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Old 04-30-2014, 10:23 PM   #1
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Just wondering if anyone knows the laws about having to keep mirrors on a motorcycle?

I know they are great to have but are they optional by law?
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Not required for inspection, nor are blinkers.
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One mirror required by law in Texas.
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What's Inspected by Vehicle Type

Items of Inspection for a Motorcycle and Motor-Driven Cycle
05.07 Inspect Every Motorcycle and Motor-Driven Cycle For: (listed in suggested order of inspection)

* Check for evidence of Financial Responsibility

1. Horn
2. Mirror
3. Steering
4. Brakes (system)
5. Tires
6. Wheel Assembly
7. Exhaust System
8. Tail Lamp (1)
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Motorcycle: Every motor vehicle having a saddle for the use of the rider and designed to propel itself with not more than three wheels in contact with the ground but excluding a tractor.

Motor-Driven Cycle: Every motorcycle with a motor which has an engine piston displacement of not more than 125cc.

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2. Inspect for and reject if:
b. Vehicle is not equipped with at least one mirror.
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I knew a guy that took a small piece of mirror and ground it to match the contour of his fairing. Then glued it in the corner.
It was hardly noticeable and you couldn't see behind you but, he maintained it meet the criteria of "a mirror".
Can't vouch for the legality but his bike was inspected so, it would come down to what a cop would say, I guess...
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I dont think its illegal to not have one on it all the time but it has to have one to pass inspection. I used a bicycle mirror from walmat that straped on over the grip to pass inspection on my streetfigtered R6.
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I dont think its illegal to not have one on it all the time but it has to have one to pass inspection. I used a bicycle mirror from walmat that straped on over the grip to pass inspection on my streetfigtered R6.
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Sec. 547.602. MIRRORS REQUIRED. A motor vehicle, including a motor vehicle used to tow another vehicle, shall be equipped with a mirror located to reflect to the operator a view of the highway for a distance of at least 200 feet from the rear of the vehicle.

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Sec. 547.602. MIRRORS REQUIRED. A motor vehicle, including a motor vehicle used to tow another vehicle, shall be equipped with a mirror located to reflect to the operator a view of the highway for a distance of at least 200 feet from the rear of the vehicle.

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Its one mirror at least. Inspection wont pass you unless they dont care...and ive seen a cop give as ticket to someone.
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Its one mirror at least. Inspection wont pass you unless they dont care...and ive seen a cop give as ticket to someone.
I got one of those. Luckily that's all I got, as I might have been allegedly doubling the speed limit before he came up behind me and followed me with his lights on for about 5 blocks before I realized he was there. Threw a mirror and some mufflers on the bike and got the $5 (or $10, whatever) dismissal.






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Well someone has been passing my bike without them then.
It all depends on who inspects the bike... Or how big of a tip you give them. I've had inspections where without asking all they asked was to honk my horn and said everything looks ok and signed off on it. A different inspector wouldn't pass my KTM when I was trying to get it registered for street use. Said my front signals were not visible from the direct front. So I took it down the street and someone else passed me. In my opinion you see more bikes with ragged out chains and squared off bald tires with little to no air pressure in them than you do bikes with broken or hidden (removed) lights and poorly placed license plates. I'm not saying every aspect including mirrors and signals are not as equally important or that I'm not guilty of doing mods myself but I've never heard of a cop issuing a ticket for a bike that is a hazard do to poor maintenance as opposed to turn signals and mirrors.
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It all depends on who inspects the bike... Or how big of a tip you give them. I've had inspections where without asking all they asked was to honk my horn and said everything looks ok and signed off on it. A different inspector wouldn't pass my KTM when I was trying to get it registered for street use. Said my front signals were not visible from the direct front. So I took it down the street and someone else passed me. In my opinion you see more bikes with ragged out chains and squared off bald tires with little to no air pressure in them than you do bikes with broken or hidden (removed) lights and poorly placed license plates. I'm not saying every aspect including mirrors and signals are not as equally important or that I'm not guilty of doing mods myself but I've never heard of a cop issuing a ticket for a bike that is a hazard do to poor maintenance as opposed to turn signals and mirrors.
The cop who may or may not have stopped me in my above story looked over the bike for about 30 minutes asking me very specific maintenance questions and checking things like brake pad thickness. Guess he assumed any bike as ugly as mine that had "DETHTRAP" stickers on it was bound to be ill-maintained. For everything that he checked though, he never bothered to notice a (hypothetical) lack of inspection sticker.
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The cop who may or may not have stopped me in my above story looked over the bike for about 30 minutes asking me very specific maintenance questions and checking things like brake pad thickness. Guess he assumed any bike as ugly as mine that had "DETHTRAP" stickers on it was bound to be ill-maintained. For everything that he checked though, he never bothered to notice a (hypothetical) lack of inspection sticker.
Now I have heard I've been pulled over multiple times with the same bike in same trim. Not for a traffic infraction I might add. But was slapped on the wrist for things on the bike. Funny thing is each officer has an issue with a different item. One doesn't like my license plate mount/location. Next time they don't mention the plate but complain about my sticker. Maybe they were just checking to see if it was stolen and had to give reason to pull me over. All instances were around 5-5:30 am on my way to work.
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