What Are The Motorcycle Laws And Regulations In Indiana?

Motorcycles are more dangerous to drive than cars or most other vehicles - but why? Studies have found that there are a variety of reasons: motorcycles are harder to spot. Motorcyclists have less experience driving bikes. Motorcycles have fewer safety features. Motorcycles are more difficult to maneuver around curves or over rough road conditions.

Because driving motorcycles are substantially different than driving cars or trucks, motorcycles have their own set of laws, rules and regulations that vary by state.  Are you familiar with the Motorcycle laws and regulations in Indiana?

Here is a brief run-down of what you need to know:
  • A safety helmet is required when riding your motorcycle on roads and the rider is under 18, but not when you are riding a motorcycle off road. A helmet is also required for instructional permit holders. There are no regulations regarding helmet speakers.
  • All eligible applicants are able to take a state funded rider's education program. This program can greatly reduce the chance of an accident, as the classes train riders to bike within their ability and to be aware of common motorcycle dangers. Rider may skip the educational program if they pass a skill test. The state will accept some RiderEd completion cards from other states, although there are specific restrictions.
  • A passenger seat, as well as a passenger footrest, is required if you are carrying a passenger on your bike.
  • The handlebar height can reach a maximum of 15 inches above the seat.
  • Periodic safety inspections are not required, as they are in some other states.
  • All motorcycles manufactured after January 1, 1956, must be equipped with rear view mirrors, a speedometer, and turn signals.
  • There are no regulations regarding muffler sound or general maximum sound levels that the bike may produce, as there are in some other states.
  • There is no motorcycle Lemon Law coverage in Indiana.
  • The daylight use of your headlight is required. This is to make bikes more visible to other drivers.
  • Two motorcycles may drive two abreast in the same lane, as long as both drivers have given consent. A motorcycle and another vehicle may NOT share a lane, as both are entitled to the full use of their own traffic lane.
  • Compulsory Liability insurance is required, with minimum limits.
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