Pusher Trailers & THE Law

Discussion in 'Laws, Legislation & Emissions' started by Revorunner, Jan 21, 2009.

  1. Revorunner

    Revorunner Member

    I have been lurking around this forum for awhile now and have noticed alot of excitement about Pusher Trailer builds.My question is how are these pushers classified in regards to being used with a bicycle.Are they considered part of the bike or it's own seperate identity.Do the same rules apply to these Pushers or are they differnt than a Motoredbicycle.I've done alot of searching on this forum and have really found no information regarding this.Maybe I'm looking in the wrong spots.

    Maybe the Motorbike Guru's can help me out.

    Thanks for all your input in advance.:grin5:
    Last edited: Jan 21, 2009

  2. Mountainman

    Mountainman Active Member

    I think that in most places they are treated just as a motorized bicycle
    so local and or state and Fed limits such as horse power ect would still be in effect

    here in Calif years ago a friend with a B&S trailer set up
    received a ticket
    he went to court and the judge dismissed it

    those trailer motor bike THINGS are cool
  3. Revorunner

    Revorunner Member

    Thanks Mountainman for your qiuck reply,that's what I kind of suspected in regards to my question.I really enjoy reading your input on this forum,and your poems too.:grin5::grin5:
  4. skyl4rk

    skyl4rk Guest

    I would bet that motortrailers are illegal. At least based on what I have read in Michigan law, there does not seem to be a provision for a motortrailer.
  5. Rgvkid

    Rgvkid Member

    If you do a search there is alot of discussion on one of the post about this issue. It all comes down to the size of the engine, but alot of us are trying to get away with what we can. Good Luck
  6. Revorunner

    Revorunner Member

    Do you have a link to that post??

    I've done alot of searching and have not found the information.
  7. Revorunner

    Revorunner Member

    Yep,it's kind of a grey area so it seems on this forum.:grin5:
  8. Mountainman

    Mountainman Active Member

    it will not bring any heat on you if

    you call your state main office DMV -- I have done this here many times

    tell them exactly what you wish to do
    size of engine --- on a small trailer behind a bicycle
    ask them straight out if it's legal
    if by chance they say yes
    try to get their name branch location etc

    it's a shot -- hopefully not in the dark

    seems like -- oh no here we go
    if you have a valid drivers license
    with a small motor on a little trailer
    would a pooolice person give you a ticket ?

    that would be a bored pooolice person
    and they do become bored at times

    ride that thing
  9. Revorunner

    Revorunner Member


    I will have to check with the local RCMP and find out what the scoop is.

    I usually ride a 1982 P200e Vespa when it's nice enough too.The 200 stands for cc's.You have to have a motorcycle lic. and needs to be insured up here in Canada.I'm trying to find something else to ride that does not need to have insurance on it and still be legal.

    SO I CAN RIDE THAT THING.:jester::jester:
  10. skyl4rk

    skyl4rk Guest

    Why be legal?

    just joking, sort of
  11. Revorunner

    Revorunner Member


    That's all fine and dandy untill something happens and you get your A$$ sued off for being in the wrong.What I'm learning as I get older in life is don't do anything stupid because it catches up with you in the end.:whistling:

    And I'm talking about LOTS OF EXPERINCE HERE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!:jester::jester:
  12. skyl4rk

    skyl4rk Guest

    I hear yah, I've been running illegal for quite a few years now and would rather not have the paranoia.
  13. Rgvkid

    Rgvkid Member

    There is a post for laws in California. In the states, the laws are basically the same, 2hp or 50cc max. But make sure you do your research to see what you can get away with
  14. Revorunner

    Revorunner Member

    I really love the idea of the pusher trailer,so many advantages.
  15. Happy Valley

    Happy Valley Active Member

    In some states I've seen the motorized bicycle/moped law to define vehicles with language stating having two wheels and not more than three. Would it matter? Dunno. But might keep a pusher on just one wheel.
  16. Revorunner

    Revorunner Member

    Interesting point Happy.
  17. ZnsaneRyder

    ZnsaneRyder Member

    Well, there is no law that I know of that says what you can "haul" on a bicycle trailer.

    I'm just hauling my 196cc engine. Anyone asks, it's 49cc.
  18. srdavo

    srdavo Active Member

    I doubt you'll find anything specific on laws regarding these pushers.

    An Officer would have to get very creative, just to write a ticket.

    A couple facts, to keep in mind..... Pulling a trailer, with a bicycle is Legal.

    Other than an attached throttle controller, the trailer does NOT alter the bicycle.

    with a little imagination, your pusher could be disguised as a mini-log splitter, a chipper/shredder, heck.... even a heavy-duty ice cream maker!

    It's been said before, many times..... Obey traffic laws & ride responsibly.
  19. Mountainman

    Mountainman Active Member

    be careful NOT to ride those THINGS !!!!!!!!!

    yes -- once again -- I almost forgot

    as many times I have forgotten

    these THINGS thought to be hidden

    now that I am older -- seem at many times to come back

    and bite me on my mountain butt.......

    don't do the crime if you can't do the time

    young man was just sentenced the other day to 35 years in prison
    young man told the judge that he COULD NOT do 35 years
    the judge said no problem
    just DO AS MANY AS YOU CAN !!!!

    be careful not to ride those THINGS !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  20. macarollo

    macarollo Guest

    I have never seen a 49cc THAT large before!