The Polaris Slingshot is a ‘three-wheeled motorcycle’ with a twist of ultra-lightweight sports car/vehicle. The Slingshot has no doors, widows or roof and has a small windshield, which is only available as an option and doesn't come standard.
Slingshot owner and enthusiast Richard needed to create a roof to keep the sun off of him while cruising. Richard was desperate to find a solution to help with those sweltering three-minute stop lights, which can be rather brutal under the hot Florida sun.
Richard came up with an answer in the form of a PVC pipe frame with a canvas top to cover the passenger compartment. He first built a prototype out of off-the shelf products using Schedule 40 PVC pipe and standard fittings, but the exposure to intense UV rays would have caused the frame to yellow and become brittle and his angles and points of connect to the Slingshot were limited.
Using red FORMUFIT Furniture Grade PVC pipe and fittings, Richard was not only able to match the bright red and glossy color of his Slingshot’s body, but was also able to construct a better design that mapped the angles of the Slingshot frame and where he could better connect the frame to the vehicle.
Once constructed and cemented together, Richard used marine twine and Sunbrella material to create the canvas top.