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Bike Week Tips - Florida Motorcycle Laws

Monday, February 23, 2009
Harley in the Laughlin hoosegow.
Bad Boys, Bad Boys, whatcha gonna do - play it smart at Bike Week and don't end up behind bars. Or worse.
For motorcycle riders heading to Daytona Beach for the 68th Annual Bike Week, here's a list of Florida Motorcycle Laws to help everyone out.

We're all adults here, but some of you might need to be reminded - show some courtesy while you're down there. You don't have to rev your pipes every time you get on your bike. Motorcycle sound ordinances haven't been a big issue - yet!! Let's not give 'em reason to make it one.

Keep your wheels on the ground. If you've got to rip off a wheelie, consider this - you get caught, it could cost you up to $1000 for the first offense. So is two seconds of trying to be cool really worth it??

Finally, don't drink and drive. I don't want to have to help scrape anyone off the ground. And there will be checkpoints, so play it smart. If you know you're going to be throwin' down, get a cab or designate a driver.

Hope everyone keeps a cool head and has fun. Let's kick off the 2009 motorcycle rally season with the best Bike Week yet.

Florida Motorcycle Laws -

Helmets – not required if you’re over 21, but rider should have a minimum of $10,000 in medical insurance.
Eye Protection is required by law though.

Helmet Speakers – no earphones allowed. Helmet speakers are allowed.

Wheelies – Popping wheelies is punishable by a stiff fine. $1000 for the first offense. Hooligans and stunters need to resist the urge and keep two wheels on the ground or face the long arm of the law. Repeat offenders face the possibility of losing their motorcycle endorsement.

Muffler/Sound Ordinance – No person shall modify the exhaust system in such a manner that the noise emitted is above that created by the original stock pipes. Maximum sound levels (measured at a distance of 50 feet from center line of travel).

Maximum Sound Level –
82 dBA for bikes manufactured before 1/1/79 traveling at 35mph or less. It bumps up to 86 dBA when traveling faster than 35mph.
78 dBA for bikes manufactured after 1/1/79 traveling at 35mph or less and 82 dBA when traveling more than 35mph.

Handlebar Height – Ape Hangers should be no higher than the top of the shoulders of the operator when seated on the motorcycle.

Lane Splitting is a No-No! You can, however, ride two abreast in a single lane.

One motorcycle mirror is required by law.

DUI – Under Florida law, DUI is one offense, proved by impairment of normal faculties or unlawful blood alcohol or breath alcohol level of .08 or above. Checkpoints will be in place, so if you’re drinking, don’t risk it. Call a cab. A cab ride is much cheaper than a DUI ticket!

Insurance is required!!

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LD Biker -Florida Motorcyle Laws March 15, 2010 09:14 PM
I live in FL and own a motorcycle. You arent required to have insurance in the state of FL.
Indian Lew -DUI March 16, 2009 08:37 AM
Would you believe those dirty SOB's in Port Orange charged me with a dui when I only blew a .072!!!!! Boycott Bike week, Yes I think we should!!! As a matter of fact......I'm having some bumper stickers made up as we speak!!! Indian Lew
TrumpetSprint -Florida Motorcycle Laws February 25, 2009 01:41 PM
There is also another Florida Law. That license plate hidden back on the far side of the rear fender will also get you stopped. And that plate rotated 90 degrees may also draw some attention. In addition, I agree with Biker Mike. There's nothing wrong with those "Senior Citizens". My question is "What's wrong with you, that you would think that is acceptable behavior"? I live in the Tampa/St. Pete area, and as far as I'm concerned Milwaukee Mike can stay home.
biker mike -bike week February 25, 2009 05:57 AM
these are all state laws, dui laws are enforced everywhere in the U.S.A. and i personally dont want to be run over by a drunk on another bike. its not just the people of daytona that complain about the noise or the idiots doin wheelies its people everywhere. the problem is that when a few hundred thousand bikers all gather in the same place that things can get a little out of hand if "some" rules are not enforced. this is a free country and you are free to stay home if you dont like they way we do it in florida. and if all you want to do is come down here to make noise and ride/drive drunk we would all be better off if you did. mike
milwaukee mike -bike week February 24, 2009 07:17 PM
The Daytona residents have a stick up their butts! No ape-hangers, no wheelies, no loud pipes, no drinking and riding; what is wrong with these brain dead senior citizens? The Daytona city council is now bemoaning the loss of the large spring break influx. They only have themselves to blame. The money that is brought into the commuities of Daytona and the surrounding areas by bikers and vendors for that one week alone creates about 35% of their entire yearly revenue. I'm sure that the Tampa/St.Pete area would welcome that increase in revenue. Maybe we should consider boycotting Bike Week for a couple of years and see if they won't welome us back with far fewer restrictions on our personal freedoms.