Oh No! Iowa Law Sucks!

Retmachinist

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Oct 21, 2008
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After building a couple bikes and really getting into this new found hobby, I decided maybe I should check the Iowa D.O.T. website to see what it actually said about Motorized Bicycles. Well it's a pretty gray area, but looks to me like they are illegal to ride on the street. Seems if they have a gas powered engine they have to be registerd like a moped. Only trouble is it also has to have a "Manufacturer's Certification Lable". Obviously since I am building them, they don't. Does anyone know anything about this type of law.
Guess I will just ride until I get caught and play dumb. So far I have had no problem. My main concern is someone will turn me in because of the noise level.
 

Spunout

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MB laws, and their 'gray-area-ness' are commonplace...thats how they gitcha'.

noise level? normally, stock exhaust systems (if thats what you have) are fairly quiet if your gasket is intact.

you can always hit the kill switch and pedal if you sense trouble
 

HT2005

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Yeah, here in New York on the DMV website it says motorized bicycles can't be ridden on public roads, but the manner in which they address it it's lumped up with mopeds and scooters, etc. In reality I have ridden the bike in some of the strictest "village police" areas and they don't care. Just don't do anything stupid as you pass them; they have radar traps on the side of the road. They probably think of it as some stupid novelty thingy.
 

HoughMade

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Most states have a procedure for registering a vehicle built from parts. I don't know why the same laws would not apply to "mopeds"- a hassle- but life is a hassle.
 

the_edge150

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Aug 21, 2008
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Yeah, here in New York on the DMV website it says motorized bicycles can't be ridden on public roads, but the manner in which they address it it's lumped up with mopeds and scooters, etc. In reality I have ridden the bike in some of the strictest "village police" areas and they don't care. Just don't do anything stupid as you pass them; they have radar traps on the side of the road. They probably think of it as some stupid novelty thingy.
lol stupid novelty thingy, thats what they call it here in Monrovia, and this cop was turning in front of me and she almost died laughing when she saw me :(rotfl