Bike is regestered in Florida!

Discussion in 'Laws, Legislation & Emissions' started by kawasaki999, Jul 31, 2008.

  1. kawasaki999

    kawasaki999 Member

    Just put my tag on today! I am now legal. I had to document that it wont go more than 30mph, less than 2 hp, that it has pedals and an auto clutch and single speed,and a picture. I also have a tag for the other bike.
     

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  2. bushido

    bushido Member

    any reason why you registered it? The laws i've read say it isn't necessary to register a motorized bicycle.
     
  3. kawasaki999

    kawasaki999 Member

    You r right I really did not have to but I got pulled over in largo and the sargent of traffic said I could only ride it on private property, so I brought all the laws with me and met him at the station and got into a long talk about the laws, to make a long story short be finally said about the only thing 1 of his officers could ticket me for is no registration,so I did it just so I could pass through Largo without a hassel. I have asked 7 sheriffs and a st.pete beach motorcycle cop about the bike and they did not have a problem with it, they said if the motor was running keep it off the sidewalks. The motorcycle cop that pulled me over thought it was cool and wanted to build 1 for himself and was very nice about everything,but he said he would ask his supervisor about the legality of it and would have his sup. call me if there was a problem,so a few days later I got the call, I was getting no where on the phone with him, thats why I went to meet him.
     
  4. mojoruss

    mojoruss Guest

    I'm all in favor of individual freedom of expression and congratulate you on finding a solution you are happy with. That said, I am all about less government, less red tape,expense,needless intervention into personal affairs, etc,etc... If registration works for you, I'm glad for you... I myself would rather walk than pay a dime in fees, be subjected to "the mans' whims". For me, the whole point of MTB is getting out from under the thumb and rule of big daddy government.........
     
  5. SimpleSimon

    SimpleSimon Active Member

    Good on you! It's a pity that you should feel it necessary to pay fees and take action not legally required just to keep the fuzz out of your hair, but as you say, it's worth it to avoid the hassle. Glad you met with the sergeant and educated him a bit - maybe he'll pass it along.
     
  6. Nuttsy

    Nuttsy Member

    So now are you a 'motor vehicle'? (not you, the bike):)
    Moped?
    Other?
    Do you now have to have turn signals, brake lights, etc.?
    About 15-20 years ago I owned an Indian 4stroke "moped". It had to be registered, all Fed. DOT equip. etc. Back then it cost me $12.00 US but it was a 'forever' plate; didn't need to renew every year. And I wouldn't have anyway. LOL Times obviously have changed and I still won't give them a dime. In your case tho, Craig, you have some serious investments there and I can understand you putting out a few bux to keep using them.
     
  7. kawasaki999

    kawasaki999 Member

    I am still a motor assisted bicycle, the registration says moped because in DMV,s computer there is no selection for motor assisted bicycle, They created me a vin. # even though its not titled. Yea I know its still confusing!
     
  8. B.K. Hosken

    B.K. Hosken Member

    Hm. I guess I need to do this, too. How much was the registration?
     
  9. kawasaki999

    kawasaki999 Member

    I paid 75.00 for 2 yrs.
     
  10. B.K. Hosken

    B.K. Hosken Member

    Ouch. I think I will stick to the back streets and behave myself, and maybe i will not be noticed.
     
  11. Tylden

    Tylden New Member

    Mojoruss hit the nail on the head as far as I'm concerned....we seem to share the same philosophy. I'm glad it works for you Kawasaki999 and you are happy, but I try to keep the government OUT of my life as much as possible. I like motored bikes for their simplicity, sustainability, and freedom from the government charging me for one more thing they have nothing to do with, or worse, regulate it to the point where it is no longer affordable or practical. Flying under the radar works just fine for me....a whole lot simpler and cheaper too lol.


     
  12. Mountainman

    Mountainman Active Member

    Kaw9 - hey - it seems to be legal now - and that's great - and you talked with the pooolice - trying to get it right with them - job well done - got my Ca motorized bicycle license plate - one time cost 18.00 - understood was not available for you - so you did what you thought you needed to do --- feels good to be LEGAL - doesn't it ?? Congrats from - Mountainman
     
  13. kawasaki999

    kawasaki999 Member

    Well I have 4 bikes , so I still fly under the wire with 2 of them, It depends on what town I will pass through.
     

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  14. CoconutFriction

    CoconutFriction New Member

    Registered my ride too

    Just registered my ride yesterday, cost $34. I was told by a cop who lives on my street that although no one (other cops) should bother you, it's illegal to operate a motorized vehicle on the road without it being registered. I emailed the dmv (florida) for clarification. I printed out their answer and brought it with me to the dmv, I was in and out in no time with the plate.
     

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  15. davidsis

    davidsis Guest

    Registration

    Holy **** how many horse power is that?
     
  16. bushido

    bushido Member

    according to the florida law there is absolutely no reason you need to register a motor assisted bicycle under 50cc with a single speed transmission. I guess the plate is cool, but i can think of better ways to spend $35 than handing it over to to govt. unnecessarily, I already do that with most of the taxes I pay.
     
  17. CoconutFriction

    CoconutFriction New Member

    It's 2.4 hp, the way the law was explained to me, you are not allowed to drive any motorized vehicle on the roadway without the vehicle being registered. If you don't drive it on the road, then you can do whatever you want with it. Like I said though, I don't think I would ever get bothered, but for $35 bucks, who cares, the plate is a great conversation piece everywhere I go.
     
  18. B.K. Hosken

    B.K. Hosken Member

    I wonder how much it is where I live...You paid $35, but I have also heard someone in FL paid $75.
     
  19. CoconutFriction

    CoconutFriction New Member

    The guy that paid $75 said it was for two years.
     
  20. kawasaki999

    kawasaki999 Member

    I am the one that paid 75.00 and my tag is good till 7/2010. When I brought my documentation the gebe kit said it cost 350.00 so they taxed me on that also. Renewal for the tag will be 18.35.
     
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