Thread: I'm confused!
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Old 04-05-2015, 10:21 AM
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Default Re: I'm confused!

You must have missed this in your link:

A motorized bicycle does
not have the same equipment requirements as either a motordriven
cycle or a motorcycle.
Then I saw this:

A motorized bicycle is
exempt from registration, but is required to display a special
license plate.
But then there is this:

A "motorized bicycle" or
"moped" is any two-wheeled or three-wheeled device having
fully operative pedals for propulsion by human power, or having
no pedals if powered solely by electrical energy, and an
automatic transmission and a motor which produces less than 2
gross brake horsepower and is capable of propelling the device at
a maximum speed of not more than 30 miles per hour on level
ground. A "motorized bicycle" is also a device that has fully
operative pedals for propulsion by human power and has an
electric motor that meets all of the following requirements:
(1) Has a power output of not more than 1,000 watts.
(2) Is incapable of propelling the device at a speed of more than
20 miles per hour on ground level.
(3) Is incapable of further increasing the speed of the device
when human power is used to propel the motorized bicycle faster
than 20 miles per hour.
As the 2 stroke version of the motorized bicycle that the PO is referencing
has no automatic transmission and is not electric, it falls into a gray eria .
This is one of the reasons that they are tolerated in California.
I think at the age of 14 or 15 the PO quallifies for a moped licence in California though. Don't quote me on that . But I seem to remember that this is the case.
The neighbor kid in San Diego rides one ( a moped ) has a plate and as far as I know, is legal... But a quick call to the DMV will solve your dilemma....

Life lesson is to do your own research and don't rely on know
it alls like me or guys in Oregon with a bad panty jokes.
Name calling ? I'll just assume your kidding right...... And won't go there...
Happy Trails......
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