ATV to 'Slingshot' into production
It's been one year in the making, but has taken a life time of thought.
The Slingshot, a three wheel all terrain vehicle that is described as a cross between a motorcycle and sport quad was built and designed by Kelowna resident Eric Schlichting.
Schlichting, who has owned and operated Motortoyz for the last 10 years, has a background in fabrication and a keen interest in mechanics, but 'The Slingshot' is the first off road vehicle he has ever manufactured.
Referring to the ATV as a different breed of an off road machine, Schlinchting says the main difference between his three wheeler and those already on the market is that 'The Slingshot' is a lot more stable.
"The layout where you have one wheel up front and two wheels on the back is a totally different driving experience, you would really have a hard time flipping this."
Another difference riders may experience is that 'The Slingshot's' back wheel will always run on fresh ground, instead of in old tracks.
"You'll never be in someone else's ruts, most trails have two ruts and with this third wheel you are going to have it running on nice flat ground with no ruts on it."
According to Eric's wife Linda, the project took about a year to come together with most work taking place in the evenings and on weekends, but she believes it will all pay off.
"It is really hard when you own your own business and you are busy with customers, servicing customers to find the time to put something like this together," she says. "It has been a long road to put this together and a lot of the fabrication and parts he built himself."
The ATV hasn't seen a lot of play time as Schlichting just recently put together the prototype, yet he says so far the feed back has been positive.
"We would like to see what the public interest is like, and possibly I would love to see this thing be put into production sometime, and of course if it was built in here in Kelowna that would be the ideal thing."
If retailed 'The Slingshot' would cost between $8,000 and $12,000, with maintenance similar to a three wheel ATV.
Schlichting says there are still a few final touches he would like to add to the vehicle, and is looking forward to hearing from the public on his prototype.
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