So who here has been pulled over on a MB?

Discussion in 'Laws, Legislation & Emissions' started by bikejock, Mar 22, 2015.

  1. bikejock

    bikejock Member

    I'm planing on motorizing my Dyno Deuce with a 49cc 4 stroke late next month and I am a little concerned about how cops deal with motorized bicyclists these days. Who here has stories of getting pulled over? I've never been pulled over on anything (MB, scooter, motorcycle etc.) they seem to leave vehicles like that alone around here thank god. I've never even been pulled over even on on a motorless bicycle and I've ridden in the side walk a few times past my local police station.

    I'm not too worried about getting pulled over around where my house is because we mostly have security around my neighborhood (we live in a gated suburb style community) and cops are rarely ever seen around here. But I think they've been playing more hardball with motorized bicyclists lately in California so riding my MB might be risky downtown or as we call it sometimes the 'pig pen' (where cops are most often seen) I used to get around on a 2 stroke back when they used to be legal but I sold it for parts after the engine crapped out on me.

    I've never been pulled over on that 2 stroke bike and my roommates 4 stroke lazer 5 moped even without having plates for the longest time. But that was back when California was less strict about mopeds and MBs. I guess the cops around the downtown area of my city mostily hang around there waiting to give people in cars traffic tickets. I've seen more people in cars get pulled over more often than 2 wheel vehicles.
     

  2. troyg

    troyg Member

    As far as I've read all bicyclists are required to wear helmets (ridiculous) and MAB'ers have to have a special license plate one time reg in Cali.I think Cali should just make everyone wear a helmet upon waking, jk.
     
  3. MotorBicycleRacing

    MotorBicycleRacing Well-Known Member

    You read wrong, only under 18 needs to wear a helmet on a pedal bike in CA.
     
  4. MotorBicycleRacing

    MotorBicycleRacing Well-Known Member

    Jeez, why so nervous?

    CA is easy to be legal on a motorized bicycle.
    Lots of threads here about how.
     
  5. bikejock

    bikejock Member

    Yup, your right. I've been riding my non motorized mountain bike without a helmet since I was 19 and have never been stopped by the cops because of it. On an MB its totally understandable to be required to wear a helmet. At least they don't make us wear motorcycle helmets on MBs. From what I've found out in California you can get away with using a typical bicycle helmet.
     
  6. bikejock

    bikejock Member

    Not really that nervous. I was just slightly concerned because I know they update laws regarding MBs every now and then here in California and cops can be A holes about it sometimes. Also just fishing for stories.
     
  7. Barnfresh

    Barnfresh Member

    California law requires MB riders to wear DOT approved helmets which are normally a M/C type helmet. Can you get away with wearing a bicycle helmet, most likely, however when you get pulled over and questioned it's all about attitude whether you get ticketed or let go with a warning.
     
  8. Bonefish

    Bonefish Member

    Attitude is everything when getting pulled over whether you get ticketed or let go with a warning.
     
  9. Timbone

    Timbone Active Member

    I've made quite a few forays into Indiana on my motorbike since they passed their new law requiring tags (I am a Kentucky resident). A few cops have seen me but they haven't pulled me over. Yet. :)

    =Timbone=
     
  10. bikejock

    bikejock Member

    Hmmm. I didn't realize they made it a requirement for us to have DOT helmets for MB riders. Good thing I still got my DOT motorcycle helmet in my garage. Had it from when I used to have a Chinese electric scooter. That thing was a piece of crap. It only did 20 MPH and only had a battery range of 5 to 8 miles per charge. Sold it for a 2 stroke build years ago when 2 strokes used to be legal in CA. Then the 2 stroke crapped out on me and I sold it for parts a few years after building it. Now I'm saving for a 4 stroke kit for my GT Dyno Deuce. Made sure the engine fits the bike. Now I just gotta wait till next month or early May before getting the kit.
     
  11. bikejock

    bikejock Member

    I had another question about sharing lanes with cars and bike lanes. Is it ok to ride in car lanes if your MB has a speed of 35mph? Also is it ok to drive an MB in a bike lane? They aren't very clear about this on the CA DMV website. I would imagine I would need plates, registration etc. to drive it in car lanes. Maybe even an M2 license/permit?

    I've also heard of 49cc or bigger engines are not street legal. Is this true? If so it would proabably make it impossible to get it registered, licensed etc. which would really suck because I want to drive this thing in car lanes the most. Would it be possible to legalize a 49cc MB in California? I want to avoid getting my MB impounded/ticketed as much as possible.
     
  12. Timbone

    Timbone Active Member

    First, I have have never been to CA and I do not know their laws pertaining to cars, trucks, motorcycles, and motorized bicycles.

    But I do know this: there is no such thing as a "car lane". They are "travel lanes" for all legal vehicles.

    Timbone
     
  13. Gene

    Gene Member

    Actually I wonder if you can be ticketed for using a Bike lane with a LEGAL Tagged Motorized Bike. It sure makes sense but you never know. The Spandex Crowd might object.
     
  14. Bonefish

    Bonefish Member

    You can be ticketed using a Tagged Motorized Bike in a bike lane. Your bike might be registered and tagged in Florida but that doesn't make it Legal. The DMV messed up when they allowed your bike to be legally registered in Florida.
     
  15. Barnfresh

    Barnfresh Member

    California Bike Lanes

    Yea you're not allowed to ride your plated MB in the bike lanes here in California, you'll get a ticket.
     
  16. Barnfresh

    Barnfresh Member

    California MB laws

    You do need a moped or motorcycle license and a license plate, no annual registration though just a one time fee of 20 bucks when you apply for your plate. It's actually pretty easy and you can do it all by mail by completing a simple DMV form self certifying your bike meets 4 requirements. Your MB has 2 or 3 wheels, less then 4hp, full auto transmission with a maximum speed of 30mph on flat road and working pedals unless it's powered only by electric, in which case pedals are optional. There is nothing limiting you to 49cc in California's law,
     
  17. Gene

    Gene Member

    Yes you know all. My bike is as legal as it gets. You are the one who is messed up. Roflmao
     
  18. Bonefish

    Bonefish Member

    Your bike should not be legal and gives a bad rap when you are driving a tagged MotorBicycle with 6.5 hp and goes over 30mph and then want to run it in the bike lane. I have a 1.6HP engine and it doesn't go over 30mph but I do not want to register or tag my Motorbicycle. I would like to ride it in the bike lanes though untagged.
     
  19. bikejock

    bikejock Member

    Good to know. I dug up the specs of the kit I'm getting. Heres what it says on BicycleEngines.com:
    Engine TypeAir-cooled 4-Stroke OHV Single CylinderMax Power(kw/r/min)1.5 KW / 2 HP / 6800Fuel Consumption(g/kw·h)≤480Fuel Consumption(L/h)0.78LWA(dB(A))101Net Weight(kg)7Displacement(cc)49.1Fuel Tank Capacity(L)--Oil Capacity(mL)250Ignition SystemTCICompression Ratio7.4CarburetorFloatStarting SystemRecoilApproximate DimensionsHeight - 9 1/2", Width - 11", Length - 9"

    BicycleEngines.com says it has a top speed of 35 mph and they sell a 50 tooth drive sprocket I was thinking of getting that can increase the MB's speed up to 40 to 45 MPH. I guess I can get away with a faster MB in the CA MB registration form as long as I don't speed and follow the usual traffic laws. And I'm sure the cops couldn't care less as long as I have a head light that's always on, front and back turn signals and a tail light/brake light & mirrors. Cops typically don't look twice at motorcycles, scooters and mopeds in most areas but you never know. I'm going to do everything I can to make it street legal. Anyone know of a good source for quality turn signals and other lights? I've seen what amazon.com has but allot of their turn signals seem to be sub par quality and probably aren't even DOT approved. I might just save up some extra cash and see if a motorcycle shop can wire something together to make my MB street legal.
     
  20. Gene

    Gene Member

    First of all you must be the jealous type. You have no idea how fast I ride. Then I said for safety reasons I think it is safer tro be in a bike lane but didn't know if ANY motorized bike can do that legally in Florida. Third there are many Guys who pass of 66cc and 80 cc China Engines as 49 ccs. I comply with the 49 cc rule. you have no idea even how to measure Brake Horsepower and neither does the DMV. Your the only one who seems concerned. Worry about yourself.
     
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