User:Dennis Bratland/Motorcycling

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Motorcycling allows you to be immersed in your surroundings as you travel so that, much like cycling, you are, "in the scene, not just watching it anymore, and the sense of presence is overwhelming" as Robert Pirsig wrote in Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance. On a motorcycle you can cover vast distances in a day, at speeds as fast as the freeways allow. Adventure touring motorcycles combine swift road speed, and cargo and passenger capability with some limited off-road ability, greatly expanding the potential scope and range of a trip, recreating the epic rides made famous in Ewan McGregor's The Long Way Round or Neal Peart's Ghost Rider.

You can explore a region on a rental motorcycle, or explore a city on a rental scooter, avoiding the need to ride or ship your own bike to your destination. But motorcycle touring requires detailed planning, careful packing, and a degree of personal resourcefulness beyond driving. The inherent risk of travel on two wheels must be given serious thought. Only experienced riders should attempt a trip far from home or lasting more than a day. Novice riders should develop their skills and get miles under their belt exploring their local area before attempting touring.

The touring motorcycle[edit]

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Adventure touring motorcycles[edit]

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Rental[edit]

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Motorcycles[edit]

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Scooters[edit]

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Laws by country[edit]

Motorcycle laws by country
Jurisdiction Lane splitting allowed? Helmet required?
Afghanistan No
Albania Yes
Andorra Yes
Angola Yes
Argentina Yes
Armenia Yes
Australia Yes
Austria Yes
Azerbaijan Yes
Bahamas Yes
Bahrain Yes
Bangladesh Yes
Barbados Yes
Burundi No
Belarus Yes
Belgium Yes
Belize Yes
Benin Yes
Bhutan Yes
Bolivia (Plurinational State of) Yes (except child passengers)
Bosnia and Herzegovina Yes
Botswana Yes
Brazil Yes
Brunei Darussalam Yes
Bulgaria Yes
Burkina Faso Yes
Cambodia Yes (except passengers)
Cameroon Yes
Canada Ontario Not authorized or legally referenced for motorcycles[1] Yes
Quebec No for motorcycles, mopeds, or bicycles between two lines of vehicles moving on contiguous lanes[2] Yes
Cape Verde Yes
Central African Republic Yes
Chad Yes
Chile Yes
China Yes
Colombia Yes
Comoros Yes
Congo Yes
Cook Islands Yes (except child passengers)
Costa Rica Yes
Côte d'Ivoire Yes
Croatia Yes
Cuba Yes
Cyprus Yes
Czech Republic Yes
Democratic People's Republic of Korea Yes
Democratic Republic of the Congo Yes
Denmark Yes
Dominica No
Dominican Republic Yes (except passengers)
Ecuador Yes
Egypt Yes (except passengers)
El Salvador Yes
Equatorial Guinea Yes
Estonia Yes
Ethiopia Yes
Fiji No (except child passengers)
Finland Yes
France Yes
Gabon Yes
Gambia No
Georgia Yes
Germany Yes
Ghana Yes
Greece Yes
Guatemala Yes
Guinea Yes
Guinea-Bissau Yes
Guyana Yes
Honduras Yes
Hungary Yes
Iceland Yes
India Yes
Indonesia Yes
Iran (Islamic Republic of) Yes
Iraq Yes (except passengers)
Ireland Yes
Israel Yes
Italy Yes
Jamaica Yes
Japan Advanced stop lines (Japanese: 二段停止線) attract motorcycles, mopeds, and bicycles to lane split[3] Yes
Jordan Yes
Kazakhstan Yes
Kenya Yes
Kuwait Yes (except child passengers)
Kyrgyzstan Yes
Lao People's Democratic Republic Yes
Latvia Yes
Lebanon Yes
Lesotho Yes
Liberia No
Lithuania Yes
Luxembourg Yes
Madagascar Yes
Malawi Yes
Malaysia Yes
Maldives Yes (except child passengers)
Mali Yes
Malta Yes
Marshall Islands Yes
Mauritania Yes
Mauritius Yes
Mexico Yes
Mongolia Yes
Montenegro Yes
Morocco Yes
Mozambique Yes
Myanmar Yes
Namibia Yes
Nepal Yes
Netherlands Yes
New Zealand Yes
Nicaragua Yes
Niger Yes
Nigeria Yes
Niue Yes
Norway Yes
Oman Yes
Pakistan Yes
Palau Yes
Panama Yes
Papua New Guinea Yes
Paraguay Yes
Peru Yes
Philippines Yes
Poland Yes
Portugal Yes
Qatar Yes
Republic of Korea Yes
Republic of Moldova Yes
Romania Yes
Russian Federation Yes
Rwanda Yes
Saint Kitts and Nevis Yes
Saint Lucia Yes
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines Yes
Samoa Yes
San Marino Yes
Sao Tome and Principe Yes (except child passengers)
Saudi Arabia Yes
Senegal Yes
Serbia Yes
Seychelles Yes
Sierra Leone Yes
Singapore Yes
Slovakia Yes
Slovenia Yes
Solomon Islands Yes
South Africa Yes
Spain Yes
Sri Lanka Yes
Sudan Yes (except passengers)
Suriname Yes
Swaziland Yes
Sweden Yes
Switzerland Yes
Syrian Arab Republic Yes (except child passengers)
Tajikistan Yes
Taiwan, Republic of China No for motorcycles larger than 250 cm3 on national or provincial freeways or expressways;[4] advanced stop lines attract motorcycles up to 250 cm3 to lane split[5]
Thailand Yes
The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia Yes
Timor-Leste Yes
Togo Yes
Tonga Yes
Trinidad and Tobago Yes
Tunisia Yes
Turkey Yes
Uganda Yes
Ukraine Yes
United Arab Emirates Yes
United Kingdom Yes
United Republic of Tanzania Yes (except passengers)
United States Alabama No for motorcycles except police officers on duty[6]
Alaska No for motorcycles except police officers on duty[7]
Arizona No for motorcycles except peace officers on duty,[8] legalizing bill failed in 2010[9]
Arkansas Not authorized or legally referenced for motorcycles

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California Yes Yes for motorcycles[11] Required. California Vehicle Code Section 27803
Colorado No for motorcycles except police officers on duty[12]
Connecticut No for motorcycles except police officers on duty[13]
Delaware Not authorized or legally referenced for motorcycles[14]
District of Columbia Not authorized or legally referenced for motorcycles[15] [2] Required. Washington DC Municipal Regulations, Rule: 18-2215
Florida No for motorcycles except police officers or firefighters on duty[16]
Georgia No for motorcycles except police officers on duty[17]
Hawaii No for motorcycles except police officers on duty[18]
Idaho Not authorized or legally referenced for motorcycles[19] Required if under age 18; Idaho Statutes, Title 49, Chapter 6, Section 666
Illinois No for motorcycles[20]
Indiana No for motorcycles as a vehicle may not be driven or operated in a manner that deprives another vehicle of the full use of a traffic lane[21]
Iowa No for motorcycles or motorized bicycles[22]
Kansas No for motorcycles except police officers on duty[23]
Kentucky Not authorized or legally referenced for motorcycles[24]
Louisiana No for motorcycles except police officers on duty[25]
Maine No for motorcycles except law enforcement officers on duty[26]
Maryland No for motorcycles except police officers on duty[27]
Massachusetts No for motorcycles[28]
Michigan No for motorcycles, mopeds, low-speed vehicles, or electric personal assistive mobility devices except police officers on duty;[29] also no for bicycles per 2006 Law[30] until legalized by 2010 Law[31]
Minnesota No for motorcycles except police officers on duty[32]
Mississippi Not authorized or legally referenced for motorcycles[33]
Missouri Not authorized or legally referenced for motorcycles[34]
Montana Not authorized or legally referenced for motorcycles[35]
Nebraska No for motorcycles except peace officers on duty[36]
Nevada No for motorcycles or mopeds except police officers on duty,[37] legalizing bill failed in 2013[38] Required. Nevada Revised Statutes, Title 43, Chapter 486, Section 486.231
New Hampshire No for motorcycles except police officers on duty[39]
New Jersey Not authorized or legally referenced for motorcycles,[40] discouraged by official motorcycle manual[41]
New Mexico Not authorized or legally referenced for motorcycles[42]
New York No for motorcycles except police officers on duty[43]
North Carolina Not authorized or legally referenced for motorcycles[44]
North Dakota No for motorcycles except police officers on duty[45]
Ohio Not authorized or legally referenced for motorcycles[46]
Oklahoma No for motorcycles, motor-driven cycles, motorized scooters, motorized bicycles, or electric-assisted bicycles except authorized emergency vehicles[47]
Oregon No for motorcycles or mopeds except police officers on duty,[48] legalizing bills failed in 2013[49][50] Required. Oregon Revised Statutes 814.269
Pennsylvania No for motorcycles except police officers on duty[51]
Puerto Rico No for motorcycles except law enforcement officers on duty[52]
Rhode Island Not authorized or legally referenced for motorcycles[53]
South Carolina No for motorcycles except police officers on duty[54]
South Dakota No for motorcycles except police officers on duty[55]
Tennessee No for motorcycles except police officers on duty[56]
Texas Not authorized or legally referenced for motorcycles,[57] legalizing bills failed in 2009[58] and 2005[59]
Utah No for motorcycles, motor-driven cycles, or all-terrain type I vehicles except peace officers on duty[60]
Vermont No for motorcycles or motor-driven cycles except police officers on duty[61]
Virginia No for motorcycles[62]
Washington No for motorcycles except police officers on duty,[63] legalizing bills failed in 2008[64][65] Required by law; Revised Code of Washington, 46.37.530
West Virginia Not authorized or legally referenced for motorcycles[66]
Wisconsin Not authorized or legally referenced for motorcycles[67]
Wyoming No for motorcycles or motor-driven cycles except police officers on duty[68]
Uruguay Yes
Uzbekistan Yes
Vanuatu Yes
Venezuela (Bolivarian Republic of) Yes
Viet Nam Yes
Yemen No
Zambia Yes
Zimbabwe Yes

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Notes[edit]

  1. The [[Highway Traffic Act (Ontario)|]] may make motorcycle lane splitting potentially illegal per Section 130 if driving carelessly and Section 154 if not driving in marked lanes. [1]