats
  • Seat belts for both riders
  • Lighting
  • One rear drive wheel and two front wheels

The unique handling characteristics of the Slingshot include:

  • More stability in turns
  • Vehicle stability at rest
  • Flat cornering
  • Turns in the direction of the wheel
  • Quick response to steering changes
  • Like all on-road vehicles, the Slingshot can hydroplane and lose traction when encountering a layer of water on the driving surface. Every vehicle has a unique hydroplane speed and response, driven by vehicle weight, tire configuration and tire condition. The Slingshot may hydroplane at lower speeds and react differently to hydroplaning than most motorcycles and cars.

Failure to operate the Slingshot properly can result in a collision, loss of control, an accident or a rollover, which may result in serious injury or death. Read and understand all safety warnings outlined in the safety section of your Owner's Manual.

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