Can You Ride a Polaris Slingshot in the Rain?
As your go-to Polaris Slingshot resource in the Daytona Beach, Florida area, we often get a lot of questions about these amazing three-wheeled motorcycle vehicles. We’re happy to help! We know you’ve never seen anything quite like this before, so it’s only natural to have a few questions. Many people wonder things like “How fast can it go?” “Does it have a trunk?” and “Is it safe?” One of the most common questions we get is “Can you ride a Polaris Slingshot in the rain?” This is a great question! After all, this is a convertible that doesn’t have a roof to close when it rains. Here in Florida, it rains a lot!
The short answer to the question of whether you can drive the Slingshot in the rain is yes! The Polaris Slingshot is a convertible three-wheeler that has waterproof seats and forged aluminum roll hoops. This means if it happens to rain while you are driving the vehicle, it’s okay!
From the driver’s seat it feels more like a sports car than cycle, thanks to a pair of side-by-side seats, a five-speed shifter , an instrument panel, and a media console with a 4.3-inch LCD screen, backup camera, six-speaker audio and Bluetooth. Yes, all of this can get wet and the vehicle will still be fine. It’s waterproof! The media console can be basically underwater, but it will still work. That being said, even though the Slingshot itself won’t be ruined doesn’t mean you want to get wet while you’re driving it!
There’s no roof and no windshield, unless it is the upscale model. Even in the higher trim levels, your head rides above it unless you’re short. For this reason, it is recommended that you wear a helmet for safety reasons. A helmet will also keep your head and hair dry. If you don’t have a helmet and don’t want to get soaked, you’ll want to keep an eye on the weather.
If you decide to drive in the rain, it’s important to keep an eye on your speed. A 2.4-cylinder, 173-horsepower General Motors Ecotec motor is under the hood. Since the Polaris weighs only 1,684 pounds, that’s plenty of power to get going with some serious speed. It is so fun to drive, you may find yourself going faster than you realize. This isn’t a gocart though; you’re on the real roads with traffic and other vehicles. There are no airbags or roof, so particularly in the rain, you want to keep an eye on your speedometer.
Here in Florida, driving in the rain is a “when,” not an “if.” Not that it’s summer, we are in the Rainy Season. When you rent a Polaris Slingshot, you need to either keep an eye on the weather or bring a hat you don’t mind getting wet.