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Friday, 08 February 2019 11:57

4 Laws That You Must Abide by as a Motorcyclist

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couple ridingThere are many benefits to being a motorcyclist, the biggest one of all is freedom.

When you decide to head out on a journey, it’s just you, your bike and the open road. If you’ve never tried it before, make sure that you do even if only once!

Before you hop on your bike,you should know that, as freeing as riding a motorcycle may be, like with any other mode of transport, there are still rules that you need to follow. To find four laws that you must abide by as a motorcyclist, make sure to read on.

Your motorcycle must be insured and registered

Like you wouldwith a car, you have to insureand register your motorcycle before you use it on public roads. 

When it comes to insurance, you must:

  • Have third-partyliability insurance of up to $200,000
  • Take out direct compensation coverage of up to $25,000
  • Include accident benefits

When it comes to DMV vehicle registration, you should:

  • Have a valid license plate and vehicle permit (these can only be obtainedif you can show proof of a legitimate bill of sale)
  • Have a safety certificate that is valid at the time of purchase and certifies that your bike is fit for operation going forward

Driving between lanes;it’s legal in some places, but not in others

Throughout Canada, the law regarding driving between lanes differs. In Toronto, for instance, a new proposal has recently been put forth to allow cyclists the chance to drive between lanes in a bid to ‘minimize the risk of collisions.’ In Calgary, on the other hand, ‘lane-splitting,’ as it is known there, is strictly prohibited. Quite simply, in some places it is legal, andin others,it isn’t. In order tostay both on the right side of the law and safe while you ride your bike, whenever you enter into a new city or township, you should make sure that you know exactlywhat is expectedof you.

If you decide to customize it, your riding gear must still meet requirements

Motorcyclists are individuals at heart, which is why you have probably seen so many customized helmets out there on the road. There’s nothing wrong with giving your gear a personal touch, and it is not illegal to do so. If you do decide to customize your riding gear, however, there are still a few requirements that you have to meet by law.These laws aren’t there to kill your fun; they’rethere to keep you and your fellow road users safe.

Your helmet can have microphones, speakers, and Bluetoothfitted into it, for example, as long as its Snell certification doesn’t become compromised as a result. Snell certification is a provincial safety standard that ensures helmets are able toabsorb impact. Your muffler can be customized, too, but not to the point where it creates emissions above the levels that are permitted by your state laws.

Your bike must be maintained

Maintaining your bike is crucial if you want to stay on the right side of the law as a motorcyclist. Itmeans that you have to get it serviced as often as you would a carand that you should take it to a mechanic the second you deem something to be wrong with it. In this instance, it’s important to know that no matter how fun it might be to work on your bike, you should save it for the professionals. If you make even one wrong move, you could comprise the safety of the vehicle and put your life at risk as a result.

If you want to stay both safe and out of trouble, you should follow the motorcycle laws listed above.

Last modified on Saturday, 09 February 2019 04:12
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