Commonwealth of Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles Motorcycle Manual


Filed Under (Tips and Review) by admin on 18-11-2010

DEFINITIONS MOTORCYCLE Any motor vehicle having a seat or saddle for the rider that is designed to travel with no more than three wheels contacting the ground, including any bicycle with a motor or driving wheels attached. MOTORIZED BICYCLE A pedal bicycle which has a helper motor, or a non-pedal bicycle which has a motor, with a cylinder capacity not exceeding fifty (50) cubic centimeters, an automatic transmission, and which is capable of a maximum speed of no more than thirty (30) miles per hour (mph) . OPERATION OF MOTORIZED BICYCLES Under Massachusetts law, mopeds fall into the category of “motorized bicycles”(with or without pedals) and are therefore regulated by the Registrar of Motor Vehicles. Individuals must have a valid learner’s permit or driver’s license to operate a motorized bicycle or moped. Mopeds must have automatic transmissions and cylinder capacities of no more than 50 cubic centimeters. In addition, mopeds must meet all federal motor vehicle safety standards and have maximum speeds of no more than 30 mph. The following limitations apply:  Individuals may not operate at speeds greater than 25 mph;  Individuals may not operate on state highways or limited- access roads with signs prohibiting bicycles;  Individuals may not operate on off-street recreational paths;  Individuals may use bicycle lanes along roadways;  Individuals must use the proper hand signals before stopping or turning;  Individuals and their passengers must wear United States Department of Transportation (US DOT) approved helmets when operating;  Individuals may not carry passengers while operating on a permit.

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