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Old 05-11-2011, 10:02 PM   #1
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HB 2470 - Effective Sept. 1st

HB 2470
Caption: Relating to the regulation of sport bikes and certain other motorcycles.

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1) Definition of a sportbike
Section 541.201, Transportation Code, is amended
by adding Subdivision (18-a) to read as follows:
(18-a) "Sport bike" means a motorcycle:
(A) that is optimized for speed, acceleration,
braking, and maneuverability on paved roads;
(B) that has a light-weight frame;
(C) on which the rider leans forward over the gas
tank; and
(D) is not a touring, cruiser, standard, or
dual-sport motorcycle.

2) The passenger on a sportbike is defined as one who is 18 or older with an "M" endorsement
SECTION 4. Subchapter I, Chapter 545, Transportation Code,
is amended by adding Section 545.4161 to read as follows:
Sec. 545.4161. OPERATION OF SPORT BIKE. (a) In addition to
the requirements and prohibitions under Section 545.416, an
operator may not carry another person on a sport bike unless the
sport bike is designed to carry more than one person, and unless:
(1) the operator:
(A) is at least 18 years of age; and
(B) has had a Class M license for at least two
years; or
(2) the other person:
(A) is at least 18 years of age and holds a Class
M license; or
(B) is a motorcycle operator training and safety
course instructor certified under Chapter 662.
(b) An operator of a sport bike shall ensure that a
passenger on the sport bike complies with all department
regulations relating to motorcycle safety.

3) The addition of requisite 'safety' equipment to include:
Sec. 547.803. SPORT BIKE SAFETY EQUIPMENT. If a sport bike
is designed to carry more than one person, the sport bike must be
equipped with foot pegs and handholds for use by a passenger on the
sport bike.

4) Defining Motorcycle to include Sportbike
SECTION 7. Section 661.001(1), Transportation Code, is
amended to read as follows:
(1) "Motorcycle" means a motor vehicle designed to
propel itself with not more than three wheels in contact The term
includes a sport bike, as defined by Section 541.201.


Pretty much from what I gather they are redefining the term sport bike and requiring all passengers to have a M endorsement as well.

Anti-curb monkey law.
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nuuu what about my insurance?!? am I gunna be paying super sport bike prices on insurance now?!
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what? that is bullshit. so sportbike passengers must posses a m endorsement but all other motorcycle passengers do not?!
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Basically states that the operator is to be at least 18 and have a minimum 2 years experience / M endorsement to carry a passenger UNLESS the passenger also has an M endorsement.
Passengers riding with operators with 2 years M endorsement are not required to have an M endorsement.
"Curb monkeys" can still ride, but only with riders that have at least 2 years on their M endorsement.
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Basically states that the operator is to be at least 18 and have a minimum 2 years experience / M endorsement to carry a passenger UNLESS the passenger also has an M endorsement.
Passengers riding with operators with 2 years M endorsement are not required to have an M endorsement.
"Curb monkeys" can still ride, but only with riders that have at least 2 years on their M endorsement.
gotcha. that makes more sense. but why single out sportbikes? why not make that a universal motorcycle law?
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I just wonder how this translates to insurance? is the redefinition of a sportbike going to make some bikes insurance increase?
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i'm wondering if this just isn't another tool(excuse) to pull you over just to check to see if you are riding dirty.
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I don't think LEO's need another reason to pull sport bike riders over.
In reading some of the text in the introduction of the bill it seems to be aimed at protecting passengers of sport bikes.
Whether accurate or not, the perception exists that a large number of passengers injured were riding on the back of sport bikes piloted by novices.
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I don't like the....targetting of a particular 'type' of bike...guess im not opposed to the concept, but the verbage.
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By the time September rolls around, I will have had my M-endorsement for 2 years
I still think the law is silly, and it won't discourage any curb monkeys from hopping on the back of a bike...sport bike or not.

Just another attempt for the man to take away our freedoms "for our own protection"...just my 2 pennies
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Wow this is just plain ridiculous.
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Wow this is just plain ridiculous.
dont worry... Huffy's aren't sport bikes..

hey.. try to convince Albert to get a ruckus from u.
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Go ahead and copy and paste this comment and place on your forum it doesn't bother me but what does bother me are people posting items about my Daughter Malorie and about her not having sense to know not to get on a bike or that his parents were ok with her getting on the bike . Well guess what they knew that she was not supposed to be riding the bike and that she was inexperienced and that he was too and my Husband who is a Firefigter and has saved many lives and scraped many people off of the road after accidents such as hers told the young man not to place her on the bike because he was inexperienced and not a safe rider and yes I know Malorie made the choice but perhaps if he had taken the time to show her safety and make the adjustments needed for a passenger she might be here today. It takes one voice to start a change and to make a statement and I'm speaking from both a grieving parent point of view but also from the point of view that my family and the supporters of this Law have the right to make difference. Thank you Melissa Bullock
On the same....page it's stated that the 'cause' was excessive speed and that apparently malorie struck a sign/post during the accident.

What I don't like about this verbage are comments like 'told the young man not to place her on the bike'.
This implies that she does not really accept her daughters own actions/choice in mounting the motorcycle.
If excessive speed was indeed a factor, there was little that could have been done, unless the subtext that some action of her daughters was a contributing factor in cause of loss of control....but there's really nothing in this bill that really addresses that...and just takes it back to the issue of the operator speeding.
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I doubt most of the legislators gave this more than a passing glance. The definition of sportbike is pretty funny though. Sub-section (D) is classic.
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I absolutely despise feel good laws. This does nothing more than give the illusion of added protection while stripping some of our rights away.
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3) The addition of requisite 'safety' equipment to include:
Sec. 547.803. SPORT BIKE SAFETY EQUIPMENT. If a sport bike
is designed to carry more than one person, the sport bike must be
equipped with foot pegs and handholds for use by a passenger on the
sport bike
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so, if i want to take a passenger with me I have to install handholds on my bike now?
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3) The addition of requisite 'safety' equipment to include:
Sec. 547.803. SPORT BIKE SAFETY EQUIPMENT. If a sport bike
is designed to carry more than one person, the sport bike must be
equipped with foot pegs and handholds for use by a passenger on the
sport bike.

so, if i want to take a passenger with me I have to install handholds on my bike now?
but only a sportbike. Cuz...you know.....all the other bikes ahve handholds for a passenger
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...3) The addition of requisite 'safety' equipment to include:
Sec. 547.803. SPORT BIKE SAFETY EQUIPMENT. If a sport bike
is designed to carry more than one person, the sport bike must be
equipped with foot pegs and handholds for use by a passenger on the
sport bike.
handholds? What sportbikes are equipped with them? When the occasional GF in turn wants to ride I use a special belt with handles for the passenger. Not sure if all sportbikes have handholds.
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