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Massachusetts State Motorcycle Laws


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Daytime Use of Headlight
Modulating headlight permitted per Code of Federal Regulations, Title 49, 571.108
Eye Protection

Required by law for instructional permit holders unless equipped with windscreen; Mass. Motorcycle Manual.

Handlebar Height
Motorcycle handlebars must not rise above an operators shoulders when properly seated on the motorcycle; XIV-90-7J
Helmet Speakers
Prohibited.  No person shall operate a motor vehicle while wearing headphones, unless said headphones are used for communication in connection with controlling the course or movement of said vehicle; XIV-90-13.
Lane Splitting
Not authorized; XIV-89-4A
Maximum Sound Level
Maximum allowable A-weighted sound levels as measured from 50 feet:
82dBA at 45mph or less
86dBA over 45mph
Stationary noise levels: Motorcycles required to be registered for operation on the ways of the commonwealth shall not exceed the following noise levels when operated at 1/2 redline speed
99dBA manufactured after 1/1/86
102dBA manufactured before 1/1/86
Mirror Left(L) Right(R)
Motorcycles operating two abreast in same lane
Mufflers required; XIV-90-7
Passenger Age Restriction
Passenger Footrest

Required if carrying a passenger; Mass. Motorcycle Manual.

Passenger Seat

Required if carrying a passenger; Mass. Motorcycle Manual.

Periodic Safety Inspection
Radar Detector
No Restriction
Rider Education

Available for all eligible applicants; Mass. Rider Education Program

Rider-Education Waiver
Skill Test
Safety Helmet
Required by law for all operators and passengers, including passengers in sidecars; Massachusetts General Laws, Part 1, Title XIV, Chapter 90, Section 7
State Insurance Requirements
Compulsory Liability (Minimum Limits)(20/40/1)
Turn Signals

Off Road

Eye Protection
Not Required
Not Required
Maximum Sound Level
103dba measured at 20 inches
Minimum Operator Age
Not permitted under age 10. Ages 10 to 14 require direct supervision of an adult.
Required by law
Operator License
Not Required
Required by law
Rider Education Certification
Not Required
Safety Helmet
Required by law
Spark Arrestor
Not Required
Not Required
Trails Program
Not Available
Vehicle Title
Not Required
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