Motorcycle Manual - DMV - New York State

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Motorcycle Manual - DMV - New York State

CHILDREN AS PASSENGERS

A child of any age may be a motorcycle

passenger in New York State.

Every passenger must wear a

DOT-approved motorcycle helmet, and

ride upon a permanent, regular seat on a

motorcycle designed to carry more than

one person. The passenger must sit face

forward, one leg on each side of the

motorcycle, with each foot reaching a foot

peg, unless he or she is seated in a

properly attached sidecar. It is illegal for

an operator to carry a passenger, or for

the passenger to ride, in a position that

will interfere with the operation or

control of the motorcycle or the vision

of the operator.

A MOTORCYCLE MUST HAVE

ALL OF THE FOLLOWING

EQUIPMENT IN GOOD

WORKING ORDER:

■ Approved lights, including headlight,

taillight, stop lamp and license plate

lamp, at least one red reflector on the

rear and directional signals if the

motorcycle was originally equipped

with directionals or is a 1985 or

newer model

■ Brakes, on 1971 and newer

motorcycles brakes are required

on both wheels

■ A horn or other warning device

■ At least one rearview mirror mounted

on a handle bar, although mirrors on

both handlebars are

strongly recommended

■ A suitable muffler, "cutouts" or

mufflers with removable baffles

are prohibited

■ Handlebars no higher than the shoulder

height of the operator

■ A seat for the operator and a

passenger seat in the rear if a

passenger is carried (no more than one

passenger is permitted)

For more information, please see

"Equipment Required for Motorcycles

(Including Limited Use Motorcycles),"

form MV-529-B, available from the DMV

Internet Office, by request from a DMV

Call Center, and at any motor vehicle office.

MOPED OPERATORS

Limited use motorcycles, often called

mopeds, are low speed, two-wheeled vehicles

intended for limited use on public highways.

There are three different classes of mopeds

based on maximum performance speed.

The chart below outlines the requirements

for moped operation. Class B and C mopeds

may be driven only in the right lane of traffic,

as far to the right as possible. Class A

mopeds are allowed to drive in any lane, and

any portion of a lane. Mopeds are not

permitted on expressways or other controlled

access highways unless posted signs permit

it. When approaching a moped, use the same

precautions and care you would when

approaching a bicyclist.

☛ NOTE: The remainder of this manual is based

on the model Motorcycle Operator Manual developed

by the Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF).

The material is copyrighted by MSF and is used

with permission.

See page 48 of this manual for the GUIDE

TO LIMITED USE MOTORCYCLE (MOPEDS)

OPERATION chart.

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