Fast Motorcycle Industry News

You Can Now Drive a Polaris Slingshot Without A Motorcycle License In Mississippi. More and more states are adjusting their regulations towards three-wheelers that aren’t quite cars and aren’t quite motorcycles like the Polaris Slingshot. The newest state to do so is Mississippi which has become the 43rd state in the U.S. where all you need to drive a Slingshot is a regular driver’s license with no motorcycle endorsement necessary. This was achieved by reclassifying the Slingshot’s driving requirements as an “autocycle.” That means you don’t need a motorcycle endorsement, but you do need to follow the state’s motorcycle helmet laws if you want to drive a Slingshot.

Samson Exhaust Making A Come Back. During a long time owner Kenny Orice tried to sell his company Samson exhaust. Now under new management the business relocated in Indiana offering the same products, especially the Longtails for Chollo like motorcycles. Same website at

Paul Jr. Designs Building A custom Ethanol-Powered Motorcycle. The Renewable Fuels Association has joined forces with Paul Jr. Designs to conceive and fabricate a signature motorcycle that thrusts American-made fuel ethanol into the spotlight. The one-of-a-kind masterpiece will be featured in the new series of “American Choppers”

Motor Trike Acquired Hoppe Industries. Hoppe Industries was founded by John Hoppe and specialized in fairings and windshield often equipped of audio accessories, All production is being relocated in Texas and business will continue to do business as Hoppe. Hoppe products may be ordered through the Hoppe website, through both Drag Specialties and Parts Unlimited, and is being sold by authorized Motor Trike dealers.

Valerie Thompson Walked Away From Her LSR Accident With Only Minor Bumps And Bruises. She broke her own personal best record of 304.263 mph with a run of 328.467 mph piloting the Team “7” Streamliner a few days earlier, making her officially the fastest woman on a motorcycle ever. Thompson is the only female driver in a two-wheeled vehicle over 300 mph. Thompson holds eight land speed records on a variety of bikes ranging from Harley-Davidsons to BMWs and is a member of seven-land speed racing 200 mph Clubs and one 300 mph club.

10 Responses to “Fast Motorcycle Industry News”

  1. 1 Boots Mar 29th, 2018 at 8:28 am

    It makes sense that the Polaris slingshot no not longer needs a motorcycle endorsement. It’s because it’s not a motorcycle!

  2. 2 BD Mar 29th, 2018 at 9:08 am

    BOOTS Correct!!!!

  3. 3 marcus Mar 29th, 2018 at 10:55 am

    Polaris should be careful what they ask for. Autocycles are currently in a gray zone of regulation. It is likely that once defined, they will be regulated much more like automobiles (crash testing, air bags, etc).

    Per the Motorcycle Riders Foundation: “The MRF would like to see these vehicles get separate status from motorcycles and be known as ‘autocycles.’ The criteria proposed by the MRF is that any type of enclosure should disqualify a vehicle from attaining motorcycle status.” Enclosure includes a roof or roll cage device. Other proposed definitions from other sources include side by side seating, torso height above the wheels, weight and width limitations. The MFRs position seems to be that traditional trikes and side cars should not be thrown in with this group.

  4. 4 Xenu Mar 29th, 2018 at 11:24 am

    All it takes is a statistical rise in fatal accidents to start crash testing by NHTSA. A horrible crash in my area was all over the news last year. If these have to pass car standards, it’s the end of the party.

  5. 5 rebel Mar 29th, 2018 at 6:10 pm

    no helmet required in my part of GA in slang/shotout

  6. 6 Boomer Mar 29th, 2018 at 10:43 pm

    To my mind it’s really basic. If a vehicle has handlebars, an in line seat where the people sit one in front of the other, and has 3 wheels or less; it’s a motorcycle or trike. If it has a steering wheel and side by side seats then it’s something else. I won’t say car but it isn’t a motorcycle or trike. A separate class of vehicle. What the powers that be want to do with that for regs is above my pay grade. There was a 3 wheeler called a “Stallion” that had in line seats but also had a steering wheel, 2.3-liter Ford engine, and a roll bar. It sat high, like a touring bike, so I would probably put that one in the trike category but just barely. If you haven’t seen it; you should look it up.

  7. 7 DK Apr 1st, 2018 at 1:56 pm

    Nobody in MS is wearing helmets driving these things. Several L E officers have told me they aren’t sure what the law is regarding them either.

  8. 8 EVOFAN Apr 2nd, 2018 at 4:21 pm

    Ethanol fuels suck! And no Paul Jr. Designs “custom” bike, no matter how awesome it is, will change my mind.

  9. 9 X H-D Rider Apr 3rd, 2018 at 1:32 pm

    Why did Samson move out of Sturgis.

  10. 10 P. .Hamilton Apr 3rd, 2018 at 3:18 pm

    Kenny Price sold the Samson business.

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