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Old 06-18-2008, 01:51 PM   #1
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Sometimes I get asked if we need two mirriors, helmet, and signal... Not know the answer for sure I did a serch:


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Safety 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
State Funded Rider Ed Available for all eligible applicants-required under age 18


Eye Protection Not Required
Daytime Use of Headlight Required unless motorcycle is manufactured prior to 1975


Passenger Seat Required if carrying a passenger
Passenger Footrest Not Required


Passenger Age Restriction None
Helmet Speakers No Restrictions


Periodic Safety Inspection Required by law
Mirror Left(L) Right(R) One required by law


Radar Detector No Restriction
Turn Signals Required if model year 1960 or newer.


Muffler No acoustical criteria.
Maximum Sound Level No acoustical criteria.


State Insurance Requirements Compulsory Liability (Minimum Limits)(20/40/15)
Handlebar Height Maximum of 15" above seat - Required by inspection regulations - Texas Department of Public Safety (Refer to j.)


Rider-Education Waiver Skill Test
Accept Motorcycle Endorsement From Other States Yes


Motorcycles operating two abreast in same lane Not referenced in Administrative Code or Statutes
Lane Splitting Not referenced in Administrative Code or Statutes

Off Road


Safety Helmet Required by law
Eye Protection Required by law


Minimum Operator Age Direct supervision of an adult if under the age of 14
Rider Education Certification Required by law


Operator License Not Required
Headlight Required after sunset


Taillight Required after sunset
Muffler Required by law


Maximum Sound Level No Limit
Spark Arrestor Required by law


Registration Required by law
Vehicle Title Not Required


Trails Program Not Available
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Old 06-18-2008, 01:52 PM   #2
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When I was hanging out at PP2 one night, someone told me a dickbag of an officer wrote them a ticket for their turn signals not being at least 15" apart. Has anyone heard this!? The stock signals on my bike aren't even that far apart.
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When I was hanging out at PP2 one night, someone told me a dickbag of an officer wrote them a ticket for their turn signals not being at least 15" apart. Has anyone heard this!? The stock signals on my bike aren't even that far apart.
Neither are mine, maybe 10" or so... Ive had my plate ran by a cop following me but he never pulled me over. My signals are the same distance as the plate. And some of the bike have them in the brake lights...

I would fight the ticket as a BS ticket
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15 inches for handlebar height I have seen apes alot higher than that. I wonder why they made that a law anyway. Sheesh if people want to be unfortable when they ride why should the law care armpit hair maybe?
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15 inches for handlebar height I have seen apes alot higher than that. I wonder why they made that a law anyway. Sheesh if people want to be unfortable when they ride why should the law care armpit hair maybe?
Every seen a bike with really tall ape hangers have to make a right turn? They have to let off the throttle because they can no longer reach it. Majorly unsafe, and is part of the reason they made this law. Also, because you have absolutely no leverage on the bars when they're way up there so trying to dodge something is basically impossible.
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from TX DPS website http://www.txdps.state.tx.us/msb/mcintexas.htm
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Texas Law requires the following equipment on Motorcycles and Motor Driven Cycles:

1. Wheel Assembly
2. Exhaust System
3. Tail Lamp (1)
4. Stop Lamp (1)
5. License Plate Lamp
6. Rear Red Reflector
7. Head Lamp (1)
8. Motorcycle, Serial, or, Vehicle Identification Number
9. Horn
10. Mirror
11. Steering
12. Brakes
13. Tires

Texas Law requires the following equipment on Mopeds

1. Brake 3. Head Lamp
2. Reflector 4. Rear Lamp

These are just minimum requirements. To survive in traffic, you should have a mirror on each side. It is also a good idea to have additional reflectors on the motorcycle.
Don't see anything in there about blinkers being required, nevermind blinker spacing. Where was that requirement found?
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blinkers are required to work if installed thats it no spacing requirement either apart or off of pavement
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cop was bein a douche bag for the turnsignal ticket and lots of em will give you a ticket if your plate is under the rear of the bike even if its visible from 50 ft
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I have an SV650S (2nd generation with the split L/R brake light). I'd like to install a fender eliminator kit, but instead of putting flushmount blinkers, I'd like to integrate the blinkers/taillight. I'm wondering about the legality of it.

Once it's done, the brake lights would function normally, but when the blinker is on, the brake light on that side would blink on and off.. the other side was function normally.

Legal?
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I had an 03 SV and had the clear alternative kit for a short time. I went back to stock because unless you were *right* behind me and at night, it was impossible to tell what my blinker/taillights were doing. Gay.
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Yea, I've heard that about the Clear Alternatives kit.

I was looking at the M. D. Wright kit.
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