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Old 01-28-2015, 07:12 AM   #1
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New Texas Motorcycle Law Requires Passenger Hand Holds

I know this is the parts market but I wanted everyone to see it, it may save them a ticket of up to 500.00 if riding through Texas.
New Texas Motorcycle Law Requires Passenger Hand Holds

maybe someone can move or copy it to where it will get the most attention
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Old 01-28-2015, 12:43 PM   #2
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To clarify (cuz the media never gets it all the way right) -

Texas Transportation Code

Sec. 545.416. RIDING ON MOTORCYCLE. (a) An operator of a motorcycle shall ride on the permanent and regular seat attached to the motorcycle.
(b) An operator may not carry another person on the motorcycle, and a person who is not operating the motorcycle may not ride on the motorcycle, unless the motorcycle is:
(1) designed to carry more than one person; and
(2) equipped with footrests and handholds for use by the passenger.


In other words, only applies if you actually have a passenger on board. I don't ride two-up on the 800 or the dirt bikes so passenger holds and pegs have been removed. If I have to carry a buddy after a breakdown, I'll take my chances.
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Old 01-28-2015, 01:07 PM   #3
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To clarify (cuz the media never gets it all the way right) -

Texas Transportation Code

Sec. 545.416. RIDING ON MOTORCYCLE. (a) An operator of a motorcycle shall ride on the permanent and regular seat attached to the motorcycle.
(b) An operator may not carry another person on the motorcycle, and a person who is not operating the motorcycle may not ride on the motorcycle, unless the motorcycle is:
(1) designed to carry more than one person; and
(2) equipped with footrests and handholds for use by the passenger.


In other words, only applies if you actually have a passenger on board. I don't ride two-up on the 800 or the dirt bikes so passenger holds and pegs have been removed. If I have to carry a buddy after a breakdown, I'll take my chances.

Yup and that part has been in effect since September 2013. The new part is the bit covering foot pegs and hand holds (whatever that means) as part of inspection.

Tell your buddy on Orange howdy for me. I still owe you both a rita.
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Old 01-28-2015, 03:22 PM   #4
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@Meriden - Your mention of the inspection made me wonder so I searched a little more. I was wrong - there is a separate code section regarding required equipment -

Sec. 547.617. MOTORCYCLE FOOTRESTS AND HANDHOLDS REQUIRED. A motorcycle that is designed to carry more than one person must be equipped with footrests and handholds for use by the passenger.

That's such bullshit.

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Old 01-28-2015, 04:46 PM   #5
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No Officer that long seat is so I can move around when my back and butt start hurting.
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Old 01-28-2015, 04:48 PM   #6
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I'd like to but I'm reading for an MBA (Yea at my age.) Maybe next year or I'll catch you on the trail in the mean time.

Now, for the upcoming penny per mile tax bill working it's way through the Texas house...
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I Wonder if these count as hand holds

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Old 01-28-2015, 05:00 PM   #8
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Old 01-28-2015, 05:25 PM   #9
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Yeah a dirt bike is not a two passenger vehicle. And I think the racks on the 800 are grab-able. I can't wait to have the conversation at my next inspection. Or with the next officer who stops me.

Not that I get stopped a lot.

Another bullshit law passed in knee jerk reaction because the pols don't want to look bad by denying a grieving mother. So they just pass it. If you have a passenger grab handles make sense but no thought went in to this. Grab handles would not have saved this girl. (Mallory, the law's namesake).

Hey, how about a law against inaccurate weather forecast? Bet the folks in NYC would love that one.
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Old 01-29-2015, 08:33 AM   #10
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Well, the law was passed and somebody is happy that it did, but it's highly unlikely that it will be enforced. I would be willing to bet that most LEO's only know the typical traffic violations and the rest are out the window, or up to the officers discretion. Also, you have all the hooligans acting like fools and trying to be a stunt master on public roads. Can only wonder or assume how this all come into play......

BTW, I've been ticketed for bogus things in my cage before and when I asked the officer to please explain, the attitude and temper, along with the threat of me being arrested only got worse, so I took my lumps and went to the local sheriff's office the next day to speak with someone that had some professionalism and the ticket was destroyed and the officer was dealt with. Point is that he didn't know the law and was threatening me and making things up as he went. Not saying they are like this, but it's up to their interpretation and discretion.

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Old 01-29-2015, 03:06 PM   #11
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I just got a new inspection sticker. All those guys know is brakes and lights. You're safe in Texas.
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Old 01-29-2015, 04:04 PM   #12
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I just got a new inspection sticker. All those guys know is brakes and lights. You're safe in Texas.
The new rule starts in March, but all in all I agree with you. A little shopping to find the right inspector and no problem.
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Old 01-29-2015, 04:26 PM   #13
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Who stays up all night thinking of these stupid laws?

Some laws are designed to be ignored.
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Who stays up all night thinking of these stupid laws?

Some laws are designed to be ignored.
The law started out as a response to the death of a young woman in a sport bike accident. Originally it included much stricter limits on what age riders could carry a pillion as well as the equipment issues that finally passed. It became a real cause celeb in some circles and the backlash from the motorcycling community included an online harassment campaign orchestrated against the family that would make any decent person puke. It's a sad situation from every angle.
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I just got a new inspection sticker. All those guys know is brakes and lights. You're safe in Texas.
Well, that's true. I get my inspections done at the local Kwik Kar lube place. The kids there always like checking out the bikes, aren't too particular about the inspection.
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