The Do's and Don'ts of Motorcycles

It is summertime, and with summertime comes sunshine and motorcycles.  Motorcycles are great way to enjoy this wonderful weather.  However, there are extra steps a Washington State licensed driver needs to take to ensure he or she is within the rules of the road.

How to Get an Endorsement

According the Washington State Department of Licensing, to legally ride a motorcycle you are required to obtain a 2-wheel motorcycle or 3-wheel sidecar/trike you must have an endorsement on your driver’s license or obtain a motorcycle instruction permit to learn how to ride on public roadways.  There are two ways to obtain an endorsement you are required to successfully complete a motorcycle safety course at a Washington State Department of Licensing approved motorcycle training school or you can pass the knowledge and riding skills test at an approved motorcycle training school.  To obtain a motorcycle instruction permit you are required to pass the knowledge test at an approved training school.

Requirements for a Motorcycle Endorsement

If you have a 2-wheel motorcycle or scooter that has an engine larger than 50cc or can exceed speeds of 30 mph you are required to have 2-wheel motorcycle endorsement.  If the engine is smaller than 50cc and has a maximum speed of 30 mph you are not required to have an endorsement.  You are required to have a 3-wheel endorsement if your 2-wheel motorcycle has a stabilizing conversion kit installed, if your motorcycle has a sidecar, or if your motorcycle is considered a 3-wheel trike.  If you ride your motorcycle without the proper endorsements or without a permit your running the risk of receiving a costly traffic ticket for no motorcycle endorsement, as well as your motorcycle or trike could be impounded.

Helmet Laws

Along with the motorcycle endorsement that you are required to have on your license you are also required to wear a motorcycle helmet.  According the Washington State Patrol you are required to wear a motorcycle helmet when riding a motorcycle or motorcycle trike.  The helmet has to be certified by the manufacturer as meeting the United States Department of Transportation standards outline in 49 CFR 571.218.  A helmet that meets the standards required by the Department of Transportation will have a sticker on the back and will have information on the inside of the helmet that includes manufacturer name, helmet model, and size.  If you are caught riding a motorcycle or trike without wearing a helmet you could receive a costly traffic ticket for not wearing a helmet that could appear on your driving record.

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