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New Hampshire 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 unless equipped with a windscreen.

Handlebar Height
Handle bar grips cannot be higher than the shoulder level of the driver when in the seat or saddle; NH 266:77
Helmet Speakers
No Restrictions
Lane Splitting
Not authorized; NH 265:121
Maximum Sound Level
Max sound level of no more than 106dBA when measured 20 inches from the exhaust pipe at a 45 degree angle; NH 266:59
Mirror Left(L) Right(R)
One required by law; NH 266:78
Motorcycles operating two abreast in same lane
Required, cut-outs prohibited; NH 266:59
Passenger Age Restriction
Passenger Footrest
Required if carrying a passenger; NH 266:78
Passenger Seat
Required if carrying a passenger; NH 265:120
Periodic Safety Inspection
Required by law; NH 266:1
Radar Detector
No Restriction
Rider Education
Available for all eligible applicants; NH Dept. of Safety
Rider-Education Waiver
Skill Test
State Insurance Requirements
Compulsory Liability (Minimum Limits)(25/50/25) - Financial responsibility required. Persons under 18 must show proof of insurance when applying for driver's license.
Turn Signals
Required by law unless manufactured prior to January 1, 1973; NH 266:42

Off Road

Eye Protection
Required under age 18
Required after sunset
Maximum Sound Level
96dba @ 20 inches
Minimum Operator Age
Under age 14 must be accompanied by a licensed adult over 18
Required by law
Operator License
Over 12 must have safety certificate or drivers license
Required by law - Refer to this link: Laws Digest
Rider Education Certification
Required if 12 year of age and not licensed
Safety Helmet
Required under age 18
Spark Arrestor
Required by law
Required after sunset
Trails Program
Vehicle Title
Not Required
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