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  1. racalley

    racalley New Member

    I am new to this concept. Is riding a electric or gas powered bike legal in Cal with out a drivers lisc. Is this a good idea for under 18? Is it good idea/legal for an adult with a suspended drivers lisc? Do you have to wear a helmet? Good idea to wear one I know, but I want to know the rules.
    Thanks for the help. Carolyn:cool:

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  2. MotorBicycleRacing

    MotorBicycleRacing Well-Known Member

    Hi Carolyn

    Electric bikes do not require a drivers license but you need to use a bicycle helmet
    to be legal even if you are over 16/18?

    Motorized bicycles have the following requirements.....

    M2 drivers license or better for the operator.
    You can use a temporary M2 license if you don't drive at night.

    DOT motorcycle helmet

    Moped plate for the bike/copy of reg on bike or operator

    No insurance required
    No title issued

    Less than 2 gross brake HP
    Single cylinder
    Less than 30 mph on level ground

    capable of human propulsion i.e. pedals
    automatic transmission of no more than 2 speeds. incapable of being manually shifted.

    Rides in bike lane, obeys all traffic laws
    Single rider ONLY

    Last edited: Jan 30, 2009
  3. racalley

    racalley New Member

    SO, electric requires nothing, but gas powered needs,
    It takes a M2 lisc? where do you get that? If you already have a cal drivers lisc., but, it is suspended, can you even get an M2 lisc?
    Looks like I will be looking for a electric bike. And wearing a helmet.
    Now I know where to start the search. Thanks for the info.
  4. MotorBicycleRacing

    MotorBicycleRacing Well-Known Member

    M2 is the motorcycle endorsement for your CA drivers license and
    you can't get one if your DL has been suspended.

    You can probably get away with a lot depending upon the cops
    where you live but if you get caught with no DL because of a DUI
    you will get the book thrown at you......

  5. MotorBicycleRacing

    MotorBicycleRacing Well-Known Member

    A motorized skateboard would be asking for trouble and not
    very practical as well as being downright dangerous...