If there’s one thing that gets motorcycle riders – and Motorcycle.com readers – worked up, it’s the debate about whether a three-wheeler is considered a motorcycle or not. If you’re one of the haters, this news might brighten up your day: Campagna Motors, the company best known for producing the T-Rex, is shutting down.
In this rush at the end of 2016 to sum up what it means for ourselves and motorcycling, while we simultaneously look ahead to all the potential that 2017 has to offer, we can get distracted from the moment all to easily. The concept of mindfulness has gained popularity in recent years among navel gazers (like myself) as a means of preventing the rush of information we live in from becoming overwhelming to our very souls. So, in this spirit, I offer this moment of unabashed moto-joy to savor for 37 seconds of bliss.
If California is the land of motorcycles and Detroit’s the automotive capital, then Quebec must be Mecca for three-wheelers. Maybe there’s an inherent character trait in Quebec, a province that has carved out a French-speaking culture in a predominantly English-speaking continent, that leads some to want a similar niche for three-wheeled vehicles where four is the norm.
On November 4, 2014, Polaris Industries received notification from the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles that, despite previous approval, the Slingshot three wheeler would not be allowed to be registered as a motorcycle. This change in classification means that the Slingshot would not be licensable for use on Texas roads because it lacks many features required for classification as an automobile. At issue, according to Polaris, is the definition of a saddle: