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    Munch
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    North Carolina The Tar Heel State

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    Helmet: Required by law
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    Helmet Reflectorization: Not required ( reflecta wha?!)
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    Handlebar Height: No Restrictions
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    Eye Protection: Not Required
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    Turn Signals: Not Required
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    Daytime Use of Headlight: Required by law
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    Modulating Headlight: Permitted
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    Mirror Left (L) and Right (R): Required by law
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    Helmet Speakers: No Restrictions ( juries out on I-pods, be courteous and its a non issue)
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    Earplugs: ?
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    Muffler: Muffler or other exhaust system of the type installed at the time of manufacture, in good working order and in constant operation to prevent excessive or unusual noise; muffler cut-out prohibited. (NC General Statutes, Section 20-128 (so far not finding anything for penalties or extenuating circumstances as needing emissions stamp, knowing this state…. just means you won’t pass the state inspection)
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    Decibels/Maximum Sound: No acoustical criteria
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    Passenger Age Restrictions: None
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    Passenger Seat: Required if carrying a passenger ( DUH! )
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    Passenger Footrest: Required if carrying a passenger ( “Just put em out to the side Jimmy, if I turn I will tap the appropriate leg!” )
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    Motorcycles OK in HOV Lanes: ? ( As of now I know of not one area with HOV)
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    Lanesharing/Lanesplitting: Not permitted
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    Riding Two Abreast/Side by Side in Single Lane: Permitted. § 20-146.1
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    Insurance Requirements: Compulsory Liability (Minimum Limits)(30/60/25) – Insurance companies may apply to Insurance Bureau for insurance discount for rider education course graduates.
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    Periodic Safety Inspection: Required by law
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    State Funded Rider Education: Available for all eligible applicants (though the waiting list is ridiculous)
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    Rider Education Waiver: Skill Test
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    Radar Detector: No Restriction

    Highway Patrol Website: http://www.nccrimecontrol.org/Index2.cfm?a=000003,000014

    Motorcyclist Rights Organization: ABATE of North Carolina. P.O. Box 3220, Wingate, NC 28174, 704-283-4137, http://www.abatenc.com
    CBA/ABATE of North Carolina. P.O. Box 2215, Monroe, NC 28111-2215, 704-283-0465, http://www.cba-abatenc.org
    BOLT of North Carolina, http://www.usff.com/ncbolt

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    megaspaz
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    Some clarification please…

    Lanesharing/Lanesplitting: Not permitted
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    Riding Two Abreast/Side by Side in Single Lane: Permitted. § 20-146.1
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    Riding 2 abreast sure sounds like lane sharing… Is riding 2 abreast dealing specifically with motorcycles? and Lane sharing/splitting dealing with 4 wheels + motorcycle?


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    #15321
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    Munch
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    Lane sharing in NC is specific to a vehicle encroaching on a lane that a single motorcycle occupies. Motorcycles can ride two abreast but if a car, SUV, truck etc. tries to occupy the same space/lane that a motorcycle is in it is illegal. Much like say passing a Bicyclist on the road by a car using most of the lane to get by.
    I think the wording was meant to “blanket” the different terminologies or interpretations used in different areas as you had pointed out in another of your responses.
    You cannot “split Lanes” in slow traffic here to get through …you have to wait your turn like the rest of the commuters.

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    xazraelx_NC
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    Thanks for posting this!

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    fireball
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    Charlotte has HOV lanes.

    #16916
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    Munch
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    I stand corrected…thanks!

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    GoHeels
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    Just joined the site. Decided this weekend to get started and to do it right.

    I’m 6.0′, 200 lbs., never been on anything other than a non-automatic moped (but drive a standard transmission car). About 30 y/o, live in downtown Charlotte, and looking for a commuter and something to keep me sane during weekends. Prefer sport to cruiser (aesthetically and w/r/t what I imagine (a Ducati, of course…)

    Risk-averse attorney who tends to be overly cautious. Taking the safety course at CPCC, obviously. Will finish course before purchasing anything.

    I know it isn’t the thread, so sorry if it’s not germane, but I must ask the age-old 250cc v. 500cc question. I’m not afraid of looking like a wimp on a 250, and though I have no desire to become a grease spot on Tryon St., I wouldn’t mind having a 500 to keep up with traffic on 277, etc. I’m cautious, but confident and most of the 200 lbs. is muscle, so I don’t know that I wouldn’t be able to control the bike.

    Anything I should consider other than the ubiquitous 250cc Ninja? And does anyone have a retailer recommendation in the area?

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    Munch
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    Welcome…….”germane” huh…you need to get outta that 3 piece a lil more often. Last time I heard someone use that was watching the crack heads in the house “debate” amendments to the so called budget bill.
    I will look some Dealers up for ya tonight when I get home from work… however you might want to put this lil intro in the “introduce yourself” section. You will get more eyes looking at it.

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    XRayHound
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    Another cool NC law: motorcyclists can legally run red lights if due to low traffic volume the light is refusing to change. Usually only relevant in small towns and/or after oh-dark thirty, but so wonderfully convenient. You have to sit at it for a “reasonable” amount of time, but it’s still one of the few bits of legislation I approve of. Now if we can just get lanesplitting passed we’ll be about the most motorcycle friendly state in the nation!

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    ncBiker
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    Does anyone know if u can still wear skull caps in nc? I heard there illegal now. Thanks

    #26231
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    Munch
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    Have never been legal really. If it isn’t DOT certified its illegal. Half helmets are expected to come down far enough to touch right at the top of your ears.

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    Cleo C. Fiorentino
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    I like your topic and even shared it with my social profiles becasue you have written such an informative article based on information. Thanks

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