Utards whos riding what

Discussion in 'The Rockies – It's all downhill from here...' started by frog, May 22, 2008.

  1. Trailtwister

    Trailtwister To the peak!

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    I did a little research on this. Couldn't find a single concise statement on it, but here're some tidbits:

    From Utah DNR State Parks web page, http://stateparks.utah.gov/ohv/in-state-registration: Off-highway motorcycles may be registered as street legal if they are safety inspected and insured.<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:eek:ffice:eek:ffice" /><o:p></o:p>
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    41-6a-1506. Motorcycles -- Required equipment -- Brakes, 41-6a-1625. Horns and warning devices -- Emergency vehicles, 41-6a-1627. Mirrors, 41-6a-1636. Tires which are prohibited -- Regulatory powers of state transportation department -- Winter use of studs -- Special permits -- Tread depth (paraphrased): headlight, tail light, white light to illuminate license plate, rear reflector, stop lamp, braking system, horn audible at 200 ft, muffler, one mirror on left side, tires with certain tread, geometry and stud/ spike restrictions.

    edit -- No mention of DOT tire certification.

    No mention of turn signals.

    As Trackhead said, the inspection stations have discretion, although in my experience, they may not know the exact rules. One guy played like he 'inspected' the tires ... 'Look like DOT tires to me (wink)'. And neither of my two plated bikes (from 4 years ago) had the rear reflector.

    I think the state licenses motorcycle safety inspection stations differently than other motor vehicle stations... a regular inspection station person told me he couldn't do motorcycles.

    Related but separate: In October 2008, a new law allows ATVs to be street-legal, two types -- under 50" and the side-by-side type. That law is much more specific and clear, and the DNR publishes a guideline.

    Hope that helps.

    TT
  2. The Walrus

    The Walrus Gone and back again.

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    Street-legal in Utard........

    Some of that is well written.........and some is open to interpretation.....many car inspection stations are now certified for motorcycles...Jiffy Lubes....Texaco on 39th and 23rd.....but the moto-dealers are much more likely to be liable if they pass off on a bike that won't truly meet criteria......after all, they sell them and can't afford to lose that side over your quasi-legal bike......

    The blinker issue is moot in my mind........why wouldn't you put them on for your own safety? The DOT tires might be a personal choice depending on how much slab vs dirt your street legal bike will truly see......you will certainly get more miles out of a DOT tire used on the slab and that could make up for the higher price...........

    I think you need to tailor the bike for what you will use it for........:webers
  3. soewe812

    soewe812 Wag more Bark less

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    Utards!

    Call in sick and come ride with Lu Fei and I. We will be leaving Santaquin Monday 8 am ish and spending the next few days visiting the best southern Utah has to offer. Camping, mostly paved twisties, some dirt and lots of National Parks and photo stops.

    648 N. 450 W. Santaquin

    Be a part of this years P.R. for International Friendship tour.
  4. HickOnACrick

    HickOnACrick Groovinator

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    I wish this had happened a couple of weeks earlier. Now I am stuck on service with no light at the end of the tunnel for two weeks.
  5. NOTAR_520

    NOTAR_520 Been here awhile

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    I so wanted to go on this ride, my daughter was moving :(

    Thanks for the pic, I hope you share more. My daughter and I had 2 DRZ's, now we are down to 1, I was going to ride a FZ6 on the grade. MaverickChick has ridden this ride with a DRZ SM, so the FZ6 might of been OK, lol.

    Great choice on moving the ride to Sat., lots of rain today(Sunday).
  6. NOTAR_520

    NOTAR_520 Been here awhile

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    All motorcycles manufactured after January 1, 1973 must be equipped with turn signals (49 CFR 571.108), (UCA 41-6a-160i(c)).

    This tid bit is tucked in this document:
    http://publicsafety.utah.gov/safetyinspections/docs/2009-2010%20SI%20Motorcycle%20Manual.pdf

    I have some Highway patrol buddies, they have ticketed bikes without signals, but they have never looked for DOT tires. Highway patrol seems to be the most stringent, and hip of the law.

    I put on signals, I think it smart for the cagers to see them, and sometimes I'm not running DOT tires so I don't risk the hassle. I'm usually on a louder bike, so if an officer see's and hears me, them seeing the signals I think helps avoid a nuisance pull over.

    I've always needed signals to get a plate anyways, but I have been tempted to run to a shop that doesn't require them. It sucks that to put on LED's it will run about $200.
  7. STARSKEY

    STARSKEY Wandering Soul

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    Hey Trailtwister:

    That nice guy we met at the graveyard, do you remember his name or the website he was talking about? I've had a mental shutdown and forgot both.

    Ironically, the copy of "Overland Journal" that he gave me had some really cool articles in it. One is a test of 4 "pannier sized" compressors for expedition motorcycling. Another article was about one man, one Honda TransAlp, eight southern African countries in eight days. Another article was about a guy that did the Continental Divide trail from Canada to Mexico on a bike just like mine. And the last article in the magazine was about one of the editors having an adventurous journey to a mine just outside of Duncan, Arizona. That's the tiny town I grew up in. Amazed me to see it published in a world-wide travel journal.

    I may have to subscribe now.
  8. Trailtwister

    Trailtwister To the peak!

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    Thanks for finding the Motorcycle Safety Inspection Manual! That sums it up well. It covers two-wheeled dirt bikes on page 28, and it's consistent with what I found.

    No mention of turn signals.

    No DOT tires needed. Although it includes the misleading phrase 'highway approved', the tire rule, "j. Tires must be highway approved in accordance with UCA 41-6a-1636". That Utah code says nothing about DOT-certification -- just tread depth, spikes, etc: http://www.le.utah.gov/UtahCode/getCodeSection?code=41-6a-1636

    The handbook has another rule, for an odometer:
    "Working odometers, although not a safety inspection requirement, are nevertheless required on all vehicles in order to be registered in the state of Utah. (UCA 41-1a-901 Odometers required)"

    The Utah law, and a few other states' laws have been called 'trail-to-trail' laws. From what I've heard, they're intended for motorcycles manufactured and marketed for off-road use. They intended for limited use of dirt bikes on public highways. Has anyone seen anything about that in Utah? Can the patrolman write a ticket for riding a dirt bike for long freeway distances, or routine city commuting?


  9. NOTAR_520

    NOTAR_520 Been here awhile

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    I'll keep a look out for more info about the trail to trail, and ask around.

    Utah laws are just like most states, a quagmire of ever ending added laws that get all jumbled up.
  10. The Walrus

    The Walrus Gone and back again.

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    Laws are one thing......enforcement is more of the issue......if you get stopped and cited, the hassle and expense are not worth the time and money to get it right beforehand......I just don't like civilian/officer confrontations....whatever lowers my risk is worth the investment..........IMHO..........:choppa
  11. NOTAR_520

    NOTAR_520 Been here awhile

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    I'm 100% with you, getting pulled over just sucks. I don't want to waste their time, or mine.
  12. Michelangelo

    Michelangelo 2 wheel rider...anytime..

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    Todd, glad you had a blast. That is one hidden treasure of a trail, esp the far south end.
  13. Trailtwister

    Trailtwister To the peak!

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    Starsky and I met a dude Saturday, with a white 4-door Rover truck machine, all set up for overland adventure touring. Great guy ... I think Mike was his name. He was checking out the Kelton cemetery. Said his buddy writes for Overland Journal and gave us a couple old copies. I'm reading it now ... great magazine!

    Glad to meet you, overland adventurer dude!
  14. trackhead

    trackhead Utard Wankster

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    Picked up an old classic XR600r today. Coming from my hyper Honda 250x, this bike is like a big Cadillac. 270lbs of satisfying thumperama.

    Maybe now I'll entertain the idea of riding with some of you who enjoy the dual sport thing.
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  15. quota

    quota Been here awhile

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    Congratulations on the new ride. Should be a good one. I've always liked the big Hondas. Rode a 650R once that had been modded to electric start. I'd buy one if kicking wasn't the only option!
  16. GISkev

    GISkev wwfsmd?

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    There is a certain knowledge required, but i can light my XR650R on first kick when cold... turn up the idle, choke if coldish (only for the first kick if moderately cold) find top dead center, and your on.

    Congrats on the new ride! Easy valve adjustments, easy everything.


    Dirty-Diesel replaced my rings, stator, n headlight, on my 650r and showed me how. also an ace job on hot grips for the KLR250 commuter that he n StanTheMan replaced the cam chain on! (commute on it all winter!)

    Pretty straight forward once you see it by a good wrench... did you know aircraft torque wrenches have a log book that's more important than then wrench (which goes to a lab for calibration!!!)? Nice to have the right teacher! :dg

    Moab awaits next weekend!


    I'm not worthy!!!
  17. trackhead

    trackhead Utard Wankster

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    Yup, I had the Sensei Master give me the voodoo tricks to kick it over. Working fine in the cold, and butter easy when it's warm

    Damn bike sounds like a damn helicopter thumping between your legs.....as weird as that sounds.
  18. GISkev

    GISkev wwfsmd?

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    Pluric say: ... as Sensai Master, think of as 50 horse power vibrator and you be more inclined to get on...

    Moab? white rim, lockhart basin, shorter technical rides!???

    moab.JPG

    yum
  19. dumbgirl

    dumbgirl Been here awhile

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    So Fano, Frog, the Princes and I went to Jerico for round 7 of the AMA national Hare & Hound championship. Frog was the second guy off the amateur start until he went down SO HARD it knocked him back to last week. He got up, bloody nose and all, got back on the bike but funny thing...didn't remember any of it. Came to around mile 30! Mean while, Fano and I got stuck in a swamp that looked more like a Valdeze spill than a desert race. Way Fun. Here's a few picks:

    Fano with the engine he finished rebuilding at !0:28pm the night before:

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    Here's Frog...having a hard time piecing the day together:

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    Dumb Girl, Frog, Fano, & 35P!

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    They gave Fano a trophy because they didn't have to send Search & Rescue out to find him at the end of the race.
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    Now I'm off to Moab for a week with my new bike mount my husband made for me:

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    Now, other than Hick, who's ready for ski season?
  20. HickOnACrick

    HickOnACrick Groovinator

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    Hey, DG! Nice Rack!

    Yup, got my daughter's skis this weekend, and I will be buying the season pass and hopefully some new tele-sticks this week.