Lv 6
dzerjb asked in Cars & TransportationSafety · 1 decade ago

Can bike lights be on the rider rather than the bike?

Rather than bothering mounting lights on my bike so they get stolen when I forget to remove them, is it legal for me to wear the lights while I ride the bike after dark?

12 Answers

  • tim h
    Lv 4
    1 decade ago
    Favourite answer

    Legally bike lights must be on the bike. Front lights must be white (no flashing) and must be visible from sideways on (they must have a wrap round lens or a cut out). Rear lights are just the same except they must be red. They both should be fitted to the right hand side of the bike.

    Source(s): Pro. Rider
  • 4 years ago

    Okay, to recap: MSF ~ answered (though it can be as much as $300, depends on if your state subsidizes the course) street riding is different than dirt... obviously you don't need to learn the basic controls and have some throttle control already, and actually dirt riding will give you a good ability Later on if/when you do trackdays or hit slick spots on the road as you're used to a bike moving around. What wasn't answered is that height has no issue when it comes to riding, so long as you can reach the pegs while seated on the bike. Confidence in riding is what's important. Since you asked about a DP and have a dirt background, I'd say you ought to look to the DRZ400SM, will out-handle a sportbike in the twisties, better for in-town riding but worse for longer distance riding (I bet you could do a 600~800 mile day on one, but it most likely wouldn't be fun unless it was all twisty roads). If you want the Look of a sportbike, but more comfort (down the link, not right now), look to the Sport Touring catagory. You can Easily do thousand+ mile days, one after another after another... for as long as you have vacation time to ride, on those bikes. That handle at about a 9.5 to a sportbikes 10 (meaning you won't see a difference if you ride sanely on the street), and are often cheaper to buy and insure. But if you want a pure streetbike in sportbike fashion, to start with, look to the EX250, EX500, Blast and GS500F (here in the US). Or, if a Bandit 400, Honda CB-1 comes up (or even the Ducati 620, I'd put my wife on one of those with minimal experience and trust that she'd learn to ride and not just hang on/survive), those are good choices too...

  • 1 decade ago

    As long as the lights are visible ( red in back and white light up front ) then you are ok. But some cops will get you for not having reflectors on your bike.

  • rowdy
    Lv 5
    1 decade ago

    The law says they have to be "affixed to the vehicle", i.e., the bike.

    So, no.

    There used to be such a thing as quick-release lights that just clipped on - front and rear. You had to bolt the brackets on, but the lights just clipped on the brackets. They were light and small enough to take with you when you parked the bike. I had them on my bike, but it was a loooooooong time ago.

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  • Tyrus
    Lv 6
    1 decade ago

    There is no problem riding with lights on you rather than your bike. There is also nothing illegal about it. It is an excellent idea. However, if you ride at night, it is a good idea to have something reflective on your bike. Nobody steals reflectors

  • 1 decade ago

    No legally they have to be on the bike red to back white to front and reflector. though no one seems to care as far as I am concerned the brighter the better cyclists have enough trouble being seen.

  • 1 decade ago

    Yes - so long as you show a white light at the front and red at the rear - that's fine.

    Just don't turn round while cycling .... Lol

  • 1 decade ago

    yes why not one on you head and one on a belt round ure waist at the back

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Yes it is legal.

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  • 1 decade ago

    +why do you have to remove them?where do you go to at nite that concerns you!!you can get clip ON'S to solve this problem...

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