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New York State Motorcycle Laws

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Accept Motorcycle Endorsement From Other States
Yes
Daytime Use of Headlight
Required by law-
Modulating headlight permitted per Code of Federal Regulations, Title 49, 571.108
Eye Protection
Required by law; Laws of N.Y., 381, 7
Handlebar Height
Handle bars or grips cannot be more than the height of the operator's shoulders; Laws of N.Y., 381 ,5
Helmet Speakers
Single earphone only; Laws of N.Y., 375, 24-a
Lane Splitting
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.
Laws of N.Y., 386
Mirror Left(L) Right(R)
One required by law; Laws of N.Y., 381 ,10
Motorcycles operating two abreast in same lane
Muffler
Muffler required; no straight pipes; no removal of baffles; no modification of exhaust system that increases noise beyond exhaust system originally installed. Laws of N.Y., 381, 1(a)
Passenger Age Restriction
None
Passenger Footrest
Required if carrying a passenger
Passenger Seat
Required if carrying a passenger; Laws of N.Y., 1251 (a)
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
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
Headlight
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
Muffler
Required by law
Operator License
Must carry liability insurance
Registration
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
Taillight
Required after sunset
Trails Program
Not Available
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