- What motorcycle licenses are required?
- In most states and countries, you need a separate license to operate
- What is the California DMV motorcycle riding test?
- California Motorcycle License Skills Test (pdf) Photographs on Squidbait's site: Off-Axis, Start, Loop 1, Loop 2, Back
- Do I need insurance?
- The law thinks so, and anybody you injure or whose things you break
in an accident might think so.
- How much does insurance cost?
- The younger you are and the sportier your bike is, the more more more
it will cost. For some combinations, insurance will cost about the same
as the loan payments.
- Whats the California law on
- You can look
it up on line.
- Whats my states law on
- You can look
that up on line, too.
- Can I ride in car pool lanes?
- In the United States, Yes. Unless the lanes are marked Buses
Only or Closed, motorcycles are allowed in high-occupancy
vehicle lanes, even if there are no signs saying Motorcycles OK.
- Is lanesplitting legal?
- In California,
its not exactly illegal: From the CHP
web site 8/16/2000: Lane splitting by motorcycles is permissible
under California law but must done in a safe and prudent manner. The
motorcycle should be traveling no more than 10 mph faster than surrounding
traffic (without exceeding the speed limit) and not come close enough
to that traffic to cause a collision. However, that wording was
by 10/18/2000 to read Lane splitting by motorcycles is permissible
but must be done in a safe and prudent manner.
In most other states its illegal.
- What are the traffic laws in other places?
- Looking at a Unified Europe
Road Signs And Conventions
- How can I safely offer a test ride when selling a used motorcycle?
- In the sales contract, give the buyer the right to return the motorcycle
in its original condition within one hour of the sale. If the buyer
likes it after the "test ride" he can take off on it and never
see you again. All you have to do is sign the title and send it to the
DMV. If the buyer brings it back, you inspect the bike and if everything
is okay, give back the money.
Do not accept some other vehicle as collateral. What will you do with
someone else's $1k truck?
Do not accept some small cash "deposit."
If your motorcycle is a good bike for a beginner, then expect a beginner
to buy it.
If this is going to the buyer's his first bike, he should have a friend
who is an experienced rider to do the test riding. Make sure the buyer
or his friend has a license with a motorcycle endorsement as well as
full riding gear.
If you think the buyer is a squid who's going to kill himself with your
old motorcycle, you have the right to refuse to sell it to him.
If you think the buyer is a hoodlum and his buddies in the truck are
shady-looking, tell him to go home.
- Any more resources?
Legal Links page.