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- Oct 11, 2023
In my state, all you need is a form from the department of transportation for specially constructed vehicles, you take your bike to a mechanic who is licensed to perform what is called an enhanced inspection, which is just a regular safety inspection but only required once for self-built mopeds, if the mechanic approves your form, which most likely they will as long as you have mirrors, lights and working brakes, then you take the form back to the DOT, and they’ll issue you a title, and then you can register and insure it. But I bought a bike that already had a title.In Australia you could definitely register a ghetto bike/motoped/gas bike/ petrol bicycle, but to my knowledge only a handful have.
In Queensland you only need a drivers license to ride a 50cc motorcycle/moped/trike/whatever, but it must be registered. That would be the state to try and register one, and then move to another state and transfer the rego through a rural Vicroads, like a nice and remote one after having done the Roadworthy trhough a helpful mechanic.
If you took your gas bike to a roadworthy inspector (any mechanic with the vicroads RWC certification) and it could pass, you can take the Roadworthy Certificate (RWC) to the Vic roads (DMV, DLVA) and register it for whatever the charge is and for first time registrations it must be inspected by the Vic Roads offical (over the pits)
And then they issue you your plate (you only get 1 for motorcycle in Victoria, you used to get 2!)
And then, you are coverd by TAC, if you have a crash and you have a record of the vehicle for insurance asset tests, and all the rest. You can legally ride it on the road!
We have historic or club reg (red plates) but thats another thing...
Thats a whole process in itself here, but there's always more!
All you need to pass road worthy (i used to be a RWC inspector at a few different service joints i worked at) is as follows (for a motorbike)
No oil leaks (an oil catch tin is ok for older vehicles, but must not leak while travelling)
Indicators must be 150mm minimum distance from the centre of the headlight and taillight,
Brake lights, indicators, hazard lights, dim and high beam must all function. So, it needs a headlight with a compliant low beam, and the highbeam has limitations... indicators must be amber in color and flash no more than about 2 times a second, 120bpm is perfect, you would get away with 130, but find a picky inspector and its a "no!"
Exhaust must not be louder than 94 decibels at 1 metre 45° from the exhaust pipe. Not WOT but at about 1/2 to 3/4 throttle, or whatever your cruising speed would be.
Brakes must be in working order and a brake test certificate must show a minimum G reading at stopping from 10 metres.
Tyres must have enough tread to disperse water and be offset cut to prevent road noise and vibration oscillating.
Custom and modified vehicles must have the appropriate engineers report (thats about 2 cans of compressed concentrated worms , ask the hot rodders and choppers guys) With all of the reciepts of purchase for all the parts used in the build. Plans and paperwork and recipts and engineers report and, and, and, all need to be with you at vicroads on "Pit Day".
Emissions... um, O.K. yep. Sorry, i live in Australia- if it passes Euro this, or Californian EPA that, it should be fine. But, if it looks and sounds fine, it is.
So no exhaust leaks, of any type.
Then, seats, all clean, no tears.
Paint, must be more than 50% 1 colours. Must not have more than 2 major colours (may have changed, but this is to prevent people from having 1 panel in each colour to c0nfuse police- poor buggers)
Guards used to have to be 45° from thw Axle minimum, but now, is just- has mud/stone guard on front and rear? Yes? ️
Primary and subsequent drives must all have guards upon inspection.
Fuel tanks must have a breather and a petcock.
Fuel tanks must be fastened securely and isolated from major shock or vibration.
battery must be secured, (is not allowed to be a zip tie) battery tray must not be corroded more than 20% of thickness at any point. Vehicle must have an isolated supply if battery is fitted (battery/vehicle must be able to be switched off)
Vehicle must have a killswitch.
Bearings, steering neck and suspension (ha- if fitted) must all be in good condition and working order...
... and there's more. Hit me up if you want to know more, ooor, you could have a look on the internet and find oit the things i missed.