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post #1 of 20 Old 12-05-2006, 02:59 AM Thread Starter
 
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CITY/STATE motorcycle laws....

Now that it's winter and many are unable to ride perhaps this a good time to start a thread a/b motorcycle laws that are unique to a specific state, city, etc. I'm more interested in the thread being fact producing then offshoots of opinions of certain laws. Have a question or a contribution post 'er up!

My contribution...
I came across this while in the Green Mountain State this past summer... it is *LEGAL* to pass on a double yellow line in the state of Vermont. Since learning this I've considered relocating to VT.

My question....
Anyone know of an area that DISALLOWS motorcycles in the HOV lane?

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http://www.amadirectlink.com/legisltn/laws.asp is a place to check. Pick a state and its laws will be shown. It doesn't have HOV on the list, maybe because motorcycles might be allowed in all of them.

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Toronto does not allow motorcycles in the HOV lane on Hwy 404.

Quebec City does not allow motorcycles in the old part of the city.

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Arkansas:

- Can't have a pillion under age 8.
- Can't have more than 2 headlights*
- Must have a "standard" muffler

* Easily half the bikes I see pictured in the various "Ride Report" forums would be illegal.

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I have never found that site (info) very useful except for generic laws. For example, the VT double yellow thing is not listed nor is my next contribution...

In the state of Wisconsin, it is LEGAL for a motorcycle to proceed through a red light after waiting 45 seconds if the light does not recognize the motorcycle.

But, Officer, I counted reeeally slow. :mrgreen:

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Quebec City does not allow motorcycles in the old part of the city.
News to me! I was there in July... There were some people not happy with me, but I don't think it was because I was on a motorcycle in the Old City. Quebecois are just generally cranky IMHO...

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Wtf???

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Arkansas: Can't have more than 2 headlights
One of the things I miss a/b the old Stromtrooper forum is the "shocked" emoticon. Since it's not here just pretend I've posted, say, a hundred or so here:

Nonetheless, Rottweiler, any idea what the real deal is behind this law? You guys using multiple headlights to hunt or something and someone felt the need to level the playing field on behalf of the critter community? Is this a law that is on the books (like you can't take your pig to the town square or something) but not enforced or is it a relatively new law? FWIW, I have run countless miles in AR and never had a second look from LEO.

If I was a deer I'd consider relocating to AR.

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In Tennessee it's illegal to wear a deer costume while on a bike during deer season. No wait, I think that's Alabama. It may be legal in Tennessee (ok so I just made that whole thing up)

In Tennessee it is also legal to run a red light when on a motorcycle if the light doesn't change in a "Timely Manner". The term "Timely Manner" is, from what I've been told, widely debated in transportation circles. It's also considered discriminatory by some since the law only applies to motorcycles.

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One of the things I miss a/b the old Stromtrooper forum is the "shocked" emoticon. Since it's not here just pretend I've posted, say, a hundred or so here:

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Click on the "more" link and then scroll down to the imported smileys.

It's there.

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Nonetheless, Rottweiler, any idea what the real deal is behind this law? You guys using multiple headlights to hunt or something and someone felt the need to level the playing field on behalf of the critter community? Is this a law that is on the books (like you can't take your pig to the town square or something) but not enforced or is it a relatively new law? FWIW, I have run countless miles in AR and never had a second look from LEO.
I have no idea. We have plenty of laws and regs against night hunting.

Here's the exact Arkansas code:

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27-36-209. Head lamps.
(b) Every motorcycle and every motor-driven cycle shall be equipped with at least one (1) and not more than (2) headlamps, which shall comply with the requirements and limitations of this subchapter.

(c) Every headlamp upon every motor vehicle, including every motorcycle and motor-driven cycle, shall be located at a height measured from the center of the headlamp of not more than fifty-four inches (54") nor less than twenty-four inches (24"), to be measured as set forth in § 27-36-204.
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It's been on the books since at least 1959 as all the Acts I could look up in later dates did not have this provision. My guess is the "excessive" headlights annoyed some state legislator so he got them banned. I've seen some bikes that would probably run afoul of the 24" rule. I've never heard of anyone being prosecuted for it. But it could certainly be used in a "piling on" scenario where the LEO thought you needed to be taught a lesson.

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