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Connecticut State Laws


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Daytime Use of Headlight

Required by state law for vehicles manufactured during or after 1980 CT Statutes, Section 5, Title 14: Ch. 248, Sec. 14-289b (c)
Modulating headlight permitted per Code of Federal Regulations, Title 49, 571.108

Eye Protection

Required by law unless equipped with windscreen; CT Statutes, Section 5, Title 14: Ch. 248, Sec. 14-289d

Handlebar Height

Prohibited above the height of operator's shoulders; CT Statutes, Section 5, Title 14: Ch. 248, Sec. 14-80i

Helmet Speakers
No restrictions
Lane Splitting

Not authorized; Sec. 14-289b

Lemon Law Coverage

Yes; CT Statute 42-743b

Maximum Sound Level

Maximum allowable A-weighted sound levels based on measurements taken at a distance of 50 ft from center lane of travel.
Maximum Noise Levels=35mph
Before 1/1/1975 82dba/86dba
On or after 1/1/1975 80dba/84dba
Sec. 14-80a

Mirror Left(L) Right(R)
One required by law
Motorcycles operating two abreast in same lane
Yes; Sec. 14-289b

Muffler required, baffles required, no cut-outs or straight pipes; Sec. 14-80

Passenger Age Restriction
Passenger Footrest

Required if carrying a passenger; Sec. 14-289c

Passenger Seat

Required if carrying a passenger; Sec. 14-289a

Periodic Safety Inspection
Required by law - random
Radar Detector
No restriction
Rider Education

Required for all eligible applicants; Conn DOT

Rider-Education Waiver
Skill Test
Safety Helmet

Required by law under age 18, required for instructional permit holders; CT 14-289g

State Insurance Requirements
Compulsory Liability (Minimum Limits)(20/40/10) - 10% insurance discount for graduates of motorcycle rider education program.
Turn Signals
Not required

Off Road

Eye Protection
Not Required
Not required on a machine of 90cc or less and cannot be operated after dark
Maximum Sound Level
Cannot make excessive or unusual noise
Minimum Operator Age
Not allowed under 12 years of age on public lands. Direct supervision of a person less that 16 and at least 12 required by a person who is 18 and properly licensed.
Required by law
Operator License
Not Required
Required by law
Rider Education Certification
Required under age 18
Safety Helmet
Not Required
Spark Arrestor
Not Required
Not required on a machine of 90cc or less and cannot be operated after dark
Trails Program
Not Available
Vehicle Title
Not Required


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