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Motorcycle laws by state

I just received my MOA anonymous book and while leafing through it I came upon the Laws by state page.
Under the helmet speakers collum Massachusetts and Rhode Island are both listed as:
prohibited to use or posses.
So it makes me wonder, is this another one of those laws that is never enforced or are we with the comsystem installed automatic "bear" bait by just crossing over the state line.
Removal of helmet speakers is impractical.
The lawmakers probably felt there was a good reason for writing this law,
But I wonder what their laws are regarding cell phone use while driving.
Does anyone have any insight on this?

Just as a sideline, I think we could all agree that there's such a thing as too many laws, and then sometimes there are not enough.
According to the MOA list. Mississippi and Missouri don't require a passenger seat or footpegs and Idaho, Indiana, Mississippi, Missouri and Nebraska have no left or right mirror requirements.


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Department of Defense (DOD) just came out with new rules for motorcycles operated on bases. It requires a left and right mirror be firmly mounted on the "HANDLE BARS". Guess that leaves the LT and others out.

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Department of Defense (DOD) just came out with new rules for motorcycles operated on bases. It requires a left and right mirror be firmly mounted on the "HANDLE BARS". Guess that leaves the LT and others out.
Probably thought up by a member of the military intelligence.

I don't know if its true but I remember hearing that South Dakota has a law against riding a motorcycle while wearing sunglasses at night.
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In Arizona is against the law to wear sunglasses (or a dark visor) after sunset.

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I just received my MOA anonymous book and while leafing through it I came upon the Laws by state page.
Under the helmet speakers collum Massachusetts and Rhode Island are both listed as: prohibited to use or posses
Interesting with respect to RI. I just spent the better part of the winter up there and when the weather was nice and the bikers out, no one was wearing helmets? I don't believe RI has a helmet law, that or virtually every rider I saw was breaking the law, besides being stupid.
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Interesting with respect to RI. I just spent the better part of the winter up there and when the weather was nice and the bikers out, no one was wearing helmets? I don't believe RI has a helmet law, that or virtually every rider I saw was breaking the law, besides being stupid.
Incredible so you can ride bare headed but you can't have speakers in your helmet.
Now I wonder what they would say about a helmet-less rider wearing headphones?
I'll bet there's no law against that, and how dum is that?

No wait, I think I just figured it out, there's no law against stupidity, just speakers.


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Quick Link providing visual status of Helmet Laws for the 50 states. Interestingly, only 20 states require helmets for all riders.
http://www.cgcweb.com/helmet.htm
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Here is a link to the AMA web page where you can get a listing motorcycle laws by state.

http://www.amadirectlink.com/legisltn/laws.asp

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I wouldn't worry about it. If you are going to ride smart you should always wear a helmet.
Even though I peeled off my helmet at CCR last year for a day!

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In Maryland the law states that you can't wear earphones in both ears, only one, such as an ear piece for a cell phone. iPod earphones would be illegal. This also transposes over to motorcycle helmets waith earphones for both ears.

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In Maryland the law states that you can't wear earphones in both ears, only one, such as an ear piece for a cell phone. iPod earphones would be illegal. This also transposes over to motorcycle helmets waith earphones for both ears.
Besides being illegal. I wonder HOW would you or any other LEO for that matter KNOW and not assume thet I have speakers on both sides?

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My original concern is for the law that say's not allowed to use or..posses.
With the cable hanging down from our helmets, its pretty obvious that there are speakers in there.
What doesn't make any sense to me is that "the law" is against communication between passenger and rider, traffic reports from the radio and XM and directions from the GPS.
And I still haven't heard from anybody in Mass or Rhode Island if "the law" is actually enforced?


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