Below are some New
Hampshire laws that apply to motorcyclists. This is not a complete
list, but it covers the basics. If you'd really like to dive into some wonderful reading, check
- Your bike needs mufflers and
baffles. Modifying an exhaust system to increase noise above that
emitted by the original muffler installed is prohibited. No motorcycle
may exceed 106 decibels at 20 inches from the muffler. While Laconia
has not yet begun a significant crackdown on loud pipes, several other
town have, and our turn is coming soon.
- Burnouts or wheel stands are not
allowed on any public roads. Police will also intervene if your
burnouts interfere with public safety concerns anywhere.
- A rear view mirror is not only a
good idea, it's required.
- New Hampshire's open container law
is vigorously enforced during bike week. Unless you want it dumped on
the road, keep it unopened if riding and on private property while
drinking and watching the action.
- Walking in the road, or alongside
the road while interfering with traffic is not allowed, not to mention
- Displays of public nudity, and those
who entice it, do not go over real well with police.
- Handlebars must not be positioned
above the shoulder level of the driver when seated.
- Motorcycles must not be driven more
than 2 abreast in a single lane.
- Do not pass a car in the same lane.
- Helmets are required for any riders
under age 18.
- If your motorcycle is not equipped
with a windshield or screen, you must wear some form of eye