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    Does one require a motorcyle license to ride a trike?
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    Not Sure what the law is in CT but Mass considers a trike a morotcycle thus you need a cycle license
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    I would imagine ANY state will require a motorcycle license as it is still registered as a motorcycle
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    It varies from state to state. Motorcycles are generally considered by definition to have two wheels. In Nevada, a motorcycle is a vehicle with a seat or saddle and is designed to travel on the highway with not more than three wheels on the ground. If it has three wheels and TWO are powered... then it becomes a "trimobile" or trike. Nevada DOES specifically waive our helmet law for trike and moped riders though.

    As I understand it, Delaware, Georgia and Washington have actual trike licenses and West Virginia is considering adding one. In Washington, the trike license also applies to motorcycles with sidecars.

    BTW, someone from Georgia in a post I read recently on another site investigated instra-trikes all the way to the top administration of the Georgia DVM. It seems that Insta-trikes and Voyager kits are illegal there as once installed, the vehicle is not longer a motorcycle (rendering the motorcycle plate invalid) but with four wheels isn't a trike either.
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    Sure do in Michigan. Probably most other states as well.

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    IT reall blows my mind that some states will not honor the Instra -trike or Voyager kits . I have one on mine due to handicapped conditions.
    I would be glad for the states to change out to trike style at their expense.I installed the instra-trike on after 2 total knee replacements ,spinal surgery and heart attack.
    I would think that this problem would fall under the Disabillity Act.
    What about hand controls in vehicles,ramps have to be builted, for wheel chairs to enter/exit the buildings,etc
    I have made the state of South Carolina change plans to allow me to built a dock due to handicapped conditions, they buck,kick blewed their nose ,run their mouths and finllay gave in when I threaten to sue them with a law suit through Disabillity Act with paper work in my hand.It took me 3 trips to DEH of South CArolina to change their minds.
    This Disabillty Act is a federal law.
    BRING IT ON for a Battle with us handicapped folks!
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    Ohio....
    Motorcycle endorsement... 2 wheels entitles you to
    Motorcycle
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    Scooter Endorsement
    Scooter
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    Trike Endorsement
    Trike ONLY

    Hope this helps

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    My wife got her "temps" last week. She passed the written test. They couldn't tell her anything about the driving test because none of the examiners for Butler County, Ohio has ever given it. Should be interesting as we have nothing but the trike now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by beastie
    My wife got her "temps" last week. She passed the written test. They couldn't tell her anything about the driving test because none of the examiners for Butler County, Ohio has ever given it. Should be interesting as we have nothing but the trike now.
    Did she or is she going to take the MSF class offered by Ohio?
    If so then she can take her test at the end of the class

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    In California a Trike is considered a motorcycle for registration and helmet purposes. However, Trikes and Motorcycles with Sidecars only require a Class "C" auto drivers license.

    It is about the ONLY thing California is less restrictive on then the rest of the Country.

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    California does not require a motorcycle indorsement to ride a trike even though it is registered as a motorcycle
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    I was wondering, if you need a MC license, I hope the DMV
    will let the person take the test on the trike, and not a 2 wheeler.
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    In NJ, if you get a license for a trike, it is only good for a trike. If you get a motorcycle license,it's good for a bike and a trike. Go figure.
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    As I understand it, Delaware, Georgia and Washington have actual trike licenses and West Virginia is considering adding one. In Washington, the trike license also applies to motorcycles with sidecars.

    BTW, someone from Georgia in a post I read recently on another site investigated instra-trikes all the way to the top administration of the Georgia DVM. It seems that Insta-trikes and Voyager kits are illegal there as once installed, the vehicle is not longer a motorcycle (rendering the motorcycle plate invalid) but with four wheels isn't a trike either.
    A few years back Georgia had a restriction on motorcycle license that read license good for all motorcycles except 3 wheelers. That restriction has been eliminated and a motorcycle license issued in Georgia is good for all motorcycles to include trikes.

    DMV in Georgia does not issue license plates. Plates are issued through the various counties tax collectors office. As far as the state of Georgia is concerned the plate is issued for the basic motorcycle and any additions such as trike kits, voyager kits, or insta-trikes does not alter the issuance of license plates, or the fact that it changes the make-up of the motorcycle. We have many voyager type motorcycles all over Georgia and to my knowledge none have received a citation for having any of the mentioned kits.

    Just wanted to set the record straight.

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