I looked up the statutes governing mopeds in GA. You have to wear an approved helmet, but not necessarily a DOT approved one. Apparently the GSP has a list somewhere, but all DOT helmets are ok. Otherwise you should be fine, just obey all traffic rules & don't ride on limited access roads or interstates (no-brainer you say?). That's about it. Georgia's easy (unlike Alabama- what a pain!)
I know that, and you know that...But Georgia sees it differently. The Code of GA makes it pretty plain that if it goes, has two wheels, & a motor under a certain HP rating then it is considered a moped. Personally, I would try the motor-assisted cycle thing if asked, but be sure I know the moped stuff as a fall back position. Either way, in GA they are ok - just wear your helmet.
Under Georgia law, any motorized cycle with an engine of 50cc or less, or an electric motor of 2 brake horsepower or less, that can't exceed 30 MPH on a level surface, is considered a moped. There are other requirements, however, that you find if you dig a little deeper into Title 40. Mopeds are required to have front and rear turn signals, a brake light, a taillight, and a headlight. They also have to have -- and here's a problem -- dot-approved tires. All the other requirements can be easily taken care of, but you can't put moped tires on a bike. I imagine there are regulations involving what type of brakes they have to have as well, though I haven't looked into that yet. So as far as I can tell, motorized bicycles aren't strictly legal in Georgia. Have any of you other guys from Georgia had problems with the cops, and where do you ride?
I ride in Atlanta on the east side.. Little 5 Points, 4th ward, VAhi area.. I haven't been pulled over yet..and I don't even wear a helmet! I usually kill the engine and start the pedals when I see the pigs though.
The Georgia law doesn't say anything about pedals. If you put a gasoline motor on it, and its less than 49CC its a moped. Put a bigger gasoline motor on it, and its a motorcycle in Georgia. Wish it weren't so, because its keeping me from building one, but that is the way it is I am afraid in Georgia. If they are gonna treat me like a motorcycle or moped, I will just buy a motorcycle.
Another Tech guy! I'm a semester away from finishing my undergrad right now, I'm surprised I havent seen your bike around if you take it too or from school.
Good to see some other GA guys in here, as I've researched everything about building one except for the legality of actually running one. Any of you guys down for a meet and greet? Maybe meet up at the Vortex in Little 5 and park your MBs next to all the guys with old choppers and Harleys? I'd love to check out some of the setups before diving into my own project.