Arizona Motorcycle Laws: What are they?
Safety and Specifications
Any operator or passenger who is below eighteen years old must wear a protective helmet. The helmet must be secured on any minor while he or she is on the motorcycle, while the vehicle is being driven or operated in any way. This goes for all-terrain vehicles and motor driven cycles as well. Read more here.
If any of these types of vehicles lacks a protective windshield, all operators and passengers, regardless of age, must wear protective goggles, glasses, or a transparent face shields approved by the Arizona MVD.
There is a maximum noise level for mufflers, but it is determined according to the model of the motorcycle, measured 50ft from the center of a lane of the road. Speed is also taken into consideration, as is proper maintenance. In lieu of this consideration, cutoff and bypass devices are prohibited. If a motorcycle is not equipped with its original muffler from the manufacturer, noise reduction parts must be installed.
Any seat that another person could ride on must be firmly fastened and part of the bike’s design, located either behind the operator, or on his or her side. If there is no so such seat, such as on some motocross bikes and single seat motorcycles, multiple passengers are not permitted.
Motorcycles are entitled to make use of an entire lane. No other driver is permitted to impinge a motorcyclist’s right to the whole lane. However, if motorcyclists are riding with two motorcyclists in one lane (called two-abreast), this rule is not applicable for those motorists. No more than two motorcyclists can operate side-by-side (abreast) in one lane. If a motorcyclist is forbidden to use the same lane another vehicle is using to pass that automobile. It is also prohibited to pass between rows of vehicles in their lanes, on shoulders, or between rows of cars side-by-side in any context.
Individuals must be 16 years old to get a full motorcycle license in Arizona . However, a minor who is fifteen and a half years old may apply for a class M-permit, which is valid for seven months. This permit is for instructional purposes until the time that the individual turns sixteen. It limits driving to daylight hours on highways and prohibits permit holder from riding on controlled access highways. Individuals below 18 are required to have held an instruction permit for at minimum six months, take an MVD-validated motorcyclist education program. Or, they can have a parent/guardian certify in written form that they have clocked 30 practice hours on their motorcycle.
Regardless of age, everyone seeking licensing must pass on a general knowledge test , an on-bike skills test, a vision test, and pay the fee for getting licensed. This type of regular license is valid until one turns 65, and requires re-taking a vision test every 12 years
Ultimately, there are few restrictions on off-road motorcycle riding in Arizona.
While riders under 18 are required to wear a helmet and eye protection at all times, there is no minimum operator age for off-road riding. While rider education is available, it is optional, and no license is needed to ride a motorcycle off-road. Taillights and headlights are optional when riding off-road.
For off-roading, a license in not required.