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Make Some Room, Trike Riders Don't Ride Alone

by Ujjwal Dey





Tracy Getty, a Ural rider from Washington State who lives life to the fullest with her sidecar shared how she goes about giving hundreds of sidecar rides and what this special effort means to her.


Tracy rides a 2009 LE Sahara Gear Up. It’s called…WARCAT! The very first ride she gave in WARCAT was on November 13th, 2009. Since then Tracy and Warcat have given 926 rides as of August 2018. She documents each ride with a photo and a caption to describe the outing. After the adventure she gives her riders a button that says 'WARCAT HACK MONKEY' and I print their Hack Monkey Number on the back. People think that is pretty special. “My single day record for single rides is 34” she says.



“People seem to be afraid of strangers these days and the sidecar helps to break the ice.”


Tracy says, “I just flat out ask them if they want to go for a ride. Most people are floored that I’d even ask.”



How Epic can it be to give Ural rides to unknown people?


“Most of my riders are complete strangers. I am a WWII Living Historian, so on occasions I will suit up like a Russian Soldier. I help out with events such as fly-ins, museum static displays, and military vehicle set-ups. I enjoy giving people rides around the grounds. Other times my sidecar has been used as rescue missions. One evening I gave a gentleman a ride to the gas station and back because he ran out of fuel.

Another time I gave an elderly man with a fractured hip a ride home from the hospital because he was walking! I’ve even given a very special last ride a local motorcycle enthusiast who had a terminal disease. That was heartbreaking but I was proud to be there for him and his family. I didn’t know them beforehand but word got out that I give sidecar rides and the rest fell into place. We’ve done fun stuff, too. WARCAT was even the getaway vehicle for a wedding! During the reception I gave rides to wedding guests.”



“Everybody is just ecstatic. Kids are all like, “BEST DAY EVER!” and they don’t want to get out. Even the older generation light up like rockets when we go tooling around together.”


I love it when people do “roller coaster arms” because they realize just how freeing it is to be a sidecar passenger.   





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Somewhere between a car and a motorcycle lies the autocycle. These three-wheeled, fuel-efficient vehicles are poised to take the automotive market by storm. The problem? Consumers, retailers and legislators alike are not quite sure what they are.


Trying to define these vehicles brings a lot of questions. As articles on www.ncsl.org mentions the legality of autocycles.  


For starters, not all approaches to classifying autocycles are the same. This is, in part, because a lack of federal action to define autocycles leaves a vacuum that states over the last five years have begun to fill with their own autocycle legislation.


Today, 34 states—Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia and Wyoming—have enacted statutes defining an autocycle.



As NCSL’s 2017 Autocycle Transportation Review details, while these statutes delineate a wide variety of mechanical criteria, they still all characterize an “autocycle” as having three wheels, with the majority of states also including steering wheels and seat belts in their definitions.


Of further concern is how these harbingers of an incipient vehicle revolution will be both regulated and licensed. It’s become commonplace among states to not require the operators of autocycles to obtain a motorcycle endorsement, while at the same time requiring the vehicle be registered and licensed as a motorcycle.


This nebulous area of the law the autocycle finds itself in has raised the ire of some concerned parties who worry categorizing autocycles as motorcycles—when they are being marketed as passenger car substitutes—will blur the lines when it comes to how autocycle accidents are reported to insurance companies.


That has the potential to raise rates unfairly for motorcyclists.



This legislative confusion doesn’t seem to be ending anytime soon, however, as two of the most recently-passed autocycle bills swing widely when it comes to defining “autocycles,” with Kentucky’s bearing a list of several mechanical criteria, and Wyoming’s covering barely more than a sentence.


Three-wheeled vehicles are nothing new – trikes and reverse trikes have been around a while. Regular Trikes such as Harley-Davidson Freewheeler and “reverse trikes” like the Can-Am Spyder are niche vehicles that have always managed to be grouped into the same legal classification as motorcycles, a situation that has never posed any problems to either their manufacturers or their owners.


But the release of Polaris’ confusing Slingshot, plans of ELIO Motors, new brands such as Vanderhall Venice which have everything from a car except the fourth wheel, has made three-wheelers a lot harder to classify. Now the law is getting involved in some states, and registering and insuring a three-wheeler has become more complicated than ever.



Big manufacturers such as Campagna T-Rex and major player Polaris with its affordable fun ride Slingshot made sales of autocycles surge making them of obvious interest to buyers, dealers, insurers, transport authorities and everyone else involved. 


These vehicles are much closer to being three-wheeled cars than motorcycles – but they actually benefit significantly from holding the legal classification of being called a “motorcycle” and hence never tried to distinguish themselves under laws and legal implications. However, that discrepancy has caused problems across the country, from what laws apply to them, to how they are registered, and even whether or not they can even be considered street-legal at all. They’re not cars, but they’re certainly not motorcycles either.



The Polaris Slingshot has been a huge hit since its introduction in 2014, far exceeding even Polaris’ best expectations. But there’s a down side – the success of the Slingshot and other three-wheelers has forced lawmakers across the country to figure out how these vehicles are classified, and it hasn’t been a smooth ride and certainly not as fast enough as these street-racing joyrides are.


As ridiculous as it may sound, under federal law, they are to be classified with “motorcycles”– and Polaris knew exactly what they were doing when they built it. Under DOT classifications, a three-wheeled vehicle, despite its other characteristics, is a motorcycle – and this distinction is not insignificant.


Legally classifying it as a motorcycle allowed Polaris to avoid much of the safety testing and equipment that would have gone into manufacturing an automobile, such as including airbags, crumple zones, and seat belts into the vehicle, which would have raised the development cost for the Slingshot dramatically. At the price it would have cost to develop the Slingshot to automotive safety standards, there may not have been a market for it at all.



Under federal law, the Slingshot, and similar vehicles like the Campagna T-Rex, are motorcycles. Unfortunately, the federal government doesn’t register vehicles – the states do. And with 50 different states and unique definitions for what constitutes a “motorcycle” in each one, state law is where classifying them got a lot trickier.


Classification of a vehicle is of much consequence. It determines how the vehicle will be registered, what fees will be associated with it, how it will be insured, and what kinds of laws will apply to it – a problem that has had lawmakers scratching their heads as Autocycle industry is booming with new entrants and even Electric Autocycle makers trying to cash-in in the trend with new sales increasing across the USA.


Originally back in 2014, Texas banned Polaris Slingshot dealers and owners on their roads due to the inability to classify them under then-current law. Dealers were forced to send millions of dollars in inventory back to Polaris, until 2015 when the law was amended to allow the Slingshot to be classified as a motorcycle.


When three-wheelers are called motorcycles, crash data and other statistics are lumped in with those of motorcycles – which skews their data, and more importantly, insurance rates. A number of motorcycle rights organizations across the country had opposed their inclusion into the classification.



Elio which wants to make small three-wheeled commuter vehicles is fundamentally different from the Campagna T-Rex and Polaris Slingshot. Elio is targeting everyday people with their vehicle, as theirs is a fully enclosed three-wheeler that includes an integrated roll cage, airbags, crumple zones, and three-point seat belts. 


The only similarity between an Elio and a Slingshot is the number of wheels they have.


Not only is Elio Motors not concerned about losing the motorcycle classification, they actually want it eliminated. Elio does not want their potential buyers to be deterred by having to get a motorcycle license, motorcycle insurance, and worst of all, wear helmets in order to drive their vehicles.


So firm is Elio’s resolve to get their vehicles reclassified at the federal level, they lobbied State Senator David Vitter (R-LA) to introduce S-685, a bill that would create a new vehicle class called the autocycle, a motor vehicle with three wheels, an enclosed occupant cabin, and a steering wheel, with unique federal safety standards distinct from those for motorcycles and autos.


The bill, introduced in early 2015, is currently being considered by the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation.



Polaris Management believes the Slingshot would not be affected by the pending legislation because of this distinction. In a statement the VP for Government Relations said, “Polaris believes Slingshot should continue to be classified federally as a “motorcycle,” along with most other three-wheel vehicles, and be excluded from the proposed federal “autocycle” classification,” he said. “If it’s not enclosed, it’s not an autocycle.”


Currently 41 of 50 states do not now require a motorcycle license to operate a three-wheeled car such as the Elio but of course ELIO Vehicles DO NOT EXIST and have never actually been manufactured or sold. Elio plans postponed for years, deadlines extended forever, various attempts at attracting investors and fundraising including Stock Exchange misadventure and now plans for crypto-currency financing.


Currently Slingshot Website mentions the License Requirements as:

The classification of Slingshot is state-dependent. Over 40 states classify Slingshot as an autocycle, which only requires a driver's license. The other classification is a motorcycle, which requires a motorcycle endorsement.



Harley-Davidson 2019 FREEWHEELER


Stripped-down custom style meets the confidence of three wheels. You get all-new braking enhancements like ABS and traction control. As well as plenty of power, thanks to a Milwaukee-Eight 114 engine.


Starting at $28,099



Engine 1 Milwaukee-Eight® 114

Bore 4.016 in.

Stroke 4.5 in.

Displacement 1,868 cc (114 cu in)

Compression Ratio 10.5:1

Fuel System 3 Electronic Sequential Port Fuel Injection (ESPFI)

Exhaust Shorty slash down-style chrome finish mufflers



Length 103 in.

Seat Height, Laden 7 26.2 in.

Seat Height, Unladen 27.6 in.

Ground Clearance 4.9 in.

Rake (steering head) (deg) 26

Trail 3.96 in.

Wheelbase 65.7 in.

Tires, Front Specification MT 130/60B19 M/C 61H

Tires, Rear Specification P205/65R15

Fuel Capacity 6 gal.

Oil Capacity (w/filter) 5.2 qt.

Weight, As Shipped 1,085 lb.

Weight, In Running Order 1,118 lb.

Luggage Capacity -Volume 2 cu ft




Engine Torque Testing Method J1349

Engine Torque 2 122 ft-lb

Engine Torque (rpm) 2,250

Fuel Economy Testing Method Estimated City/Hwy

Fuel Economy 5 43 mpg



Primary Drive Chain, 34/46 ratio

Gear Ratios (overall) 1st 10.534

Gear Ratios (overall) 2nd 7.302

Gear Ratios (overall) 3rd 5.423

Gear Ratios (overall) 4th 4.392

Gear Ratios (overall) 5th 3.741

Gear Ratios (overall) 6th 3.157



Wheels, Front Type 9 Enforcer Cast Aluminum

Wheels, Rear Type Enforcer Cast Aluminum

Brakes, Caliper Type Front: 32mm 4 piston fixed Rear: floating 36mm piston integrated park brake



Lights (as per country regulation), Indicator Lamps

High beam, running lights, battery, neutral, low oil pressure, engine diagnostics, cruise control, security system, gear indicator, low fuel warning, reverse, park brake, miles to empty.


Gauges Black-faced Gauges: Large speedometer and tachometer with wide numbers; large fuel and volt gauges with wide numbers; display features odometer, trip A, trip B, range to empty, and gear indicator; and larger telltale indicators, including reverse and traction controls indicators



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