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Motorcycle Laws in the 50 States
If you haven't seen your wife smile at a traffic cop, you haven't seen her smile her prettiest.
~Kin Hubbard

Click on any state to see motorcycle laws. Laws change, so always double check this info before you pack.

California The Golden State

California Highway Patrol

  • Helmet: Required by LAW, all riders. Do something about it!

  • Helmet Reflectorization: Not required

  • Handlebar Height: Handgrips up to 6" above shoulder height

  • Eye Protection: Not Required

  • Turn Signals: Required, must use if equipped

  • Daytime Use of Headlight: Required for all models 1978 and later

  • Modulating Headlight: Permitted

  • Mirror Left (L) and Right (R): Required by law

  • Helmet Speakers: Single earphone only

  • Earplugs: Permitted, No Restriction effective 1/1/04

  • Muffler: Muffler required. No muffler or exhaust system shall be equipped with a cutout, bypass or similar device (27150. Adequate Muffler Required).

  • Decibels/Maximum Sound: Maximum allowable A-weighted sound levels based on measurements taken at a distance of 50 ft from center lane of travel:1)Pre-1970..92dba; 2) After 1969, and before 1973...88dba; 3) After 1972, and before 1975...86dba; 4) After 1974, and before 1986...83dba; 5) After 1985...80dba (27201-27202. Motorcycle Limits).

  • Passenger Age Restrictions: None

  • Passenger Seat: Required if carrying passenger

  • Passenger Footrest: Required if carrying passenger

  • Motorcycles OK in HOV Lanes: YES

  • Lanesharing/Lanesplitting: Permissible if conducted in a safe and prudent manner

  • Riding Two Abreast/Side by Side in Single Lane: Not referenced in Administrative Code or Statutes

  • Insurance Requirements: Compulsory Liability (Minimum Limits)(15/30/5) - Financial responsibility required. A driver involved in an accident who fails to prove existence of financial responsibility at time of accident shall have driver's license suspended for 1 year.

  • Periodic Safety Inspection: Random, required by law

  • State Funded Rider Education: Available for all eligible applicants, required under age 21,

  • Rider Education Waiver: Skills test waived for successful completion

  • Radar Detector: No Restriction

  • MIRT, Mobile Infra Red Transmitter: Illegal to use or possess

  • Highway Conditions: http://www.dot.ca.gov/hq/roadinfo/

  • Department of Transportation: Caltrans http://www.dot.ca.gov/

  • Department of Motor Vehicles:  www.dmv.ca.gov

  • Highway Patrol Website: http://www.chp.ca.gov/

  • Motorcyclist Rights Organization: http://www.abate.org

  • New Laws for 2005: http://www.csaa.com/docs/aboutaaa/2004_legislative_digest.pdf

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Alabama The Cotton State - The Heart of Dixie

We Dare Defend Our Rights!

  • Helmet: Required by law

  • Helmet Reflectorization: Not required

  • Handlebar Height: Maximum of 15" above seat

  • Eye Protection: Not Required

  • Turn Signals: Not Required

  • Daytime Use of Headlight: Required by law

  • Modulating Headlight: Permitted

  • Mirror Left (L) and Right (R): Required by law

  • Helmet Speakers: No restrictions

  • Earplugs: ?

  • Muffler: No acoustical criteria

  • Decibels/Maximum Sound: No acoustical criteria

  • Passenger Age Restrictions: None

  • Passenger Seat: Required if carrying a passenger

  • Passenger Footrest: Required if carrying a passenger

  • Motorcycles OK in HOV Lanes: ?

  • Lanesharing/Lanesplitting: Not permitted

  • Riding Two Abreast/Side by Side in Single Lane: Yes. Title 32: Section 32-5A-242

  • Insurance Requirements: Compulsory Liability (Minimum Limits)(20/40/10)

  • Periodic Safety Inspection: None

  • State Funded Rider Education: ?

  • Rider Education Waiver: No

  • Radar Detector: No restriction

  • Department of Motor Vehicles:

  • Department of Transportation: http://www.dot.state.al.us/

  • Highway Patrol Website: http://www.dps.state.al.us/

  • Motorcyclist Rights Organization: ABATE, P.O. Box 6063, Anniston, AL 36205; 888-800-2812

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Alaska The Great Land, Land of the Midnight Sun

Alaska State Troopers

  • Helmet: Required for ages under 18

  • Helmet Reflectorization: Not required

  • Handlebar Height: Maximum of 15" above seat

  • Eye Protection: Required by law - unless equipped with windscreen which is 15" or higher above handlebars

  • Turn Signals: Not Required

  • Daytime Use of Headlight: Required by law

  • Modulating Headlight: Permitted

  • Mirror Left (L) and Right (R): Required by law (L,R)

  • Helmet Speakers: No Restrictions

  • Earplugs: ?

  • Muffler: No acoustical criteria

  • Decibels/Maximum Sound: No acoustical criteria

  • Passenger Age Restrictions: None

  • Passenger Seat: Required if carrying a passenger

  • Passenger Footrest: Required if carrying a passenger

  • Motorcycles OK in HOV Lanes: ?

  • Lanesharing/Lanesplitting: Not permitted

  • Riding Two Abreast/Side by Side in Single Lane: Permitted. 13 AAC 02.427

  • Insurance Requirements: Compulsory Liability (Minimum Limits)(50/100/25)

  • Periodic Safety Inspection: Required by law - random

  • State Funded Rider Education: Not available

  • Rider Education Waiver: No

  • Radar Detector: No Restriction

  • Highway Conditions: http://511.alaska.gov/

  • Division of Motor Vehicles: http://www.state.ak.us/local/akpages/ADMIN/dmv/

  • Department of Transportation: http://www.dot.state.ak.us/

  • Highway Patrol Website: http://www.dps.state.ak.us/ast/

  • Motorcyclist Rights Organization: ABATE OF ALASKA, P.O. Box 92213 Anchorage AK 99509; 907-566-3332 www.abateofalaska.net

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Arizona The Grand Canyon state

Arizona Highway Patrol

  • Helmet: Required by law under age 18

  • Helmet Reflectorization: Not required

  • Handlebar Height: Handgrips at shoulder height or below

  • Eye Protection: Required by law unless equipped with windscreen

  • Turn Signals: Not required

  • Daytime Use of Headlight: Required by law

  • Modulating Headlight: Permitted

  • Mirror Left (L) and Right (R): Required by law

  • Helmet Speakers: No restrictions

  • Earplugs: ?

  • Muffler: Muffler required; no cutout, bypass or similar device (28-955.01, Motorcycles; noise level equipment; unauthorized equipment).

  • Decibels/Maximum Sound: Maximum allowable A-weighted sound levels based on measurements taken at a distance of 50 ft from center lane of travel (R17-4-61. Motorcycle Noise Limits): Model Year/<=35mph/35-45mph/>45mph: Before 1972/84dba/88dba/88dba; 1972-1980/79dba/82dba/86dba; After 1980/76dba/80dba/83dba

  • Passenger Age Restrictions: No regulations

  • Passenger Seat: Required if carrying a passenger

  • Passenger Footrest: Required if carrying a passenger

  • Motorcycles OK in HOV Lanes: Yes

  • Lanesharing/Lanesplitting: Not permitted

  • Riding Two Abreast/Side by Side in Single Lane:

  • Insurance Requirements: Compulsory Liability (Minimum Limits)(15/30/10)

  • Periodic Safety Inspection: Required by law, annual emissions in some areas

  • State Funded Rider Education: Available for all eligible applicants, may waive skills test for successful completion of rider ed.

  • Radar Detector: No restriction

  • Department of Motor Vehicles: http://www.dot.state.az.us/mvd/mvd.htm

  • Department of Transportation: www.dot.state.az.us/mvd/driver/ driverservices.htm

  • Highway Patrol Website: http://www.dps.state.az.us/agency/highwaypatrol/default.asp

  • Motorcyclist Rights Organization: ABATE, 8900 N. Central Ave., Suite 303, Phoenix, AZ 85020-2848; 602-678-4012; www.abateofaz.org
    MMA, P.O. Box 2090, Page, AZ 86040; 602-788-8873; www.MMA-az.org

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Arkansas The Natural State

Arkansas State Police

  • Helmet: Required by law under age 21

  • Helmet Reflectorization: Not required

  • Handlebar Height: No restrictions

  • Eye Protection: Required by law

  • Turn Signals: Not required

  • Daytime Use of Headlight: Required by law

  • Modulating Headlight: Permitted

  • Mirror Left (L) and Right (R): Required by law

  • Helmet Speakers: No restrictions

  • Earplugs: ?

  • Muffler: No acoustical criteria.

  • Decibels/Maximum Sound: No acoustical criteria.

  • Passenger Age Restrictions: None

  • Passenger Seat: Required if carrying a passenger

  • Passenger Footrest: Required if carrying a passenger

  • Motorcycles OK in HOV Lanes: ?

  • Lanesharing/Lanesplitting: Not permitted

  • Riding Two Abreast/Side by Side in Single Lane: Not referenced in Administrative Code or Statutes

  • Insurance Requirements: Compulsory Liability (Minimum Limits)(25/50/15)

  • Periodic Safety Inspection: "Random" - Subject to Law Enforcement Road Side Inspection.

  • State Funded Rider Education: Not available

  • Rider Education Waiver: Skill Test

  • Radar Detector: No Restriction

  • Highway Conditions: http://www.ahtd.state.ar.us/roads.htm

  • Department of Motor Vehicles:

  • Department of Transportation: http://www.ahtd.state.ar.us/

  • State Police Website: http://www.asp.state.ar.us/

  • Motorcyclist Rights Organization: ABATE, 18019 Amazon Lane, Little Rock, AR 72206; 501-888-5893; www.arkansasabate.org

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Colorado The Centennial State

Colorado State Patrol

  • Helmet: Not Required

  • Helmet Reflectorization: Not required

  • Handlebar Height:

  • Eye Protection: Required by law

  • Turn Signals: Not Required

  • Daytime Use of Headlight:

  • Modulating Headlight: Permitted

  • Mirror Left (L) and Right (R): Required by law

  • Helmet Speakers: No restrictions

  • Earplugs: ?

  • Muffler: Required

  • Decibels/Maximum Sound: Maximum allowable A-weighted sound levels based on measurements taken at a distance of 50 ft from center lane of travel, local authorities may adopt following: 1)Manufactured before 1/1/73--88dba at 35mph or less; 90dba at 35 to 55mph; 2) Manufactured after 1/1/73--86dba at 35mph or less; 90dba at 35 to 55 mph (25-12-107. Powers of Local Authorities).

  • Passenger Age Restrictions: None

  • Passenger Seat: Required if carrying a passenger

  • Passenger Footrest: Required if carrying a passenger

  • Motorcycles OK in HOV Lanes: ?

  • Lanesharing/Lanesplitting: Not permitted

  • Riding Two Abreast/Side by Side in Single Lane: Permitted. 42-4-1503

  • Insurance Requirements: Compulsory Liability (Minimum Limits)(25/50/15)

  • Periodic Safety Inspection: Required by law - random

  • State Funded Rider Education: Available for all eligible applicants

  • Rider Education Waiver: Skill & Knowledge Test

  • Radar Detector: No Restriction

  • Highway Conditions: http://www.cotrip.org/

  • Division of Motor Vehicles: http://www.revenue.state.co.us/mv_dir/home.asp

  • Department of Transportation: http://www.dot.state.co.us/

  • Highway Patrol Website: http://csp.state.co.us/

  • Motorcyclist Rights Organization: ABATE, P.O. Box 3600, Syracuse, Denver, CO 80007; 303-659-6374; www.abateofcolo.org
    Riders for Justice, P.O. Box 1986, Loveland, CO 80539; www.ridersforjustice.com

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Connecticut The Constitution State

Connecticut State Police

  • Helmet: Required by law under age 18, required for instructional permit holders

  • Helmet Reflectorization: Not required

  • Handlebar Height: Maximum of 15" above seat

  • Eye Protection: Required by law unless equipped with windscreen

  • Turn Signals: Not required

  • Daytime Use of Headlight: Required by law for vehicles manufactured during or after 1980

  • Modulating Headlight: Permitted

  • Mirror Left (L) and Right (R): Required by law

  • Helmet Speakers: No restrictions

  • Earplugs: ?

  • Muffler: Muffler required, baffles required, no cut-outs or straight pipes

  • Decibels/Maximum Sound: Maximum allowable A-weighted sound levels based on measurements taken at a distance of 50 ft from center lane of travel (Sec. 14-80a. Maximum Noise Levels): Model Year/<=35mph/>35mph-- Before 1/1/1975/82dba/86dba; On or after 1/1/1975/80dba/84dba

  • Passenger Age Restrictions: None

  • Passenger Seat: Required if carrying a passenger

  • Passenger Footrest: Required if carrying a passenger

  • Motorcycles OK in HOV Lanes: ?

  • Lanesharing/Lanesplitting: Not permitted

  • Riding Two Abreast/Side by Side in Single Lane: Permitted. 14-289b

  • Insurance Requirements: Compulsory Liability (Minimum Limits)(20/40/10)

  • Periodic Safety Inspection: Required by law - random

  • State Funded Rider Education: Available for all eligible applicants, required under age 18

  • Rider Education Waiver: Skill Test

  • Radar Detector: No restriction

  • Highway Conditions:

  • Department of Motor Vehicles:

  • Department of Transportation:

  • Highway Patrol Website:

  • Motorcyclist Rights Organization: CMRA-Connecticut Motorcycle Riders Association, P.O. Box 56, New Britain, CT 06050; 860-588-6666; www.thecmra.com

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Delaware The First State

Delaware State Police

  • Helmet: Required by law-reflectorization required, must have in possession, required age 19, required for instructional permit holders

  • Helmet Reflectorization: REQUIRED

  • Handlebar Height: Maximum of 15" above seat

  • Eye Protection: Required by law

  • Turn Signals: Not Required

  • Daytime Use of Headlight: ?

  • Modulating Headlight: Permitted

  • Mirror Left (L) and Right (R): Required by law

  • Helmet Speakers: No Restrictions

  • Earplugs: ?

  • Muffler: Muffler required, no cut-outs

  • Decibels/Maximum Sound: Maximum allowable A-weighted sound levels based on measurements taken at a distance of 50 ft from center lane of travel or 20" from exhaust outlet (Sec. 71-II-4. Allowable Noise Levels): 1) Highway Operation less than 35mph--78-80dba; 2) Highway Operation above 35mph--82-84dba; 3)Stationary at 50ft 78-80dba; 4)Stationary at 20"--95dba.

  • Passenger Age Restrictions: None

  • Passenger Seat: Required if carrying a passenger

  • Passenger Footrest: Required if carrying a passenger

  • Motorcycles OK in HOV Lanes: ?

  • Lanesharing/Lanesplitting: Not permitted

  • Riding Two Abreast/Side by Side in Single Lane: Not referenced in Administrative Code or Statutes

  • Insurance Requirements: Compulsory Liability (Minimum Limits)(15/30/10)

  • Periodic Safety Inspection: Required by law

  • State Funded Rider Education: Available for all eligible applicants under age 18

  • Rider Education Waiver: Skill & Knowledge Test

  • Radar Detector: No Restriction

  • Highway Conditions:

  • Department of Motor Vehicles:

  • Department of Transportation:

  • State Police Website: http://www.state.de.us/dsp/

  • Motorcyclist Rights Organization: ABATE Inc., P.O. Box 10923, Wilmington, DE 19850; 302-731-0455; abateofde.com

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District of Columbia "Bitch set me up" ~Mayor Marion Barry

  • Helmet: Required by law

  • Helmet Reflectorization: Not required

  • Handlebar Height: Maximum of 15" above seat - Required by inspection regulations

  • Eye Protection: Required by law unless equipped with windscreen

  • Turn Signals: Not required

  • Daytime Use of Headlight:

  • Modulating Headlight: Permitted

  • Mirror Left (L) and Right (R): Required by law - (L)

  • Helmet Speakers: No restrictions

  • Earplugs: ?

  • Muffler: No person shall modify or alter the exhaust system of a motor vehicle or motorcycle in a manner which will amplify or increase the noise emitted by the vehicle above the limits set forth in section b

  • Decibels/Maximum Sound: Maximum allowable A-weighted sound level based on measurements takent at a distance of 50 feet from center line of travel: 1)less than 35 mph--82 dBA 2) over 35 mph--86dBA.

  • Passenger Age Restrictions: None

  • Passenger Seat: Required if carrying a passenger

  • Passenger Footrest: Required if carrying a passenger

  • Motorcycles OK in HOV Lanes: ?

  • Lanesharing/Lanesplitting: ?

  • Riding Two Abreast/Side by Side in Single Lane: ?

  • Insurance Requirements: Compulsory Liability (Minimum Limits)(25/50/10)

  • Periodic Safety Inspection: Required by law

  • State Funded Rider Education: Not available

  • Rider Education Waiver: No

  • Radar Detector: Prohibited to use or possess

  • Highway Conditions:

  • Department of Motor Vehicles:

  • Department of Transportation:

  • Highway Patrol Website:

  • Motorcyclist Rights Organization:

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Florida The Sunshine State

Florida Highway Patrol

  • Helmet: Not required over 21 with a minimum of $10,000 in medical insurance

  • Helmet Reflectorization: Not required

  • Handlebar Height: Maximum of 15" above seat

  • Eye Protection: Required by law

  • Turn Signals: Not required

  • Daytime Use of Headlight: Required by law

  • Modulating Headlight: Permitted

  • Mirror Left (L) and Right (R): Required by law

  • Helmet Speakers: No Restrictions

  • Earplugs: ?

  • Muffler: No person shall modify the exhaust system in such a manner that the noise emitted is above that emitted by the vehicle as originally manufactured. No person shall operate a vehicle with an exhaust system so modified.

  • Decibels/Maximum Sound: Maximum allowable A-weighted sound levels based on measurements taken at a distance of 50 feet from center line of travel (Sec. 316.293): 1) Manufactured before 1/1/79--82dBA (35mph or less); 86dBA (over 35mph) 2)Manufactured after 1/1/79--78dBA(35mph or less); 82dBA(over 35mph).

  • Passenger Age Restrictions: None

  • Passenger Seat: Required if carrying a passenger

  • Passenger Footrest: Required if carrying a passenger

  • Motorcycles OK in HOV Lanes: ?

  • Lanesharing/Lanesplitting: Not permitted

  • Riding Two Abreast/Side by Side in Single Lane: Permitted. 316.209

  • Insurance Requirements: Compulsory Liability (Minimum Limits)(10/20/10) - Financial responsibility required

  • Periodic Safety Inspection: None

  • State Funded Rider Education: Available for all eligible applicants-required under age 21 education

  • Rider Education Waiver: Skill & Knowledge Test

  • Radar Detector: No Restriction

  • Highway Conditions:

  • Department of Motor Vehicles:

  • Department of Transportation:

  • Highway Patrol Website: http://www.fhp.state.fl.us/

  • Motorcyclist Rights Organization: ABATE of Florida Inc. , P.O. Box 2520, Deland, Fl 32721; 904-943-9610; www.abateflorida.com

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Georgia The Peach State

Georgia State Patrol

  • Helmet: Required by law

  • Helmet Reflectorization: Not required

  • Handlebar Height: Maximum of 15" above seat

  • Eye Protection: Required by law unless equipped with windscreen

  • Turn Signals: Not Required on motorcycles manufactured prior to January 1, 1972 40-8-25(b).

  • Daytime Use of Headlight: Required by law

  • Modulating Headlight: Permitted

  • Mirror Left (L) and Right (R): Required by law

  • Helmet Speakers: To be used for communication purposes only

  • Earplugs: ?

  • Muffler: No accoustical criteria

  • Decibels/Maximum Sound: No accoustical criteria

  • Passenger Age Restrictions: None

  • Passenger Seat: Required if carrying a passenger

  • Passenger Footrest: Required if carrying a passenger

  • Motorcycles OK in HOV Lanes: ?

  • Lanesharing/Lanesplitting: Not permitted

  • Riding Two Abreast/Side by Side in Single Lane: Permitted. 40-6-312. (d)

  • Insurance Requirements: Compulsory Liability (Minimum Limits)(15/30/10)

  • Periodic Safety Inspection: None

  • State Funded Rider Education: Available for all eligible applicants

  • Rider Education Waiver: Skill & Knowledge Test

  • Radar Detector: No Restriction

  • Highway Conditions:

  • Department of Motor Vehicles:

  • Department of Transportation:

  • State Patrol Website: http://dps.georgia.gov/02/dps/home/0,2228,5635600,00.html

  • Motorcyclist Rights Organization: ABATE, P.O. Box 669, Pine Lake, GA 30072; 404-294-8900, fax 404-294-8980; www.abatega.org

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Hawaii The Aloha State

Hawi'i Department of Public Safety

  • Helmet: Required by law-reflectorization required, required under age 18

  • Helmet Reflectorization: Required

  • Handlebar Height: Maximum of 15" above seat

  • Eye Protection: Required by law unless equipped with windscreen

  • Turn Signals: Not Required

  • Daytime Use of Headlight: No Restriction

  • Modulating Headlight: ?

  • Mirror Left (L) and Right (R): Required by law

  • Helmet Speakers: No Restrictions

  • Earplugs: ?

  • Muffler: Exhausts can't be modified, altered, or reparied in such a way that the noise emitted by the vehicle is inreased above that emitted by the vehicle as originally equipped from the factory.

  • Decibels/Maximum Sound: Maximum allowable A-weighted sound levels range from 61dBA to 91dBA based on measurements taken from 20-50 feet at speeds ranging from 25-60mph.

  • Passenger Age Restrictions: Prohibits passengers under age 7

  • Passenger Seat: Required if carrying a passenger

  • Passenger Footrest: Required if carrying a passenger

  • Motorcycles OK in HOV Lanes: ?

  • Lanesharing/Lanesplitting: Not permitted

  • Riding Two Abreast/Side by Side in Single Lane: Permitted. §291C-153

  • Insurance Requirements: Compulsory Liability (Minimum Limits)(20/40/10)

  • Periodic Safety Inspection: Required by law

  • State Funded Rider Education: Available for all eligible applicants

  • Rider Education Waiver: Skill Test

  • Radar Detector: No Restriction

  • Highway Conditions:

  • Department of Motor Vehicles:

  • Department of Transportation:

  • Public Safety Website: http://www.hawaii.gov/icsd/psd/psd.html

  • Motorcyclist Rights Organization: Street Bikers United of Hawaii, P.O. Box 6345 , Honolulu, HI 96807, 808-842-5530; www.streetbikersunited.org

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Idaho The Gem State

Idaho State Police

  • Helmet: Required by law under age 18

  • Helmet Reflectorization: Not required

  • Handlebar Height: No Restrictions

  • Eye Protection: No Restriction

  • Turn Signals: Not Required

  • Daytime Use of Headlight: ?

  • Modulating Headlight: Permitted

  • Mirror Left (L) and Right (R): Not Required

  • Helmet Speakers: No Restrictions

  • Earplugs: ?

  • Muffler: Muffler required. No cut-outs, bypass or similar device. No modifications in a manner which amplifies or increases noise above that emitted by muffler originally installed

  • Decibels/Maximum Sound: Maximum allowable A-weighted sound level measured at 20 feet is 92dBA. Exceeding this constitutes 'excessive' or 'unusual noise'

  • Passenger Age Restrictions: None

  • Passenger Seat: Required if carrying a passenger

  • Passenger Footrest: Required if carrying a passenger

  • Motorcycles OK in HOV Lanes: ?

  • Lanesharing/Lanesplitting: Not permitted

  • Riding Two Abreast/Side by Side in Single Lane: Not referenced in Administrative Code or Statutes

  • Insurance Requirements: Compulsory Liability (Minimum Limits)(25/50/15)

  • Periodic Safety Inspection: None

  • State Funded Rider Education: Available for all eligible applicants-required under age 21

  • Rider Education Waiver: Skill Test

  • Radar Detector: No Restriction

  • Highway Conditions:

  • Department of Motor Vehicles:

  • Department of Transportation:

  • State Police Website: http://www.isp.state.id.us/

  • Motorcyclist Rights Organization: ABATE of Northern Idaho, P.O. Box 2244, Coeurd’Alene, ID 83816; 208-245-2320; www.abate-nid.org/
    Idaho Coalition for Motorcycle Safety, P.O. Box 2732, Boise, ID 83701; 208-345-6231, fax 208-345-2003; www.cyclenuts.com/icms/icmshome.html

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Illinois The Prairie State

ISP - Integrity-Service-Pride

  • Helmet: Not required
    Helmet Reflectorization: Not required

  • Handlebar Height: Handgrips below shoulder height

  • Eye Protection: Required by law unless equipped with windscreen

  • Turn Signals: Not Required

  • Daytime Use of Headlight: Required by law

  • Modulating Headlight: Permitted

  • Mirror Left (L) and Right (R): Required by law

  • Helmet Speakers: No Restrictions

  • Earplugs: ?

  • Muffler: Muffler required. Not modified to amplify or increase noise above that emitted by muffler originally installed (Sec. 902-101).

  • Decibels/Maximum Sound: Maximum allowable A-weighted sound levels based on measurements taken at a distance of 50 feet (Sec. 902.122): 80-82dBA at less than 35mph; 86dBA at more than 35mph.

  • Passenger Age Restrictions: None

  • Passenger Seat: Required if carrying a passenger

  • Passenger Footrest: Required if carrying a passenger

  • Motorcycles OK in HOV Lanes: ?

  • Lanesharing/Lanesplitting: Not permitted

  • Riding Two Abreast/Side by Side in Single Lane: Not referenced in Administrative Code or Statutes

  • Insurance Requirements: Compulsory Liability (Minimum Limits)(20/40/15)

  • Periodic Safety Inspection: None

  • State Funded Rider Education: Available for all eligible applicants-required under 18
    Radar Detector: No restriction

  • Department of Motor Vehicles:

  • Department of Transportation:

  • State Police Website: http://www.isp.state.il.us/

  • Motorcyclist Rights Organization: ABATE, 311 E. Main Street, #418 Blondi Bldg., Galesburg, IL 61401 800-872-2283 (Illinois only), 309-343-6588; www.abate-il.org/
    Illinois Motorcyclist's Rights Association, Inc. POB 133, Galesburg, IL, 61402-0133; Phone Fax 309-289-9792; www.ilmotorcyclists.org

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Indiana The Hoosier State

  • Helmet: Required by law under age 18, required for instructional permit holders

  • Helmet Reflectorization: Not required

  • Handlebar Height: Maximum of 15" above seat

  • Eye Protection: Required by law under age 18

  • Turn Signals: Not required

  • Daytime Use of Headlight: Required for vehicles manufactured after 1/1/56

  • Modulating Headlight: Permitted

  • Mirror Left (L) and Right (R): Not required

  • Helmet Speakers: No restrictions

  • Earplugs: ?

  • Muffler: No acoustical criteria.

  • Decibels/Maximum Sound: No acoustical criteria.

  • Passenger Age Restrictions: None

  • Passenger Seat: Required if carrying a passenger

  • Passenger Footrest: Required if carrying a passenger

  • Motorcycles OK in HOV Lanes: ?

  • Lanesharing/Lanesplitting: Not permitted

  • Riding Two Abreast/Side by Side in Single Lane: Permitted.  9-21-10-6

  • Insurance Requirements: Compulsory Liability (Minimum Limits)(25/50/10)

  • Periodic Safety Inspection: Not Required

  • State Funded Rider Education: Available for all eligible applicants

  • Rider Education Waiver: Skill Test

  • Radar Detector: No restriction

  • Highway Conditions:

  • Bureau of Motor Vehicles: http://www.in.gov/bmv/

  • Department of Transportation: http://www.in.gov/dot/

  • State Police Website: http://www.ai.org/isp/index.html

  • Motorcyclist Rights Organization: ABATE, P.O. Box 665, Bargersville, IN 46016; 317-422-8040, 800-23-ABATE (Indiana only), www.abateofindiana.org

 

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Iowa The Hawkeye State

Iowa State Patrol

  • Helmet: Not Required

  • Helmet Reflectorization: Not required

  • Handlebar Height: No Restrictions

  • Eye Protection: Not Required

  • Turn Signals: Not Required

  • Daytime Use of Headlight: Required by law

  • Modulating Headlight: Permitted

  • Mirror Left (L) and Right (R): Required by law

  • Helmet Speakers: No Restrictions

  • Earplugs: ?

  • Muffler: No acoustical criteria

  • Decibels/Maximum Sound: No acoustical criteria

  • Passenger Age Restrictions: None

  • Passenger Seat: Required if carrying a passenger

  • Passenger Footrest: Required if carrying a passenger

  • Motorcycles OK in HOV Lanes: ?

  • Lanesharing/Lanesplitting: Not permitted

  • Riding Two Abreast/Side by Side in Single Lane: Permitted

  • Insurance Requirements: Compulsory Liability (Minimum Limits)(20/40/15) - Financial responsibilty required.

  • Periodic Safety Inspection: Not Required

  • State Funded Rider Education: Available for all eligible applicants-required under age 18

  • Rider Education Waiver: Skill Test

  • Radar Detector: No Restrictions

  • Highway Conditions:

  • Department of Motor Vehicles:

  • Department of Transportation:

  • State Patrol Website: http://www.state.ia.us/government/dps/isp/

  • Motorcyclist Rights Organization: ABATE of Iowa, P.O. Box 70, Eldora, IA 50627; 515-858-5001; www.abateiowa.org

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Kansas The Sunflower State
  • Helmet: Required by law under age 18

  • Helmet Reflectorization: Not required

  • Handlebar Height: Handgrips below shoulder height

  • Eye Protection: Required by law unless equipped with windscreen

  • Turn Signals: Not Required

  • Daytime Use of Headlight: Required by law for vehicles manufactured during or after 1978

  • Modulating Headlight: ?

  • Mirror Left (L) and Right (R): Required by law (L)

  • Helmet Speakers: No Restrictions

  • Earplugs: ?

  • Muffler: No acoustical criteria.

  • Decibels/Maximum Sound: No acoustical criteria.

  • Passenger Age Restrictions: None

  • Passenger Seat: Required if carrying a passenger

  • Passenger Footrest: Required if carrying a passenger

  • Motorcycles OK in HOV Lanes: ?

  • Lanesharing/Lanesplitting: ?

  • Riding Two Abreast/Side by Side in Single Lane: Permitted. 8-1595.

  • Insurance Requirements: Compulsory Liability (Minimum Limits)(25/50/10)

  • Periodic Safety Inspection: Required by law - random

  • State Funded Rider Education: Available for all eligible applicants

  • Radar Detector: No Restriction

  • Department of Motor Vehicles: http://www.dmv.org/ks-kansas/department-motor-vehicles.php

  • Department of Transportation: http://www.ksdot.org/

  • Highway Patrol Website: http://www.kansashighwaypatrol.org/

  • Motorcyclist Rights Organization: ABATE of Kansas http://www.abateks.org/

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Kentucky The Bluegrass State

  • Helmet: Required for novice riders, under the age of 21 and required for instructional permit holders

  • Helmet Reflectorization: Not required

  • Handlebar Height: No Restrictions

  • Eye Protection: Required by Law

  • Turn Signals: Not Required

  • Daytime Use of Headlight: No restriction

  • Modulating Headlight: ?

  • Mirror Left (L) and Right (R): Required by law

  • Helmet Speakers: No Restrictions

  • Earplugs: ?

  • Muffler: Muffler required. No cut-outs. No modifications to increase noise beyond that emitted by the original muffler installed on the vehicle

  • Decibels/Maximum Sound: No acoustical criteria

  • Passenger Age Restrictions: None

  • Passenger Seat: Required if carrying a passenger

  • Passenger Footrest: Required if carrying a passenger

  • Motorcycles OK in HOV Lanes: ?

  • Lanesharing/Lanesplitting: Not permitted

  • Riding Two Abreast/Side by Side in Single Lane: Not referenced in Administrative Code or Statutes

  • Insurance Requirements: Compulsory Liability (Minimum Limits)(25/50/10 or $60,000 single limit)

  • Periodic Safety Inspection: Annual emmissions, some areas

  • State Funded Rider Education: Available for all eligible applicants

  • Rider Education Waiver: Skill Test

  • Radar Detector: No Restrictions

  • Highway Conditions:

  • Department of Motor Vehicles:

  • Department of Transportation:

  • State Police Website: http://www.kentuckystatepolice.org/

  • Motorcyclist Rights Organization: Kentucky Motorcyclists Association, P.O. Box 17407, Louisville, KY 40217; 800-68-CYCLE; www.kmakba.com

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Louisiana The Pelican State

  • Helmet: Required by law - (effective 8/15/04)

  • Helmet Reflectorization: Not required

  • Handlebar Height: Maximum of 15" above seat

  • Eye Protection: Required by law unless equipped with windscreen

  • Turn Signals: Required by law

  • Daytime Use of Headlight: Required

  • Modulating Headlight: Permitted

  • Mirror Left (L) and Right (R): Required by law (L)

  • Helmet Speakers: No Restrictions

  • Earplugs: ?

  • Muffler: No acoustical criteria

  • Decibels/Maximum Sound: No acoustical criteria

  • Passenger Age Restrictions: None

  • Passenger Seat: Required if carrying a passenger

  • Passenger Footrest: Required if carrying a passenger

  • Motorcycles OK in HOV Lanes: ?

  • Lanesharing/Lanesplitting: Not permitted

  • Riding Two Abreast/Side by Side in Single Lane: Permitted. RS 32:191.1 §191.1.

  • Insurance Requirements: Compulsory Liability (Minimum Limits)(10/20/10)

  • Periodic Safety Inspection: Required by law

  • State Funded Rider Education: Available for all eligible applicants

  • Rider Education Waiver: Skill Test

  • Radar Detector: No Restriction

  • Highway Conditions:

  • Department of Motor Vehicles:

  • Department of Transportation:

  • State Police Website: http://www.lsp.org/index.html

  • Motorcyclist Rights Organization:
    ABATE of Lousiana, P.O. Box 541, St. Amant, LA 70774; 800-393-5966; www.abateoflouisiana.org
    Lousiana Motorcycle Rights Association, 888-245-9631; www.lmra.net

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Maine The Pine Tree State

  • Helmet: Required by law for those under age 15; or operating under a learner's permit; or operating less than one year with license/endorsement; or as a passenger of an operator required to wear protective headgear

  • Helmet Reflectorization: Not required

  • Handlebar Height: Handgrips below shoulder height

  • Eye Protection: No Restriction

  • Turn Signals: Required if manufactured in 1974 and after

  • Daytime Use of Headlight: Required by law

  • Modulating Headlight: ?

  • Mirror Left (L) and Right (R): Required by law

  • Helmet Speakers: No Restrictions

  • Earplugs: ?

  • Muffler: No acoustical criteria.

  • Decibels/Maximum Sound: No acoustical criteria.

  • Passenger Age Restrictions: None

  • Passenger Seat: Required if carrying a passenger

  • Passenger Footrest: Required if carrying a passenger

  • Motorcycles OK in HOV Lanes: ?

  • Lanesharing/Lanesplitting: Not permitted

  • Riding Two Abreast/Side by Side in Single Lane: Permitted. §2062

  • Insurance Requirements: Compulsory Liability (Minimum Limits)(50/100/25 & $1,000/person for medical payments)

  • Periodic Safety Inspection: Required by law

  • State Funded Rider Education: Available for all eligible applicants-required for first-time applicants

  • Rider Education Waiver: No

  • Radar Detector: No Restriction

  • Highway Conditions:

  • Department of Motor Vehicles:

  • Department of Transportation:

  • State Police Website: http://www.state.me.us/dps/msp/home.htm

  • Motorcyclist Rights Organization: United Bikers of Maine, P.O. Box 2629, Augusta, ME 04338; 888-229-9UBM; www.ubm-usa.org

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Maryland The Old Line State

  • Helmet: Required by law

  • Helmet Reflectorization: Required by law

  • Handlebar Height: Maximum of 15" above seat

  • Eye Protection: Required by law unless equipped with windscreen

  • Turn Signals: Required by law

  • Daytime Use of Headlight: No Restriction

  • Modulating Headlight: ?

  • Mirror Left (L) and Right (R): Required by law (L,R)

  • Helmet Speakers: Single earphone only

  • Earplugs: Prohibited by law with the exception of "Custom Made Earplugs"

  • Muffler: Muffler required.

  • Decibels/Maximum Sound: Maximum allowable A-weighted sound levels based on measurement distance of 50 feet

  • Passenger Age Restrictions: None

  • Passenger Seat: Required if carrying a passenger

  • Passenger Footrest: Required if carrying a passenger

  • Motorcycles OK in HOV Lanes: ?

  • Lanesharing/Lanesplitting: Not permitted

  • Riding Two Abreast/Side by Side in Single Lane: Permitted. § 21-1303

  • Insurance Requirements: Compulsory Liability (Minimum Limits)(20/40/10)

  • Periodic Safety Inspection: Required by law-upon title transfer

  • State Funded Rider Education: Available for all eligible applicants-required under age 18

  • Rider Education Waiver: Skill & Knowledge Test

  • Radar Detector: No Restriction

  • Highway Conditions:

  • Department of Motor Vehicles:

  • Department of Transportation:

  • State Police Website: http://www.mdsp.maryland.gov/mdsp/default.asp

  • Motorcyclist Rights Organization: ABATE of Maryland, P.O. Box 1733, Annapolis, MD 21404; 800-843-0252, 410-263-9185; www.abate-of-maryland.org

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Massachusetts The Old Bay State

  • Helmet: Required by law

  • Helmet Reflectorization: Not required

  • Handlebar Height: Maximum of 15" above seat

  • Eye Protection: Required by law for instructional permit holders unless equipped with windscreen

  • Turn Signals: Required by law

  • Daytime Use of Headlight:

  • Modulating Headlight: Permitted

  • Mirror Left (L) and Right (R): Required by law

  • Helmet Speakers: Prohibited to use or possess

  • Earplugs: ?

  • Muffler: Required

  • Decibels/Maximum Sound: Maximum allowable A-weighted sound levels as measured from 50 feet (Chapter 90, Sec. 7T): 82dBA at 45mph or less; 86dBA over 45mph. Stationary noise levels: Motorcycles required to be registered for operation on the ways of the commonwealth shall not exceed the following noise levels when operated at 1/2 redline speed--99dBA manufactured after 1/1/86--102dBA manufactured before 1/1/86

  • Passenger Age Restrictions: None

  • Passenger Seat: Required if carrying a passenger

  • Passenger Footrest: Required if carrying a passenger

  • Motorcycles OK in HOV Lanes: ?

  • Lanesharing/Lanesplitting: Not permitted

  • Riding Two Abreast/Side by Side in Single Lane: Permitted. Chapter 89: Section 4A

  • Insurance Requirements: Compulsory Liability (Minimum Limits)(20/40/1)

  • Periodic Safety Inspection: Required by law

  • State Funded Rider Education: Available for all eligible applicants

  • Rider Education Waiver: Skill Test

  • Radar Detector: No Restriction

  • Highway Conditions:

  • Department of Motor Vehicles:

  • Department of Transportation:

  • State Police Website: http://www.mass.gov/portal/index.jsp?pageID=eopshomepage&L=1&sid=Eeops&L0=Home

  • Motorcyclist Rights Organization:
    MMA, P.O. Box 378 Brimfield, MA 01010-0378; 800-432-1MMA, www.MMA-of-MA.com
    ABATE OF MASSACHUSETTS, P.O. Box 8552, Salem, MA 01971-8552, www.abateofma.com

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Michigan The Wolverine State

  • Helmet: Required by law

  • Helmet Reflectorization: Not required

  • Handlebar Height: Maximum of 15" above seat

  • Eye Protection: Required by law unless equipped with windscreen, required at speeds over 35 mph

  • Turn Signals: Not required

  • Daytime Use of Headlight:

  • Modulating Headlight:

  • Mirror Left (L) and Right (R): Required by law

  • Helmet Speakers:

  • Earplugs: ?

  • Muffler: Required by law

  • Decibels/Maximum Sound: Maximum allowable A-weighed sound levels as measured from 50 feet (Sec. 257.707c): 86dBA at speed over 35mph; 82dBA at speed less than 35mph; 95dBA under stationary run-up test at 75 inches.

  • Passenger Age Restrictions: None

  • Passenger Seat: Required if carrying a passenger

  • Passenger Footrest: Required if carrying a passenger

  • Motorcycles OK in HOV Lanes: ?

  • Lanesharing/Lanesplitting: Not permitted

  • Riding Two Abreast/Side by Side in Single Lane: Permitted. Sec. 660. (1)

  • Insurance Requirements: Compulsory Liability (Minimum Limits)(20/40/10)

  • Periodic Safety Inspection: Required by law - random

  • State Funded Rider Education: Available for all eligible applicants-required under age 18

  • Rider Education Waiver: Skill Test

  • Radar Detector: No restriction

  • Highway Conditions: http://www.michigan.gov/mdot/0,1607,7-151-9615---,00.html

  • Department of Motor Vehicles: http://www.michigan.gov/sos

  • Department of Transportation: http://www.michigan.gov/mdot/

  • State Police Website: http://www.michigan.gov/msp

  • Motorcyclist Rights Organization: ABATE, P.O. Box 70, New Baltimore, MI 48047; 810-949-7146, www.abateofmichigan.org

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Minnesota The North Star State

  • Helmet: Required by law under age 18, required for instructional permit holders

  • Helmet Reflectorization: Not required

  • Handlebar Height: No restrictions, effective 8/01/01

  • Eye Protection: Required by law

  • Turn Signals: Not Required

  • Daytime Use of Headlight: Required by law

  • Modulating Headlight: Permitted

  • Mirror Left (L) and Right (R): Required by law

  • Helmet Speakers: Single earphone only

  • Earplugs: ?

  • Muffler: Muffler required. No modification to increase noise beyond the levels stipulated

  • Decibels/Maximum Sound: Max A-weighted sound level ranges from 80-90dBA measured at 50 feet

  • Passenger Age Restrictions: None

  • Passenger Seat: Required if carrying a passenger

  • Passenger Footrest: Required if carrying a passenger

  • Motorcycles OK in HOV Lanes: ?

  • Lanesharing/Lanesplitting: Not permitted

  • Riding Two Abreast/Side by Side in Single Lane: Permitted. 169.974

  • Insurance Requirements: Compulsory Liability (Minimum Limits)(30/60/10)

  • Periodic Safety Inspection: Required by law - random

  • State Funded Rider Education: Available for all eligible applicants-required under age 18

  • Rider Education Waiver: Skill Test

  • Radar Detector: No Restriction

  • Highway Conditions:

  • Department of Motor Vehicles:

  • Department of Transportation:

  • State Patrol Website: http://www.dps.state.mn.us/patrol/index.htm

  • Motorcyclist Rights Organization:
    ABATE of Minnesota, State Office P.O. Box 6, Marshall, MN 56258; 800-224-6570, www.abatemn.org
    Minnesota Motorcycle Riders Association, P.O. Box18067, Minneapolis, MN 55418, 800-541-1704, mmra1@aol.com

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Mississippi The Magnolia State

  • Helmet: Required by law

  • Helmet Reflectorization: Not required

  • Handlebar Height: Maximum of 10" above fasten point - Required by inspection regulations

  • Eye Protection: Not Required

  • Turn Signals: Not Required

  • Daytime Use of Headlight: Not required

  • Modulating Headlight: ?

  • Mirror Left (L) and Right (R): Not Required

  • Helmet Speakers: No Restrictions

  • Earplugs: ?

  • Muffler: No acoustical criteria.

  • Decibels/Maximum Sound: No acoustical criteria.

  • Passenger Age Restrictions: None

  • Passenger Seat: Not Required

  • Passenger Footrest: Not Required

  • Motorcycles OK in HOV Lanes: ?

  • Lanesharing/Lanesplitting: Not permitted

  • Riding Two Abreast/Side by Side in Single Lane: Not referenced in Administrative Code or Statutes

  • Insurance Requirements: Compulsory Liability (Minimum Limits)(10/20/5)

  • Periodic Safety Inspection: Required by law

  • State Funded Rider Education: Not Available

  • Rider Education Waiver: No

  • Radar Detector: No Restriction

  • Highway Conditions:

  • Department of Motor Vehicles:

  • Department of Transportation:

  • Highway Patrol Website: http://www.dps.state.ms.us/

  • Motorcyclist Rights Organization: ABATE, P.O. Box 7692, Jackson, MS 39284, 601-587-0695, www.msabate.com

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Missouri The Show Me State

  • Helmet: Required by law

  • Helmet Reflectorization: Not required

  • Handlebar Height: Maximum of 15" above seat - Required by inspection regulations

  • Eye Protection: Not Required

  • Turn Signals: Not Required

  • Daytime Use of Headlight:

  • Modulating Headlight: Permitted

  • Mirror Left (L) and Right (R): Not Required

  • Helmet Speakers: No Restrictions

  • Earplugs: ?

  • Muffler: No acoustical criteria

  • Decibels/Maximum Sound: No acoustical criteria

  • Passenger Age Restrictions: None

  • Passenger Seat: Not Required

  • Passenger Footrest: Not Required

  • Motorcycles OK in HOV Lanes: ?

  • Lanesharing/Lanesplitting: Not permitted

  • Riding Two Abreast/Side by Side in Single Lane:

  • Insurance Requirements: Compulsory Liability (Minimum Limits)(25/50/10)

  • Periodic Safety Inspection: Required by law

  • State Funded Rider Education: Available for all eligible applicants

  • Rider Education Waiver: Skills test

  • Radar Detector: No Restriction

  • Highway Conditions:

  • Department of Motor Vehicles:

  • Department of Transportation:

  • Highway Patrol Website: www.mshp.dps.mo.gov

  • Motorcyclist Rights Organization:
    Freedom of Road Riders, RR #5, Box 215D, Chillicothe, MO 64601, 800-309-RIDE, 573-474-0983, fax 573-474-7326, www.forr.net
    MMA, HC72 Box 398, Souder MO. 65773, www.mmaofmissouri.org

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Montana The Treasure State

3-7-7-7

  • Helmet: Required by law under age 18

  • Helmet Reflectorization: Not required

  • Handlebar Height: No restrictions

  • Eye Protection: Not required

  • Turn Signals: Not required

  • Daytime Use of Headlight: Required

  • Modulating Headlight: Permitted

  • Mirror Left (L) and Right (R): Required by law

  • Helmet Speakers: No restrictions

  • Earplugs: ?

  • Muffler: Muffler required

  • Decibels/Maximum Sound: Max A-weighted sound levels based on measurement at 50 feet from closest point to motorcycle (61-9-418): 1)manufactured before 1970--92dBA; 2)manufactured after 1969 but prior to 1973--88dBA; 3)manufactured after 1972 but prior to 1975--86dBA; 4)manufactured after 1974 but prior to 1978--80dBA; 5)manufactured after 1977 but prior to 1988--75dBA; 6)manufactured after 1987--70dBA.

  • Passenger Age Restrictions: None

  • Passenger Seat: Required if carrying a passenger

  • Passenger Footrest: Required if carrying a passenger

  • Motorcycles OK in HOV Lanes: ?

  • Lanesharing/Lanesplitting: Not permitted

  • Riding Two Abreast/Side by Side in Single Lane: Permitted. 61-8-359.

  • Insurance Requirements: Compulsory Liability (Minimum Limits)(25/50/10) - Financial responsibility required.

  • Periodic Safety Inspection: None

  • State Funded Rider Education: Available for all eligible applicants

  • Rider Education Waiver: Skill Test

  • Radar Detector: No restriction

  • Highway Conditions: http://mdt.mt.gov/travinfo/

  • Department of Motor Vehicles: http://doj.mt.gov/department/motorvehicledivision.asp

  • Department of Transportation: http://mdt.mt.gov/

  • Highway Patrol Website: http://doj.mt.gov/enforcement/highwaypatrol.asp

  • Motorcyclist Rights Organization: ABATE, P.O. Box 351, Helena, MT 59624, 406-434-2473, http://mtabate.com/
    HoundsTooth ABATE, 303 E. Choteau Ave., Shelby, MT 59474, www.roaddogs.org/Abate.html

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Nebraska The Cornhusker State

Nebraska State Patrol

  • Helmet: Required by law

  • Helmet Reflectorization: Not required

  • Handlebar Height: Maximum of 15" above fasten point

  • Eye Protection: Not Required

  • Turn Signals: Not Required

  • Daytime Use of Headlight:

  • Modulating Headlight: Permitted

  • Mirror Left (L) and Right (R): No Restrictions

  • Helmet Speakers: No Restrictions

  • Earplugs: ?

  • Muffler: No acoustical criteria.

  • Decibels/Maximum Sound: No acoustical criteria.

  • Passenger Age Restrictions: None

  • Passenger Seat: Required if carrying a passenger

  • Passenger Footrest: Required if carrying a passenger

  • Motorcycles OK in HOV Lanes: ?

  • Lanesharing/Lanesplitting: Not permitted

  • Riding Two Abreast/Side by Side in Single Lane: Permitted. 60-6,308

  • Insurance Requirements: Compulsory Liability (Minimum Limits)(25/50/25)

  • Periodic Safety Inspection: Not Required

  • State Funded Rider Education: Available for all eligible applicants

  • Rider Education Waiver: Skills and knowledge test

  • Radar Detector: No Restriction

  • Highway Conditions:

  • Department of Motor Vehicles:

  • Department of Transportation:

  • State Patrol Website: http://www.nsp.state.ne.us/

  • Motorcyclist Rights Organization: ABATE of Nebraska, P.O. Box 30332, Lincoln, NE 68503, 402-489-0651, 877-912-9889, www.abateofne.com

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Nevada The Sagebrush State

  • Helmet: Required by law

  • Helmet Reflectorization: Not required

  • Handlebar Height: Handgrips below shoulder height

  • Eye Protection: Required by law unless equipped with windscreen

  • Turn Signals: Required if manufactured in 1973 or after

  • Daytime Use of Headlight:

  • Modulating Headlight: Permitted

  • Mirror Left (L) and Right (R): Required by law (L,R)

  • Helmet Speakers: No Restrictions

  • Earplugs: ?

  • Muffler: Muffler required. No cutout, bypass or similar device.

  • Decibels/Maximum Sound: Max A-weighted sound level as measured at 50 feet: 1) 82dBA less than 35mph; 2) 86dBA more than 35mph.

  • Passenger Age Restrictions: None

  • Passenger Seat: Required if carrying a passenger

  • Passenger Footrest: Required if carrying a passenger

  • Motorcycles OK in HOV Lanes: ?

  • Lanesharing/Lanesplitting: Not permitted

  • Riding Two Abreast/Side by Side in Single Lane: Permitted. NRS 486.351

  • Insurance Requirements: Compulsory Liability (Minimum Limits)(15/30/10)

  • Periodic Safety Inspection: Not Required

  • State Funded Rider Education: Available for all eligible applicants

  • Rider Education Waiver: Skills and knowledge test

  • Radar Detector: No Restriction

  • Highway Conditions:

  • Department of Motor Vehicles:

  • Department of Transportation:

  • Highway Patrol Website: http://nhp.nv.gov/

  • Motorcyclist Rights Organization: ABATE, P.O. Box 1566, Elko, NV 89803, 775-753-8825, www.abate-of-nevada.org
    Bikers of a Lesser Tolerance (BOLT) of Nevada. www.boltofnevada.com
    Nevada Association of Concerned Motorcyclists, 4001 N. Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89115, 702-870-6121

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New Hampshire The Granite State

In Memoriam - Colebrook

  • Helmet: Required by law under age 18

  • Helmet Reflectorization: Not required

  • Handlebar Height: Handle bar grips cannot be higher than the shoulder level of the driver when in the seat or saddle.

  • Eye Protection: Required by law unless equipped with windscreen

  • Turn Signals: Not Required

  • Daytime Use of Headlight: ?

  • Modulating Headlight: Permitted

  • Mirror Left (L) and Right (R): Required by law

  • Helmet Speakers: No Restrictions

  • Earplugs: ?

  • Muffler: Muffler required.

  • Decibels/Maximum Sound: Max sound level of no more than 106dBA when measured 20 inches from the exhaust pipe at a 45 degree angle (Title 21, Chapter 266:59-a)

  • Passenger Age Restrictions: None

  • Passenger Seat: Required if carrying a passenger

  • Passenger Footrest: Required if carrying a passenger

  • Motorcycles OK in HOV Lanes: ?

  • Lanesharing/Lanesplitting: Not permitted

  • Riding Two Abreast/Side by Side in Single Lane: Yes. 265:121

  • Insurance Requirements: Compulsory Liability (Minimum Limits)(25/50/25) - Financial responsibility required. Persons under 18 must show proof of insurance when applying for driver's license.

  • Periodic Safety Inspection: Required by law

  • State Funded Rider Education: Available for all eligible applicants

  • Rider Education Waiver: Skill Test

  • Radar Detector: No Restriction

  • Highway Conditions:

  • Department of Motor Vehicles:

  • Department of Transportation:

  • State Police Website: http://webster.state.nh.us/safety/nhsp/

  • Motorcyclist Rights Organization: NHMRO, 72A Old Derry Road, Londonderry, NH 03053, (603) 627-3528, www.nhmro.org

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New Jersey The Garden State

New Jersey State Police

  • Helmet: Required by law

  • Helmet Reflectorization: Required by law

  • Handlebar Height: Handgrips below shoulder height

  • Eye Protection: Required by law for instructional permit holders unless equipped with windscreen

  • Turn Signals: Not Required

  • Daytime Use of Headlight:

  • Modulating Headlight: Permitted

  • Mirror Left (L) and Right (R): Required by law

  • Helmet Speakers: No Restrictions

  • Earplugs: ?

  • Muffler: No statewide acoustical criteria

  • Decibels/Maximum Sound: No statewide acoustical criteria

  • Passenger Age Restrictions: None

  • Passenger Seat: Required if carrying a passenger

  • Passenger Footrest: Required if carrying a passenger

  • Motorcycles OK in HOV Lanes: ?

  • Lanesharing/Lanesplitting: Not permitted

  • Riding Two Abreast/Side by Side in Single Lane: Not referenced in Administrative Code or Statutes

  • Insurance Requirements: Compulsory Liability (Minimum Limits)(15/30/5)

  • Periodic Safety Inspection: Required by law

  • State Funded Rider Education: Available for all eligible applicants

  • Rider Education Waiver: Skill Test

  • Radar Detector: No Restriction

  • Highway Conditions:

  • Department of Motor Vehicles:

  • Department of Transportation:

  • State Police Website: http://www.state.nj.us/lps/njsp/index.html

  • Motorcyclist Rights Organization: Concerned Motorcyclists of New Jersey, P.O. Box 458 Glen Gardner, NJ 08826, 908-638-5929, www.cmnj.org
    New Jersey Motorcyclist Alliance, www.ocmotorcyclistalliance.com
    ABATE NJ, 719 Main St., Metuchen, NJ 08840, 732-549-1990, members.aol.com/njabate

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New Mexico The Land of Enchantment

New Mexico State Police

  • Helmet: Required by law under age of 18

  • Helmet Reflectorization: Required under age 18

  • Handlebar Height: No restrictions

  • Eye Protection: Required by law unless equipped with windscreen

  • Turn Signals: Required by law

  • Daytime Use of Headlight:

  • Modulating Headlight: Permitted

  • Mirror Left (L) and Right (R): Required by law

  • Helmet Speakers: No Restrictions

  • Earplugs: ?

  • Muffler: No acoustical criteria.

  • Decibels/Maximum Sound: No acoustical criteria.

  • Passenger Age Restrictions: None

  • Passenger Seat: Required if carrying a passenger

  • Passenger Footrest: Required if carrying a passenger

  • Motorcycles OK in HOV Lanes: ?

  • Lanesharing/Lanesplitting: Not permitted

  • Riding Two Abreast/Side by Side in Single Lane: Not referenced in Administrative Code or Statutes

  • Insurance Requirements: Compulsory Liability (Minimum Limits)(25/50/10)

  • Periodic Safety Inspection: Required by law-random

  • State Funded Rider Education: Available for all eligible applicants-required under age 18

  • Rider Education Waiver: Skill & Knowledge Test

  • Radar Detector: No Restriction

  • Highway Conditions:

  • Department of Motor Vehicles:

  • Department of Transportation:

  • State Police Website: http://www.nmsp.com/

  • Motorcyclist Rights Organization: ABATE, Tres Rios Chapter P.O. Box 23, Tularose, NM 88352 505-585-9789, abateofnm.org

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New York The Empire State

  • Helmet: Required by law

  • Helmet Reflectorization: Required by law

  • Handlebar Height: Handgrips at shoulder level

  • Eye Protection: Required by law

  • Turn Signals: Required if manufactured in 1985 or after

  • Daytime Use of Headlight: Required by law

  • Modulating Headlight: Permitted

  • Mirror Left (L) and Right (R): Required by law

  • Helmet Speakers: Single earphone only

  • Earplugs:

  • Muffler: Muffler required; no straight pipes; no removal of baffles; no modification of exhaust system that increases noise beyond exhaust system originally installed. Ref: NYS Vehicle & Traffic Law, Article 9, Section 381

  • Decibels/Maximum Sound: Maximum Allowable A-Weighted Sound Levels at Speed: 35 mph or less, 82 dB(A); over 35 mph, 86 dB(A), measured at, or adjusted to, a distance of fifty feet from the center of the lane in which the motorcycle is traveling. Ref: NYS Vehicle & Traffic Law, Article 10, Section 386.

  • Passenger Age Restrictions: None

  • Passenger Seat: Required if carrying a passenger

  • Passenger Footrest: Required if carrying a passenger

  • Motorcycles OK in HOV Lanes: ?

  • Lanesharing/Lanesplitting: Not permitted

  • Riding Two Abreast/Side by Side in Single Lane: Permitted. § 1252

  • Insurance Requirements: Compulsory Liability (Minimum Limits)(25/50/10) - Minimum limits where death results are 50/100.

  • Periodic Safety Inspection: Required by law

  • State Funded Rider Education: Not Available

  • Rider Education Waiver: Skill Test

  • Radar Detector: No Restriction

  • Highway Conditions:

  • Department of Motor Vehicles:

  • Department of Transportation:

  • State Police Website: http://www.troopers.state.ny.us/

  • Motorcyclist Rights Organization: ABATE, Inc. 1341 Little Falls Rd. Corfu, NY 14036, 716-762-8461, www.abateny.org

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North Carolina The Tar Heel State

  • Helmet: Required by law

  • Helmet Reflectorization: Not required

  • Handlebar Height: No Restrictions

  • Eye Protection: Not Required

  • Turn Signals: Not Required

  • Daytime Use of Headlight: Required by law

  • Modulating Headlight: Permitted

  • Mirror Left (L) and Right (R): Required by law

  • Helmet Speakers: No Restrictions

  • Earplugs: ?

  • Muffler: Muffler or other exhaust system of the type installed at the time of manufacture, in good working order and in constant operation to prevent excessive or unusual noise; muffler cut-out prohibited. (NC General Statutes, Section 20-128

  • Decibels/Maximum Sound: No acoustical criteria

  • Passenger Age Restrictions: None

  • Passenger Seat: Required if carrying a passenger

  • Passenger Footrest: Required if carrying a passenger

  • Motorcycles OK in HOV Lanes: ?

  • Lanesharing/Lanesplitting: Not permitted

  • Riding Two Abreast/Side by Side in Single Lane: Permitted. § 20-146.1

  • Insurance Requirements: Compulsory Liability (Minimum Limits)(30/60/25) - Insurance companies may apply to Insurance Bureau for insurance discount for rider education course graduates.

  • Periodic Safety Inspection: Required by law

  • State Funded Rider Education: Available for all eligible applicants

  • Rider Education Waiver: Skill Test

  • Radar Detector: No Restriction

  • Highway Conditions:

  • Department of Motor Vehicles:

  • Department of Transportation:

  • Highway Patrol Website: http://www.nccrimecontrol.org/Index2.cfm?a=000003,000014

  • Motorcyclist Rights Organization: ABATE of North Carolina. P.O. Box 3220, Wingate, NC 28174, 704-283-4137, www.abatenc.com
    CBA/ABATE of North Carolina. P.O. Box 2215, Monroe, NC 28111-2215, 704-283-0465, www.cba-abatenc.org
    BOLT of North Carolina, www.usff.com/ncbolt

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North Dakota The Peace Garden State

  • Helmet: Required by law under age of 18

  • Helmet Reflectorization: Required by law under age of 18

  • Handlebar Height: Maximum of 15" above seat

  • Eye Protection: Not Required

  • Turn Signals: Not Required

  • Daytime Use of Headlight:

  • Modulating Headlight: Permitted

  • Mirror Left (L) and Right (R): Required by law

  • Helmet Speakers: No Restrictions

  • Earplugs: ?

  • Muffler: Muffler required. Cutouts and bypasses are prohibited.

  • Decibels/Maximum Sound: All motorcycles operating on streets shall meet noise decibel limitations as established by EPA

  • Passenger Age Restrictions: None

  • Passenger Seat: Required if carrying a passenger

  • Passenger Footrest: Required if carrying a passenger

  • Motorcycles OK in HOV Lanes: ?

  • Lanesharing/Lanesplitting: Not permitted

  • Riding Two Abreast/Side by Side in Single Lane: Permitted. 39-10.2-03

  • Insurance Requirements: Compulsory Liability (Minimum Limits)(25/50/25)

  • Periodic Safety Inspection: None

  • State Funded Rider Education: Available for all eligible applicants-required under age 16

  • Rider Education Waiver: No

  • Radar Detector: No Restriction

  • Highway Conditions:

  • Department of Motor Vehicles:

  • Department of Transportation:

  • Highway Patrol Website: http://www.state.nd.us/ndhp/

  • Motorcyclist Rights Organization: ABATE, 1001 S 22nd, St. Bismarck, ND 58504, 701-223-5609, 800-726-4094 in-state only-fax 701-224-0650, http://www.abatend.com/

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Ohio The Buckeye State

  • Helmet: Required by law for novice riders, required under age 18

  • Helmet Reflectorization: Not required

  • Handlebar Height: Maximum of 15" above seat

  • Eye Protection: Required by law unless equipped with windscreen

  • Turn Signals: Required if manufactured in 1968 and after

  • Daytime Use of Headlight:

  • Modulating Headlight: Permitted

  • Mirror Left (L) and Right (R): Required by law

  • Helmet Speakers: No Restrictions

  • Earplugs: ?

  • Muffler: Muffler required

  • Decibels/Maximum Sound: Counties and Townships may adopt regulations that establish Max A-weighted sound level based on measurement at a distance not less than 50 feet from center line of travel (Title 45, 4513.221): 1)82dBA at 35 mph or less; 2)86dBA at more than 35 mph.

  • Passenger Age Restrictions: None

  • Passenger Seat: Required if carrying a passenger

  • Passenger Footrest: Required if carrying a passenger

  • Motorcycles OK in HOV Lanes: ?

  • Lanesharing/Lanesplitting: Not permitted

  • Riding Two Abreast/Side by Side in Single Lane: Permitted. § 4511.55

  • Insurance Requirements: Compulsory Liability (Minimum Limits)(12.5/25/7.5)

  • Periodic Safety Inspection: Required by law - random

  • State Funded Rider Education: Available for all eligible applicants -required under age 18

  • Rider Education Waiver: Skill Test

  • Radar Detector: No Restriction

  • Highway Conditions:

  • Department of Motor Vehicles:

  • Department of Transportation:

  • Highway Patrol Website: http://statepatrol.ohio.gov/

  • Motorcyclist Rights Organization: ABATE, Inc., P.O. Box 44189, Columbus, OH 43204, 800-252-4537 www.abate.com
    ABATE/Concerned Motorcyclists Riders of Ohio, P.O. Box 5309, Willowick, OH 44095, 800-25-ABATE, 440-298-3352; www.abatecmro.org

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Oklahoma The Sooner State

Oklahoma Highway Patrol

  • Helmet: Required by law under age 18

  • Helmet Reflectorization: Not required

  • Handlebar Height: Maximum of 12" above fasten point

  • Eye Protection: Required by law unless equipped with windscreen

  • Turn Signals: Not Required

  • Daytime Use of Headlight: Required by law

  • Modulating Headlight: Permitted

  • Mirror Left (L) and Right (R): Required by law (L,R)

  • Helmet Speakers: No Restrictions

  • Earplugs: ?

  • Muffler: No acoustical criteria

  • Decibels/Maximum Sound: No acoustical criteria

  • Passenger Age Restrictions: None

  • Passenger Seat: Required if carrying a passenger

  • Passenger Footrest: Required if carrying a passenger

  • Motorcycles OK in HOV Lanes: ?

  • Lanesharing/Lanesplitting: Not permitted

  • Riding Two Abreast/Side by Side in Single Lane: Not referenced in Administrative Code or Statutes

  • Insurance Requirements: Compulsory Liability (Minimum Limits)(10/20/10) - Insurance discount available for 3 years following completion of motorcycle accident prevention course. Excludes graduates attending pursuant to court order.

  • Periodic Safety Inspection: Not Required, although Law enforcement may, upon reasonable cause to believe that a vehicle is unsafe or not properly equipped as required, require that the driver of the vehicle stop and submit the vehicle to an inspection by the officer.

  • State Funded Rider Education: Not Available

  • Rider Education Waiver: Skill Test

  • Radar Detector: No Restriction

  • Highway Conditions:

  • Department of Motor Vehicles:

  • Department of Transportation:

  • Highway Patrol Website: http://www.dps.state.ok.us/ohp/

  • Motorcyclist Rights Organization: ABATE, P.O. Box 44513 Tinker AFB, OK 73145; 405-672-1008, 405-936-RIDE, www.abateok.com

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Oregon The Beaver State

Oregon State Police

  • Helmet: Required by law

  • Helmet Reflectorization: Not required

  • Handlebar Height: No restrictions, effective 10/22/99

  • Eye Protection: Not Required

  • Turn Signals: Required by law (motorcycles manufactured before 1973 are not required to be equipped with turn signals.)

  • Daytime Use of Headlight: Required by law (Up to three headlights allowed and use of auxiliary lights allowed all hours of day as long as not of brighter intensity than headlight. All vehicle headlights must show a white light.)

  • Modulating Headlight: Permitted

  • Brake Lights: May flash intermittently, provided that the brake light(s) do not override the rear turn signal function.

  • Mirror Left (L) and Right (R): Required by law

  • Helmet Speakers: No Restrictions (Some cities have city ordinances disallowing the use of headsets or speakers for all vehicles.

  • Earplugs: ?

  • Muffler: Muffler required

  • Decibels/Maximum Sound: Max A-weighted noise level as measured at 20 inches: 1)Manufactured 1975 and before--102dBA; 2) Manufactured after 1975--99dBA.

  • Passenger Age Restrictions: None

  • Passenger Seat: Required if carrying a passenger

  • Passenger Footrest: Required if carrying a passenger

  • Motorcycles OK in HOV Lanes: ?

  • Lanesharing/Lanesplitting: Not permitted

  • Riding Two Abreast/Side by Side in Single Lane: 814.250

  • Insurance Requirements: Compulsory Liability (Minimum Limits)(25/50/10)

  • Periodic Safety Inspection: Required by law-random

  • State Funded Rider Education: Available for all eligible applicants under age 21

  • Rider Education Waiver: Skill & Knowledge Test

  • Radar Detector: No Restriction

  • Highway Conditions:

  • Department of Motor Vehicles:

  • Department of Transportation:

  • State Police Website: http://egov.oregon.gov/OSP/

  • Motorcyclist Rights Organization: ABATE, P.O. Box 4504, Portland, OR 97208; 503-285-4329, www.abateoforegon.org
    BikePAC of Oregon, Inc. PO Box 5612, Salem, Oregon, 97304-5612; 1-503-588-3042, www.bikepac.com

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Pennsylvania The Keystone State

Pennsylvania State Police

  • Helmet: (Effective September 4, 2003) Helmet optional for a person 21 years of age or older who either have been licensed to operate a motorcycle for not less than two full calendar years or have completed a motorcycle rider safety course approved by the department or the Motorcycle Safety Foundation. The passenger of a person exempt under this subsection, if the passenger is 21 years of age or older.

  • Helmet Reflectorization: Not required

  • Handlebar Height: No restrictions. Effective February 2003. (Act 152)

  • Eye Protection: Required by law

  • Turn Signals: Not Required

  • Daytime Use of Headlight: All motorcycles built after 1973 must have their headlights on during the day & night.

  • Modulating Headlight: Permitted

  • Mirror Left (L) and Right (R): Required by law for vehicles manufactured after 4/1/77

  • Helmet Speakers: To be used for communication purposes only

  • Earplugs: ?

  • Muffler: Muffler required

  • Decibels/Maximum Sound: Max A-weighted sound levels as measured at 50 feet: 84dBA at 35 mph or less; 88dBA above 35mph.

  • Passenger Age Restrictions: None

  • Passenger Seat: Required if carrying a passenger

  • Passenger Footrest: Required if carrying a passenger

  • Motorcycles OK in HOV Lanes: ?

  • Lanesharing/Lanesplitting: Not permitted

  • Riding Two Abreast/Side by Side in Single Lane: Permitted. § 3523

  • Insurance Requirements: Compulsory Liability (Minimum Limits)(15/30/5)

  • Periodic Safety Inspection: Required by law

  • State Funded Rider Education: Available for all eligible applicants

  • Rider Education Waiver: Skill & Knowledge Test

  • Radar Detector: No Restriction

  • Highway Conditions:

  • Department of Motor Vehicles:

  • Department of Transportation:

  • State Patrol Website: http://www.psp.state.pa.us/psp/site/default.asp

  • Motorcyclist Rights Organization: ABATE, P.O. Box 15266, Harrisburg, PA 17105; 717-234-3777 FAX: 717-234-8076, www.abatepa.org
    Pennsylvania Coalition Of Motorcyclists Inc. 601 Ryanard Rd, Wallingford, PA. 19086; 610-872-6969

  • Motorcycle Safety Program Website: http://www.pamsp.com/default.aspx

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Puerto Rico

  • Helmet: Required by law

  • Helmet Reflectorization: Not required

  • Handlebar Height: ?

  • Eye Protection: Required by law

  • Turn Signals: Not required

  • Daytime Use of Headlight: Required by law

  • Modulating Headlight: ?

  • Mirror Left (L) and Right (R): Required by law

  • Helmet Speakers: No restrictions

  • Earplugs: ?

  • Muffler: ?

  • Decibels/Maximum Sound: ?

  • Passenger Age Restrictions: None

  • Passenger Seat: Required if carrying a passenger

  • Passenger Footrest: Required if carrying a passenger

  • Motorcycles OK in HOV Lanes: ?

  • Lanesharing/Lanesplitting: ?

  • Riding Two Abreast/Side by Side in Single Lane: ?

  • Insurance Requirements: ?

  • Periodic Safety Inspection: ?

  • State Funded Rider Education: Not available

  • Rider Education Waiver: ?

  • Radar Detector: ?

  • Highway Conditions:

  • Department of Motor Vehicles:

  • Department of Transportation:

  • Highway Patrol Website:

  • Motorcyclist Rights Organization:

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Rhode Island The Ocean State

Rhode Island State Police

  • Helmet: Required by law under age 21 and novice riders, required for passengers

  • Helmet Reflectorization: Not required

  • Handlebar Height: Maximum of 15" above seat

  • Eye Protection: Required by law

  • Turn Signals: Not Required

  • Daytime Use of Headlight: No Restriction

  • Modulating Headlight: Permitted

  • Mirror Left (L) and Right (R): Required by law

  • Helmet Speakers: Prohibited to use or possess

  • Earplugs: ?

  • Muffler: Muffler required

  • Decibels/Maximum Sound: Max A-weighted sound level as measured at 50 feet (Title 31, Chapter 45 31-45-1): 1)86dBA at 35 mph or less; 2)90dBA above 35 mph.

  • Passenger Age Restrictions: None

  • Passenger Seat: Required if carrying a passenger

  • Passenger Footrest: Required if carrying a passenger

  • Motorcycles OK in HOV Lanes: ?

  • Lanesharing/Lanesplitting: Not permitted

  • Riding Two Abreast/Side by Side in Single Lane: Permitted. 265:121

  • Insurance Requirements: Compulsory Liability (Minimum Limits)(25/50/25 or $75,000 single limit)

  • Periodic Safety Inspection: Required by law

  • State Funded Rider Education: Available for all eligible applicants-required for first-time applicants

  • Rider Education Waiver: No

  • Radar Detector: No Restriction

  • Highway Conditions:

  • Department of Motor Vehicles:

  • Department of Transportation:

  • State Police Website: http://www.risp.state.ri.us/

  • Motorcyclist Rights Organization: R.I. Motorcycle Association, P.O. Box 726, Pawtucket, RI 02860, 401-722-1122, www.rimotorcycle.com

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South Carolina The Palmetto State

South Carolina Highway Patrol

  • Helmet: Required by law under age 21

  • Helmet Reflectorization: Required.

  • Handlebar Height: Maximum of 15" above seat

  • Eye Protection: Required by law under age 21, unless equipped with windscreen

  • Turn Signals: Not Required

  • Daytime Use of Headlight: Required by law

  • Modulating Headlight: Permitted

  • Mirror Left (L) and Right (R): Required by law

  • Helmet Speakers: No Restrictions

  • Earplugs:

  • Muffler: No acoustical criteria.

  • Decibels/Maximum Sound: No acoustical criteria.

  • Passenger Age Restrictions: None

  • Passenger Seat: Required if carrying a passenger

  • Passenger Footrest: Required if carrying a passenger

  • Motorcycles OK in HOV Lanes:

  • Lanesharing/Lanesplitting: Not permitted. Section 56-5-3640.

  • Riding Two Abreast/Side by Side in Single Lane: Permitted. Section 56-5-3640.

  • Insurance Requirements: Compulsory Liability (Minimum Limits)(15/30/10) - Graduates of rider education program may apply for reduction in motorcycle insurance rates.

  • Periodic Safety Inspection: N/A

  • State Funded Rider Education:

  • Rider Education Waiver: Skill Test

  • Radar Detector: No Restriction

  • Highway Conditions:

  • Department of Motor Vehicles:

  • Department of Transportation:

  • Highway Patrol Website: http://www.schp.org/

  • Motorcyclist Rights Organization: ABATE, 2080 Hilton Way Road, Landcaster, SC 29720; 888-SC ABATE, 803-283-0819, www.abatesc.com

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South Dakota

South Dakota's Finest

  • Helmet: Required by law under age 18

  • Helmet Reflectorization: Not required

  • Handlebar Height: Handgrips below shoulder height

  • Eye Protection: Required by law unless equipped with windscreen

  • Turn Signals: Required by law

  • Daytime Use of Headlight: YES

  • Note: Every motorcycle must be equipped with at least one but no more than two headlamps.

  • Modulating Headlight: Permitted

  • Mirror Left (L) and Right (R): Required by law

  • Helmet Speakers: No restrictions

  • Earplugs: ?

  • Muffler: No acoustical criteria

  • Decibels/Maximum Sound: No acoustical criteria

  • Passenger Seat: Required if carrying passenger

  • Passenger Footrest: Required if carrying passenger

  • Motorcycles OK in HOV Lanes: ?

  • Lanesharing/Lanesplitting: Not permitted

  • Riding Two Abreast/Side by Side in Single Lane: Permitted. 32-20-9.5. Restriction to two abreast--Violation as misdemeanor No person may operate a motorcycle more than two abreast in a single lane. A violation of this section is a Class 2 misdemeanor. Source: SL 1970, ch 176, § 1, § 8; SL 1989, ch 255, § 103.

  • Insurance Requirements: Compulsory Liability (Minimum Limits)(25/50/25)

  • Periodic Safety Inspection: None

  • State Funded Rider Education: Available for all eligible applicants

  • Radar Detector: No Restriction

  • Department of Motor Vehicles:

  • Department of Transportation: http://www.sddot.com/

  • Highway Patrol Website: http://hp.state.sd.us/

  • Motorcyclist Rights Organization: ABATE of South Dakota http://www.abatesd.com/

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    Tennessee The Volunteer State

    Tennessee Highway Patrol

    • Helmet: Required by law, as specified in Tennessee Code Annotated 55-9-302(a). (Effective July 1, 2005)

    • Helmet Reflectorization:

    • Handlebar Height: No restriction - (Effective July 1, 2005)

    • Eye Protection: Required by law unless equipped with windscreen

    • Turn Signals: Not Required

    • Daytime Use of Headlight: Required by law

    • Modulating Headlight: Permitted

    • Mirror Left (L) and Right (R): Required by law

    • Helmet Speakers: No Restrictions

    • Earplugs:

    • Muffler: No acoustical criteria.

    • Decibels/Maximum Sound: No acoustical criteria.

    • Passenger Age Restrictions: None

    • Passenger Seat: Required if carrying a passenger

    • Passenger Footrest: Required if carrying a passenger

    • Motorcycles OK in HOV Lanes:

    • Lanesharing/Lanesplitting: Not permitted. 55-8-182

    • Riding Two Abreast/Side by Side in Single Lane: Permitted. 55-8-182

    • Insurance Requirements: Compulsory Liability (Minimum Limits)(25/50/10 or $60,000 single limit) - Financial responsibility required. 10% insurance discount effective for 3 years following completion of rider education program.

    • Periodic Safety Inspection: None

    • State Funded Rider Education: Available for all eligible applicants

    • Rider Education Waiver: Skill & Knowledge Test

    • Radar Detector: No restriction.

    • Highway Conditions:

    • Department of Motor Vehicles:

    • Department of Transportation:

    • Highway Patrol Website: http://www.state.tn.us/safety/

    • Motorcyclist Rights Organization: CMT/ABATE,INC. P.O. Box 18 Gordonsville, TN 38563; 615-683-6608, fax 615-683-68616, www.cmtabate.com

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    Texas The Lone Star State

    Texas Highway Patrol

    • Helmet: Required by law under age 21. Over age 21, riders are not required to wear a helmet with proof of successful completion of rider training or $10,000 of medical insurance covering injuries resulting from a motorcycle accident

    • Helmet Reflectorization:

    • Handlebar Height: Maximum of 15" above seat - Required by inspection regulations

    • Eye Protection: Not Required

    • Turn Signals: Required if model year 1960 or newer.

    • Daytime Use of Headlight: Required unless motorcycle is manufactured prior to 1975

    • Modulating Headlight: Permitted

    • Mirror Left (L) and Right (R): Required by law

    • Helmet Speakers: No Restrictions

    • Earplugs: ?

    • Muffler: No acoustical criteria

    • Decibels/Maximum Sound: No acoustical criteria

    • Passenger Age Restrictions: None

    • Passenger Seat: Required if carrying a passenger

    • Passenger Footrest: Not Required

    • Motorcycles OK in HOV Lanes:

    • Lanesharing/Lanesplitting: Not referenced in Administrative Code or Statutes

    • Riding Two Abreast/Side by Side in Single Lane: Not referenced in Administrative Code or Statutes

    • Insurance Requirements: Compulsory Liability (Minimum Limits)(20/40/15)

    • Periodic Safety Inspection: Required by law

    • State Funded Rider Education: Available for all eligible applicants-required under age 18

    • Rider Education Waiver: Skill Test

    • Radar Detector: No Restriction

    • Highway Conditions: http://www.dot.state.tx.us/hcr/main.htm

    • Department of Motor Vehicles: http://www.dot.state.tx.us/vtr/vtrreginfo.htm

    • Department of Transportation: http://www.dot.state.tx.us/insdtdot/geninfo.htm

    • Highway Patrol Website: http://www.txdps.state.tx.us/

    • Motorcyclist Rights Organization: Texas Motorcycle Rights Assoc. II. P.O. Box 142508, Austin, TX 78714, 877-459-6777, 512-459-6777, www.tmra2.org
      The Texas ABATE Confederation Inc. #Six Rogers Circle, Krum, TX 76249; 940-482-3564, bikersoutpost.com/abate.htm

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     Utah The Beehive State

    Utah Highway Patrol

    • Helmet: Required by law under age 18

    • Helmet Reflectorization: Not required

    • Handlebar Height: Handgrips below shoulder height - Maximum of 15" above seat - Required by inspection regulations

    • Eye Protection: Not Required

    • Turn Signals: Not Required

    • Daytime Use of Headlight: ?

    • Modulating Headlight: Permitted

    • Mirror Left (L) and Right (R): Required by law

    • Helmet Speakers: No Restriction

    • Earplugs: ?

    • Muffler: No acoustical criteria

    • Decibels/Maximum Sound: No acoustical criteria

    • Passenger Age Restrictions: None

    • Passenger Seat: Required if carrying a passenger

    • Passenger Footrest: Required if carrying a passenger

    • Motorcycles OK in HOV Lanes: ?

    • Lanesharing/Lanesplitting: Not permitted

    • Riding Two Abreast/Side by Side in Single Lane: Permitted. 41-6-107.2

    • Insurance Requirements: Compulsory Liability (Minimum Limits)(25/50/15 or $65,000 single limit)

    • Periodic Safety Inspection: Required by law

    • State Funded Rider Education: Available for all eligible applicants

    • Rider Education Waiver: Skill Test

    • Radar Detector: No restriction

    • Highway Conditions:

    • Department of Motor Vehicles:

    • Department of Transportation:

    • Highway Patrol Website: http://highwaypatrol.utah.gov/

    • Motorcyclist Rights Organization: ABATE, P.O. Box 213, Roy, UT 84067; 801-627-1117, www.abateofutah.org

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    Vermont The Green Mountain State

    Vermont State Police

    • Helmet: Required by law

    • Helmet Reflectorization: Required (L) & (R) side, 4 square inches each side

    • Handlebar Height: Maximum of 15" above seat

    • Eye Protection: Required by law unless equipped with windscreen

    • Turn Signals: Required by law

    • Daytime Use of Headlight:

    • Modulating Headlight: Permitted

    • Mirror Left (L) and Right (R): Required by law

    • Helmet Speakers: No restrictions

    • Earplugs: ?

    • Muffler: No acoustical criteria.

    • Decibels/Maximum Sound: No acoustical criteria.

    • Passenger Age Restrictions: None

    • Passenger Seat: Required if carrying a passenger

    • Passenger Footrest: Required if carrying a passenger

    • Motorcycles OK in HOV Lanes: ?

    • Lanesharing/Lanesplitting: Not permitted. Section3640.

    • Riding Two Abreast/Side by Side in Single Lane: NOT permitted. 1115

    • Insurance Requirements: Compulsory Liability (Minimum Limits)(20/50/10)

    • Periodic Safety Inspection: Required by law

    • State Funded Rider Education: Available for all eligible applicants

    • Rider Education Waiver: Skill & Knowledge Test

    • Radar Detector: No Restriction

    • Highway Conditions:

    • Department of Motor Vehicles:

    • Department of Transportation:

    • Highway Patrol Website:

    • Motorcyclist Rights Organization: United Motorcyclists of Vermont, 45 State Street #102, Montpelier, Vermont 05602, 802-754-2599, www.geocities.com/umv2001

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    Virginia The Old Dominion State

    Valor - Service - Pride

    • Helmet:

    • Helmet Reflectorization:

    • Handlebar Height:

    • Eye Protection:

    • Turn Signals:

    • Daytime Use of Headlight:

    • Modulating Headlight:

    • Mirror Left (L) and Right (R):

    • Helmet Speakers:

    • Earplugs:

    • Muffler:

    • Decibels/Maximum Sound:

    • Passenger Age Restrictions:

    • Passenger Seat:

    • Passenger Footrest:

    • Motorcycles OK in HOV Lanes:

    • Lanesharing/Lanesplitting:

    • Riding Two Abreast/Side by Side in Single Lane:

    • Insurance Requirements:

    • Periodic Safety Inspection:

    • State Funded Rider Education:

    • Rider Education Waiver:

    • Radar Detector:

    • Highway Conditions:

    • Department of Motor Vehicles:

    • Department of Transportation:

    • State Police Website: http://www.state.va.us/vsp/vsp.html

    • Motorcyclist Rights Organization: ABATE, PO Box 2857, Manassas, VA 20108-0895; 703-321-0714, www.abateofva.org
      V.C.O.M. Virginia Coalition of Motorcyclists, P.O. Box 5424, Richmond VA. 23220-0424, 800-437-9434, fax 804-353-3962; www.vcomonline.org

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    Washington The Evergreen State

    Excellence in Public Safety

    • Helmet: Required by law       Beanie? Visit: http://www.wsp.wa.gov/traveler/helmets.htm

    • Helmet Reflectorization: Not required

    • Handlebar Height: Maximum of 30" above seat

    • Eye Protection: Required by law unless equipped with windscreen

    • Turn Signals: Not required

    • Daytime Use of Headlight: Required

    • Modulating Headlight: Permitted

    • Mirror Left (L) and Right (R): Required by law (L,R)

    • Helmet Speakers: No restrictions

    • Earplugs: ?

    • Muffler: Required

    • Decibels/Maximum Sound: Max A-weighted sound level as measured at 50 feet (WAC 173-62-030): 1)78dBA at 45mph or less; 2)82dBA over 45mph. Stationary 20 inch standard: Models before 1986--99dBA.

    • Passenger Age Restrictions: Prohibits passenger under age 5

    • Passenger Seat: Required if carrying passenger

    • Passenger Footrest: Required if carrying passenger

    • Motorcycles OK in HOV Lanes: ?

    • Lanesharing/Lanesplitting: Not permitted

    • Riding Two Abreast/Side by Side in Single Lane: Permitted RCW 46.61.608

    • Insurance Requirements: None required per RCW 46.30.020.

    • Periodic Safety Inspection: Required by law-random

    • State Funded Rider Education: Available for all eligible applicants - required under age 18

    • Radar Detector: No restriction

    • Highway Conditions: http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/traffic/trafficalerts/

    • Department of Licensing: http://www.dol.wa.gov/

    • Department of Transportation: http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/

    • State Patrol Website: http://www.wsp.wa.gov/

    • Motorcyclist Rights Organization: ABATE, P.O. Box 8369, Tacoma, WA 98418; 425-643-9675, www.abate-wa.org
      WRLTF, P.O. Box 39155 Lakewood, WA 98439, www.wrltf.com
      WRRA P.O. Box 2247 Port Orchard, WA 98366, fax: 360-697-7129, www.roadriders.org

    • Note: Narcotics Checkpoints are performed randomly, utilizing K-9 units

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    West Virginia The Mountain State

    West Virginia State Police

    • Helmet: Required by law

    • Helmet Reflectorization: REQUIRED

    • Handlebar Height: Maximum of 15" above seat

    • Eye Protection: Required by law

    • Turn Signals: Required by law

    • Daytime Use of Headlight: Required by law

    • Modulating Headlight: ?

    • Mirror Left (L) and Right (R): Required by law

    • Helmet Speakers: No Restrictions

    • Earplugs: ?

    • Muffler: No acoustical criteria

    • Decibels/Maximum Sound: No acoustical criteria

    • Passenger Age Restrictions: None

    • Passenger Seat: Required if carrying a passenger

    • Passenger Footrest: Required if carrying a passenger

    • Motorcycles OK in HOV Lanes: ?

    • Lanesharing/Lanesplitting: Not permitted

    • Riding Two Abreast/Side by Side in Single Lane: Not referenced in Administrative Code or Statutes

    • Insurance Requirements: Compulsory Liability (Minimum Limits)(20/40/10)

    • Periodic Safety Inspection: Required by law

    • State Funded Rider Education: Available for all eligible applicants

    • Rider Education Waiver: Skills and knowledge test

    • Radar Detector: No Restriction

    • Highway Conditions:

    • Department of Motor Vehicles:

    • Department of Transportation:

    • State Police Website: http://www.wvstatepolice.com/

    • Motorcyclist Rights Organization: ABATE, P.O. Box 5110, Charleston, WV 25361; 304-547-5495, 304-737-1397, www.wvabate.org

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    Wisconsin The Badger State

    Wisconsin State Patrol

    • Helmet: Required by law under age 18, required for instructional permit holders

    • Helmet Reflectorization:

    • Handlebar Height: Maximum of 30" above seat

    • Eye Protection: Required by law for instructional permit holders unless equipped with windscreen 15" or higher above handlebars

    • Turn Signals: Required by law

    • Daytime Use of Headlight: Required by law

    • Modulating Headlight: Permitted

    • Mirror Left (L) and Right (R): Required by law

    • Helmet Speakers: No Restrictions

    • Earplugs: ?

    • Muffler: No acoustical criteria.

    • Decibels/Maximum Sound: No acoustical criteria.

    • Passenger Age Restrictions: None

    • Passenger Seat: Required if carrying a passenger

    • Passenger Footrest: Required if carrying a passenger

    • Motorcycles OK in HOV Lanes: ?

    • Lanesharing/Lanesplitting: Not permitted

    • Riding Two Abreast/Side by Side in Single Lane: Permitted. 346.595(1)

    • Insurance Requirements: Compulsory Liability (Minimum Limits)(25/50/10) - Financial responsibility required.

    • Periodic Safety Inspection: Required by law-random

    • State Funded Rider Education: Available for all eligible applicants-required under age 18

    • Rider Education Waiver: Skill Test

    • Radar Detector: No Restrictions

    • Highway Conditions: http://www.dot.wisconsin.gov/travel/road/index.htm

    • Department of Motor Vehicles: http://www.dot.wisconsin.gov/drivers/index.htm

    • Department of Transportation: http://www.dot.wisconsin.gov/

    • State Patrol Website: http://www.dot.state.wi.us/statepatrol/

    • Motorcyclist Rights Organization: ABATE, 438 N. Water Street, Black River Falls, WI 54615; 715-284-7415, 800-386-4442, www.abatewis.org

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    Wyoming Big Wyoming, The Equality State, The Cowboy State

    Courtesy, Service, Protection

    • Helmet: Required by law under age 18
      Helmet Reflectorization: No mention

    • Handlebar Height: Handgrips below shoulder height

    • Eye Protection: Not required

    • Turn Signals: Not required

    • Daytime Use of Headlight: Required

    • Modulating Headlight: Permitted

    • Mirror Left (L) and Right (R): Required by law

    • Helmet Speakers: No restrictions

    • Earplugs: ?

    • Muffler: No acoustical criteria.

    • Decibels/Maximum Sound: No acoustical criteria.

    • Passenger Age Restrictions: None

    • Passenger Seat: Required if carrying a passenger

    • Passenger Footrest: Required if carrying a passenger

    • Motorcycles OK in HOV Lanes: Ever seen one in Wyoming?

    • Lanesharing/Lanesplitting: Not permitted

    • Riding Two Abreast/Side by Side in Single Lane: Permitted  31 5 115

    • Insurance Requirements: Compulsory Liability (Minimum Limits)(25/50/20)

    • Periodic Safety Inspection: Not required

    • State Funded Rider Education: Available for all eligible applicants

    • Radar Detector: No restriction.

    • Highway Conditions: http://www.wyoroad.info/index.html

    • Department of Motor Vehicles:

    • Department of Transportation: http://dot.state.wy.us/

    • Highway Patrol Website: http://whp.state.wy.us/

    • Motorcyclist Rights Organizations: ABATE, P.O. Box 430, Mills, WY 82644, 307-266-6522; www.abateofwyoming.org
      Wyoming Association of Concerned Motorcyclists, Box 2616, Mills, WY 82644, 307-235-1324
      Wyoming Coalition of Bikers. P.O. Box 2653, Mills, WY, 82644; 307-687-0459

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    • Helmet:

    • Helmet Reflectorization:

    • Handlebar Height:

    • Eye Protection:

    • Turn Signals:

    • Daytime Use of Headlight:

    • Modulating Headlight:

    • Mirror Left (L) and Right (R):

    • Helmet Speakers:

    • Earplugs:

    • Muffler:

    • Decibels/Maximum Sound:

    • Passenger Age Restrictions:

    • Passenger Seat:

    • Passenger Footrest:

    • Motorcycles OK in HOV Lanes:

    • Lanesharing/Lanesplitting:

    • Riding Two Abreast/Side by Side in Single Lane:

    • Insurance Requirements:

    • Periodic Safety Inspection:

    • State Funded Rider Education:

    • Rider Education Waiver:

    • Radar Detector:

    • Highway Conditions:

    • Department of Motor Vehicles:

    • Department of Transportation:

    • Highway Patrol Website:

    • Motorcyclist Rights Organization:

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