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Topic: Oklahoma Legal Poop
Victor
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Oklahoma Legal Poop
on: September 26, 2015, 18:34

I have been involved in motorized bikes and scooters for 8 years now, and have had several incidents that caused me to research the legals…


The law school at Oklahoma City University assisted the campus police in researching motorized bikes once when I was involved in a hit-and-run. Here's what the OCU campus police Captain explained to me:


    License, insurance, and registration are NOT required for an "engine assisted bicycle or trike.

    To be declared as an "engine assisted" bike the motor must be UNDER 1 BHP…or no more than 49.5 cc.

    66/80 cc motors have been accepted as UNDER 1 BHP, so are legal.

    Presently, the police really don't know that much about motorized bikes, so (most) cannot recognize when there have been major mods on the motor to increase the BHP. BUT the risk is yours.

    Electrics: The law reads that the biggest electric that can be safely operated without a license is a 750w motor. (I know, it sucks!)

    Many people in Oklahoma resort to this method of transportation after having their license suspended. This is all well and good, completely legal. BUT, if you are riding a motorized bike, (or non-motorized bikes, too) the police will issue you a DUI, AND take your happy a$# to jail, AND take your bike to impound. Then you WILL be required to insure/register it, though it's unclear as to whether your license will have to be valid. (One friend told me that the impound lot just looked at his registration, didn't ask about his insurance or license.)

    Finally, (and this is why I don't deal with kids,) you MUST be at least 16 years of age…even if you don't have a valid license they want you to at least be able to and understand the rules of the road for a motor vehicle.

I’ve been building, repairing, and riding motorized bicycles and scooters for the last 8 years in Oklahoma City. They have been my primary form of transportation all these years and while I haven’t encountered every problem that could arise, I’ve seen enough to be able to repair almost anything that can go wrong.

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