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Arizona 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 unless equipped with windscreen
Handlebar Height
28-964C. Handlebars such that the hands of the operator are not above the operator's shoulder height when the operator is sitting astride the seat and the operator's hands are on the handlebar grips.
Helmet Speakers
No Restrictions
Lane Splitting
Not authorized; 28-903. Operation of motorcycle on laned roadway; exceptions B. The operator of a motorcycle shall not overtake and pass in the same lane occupied by the vehicle being overtaken. C. A person shall not operate a motorcycle between the lanes of traffic or between adjacent rows of vehicles.
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Maximum Sound Level
Maximum allowable A-weighted sound levels based on measurements taken at a distance of 50 ft from center lane of travel (R17-4-61. Motorcycle Noise Limits): Model Year/<=35mph/35-45mph/>45mph: Before 1972/84dba/88dba/88dba; 1972-1980/79dba/82dba/86dba; After 1980/76dba/80dba/83dba
Mirror Left(L) Right(R)
One required by law
Motorcycles operating two abreast in same lane
Yes. 13 AAC 02.427 - Driving motorcycles and motor-driven cycles on roadways laned for traffic (a) Motorcycles and motor-driven cycles may be driven upon a lane of a roadway, and no motor vehicle may be driven so as to deprive a motorcycle or motor-driven cycle of the full use of a lane. This provision does not apply to motorcycles or motor-driven cycles driven two abreast in a single lane by consent of both drivers; however, no motorcycles or motor-driven cycles may be driven more than two abreast in a single lane.
Muffler required; no cutout, bypass or similar device (28-955.01, Motorcycles; noise level equipment; unauthorized equipment).
Passenger Age Restriction
Passenger Footrest
Required if carrying a passenger
Passenger Seat
Required if carrying a passenger
Periodic Safety Inspection
Required by law-annual emissions, some areas
Radar Detector
No Restriction
Rider Education
Available for all eligible applicants
Rider-Education Waiver
Skill & Knowledge Test
Safety Helmet
Required for all operators and passengers under 18; Arizona Revised Statutes 28-964
State Insurance Requirements
Compulsory Liability (Minimum Limits)(15/30/10)
Turn Signals
Not Required

Off Road

Eye Protection

Required for operators of vehicles not equipped with a windshield.


Required for use from dusk to dawn.

Maximum Sound Level
No Limit
Minimum Operator Age
No Restriction

Required; must prevent sound above 96 decibels during prescribed stationary sound testing.

Operator License
Not Required
Passenger Footrest

Required if the vehicle is designed to carry a passenger.

Passenger Seat

Required if carrying a passenger.

Required by law
Rider Education Certification
Safety Flag

At least 6" by 12" and 8 feet above the ground on sand dunes or areas designated by the land management agency.

Safety Helmet
Required if under age 18
Spark Arrestor
Required on State & Federal lands

Required for use from dusk til dawn.

Trails Program
Vehicle Title
Required by law
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