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Old 05-14-2019, 09:37 AM   #1
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Is my bike too minimal?

Just bought a 93 Honda XR600 thats plated. Registered and got my sticker Friday. I just moved to CA last year from MO. Bike laws there are different of course so please pardon my ignorance. Person I bought it from was running the bike with the bare legal necessities. By bare I mean a headlight and taillight but no turn signals He lived in San Jose and said he just used his hands because it was safer. He swore he was never pulled over in the 2 years he rode it. There are flush mounts on the back that arent even wired up!

So to ease my fears of getting a ticket I bought a new harness, front and rear turn signals and a rear brake switch. I guess my question is, is that enough to avoid getting pulled over in my area (santa cruz)?

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Old 05-14-2019, 10:42 AM   #2
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So to ease my fears of getting a ticket I bought a new harness, front and rear turn signals and a rear brake switch. I guess my question is, is that enough to avoid getting pulled over in my area (santa cruz)?
Probably. I think you're still missing some legal requirements (e.g., are those lights DOT approved?). But with everything else that goes on, that's not high on the list of reasons to stop someone.
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Probably. I think you're still missing some legal requirements (e.g., are those lights DOT approved?). But with everything else that goes on, that's not high on the list of reasons to stop someone.
Dang, after checking the package with my lights, they don't say DOT legal. Crap. Can I still use them for the time being? I am trying to find some OEM Honda long stalk ones. SOmething is better than what wasn't on there.
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I can’t speak for every cop, but I couldn’t care less about whether the turn signals are DOT compliant. If they don’t work, use hand signals. Don’t ride like a jackass and you’re be fine in my book.

You could also just wire the signals to the indicator instead of sourcing OEM parts.

I don’t work in the Santa Cruz area.
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I can’t speak for every cop, but I couldn’t care less about whether the turn signals are DOT compliant. If they don’t work, use hand signals. Don’t ride like a jackass and you’re be fine in my book.

You could also just wire the signals to the indicator instead of sourcing OEM parts.

I don’t work in the Santa Cruz area.
Understand. I plan on wiring them into the Tusk harness for now. I'd rather have something than nothing. I do use my hand signals more than I used to. I see most of the riders in town using their hand signals too so I'm following along. I've only ridden my bike for 3 days now. Just down to the store, gas station and around the block. Mostly in evening after traffic dies off. Haven't ridden by a LEO yet but I figure I need to have signals for my own safety and to not attract unwarranted attention.
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Don't be popping wheelies while wearing your wife beater and flip flops and you'll be fine.

Ha ha ha. So attaching a surf rack to the side and wearing a wetsuit would be ok too/ I hope I never become that person!
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Thanks all. Last question, are flush mount turn signals legal here in California? I was told on another forum they are illegal and lights must me 9" apart.
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Moved here from the Midwest and the thing I'm finding out is that, there's more laws in California than anywhere else...and people follow the laws less than anywhere else. What would get you pulled over in a heartbeat in Michigan (Not using turn signals, doing 10-15 under the speed limit in the passing lanes, etc) doesn't even get an eye batted at it here. Seems like a lot of the time, the police don't even bother unless it really is something serious. Quite a few neighbors in my area don't even use a front license plate on their car and it's always been that way for the passed two years. That's just my experience.

I wouldn't find it hard to believe that the guy you bought the bike from never had an issue. If it makes you more comfortable, just put the lights on. I would feel more comfortable just having them as some sort of sight for people behind me.

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Flush mount turn signals illegal for multiple reasons. Minimum turn signal width 9" rear, 16" front - IIRC, that's federal law.
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Old 05-18-2019, 09:43 AM   #13
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Minimum turn signal width 9" rear, 16" front - IIRC, that's federal law.
Why do I have 13'' in my head?
Did things change or am I just wrong?
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Flush mount is cool as long as you meet the width requirements and they’re approved lights...

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Don't be popping wheelies while wearing your wife beater and flip flops and you'll be fine.
What about wheelies in proper gear?
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