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Old 11-30-2008, 01:31 AM   #21
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If vehicle has/does:

-50cc or more piston displacement or

-exceeds 30 mph within 1 mile or

-exceeds 2 bhp or

-requires operator to shift gears

In other words, if ANY of the criteria above are exceeded or if the vehicle requires gear shifting, then the vehicle is considered a motorcycle and motorcycle laws apply.

Moped laws aren't all that different with respect to insurance, registration, inspection, proper operator's license (all required in TX), helmets and passengers (vehicle can carry up to the number of passengers that the saddle was designed for.)

The only significant difference that I can see is that the moped license (Class M with K restriction) requires only the knowledge test, not a riding skills test or MSF course completion waiver. There are SOME criteria differences for passing a state safety inspection, but it still needs the safety inspection.

DPS has a list of already recognized mopeds. Anything not on that list would require the manufacturer or distributor of the vehicle to fill out and file an affadavit with the DPS.

Originally Posted by Challen View Post
If the scooter is 50 or more cc's OR goes faster than 35 mph, the exact same laws for motorcycles apply.

Texas law doesn't see a difference between scooters/motorcycles.

Same motorcycle license, same helmet laws, same passenger laws, etc.
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Old 11-30-2008, 09:40 AM   #22
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cool, thanks for the info
i think we might wind up getting a ruckus

i saw an old suzuki moped on cl, but i dont want that kind of thing sitting at my house :P even if it was only $400
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