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Motorcycle Safety

May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month

Motorcycle Safety Poster
Motorcycle crashes involving another motor vehicle continue to account for nearly half of all motorcyclist fatalities in the United States. Motorcyclists are basically at more risk than motor vehicles because they lack many of the same safety features of automobiles. Motorcyclists are 27 times more likely to die in a crash than other motorists.  NHTSA has a vested interest in looking at the types of motorist behaviors that pose a risk to motorcyclists. In years past, these efforts have been bundled under the title of "Share The Road".

 

 

 

The Motorcycle Safety Program promotes safe motorcycle riding through rider training courses and public information programs.

 

​Transportation Safety Division provides support to the Governor's Advisory Committee on Motorcycle Safety. The committee advises the Governor and TSD on all aspects of motorcycle safety.

GAC on Motorcycle Safety meeting webpage
GAC on Motorcycle Safety resource webpage

National Standards for Entry-Level Motorcycle Rider Training

Oregon Laws on Motorcycle Education Course Requirements

​Oregon's approved motorcycle safety training program is called TEAM Oregon and it is based at Oregon State University. The TEAM Oregon motorcycle safety training program offers training for beginning, intermediate, and experienced riders. Training is available through community colleges and is also offered in a number of locations around the state.

TEAM Oregon

Q: Can an off-road class III ATV Dirt Bike be made street legal?

A: Some dirt bikes can be made street legal, some can not.
 
First Step: Contact the manufacturer (not the dealership) of the motorcycle, such as Honda or Yamaha, and find out if the engine has been certified through the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to meet emission standards for use on the street. If the engine has not been certified for street use, you cannot make the motorcycle street legal. If the engine has been certified for street use, it may need a carburetor or exhaust update, as some dirt bike engines don't have the same carburetor or exhaust that the street bike conversion has. Get a letter from the manufacturer stating the engine does meet street standards and what modification, if any, it needs to meet the street use standards.
 
Second Step: If the engine does meet street standards, get a letter from the manufacturer listing the modifications needed to bring the motorcycle up to street standards.  Such as lighting equipment (includes all lights, turn signals, reflectors, high/low beam indicator), speedometer, rear view mirror, rims, tires, exhaust, etc.  These are referred to as the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards (FMVSS).
 
Third Step: Keep all receipts for modifications. You will need the manufacturers' certificate of origin, a receipt of ownership (bill of sale), and all your receipts for modifications, plus the two letters mentioned above from the manufacturer.
 
Fourth Step: Take all the information to your local DMV field office when you go to register the motorcycle. You may wish to call first to see if they want to visually inspect the vehicle for a vehicle identification number (VIN) at the time you go to register the vehicle.
 
As stated above, some off-road dirt bikes cannot be made street legal because the engine does not meet the US EPA emission standards for street use.
 
For more information, you can refer to the following publication: In-Depth Information for Motorcycle Owners on EPA's New Emission Standards for Highway Motorcycles, EPA Dec 2003

Get the Green Light Fact Sheet for Motorcyclists​
NHTSA Traffic Safety Facts - Motorcycles August 2019 Full Report
NHTSA Traffic Safety Facts - Motorcycles 2017 Data

Visit the Transportation Safety Printed Materials by Topic webpage for a full list of available materials and ordering information.

 

Washington State Patrol Releases Motorcycle Safety Video

The Washington State Patrol posted a motorcycle safety video on June 17, 2019 as it reported there have been 466 motorcycle-involved crashes on Washington State roadways since the start of the year. Two motorcyclists were recently killed in crashes on Highway 167 in the Kent/Auburn area. The video tips from a motorcycle trooper are to help make sure riders stay safe and prevent collisions. The State Patrol noted that the number of motorcycle collisions increase during summer months. For more information, visit the Kent Reporter webpage.

Jeff Greiner
Program Manager
503-986-4198

Transportation Safety Division
ODOT-TLC Building, MS 3
4040 Fairview Industrial Drive SE
Salem, OR 97302-1142

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