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Old 02-13-2017, 01:17 PM
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Enforcement, or lack of it, varies from city to city. From my experience, most beach city cops are pretty strict on the rules, and most inland cops don't care. But all it takes is one jerk cop to ruon your day, no matter where you ride.

You can usually get around with just the plate and a DOT helmet, but it's not that tough to be fully legal. Even just getting an M1 permit is easy. Good for a year, but you can't ride at night.

To be fully legal, you need a plate, DOT helmet, M1 or M2 license, and your bike needs a headlight, taillight, brakelight, horn, and left mirror.
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Old 02-13-2017, 05:04 PM
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Mailed... and the wait begins...Thanks again!
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Old 02-13-2017, 11:53 PM
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No problem, it should take 2-3 weeks. Glad I could help.
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Old 03-07-2017, 05:16 PM
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Tyler!! I got the license plate and registration in the mail today!! I am so jazzed!!
Now before I take my bike out for a legal spin, I better get mirrors and a horn I guess. And a light for night riding, in case I take it out at night.
Oh, and I better call my insurance guy, just to get some liability on this.
Tyler.....thank you soooooooo muuuuuuuuuuch!

Linda
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Old 03-07-2017, 09:47 PM
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You don't need insurance on the motorized bicycles, that is one of the things that make them a good deal. That and over 100 mpg. I did have my first police encounter the other day. I was sitting in the left turn lane, when a motorcycle officer pulls up beside me. He looks at me and says, "What are you doing on that thing?" I say, "Aren't I legally allowed to be on it." He says, "How many CCs is that?" I say, "49." He says, "Do you have your M1 endorsement?" I say, "Yes Sir." He says, "A motorcycle would be safer." I say, "I have a Goldwing but this gets over 100 mpg." He says, "Where are you headed on that thing?" I say, "To the credit Union and to run some other errands." Then he ask me if I like my Goldwing and we talk back and fourth about which motorcycles we like the best. The light turns green and he says, "Be careful," and we take off. For a few moments, I thought he was going to make me pull over and show him my license and registration but then he kind of chilled out and was OK. I wasn't concerned, I had my bike register and had the plate on the back. Also, had a light, turn and stop signals, and a horn. Any other time I have gone by the police they have barely even glanced up at me. It does give you good peace of mind to have everything legal.
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Old 03-07-2017, 11:20 PM
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"What are you doing on that thing?" I say, "Aren't I legally allowed to be on it." He says, "How many CCs is that?" I say, "49." He says, "Do you have your M1 endorsement?" I say, "Yes Sir." .
You gotta know that the 50cc thing is an urban legend.

CA law used to say 2 HP but now it's 4 HP

Yes, even motorcycle cops don't know the law.
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Old 03-08-2017, 04:06 AM
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Tyler!! I got the license plate and registration in the mail today!! I am so jazzed!!
Now before I take my bike out for a legal spin, I better get mirrors and a horn I guess. And a light for night riding, in case I take it out at night.
Oh, and I better call my insurance guy, just to get some liability on this.
Tyler.....thank you soooooooo muuuuuuuuuuch!

Linda
Sweet!! It's great having the license plate on the back! When other drivers see it I have found that they seem to notice me more often and give me more of the road. I need to put a horn on mine too. I've been looking for a good one. I got some of these lights because I like the mounts that came with them, they totally surround the light so it won't vibrate loose and you can still remove them during the day or to use them as a flashlight at night. I put 2 of them on and they are very bright.
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Ride Safe! Hope to see you out on the road!

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Old 03-08-2017, 03:42 PM
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I'll check out those lights. Hope to see you out there too man, you rock.

Linda
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Old 03-09-2017, 01:54 AM
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You get pulled over for no plate. If you ride in the left lane.
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