New York Motorcycle Laws - View All States Motorcycle Laws
We have put together a simple list of the primary New York state motorcycle laws to help you when traveling through New York on a motorcycle. These New York motorcycle laws where confirmed accurate as of the time of publishing and are provided to you as a reference only. For New York's complete motorcycle laws, please visit the New York state Motor Vehicle website.

Safety Helmet: Required by Law
Eye Protection: Required by law
Passenger Age: No Restriction
Helmet Speakers: Single earphone only
Mirrors: One required by law
Headlight: Daytime headlight required. Modulating headlight permitted.
Turn Signals: Required if manufactured in 1985 or after
Handlebars: Handle bars or grips cannot be more than the height of the operator's shoulders.
Muffler: Muffler required; no straight pipes; no removal of baffles; no modification of exhaust system that increases noise beyond exhaust system originally installed. Ref: NYS Vehicle & Traffic Law, Article 9, Section 381
Noise Restrictions: Maximum Allowable A-Weighted Sound Levels at Speed: 35 mph or less, 82 dB(A); over 35 mph, 86 dB(A), measured at, or adjusted to, a distance of fifty feet from the center of the lane in which the motorcycle is traveling. Ref: NYS Vehicle & Traffic Law, Article 10, Section 386.
Riding Two Abreast in Lane: Operating motorcycles on roadways laned for traffic. (a) All motorcycles are entitled to full use of a lane and no motor vehicle or motorcycle shall be driven in such a manner as to deprive any motorcycle of the full use of a lane. However, this subsection shall not be construed to prevent motorcycles from being operated two abreast in a single lane.
Lane Splitting: The operator of a motorcycle shall not overtake and pass in the same lane occupied by the vehicle being overtaken. (c) No person shall operate a motorcycle between lanes of traffic or between adjacent lines or rows of vehicles.
Insurance: Compulsory Liability (Minimum Limits)(25/50/10) - Minimum limits where death results are 50/100.

These state motorcycle laws very verified as current at the time they were published on this page. Some laws may have been changed or repealed and new laws may have be added. Check with state and/or local authorities for the most up to date laws and regulations.