It’s common for drivers to occasionally come across driving laws they’ve never heard, but did you know that there are a number of bizarre laws for motorcyclists, too? We’ve compiled a list of the most eyebrow-raising legislation out there so you will be in the know when you get on the road.
Motorcyclists may not wear costumes while riding.
Well, more specifically – masks. In Virginia, motorcyclists are prohibited to wear masks, but you aren’t necessarily banned from wearing a costume that only covers your body, leaving your face uncovered. So if want to dress up like Batman, more power to you- perhaps just leave the Batmask for another time.
Motorcyclists have the ability to run red lights – legally.
In Illinois, for example, if a municipality has less than 2 million residents, motorcyclists are permitted to treat the stoplight as more of a stop sign- yielding to other traffic before proceeding through the red light.
A motorcycle’s headlight must always be turned on- even at 12 in the afternoon.
If you’re a student in a motorcycle learning or endorsement program, you must always wear pants.
The state of Minnesota wants to keep students safe when it comes to their choice of garb – since shorts, shirts without longsleeves or riding without gloves don’t provide the proper amount of protection. Also, it’s important to note that this is specifically intended to have to do with students’ outfits while riding- not all the time.
Pop wheelies on the regular? You may want to think twice – in some locations, you’re technically considered a criminal.
While laws about wheelies are generally pretty common, there are a number of variations can be found across different municipalities — mostly having to do with the safety of bystanders and other riders or drivers in the area. If you’d like an example, the state of Maine has a great one with very detailed wording for clarification purposes.
Which of these laws do you think is the most surprising? Comment and let us know.
Also, check out this other information about interesting motorcycle laws from some of our partners.
- To see more bizarre and interesting motorcycle laws, visit Rocky Mountain ATV/MC for an even more substantive, detailed list.
- Be sure to check out AMA’s motorcycle laws database to keep up to date with rider legislation in your state by clicking here: AMA State Laws Database
- Be sure to stay up to date with news about motorcycle laws with Cycle Trader, too, and know your rights as a motorcyclist in America.