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Old 11-09-2014, 04:10 PM
WayneCa WayneCa is offline
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Join Date: Nov 2014
Location: Los Angeles, California
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Default Re: Looking for a second hand motorized bicycle

Originally Posted by MotorBicycleRacing View Post
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)
I was not aware of that. A member of my church works for DMV, and he is looking up the statutes that apply for me. Thanks for telling me, as now I will have double-verification.

There was a time when motorized bikes did not require a driver's license. It just shows how much things have changed. And as much as I am trying to find a way to legally get around in time-frames I can work with, apparently the state of California would rather make it impossible. I guess if I am forced to become illegal by operating a motorized bike without a license, then that is what I must do. The buses just don't cut it when it comes to keeping schedules.

Originally Posted by MotorBicycleRacing View Post
Also a motorized bicycle requires a $20 one time license plate in CA.
I knew about this, and IMHO a one-time fee is alot different from a annual registration.

Originally Posted by MotorBicycleRacing View Post
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.
Well, that is the risk then, isn't it?

Originally Posted by MotorBicycleRacing View Post
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.
Leave out the "under $300" and the "motorized bike" part and you have just described every used car ever sold. Looking at the cars for sale, and any car over 3 years old, regardless of price, is pretty much a pile of junk fraught with problems. It seems strange that motorized bikes can sell for as much used as they do new. When I was a kid, I could buy a car and put $5,000 in it and still only get a few hundred dollars for it because no one was going to pay thousands for a used car.

While an enthusiast or collector might pay those prices, anyone just wanting something to get around on is pretty much going to be looking at paying, at the most, half of what a new one sells for. If that is not the case with motorized bikes, then I will likely have to look for some other way.

Thanks for the information, MotorBicycleRacing. It is very enlightening.
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