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    Interesting article in the New York Times. According to the article there is a bit of a cockup with lisencing in Texas. Seems their beurocrats have backtracked on calling it a motorcycle, now say it can't be a bike when you sit in a seat instead of straddling a backbone.
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    This is all a bit surprising since i believe most of the vintage micro-cars and other 3-wheeler's (let alone trikes) are registered as motorcycles. Someone must have a bug up their derrière

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    Sorry I can't link to the article with my not-so-smart phone.
    The registration is in limbo til someone gets off their butt...not bikes and not cars (no airbags, fancy bumpers, etc)...so for the time being they cannot be registered there.

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    Its Texas. Everything can be smoothed out with this State Government bureaucracy if you have a respectful attitude. They are some of the most business-friendly government people I have had the genuine pleasure of dealing with. This "cock up" probably happened because someone at Polaris got a little 'cute' and the bureaucrats discovered it and did not like being played for fools. When that happens its amazing how strict constructionist the bureaucrats can become. The seat excuse sounds like complete rubbish - both the Morgan and the T Rex have seats and are bikes in TX? And then Polaris doubled down and publicly blamed TX? They will not be easily forgiven for that one. A lesson to everyone on how not to manage your product regulatory approval process.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Croc View Post
    Its Texas. Everything can be smoothed out with this State Government bureaucracy if you have a respectful attitude. .
    +1 on that. When I titled and registered my car in TX several months ago, I was impressed that every single clerk said to me: "How can I help you?" and actually meant it. I've seen Can-Ams driving in TX, and I have heard no problems with Elio.
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