• <h4 class="dechead">On One Hand: It Depends Where You Are

    Motorcycle laws differ in many ways among states. Twenty states require motorcycles to have front turn signals, but even within those states there might be laws "grandfathered" in that allow older motorcycles to be on the road without signals. For example, in New York, only motorcycles made after 1984 must have turn signals.

    On the Other: If You Have Them, They Must Work

    Even in states that don't require your motorcycle to have turn signals, if they are on your bike, they must work. If you have turn signals on your bike, whether they came with it or you added them at some point, you also must have them inspected.

    Bottom Line

    Motorcycle laws differ by state, and while the majority of states do not require turn signals, if you have them on your bike they must be functional. If you drive into a state that requires turn signals, you will be breaking the law if you don't have them.


    American Motorcycle Association Motorcycle Safety and Traffic Laws

    New York Department of Motor Vehicles

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