"little person" motorcycle licensing

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  1. 7960

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    So, you have to have a motorcycle license to drive/ride a trike, and you have to take the motorcycle licensing TEST on a 2-wheeled motorcycle.

    I have a friend who's a little person and can't ride a motorcycle (feet don't reach the pegs :mamoru:), so if you're following the logic, he can't ride a 3-wheeler (that really doesn't need a motorcycle license) because he can't get a motorcycle license.

    Anyone know if there's some kind of exception he could apply for? He made some calls and was told "you need a motorcycle license" but honestly, the DMV are a bunch of morans so I wouldn't expect them to know the real rules/laws.
     
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    Have him take the course on an 85cc dirt bike? Granted, they supply their own. I'm sure the instructer would understand if he brought his own.
     
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    Maybe that would work (small dirt bike). If he passes the MSF course, he wouldn't have to take the riding portion of the state test, right?

    Midget on a trike == cool dude. 'specially if it's a big damn Harley.

    What about going the route of the state's disabilities act? It IS descrimination, just as it would be for someone without legs to be denied the privilege of driving a car because you have to take the driving test in a factory-original car with no modifications (like steering wheel mounted brake and gas pedals). Obviously, the state would already allow the handicapped person to take the test in a modded car. Why not allow someone to take the test on a modded bike, or a smaller-than-normal bike?
     
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    Yes, passing MSF in my state means you automatically get licensed.


    No idea, that's why I'm posting.


    He's not the kind to draw attention to himself, so I'll probably make some calls and yell until one of the DMV morans gives me the real answer. It's just frustrating to deal with people who think they know the answer when they only know *some* of the answer.

    thanks
     
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    I think you have to take the course on a street-approved bike, but I'll check (and he actually has a small dirt bike that he rides now).

    thanks
     
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    ha would be cool
     
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    :werd:

    You guys should build him one of these:
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    Only with even longer handlebars so he can reach.
     
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    I kind of lime that, buta he actually wants a t-rex

    [​IMG]
     
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    Subie Driver Eye see what you did there.

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    Here in Oregon, you can take the test on a trike, but that limits you to trikes and not 2-wheelers. Make sure your state doesn't have something similar going on.
     
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    Thanks. If there is that option, assholes at the DMV don't know about it.
     
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    Dont expect people at the DMV to have any sort of competence. :noes:


    When I turned 16 I had already completed drivers ed and the test and I got a waiver that allows me to just go and get my license. Lady at the DMV tried to tell me it just waived the written portion. I had to put a little bass in my 16 y/o voice and say "listen here bitch, learn how to fucking read." not really, but I did get smart with her because the paper said it waived me of BOTH and it was right in front of her face.
     
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    Talked to a Harley dealer today, figuring he'd know better. He suggested my friend get a permit, because it's good for 2 years. When it expires he just has to take the permit test again, and he can do that indefinitely and there's no road test to get a permit.

    Whe that kght work, if the law changes then he's screwed. There has to be a better legal option.
     
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    Dunno what it's like in NE, but in CA, you can't ride at night with a permit.

    Just a heads up.
     
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    Snafu more than meets the eye

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    Dunno about NE but in NY you have to have another rider with you when you have a permit. Following or leading.
     
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    What the fuck?

    That's dumb.
     
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    Thats fucking stupid.
     
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    Talked with a different Harley dealer, and he said he knows 100% for sure that my friend can take his motorcycle test on a trike, as long as it was built as a trike and not a bike conversion.

    I said it's pretty fucking stupid if that's really the law, and he said his best friend's wife took her test on one so he knows that's the law. He said since you need a bike license to ride it then it qualifies as a motorcycle, and that's why you can take your motorcycle test on it.

    Stupid, but good for my friend.
     
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    You are in CT right?

    No highway riding, No passengers, Must wear a helmet. Anything under 4 wheels is considered a motorcycle. Take him to a MSF class, and see if he can fit on their 125's. Worst case, they may let him ride something smaller.

    The MSF class will allow him to bypass the riding portion at the DMV, but he will still need to do the 'written'
     
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    huh?

    I said he can't ride a regular motorcycle. Not a 125, not a dirtbike, not even a razor pocket rocket. If he stopped, he wouldn't be able to put his feet down.

    He can take the riding part on a trike at the DMV.
     

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