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    Colorado Motorcycle Laws

    http://www.americanmotorcyclist.com/...t.asp?state=CO


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    Safety Helmet Requires a person under 18 years of age who is an operator of a motorcycle or motorized bicycle or who is a passenger on such vehicles, to wear a protective helmet that is designed according to certain specifications; sets the penalty and surcharge for failing to wear the helmet; sets an additional surcharge for each violation to be deposited in the state Traumatic Brain Injury Trust Fund; C.R.S. 42-4-1502

    State Funded Rider Ed
    Available for all eligible applicants

    Eye Protection
    Required by law

    Daytime Use of Headlight
    Modulating headlight permitted per Code of Federal Regulations, Title 49, 571.108

    Passenger Seat
    Required if carrying a passenger

    Passenger Footrest
    Required if carrying a passenger

    Passenger Age Restriction
    None

    Helmet Speakers
    No restrictions

    Periodic Safety Inspection
    Required by law - random

    Mirror Left(L) Right(R) One required by law; C.R.S. 42-4-226

    Radar Detector
    No Restriction

    Turn Signals
    Not required

    Muffler
    Required.

    Maximum Sound Level
    Maximum allowable A-weighted sound levels based on measurements taken at a distance of 50 ft from center lane of travel, local authorities may adopt following: 1)Manufactured before 1/1/73--88dba at 35mph or less; 90dba at 35 to 55mph; 2) Manufactured after 1/1/73--86dba at 35mph or less; 90dba at 35 to 55 mph (25-12-107. Powers of Local Authorities).

    State Insurance Requirements
    Compulsory Liability (Minimum Limits)(25/50/15)

    Handlebar Height
    No Restrictions

    Rider-Education Waiver
    Skill & Knowledge Test

    Accept Motorcycle Endorsement From Other States
    Yes

    Accept RiderEd Completion Card From Other States Yes

    Motorcycles operating two abreast in same lane
    Yes; C.R.S. 42-4-1503 All motorcycles are entitled to full use of a traffic lane, and no motor vehicle shall be driven in such a manner as to deprive any motorcycle of the full use of a traffic lane. This subsection (1) shall not apply to motorcycles operated two abreast in a single lane.

    Lane Splitting No; C.R.S. 42-4-1503 (2) The operator of a motorcycle shall not overtake or pass in the same lane occupied by the vehicle being overtaken. (3) No person shall operate a motorcycle between lanes of traffic or between adjacent lines or rows of vehicles.

    Lemon Law Coverage
    No.
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    "You live more for five minutes going fast on a bike like that, than other people do in all of their life." - Marco Simoncelli

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    Re: Colorado Motorcycle Laws

    Quote Originally Posted by Mother Goose View Post

    Motorcycles operating two abreast in same lane[/B] Yes; C.R.S. 42-4-1503 All motorcycles are entitled to full use of a traffic lane, and no motor vehicle shall be driven in such a manner as to deprive any motorcycle of the full use of a traffic lane. This subsection (1) shall not apply to motorcycles operated two abreast in a single lane.
    This is good to know, some of the people i ride with we are comfortable being next to each other in a single lane.

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    Re: Colorado Motorcycle Laws

    Periodic Safety Inspection Required by law - random
    Not sure where they get this from, if they are referring to the fact a cop can pull you over and give you a defective vehicle ticket then every state has random periodic safety inspections

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    Re: Colorado Motorcycle Laws

    Quote Originally Posted by grim View Post
    This is good to know, some of the people i ride with we are comfortable being next to each other in a single lane.
    I see motorcycle cops doing it all the time too. I'll only do it if I'm comfortable with the other person, or if we're going slow speeds.
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    Re: Colorado Motorcycle Laws

    Genius thread!

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    Re: Colorado Motorcycle Laws

    I have my moments.
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    "You live more for five minutes going fast on a bike like that, than other people do in all of their life." - Marco Simoncelli

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    Re: Colorado Motorcycle Laws

    Be nice if we had lemon law coverage...
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    Re: Colorado Motorcycle Laws

    I'm gettin a radar for sure! Thanks for the sweet thread!

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    Re: Colorado Motorcycle Laws

    +1

    I lied, i have two questions,
    1. running lights and such( bought some LED's im going to be putting on my bike this week.)
    2. ear buds/head phones?
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    Re: Colorado Motorcycle Laws

    Quote Originally Posted by CBR-Cowboy View Post
    +1

    I lied, i have two questions,
    1. running lights and such( bought some LED's im going to be putting on my bike this week.)
    2. ear buds/head phones?

    From what I know and this is only what i Know so don't say "well grim said" It is illegal to have LED lights on while any motorized vehicle is in motion as it creates a distraction.

    Earbuds/headphones are illegal but speakers inside the helmet are not.

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    Re: Colorado Motorcycle Laws

    ABATE tried doing lemon law coverage several years ago, way before me. We about got run out of town by the Dealers Association...they hated us for even suggesting it.
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    Re: Colorado Motorcycle Laws

    Quote Originally Posted by ABATEStateCoord View Post
    ABATE tried doing lemon law coverage several years ago, way before me. We about got run out of town by the Dealers Association...they hated us for even suggesting it.

    Unfortunately short-sighted on their part.

    Lemon Laws are actually there to protect both the consumer and the dealership from unnecessary expense, pain, and hassle...
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    Re: Colorado Motorcycle Laws

    Colorado's lemon law sucks anyway. Magnuson moss warranty act is still good for bikes.

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    Re: Colorado Motorcycle Laws

    If you Believe all riders should wear a Helmet for safety purposes please visit this link and sign the petition for Colorado to have a Helmet law! You will help save lives!
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