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Sturgis Rally Laws

Here are the South Dakota Motorcycle Laws



There are a number of motorcycle laws to be aware of in Sturgis
-Every motorcycle must be equipped with at least one, but no more than two headlamps.
-The handlebars of a motorcycle must be no higher than the shoulder height of the person operating the motorcycle.
-All persons under the age of 18 must wear motorcycle safety helmets that are approved by the Department of Transportation.
-A person riding in an enclosed cab attached to a motorcycle does not have to wear a safety helmet.
-A motorcycle operator must wear an eye protective device unless the motorcycle is equipped with a windscreen of sufficient height and design that protects the motorcycle operator. When headlights are required to be on, a motorcycle operator cannot wear protective eye devices that are tinted or shaded to reduce the light transmission of the device below 35%.
-Motorcycles must have at least 1 tail lamp, which when lighted emits a red light visible for a distance of 500 feet. A motorcycle may display a blue light of up to 1-inch diameter as part of the motorcycle's rear brake light.
-Motorcycle helmets are required for riders under 18 years of age.


Equipment
-Every motorcycle must be equipped with at least one but no more than two headlamps.
-The handlebars of a motorcycle must be no higher than the shoulder height of the person operating the motorcycle.
-All persons under the age of 18 must wear motorcycle safety helmets that are approved by the South Dakota Department of Transportation.
-A person riding in an enclosed cab attached to a motorcycle does not have to wear a safety helmet.
-A motorcycle operator must wear an eye protective device unless the motorcycle is equipped with a windscreen of sufficient height and design that protects the motorcycle operator. When headlights are required to be on, a motorcycle operator cannot wear protective eye devices that are tinted or shaded to reduce the light transmission of the device below 35 percent.
-Motorcycles must have at least one tail lamp, which when lighted emits a red light visible for a distance of 500 feet.
-Noise Limits - Every motorcycle must at all times be equipped with a muffler in good working order and in constant operation to prevent excessive or unusual noise.

Other Important Laws at the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally
Trailer Laws
-65 mph on secondary highways except where posted and 75 mph on interstate except where posted.
-In addition to the regular trailer hitch or coupling device, every trailer that is towed on the public highways at a speed of more than 20 mph must be coupled to the towing vehicle with a safety chain, chains, cables, or an equivalent device. This requirement does not apply to a semitrailer having a connecting device composed of a 5th wheel and kingpin assembly that meets the requirements of the Interstate Commerce Commission.

Other
-No prohibition on wearing of headsets while driving
-Radar detectors are permitted



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