Originally Posted by WayneCa
Thanks for the quick reply. The problem for me is I don't have the money to buy a new, already assembled motorized bike. I priced them, and they run between $350 and $550 around the valley here, about the same as a low-end scooter (like a Vespa or something). Another problem is I don't want to have to register anything. If I don't have the cash to buy a new one, I sure don't have registration fees for something like a scooter.
A motorized bike does not require registration or tags. The final obstacle is a license. My driver's license is currently revoked, so I can't deal with anything that requires one.
Once again, it seems the motorized bike is the only solution for me. Fortunately I won't be traveling very far; only about 9 miles one way at the furthest. Beyond that I will be taking the bus.
Sorry to say but a gas powered motorized bicycle does require a
drivers license with an M2 or M1 in California which is CVC 406 (a)
The only powered 2 wheeler that does not need a DL in CA is an ebike
which is under CVC 406 (b)
Also a motorized bicycle requires a $20 one time license plate in CA.
The Valley is one area where the motorized bicycle laws don't seem to be enforced
right now but I am reading on the many Facebook motorized bicycle groups that the
riders in Los Angeles are getting hit with no license and no plate tickets now.
Any used motorized bicycle under $300 is going to be a pile of junk with
many problems but occasionally there are bargains that would not last long.