Massachusetts Motorcycle Laws

from Gammons Insurance Agency Inc.

Jul 17, 2014

Motorcyclists – have you taken advantage of the summer yet? It’s the perfect time of year to jump on your bike and take a ride. As always, though, the folks here at Gammons Insurance want to make sure that you do so safely. In addition to providing Massachusetts bikers with top of the line motorcycle insurance, we want to make sure that you know the rules and regulations that you must follow in order to ride on the road in this state. Refresh your knowledge with the following points:

Massachusetts will accept motorcycle endorsements from other states, so your buddies from other states can come over for a ride with peace of mind.

In our state, it is required that motorcycles be inspected annually at specially licensed motorcycle inspection stations.

Eye protection is required for instructional permit holders – unless the bike being used is equipped with a windscreen.

The handlebars on a bike may not rise above the shoulders of the rider when the rider is seated properly on the motorcycle.

Helmet speakers and headphones are not allowed unless they are used for communication in connection with controlling the course or movement of the motorcycle.

In Massachusetts, lane splitting is not allowed, though two motorcycles may legally ride abreast in the same lane.

Though some people may not believe it, it is possible for a bike to be too loud. For details on authorized sound levels, check out the MA legislature website for the full description of illegal sound levels in Part I Title XIV Chapter 90 Section 7U.

There is no age restriction for passengers in a motorcycle, but passengers must have both a passenger seat and a footrest.

All motorcycle drivers and passengers must wear a helmet at all times. This includes passengers that are riding in sidecars.

All motorcycles must have turn signals, mufflers, and at least one mirror.

Motorcycle owners must have a certain amount of liability coverage. For more information on Massachusetts motorcycle insurance coverage, call the Gammons Insurance at 508-947-3460.

Don’t forget that this is just a quick run-through of the Massachusetts motorcycle laws. If you operate a motorcycle in the state, you are responsible for knowing all of the information in the state’s Motorcycle Manual. If you want a refresher on the information in the manual, you can view it in PDF form online through the Massachusetts RMV website.

This is also the case if you take your motorcycle on a trip out of state. If you plan on taking a trip to one of our neighboring states, make sure that you take some time before you leave to brush up on the requirements of the state that you plan to visit:

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