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Autocyclists would just need regular license

ST. PAUL -- Legislation headed to Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton would allow Minnesotans to drive a new type of three-wheel motorcycle with a regular car driver's license.Senators Thursday passed the bill 58-0 after the House also gave it overwhelmin...

ST. PAUL - Legislation headed to Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton would allow Minnesotans to drive a new type of three-wheel motorcycle with a regular car driver’s license.
Senators Thursday passed the bill 58-0 after the House also gave it overwhelming support.
“When you meet them on the road, it looks like a very classy sports car, but when you pass them and look in the rearview mirror, you realize they only have one rear tire,” Sen. LeRoy Stumpf, D-Plummer, said in promoting his bill.
Minnesota-based Polaris Industries builds the Slingshot “autocycle” in northern Iowa.
It and at least one other similar vehicle are more like cars than motorcycles in that they have bucket seats and steering wheels. The Slingshot uses a car engine and transmission, as well as car-like clutch, brake and gas pedals.
Other three-wheel vehicles are based on motorcycles, with the driver straddling the device. Drivers of those devices still would need motorcycle driver’s licenses.

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“This is sensationalism at its finest, and it does not deserve to be heard in our state capitol,” Rep. Erin Healy, a Democrat and one of 10 votes against the bill in the 70-person chamber, said.