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New York State Motorcycle Laws


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

Required by law

Handlebar Height

Handle bars or grips cannot be more than the height of the operator's shoulders.

Helmet Speakers

Single earphone only

Lane Splitting

Not authorized

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Maximum Sound Level

Maximum Allowable:
A-Weighted Sound Levels at Speed: 35 mph or less, 82 dB(A); over 35 mph, 86 dB(A), measured at, or adjusted to, a distance of fifty feet from the center of the lane in which the motorcycle is traveling.

Mirror Left(L) Right(R)

One required by law

Motorcycles operating two abreast in same lane



Muffler required; no straight pipes; no removal of baffles; no modification of exhaust system that increases noise beyond exhaust system originally installed.

Passenger Age Restriction
Passenger Footrest
Required if carrying a passenger
Passenger Seat

Required if carrying a passenger

Periodic Safety Inspection
Required by law
Radar Detector
No Restriction
Rider Education
Available for all eligible applicants; NY Dept. of Health
Rider-Education Waiver
Skill Test
Safety Helmet

Required by Law

State Insurance Requirements
Compulsory Liability (Minimum Limits)(25/50/10) - Minimum limits where death results are 50/100.
Turn Signals
Required if manufactured in 1985 or after

Off Road

Eye Protection
Not Required
Required after sunset
Maximum Sound Level
No Limit
Minimum Operator Age
Direct supervision of a person 18 or older if under the age of 16
Required by law
Operator License
Must carry liability insurance
Required by law
Rider Education Certification
Required if operator is at least 10 years old, but less than 16
Safety Helmet
Required by law
Spark Arrestor
Required by law
Required after sunset
Trails Program
Not Available
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