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Wisconsin State Laws


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Daytime Use of Headlight
Daytime use of headlight required per state law; Wisconsin Statutes, 346.595 (5)
Modulating headlight permitted per Code of Federal Regulations, Title 49, 571.108
Eye Protection
Required unless motorcycle is equipped with a windscreen that extends to at least 15" above the handlebars; Wis. 347.485 (2)
Handlebar Height
Maximum of 30" above seat
Helmet Speakers
No Restrictions
Lane Splitting

Not authorized

Lemon Law Coverage
Yes (not mopeds); Wisconsin (WI) Legislature - Chapter 218.0171
Maximum Sound Level
No person shall modify the exhaust system of any such motor vehicle in a manner which will amplify or increase the noise emitted by the motor of such vehicle above that emitted by the muffler originally installed on the vehicle; Wis. 347.39
Mirror Left(L) Right(R)
One required by law; Wis. 347.40
Motorcycles operating two abreast in same lane
Yes; Wis. 346.595 (a)
Required, cut-outs prohibited; Wis. 347.39
Passenger Age Restriction
Passenger Footrest
Required if carrying a passenger; Wis. 346.595 (3)
Passenger Seat
Required if carrying a passenger; Wis. 346.595 (3m)
Periodic Safety Inspection
Required by law-random
Radar Detector
No Restriction
Rider Education
Available for all eligible applicants-required under age 18; Wis. DOT
Rider-Education Waiver
Skill Test
Safety Helmet
Required by law under age 18, required for instructional permit holders; Wisconsin Statutes, Chapter 347, Section 347.485
State Insurance Requirements
Compulsory Liability (Minimum Limits)(25/50/10) - Financial responsibility required.
Traffic Actuated Signals
Motorycles may proceed with due caution after a complete stop and 45 seconds; Wis. 346.37(1)(c)4
Turn Signals
Required by law; Wis. 347.15

Off Road

Eye Protection
Not Required
Required after sunset
Maximum Sound Level
96 dBA @ 20 inches
Minimum Operator Age
Under age 12 requires supervision by a person 18 years old on public lands
Required by law
Operator License
Not Required
Required by law
Rider Education Certification
Operators between ages 12 & 16 must have safety certificate
Safety Helmet
Required under age 18
Spark Arrestor
Required by law
Required after sunset
Trails Program
Vehicle Title
Not Required


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