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state inspections - March 2, 2009, 08:00 AM

i know a decent amount about car inspections, and how many petty things can pass or fail one for an inspection.

what do i need to worry about for a motorcycle inspection?

lights-tag, marker, turn, low beam, (is there one)highbeam?
linkage-all probably needs to be smoothly operating
wheels--bearings, but balance at all??
tires--any minimum amt of tread or limit on dryrot cracks?

can understand most other items, but main concern i guess is like
- exhaust
- sprockets
- rear seat (i have rear pegs, no grab handles, no rear seat...was told on another forum i have to have it all if i have one of those items....true??)
- brakes (will SS lines pass?, whats a pad depth/lining minimum, whats max amt of scoring on rotors allowed?)

i could go on and on im sure, but anyone know how strict the inspections are or where i can find info on the inspections?

i dont want to have to do a restore to factory to just modify later, if i can do a little of both then great.

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March 2, 2009, 08:14 AM

Well I can tell you why they failed me and maybe it will help..?

My used bike came complete with blue headlights and tiny little front turn signals, both of which aren't DOT friendly. So don't do that.
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March 2, 2009, 08:26 AM

if you get it done at a gas station you should only need a tag light workin headlights low and high beam horn mirrors turn signals, make sure your tires dont look to bad
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March 2, 2009, 08:28 AM

Maryland Inspections

But it seems you've seen this....



Anyways... check with the shop on the turn signals. I'm not sure that is still in affect. And yes take off the passenger pegs if you have no passenger seat.
As for the rest, talk to Boomboom (Jay). He may be able to tell you more.


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March 2, 2009, 08:32 AM

you should NEVER have to worry about failing an inspection in VA...

if you do then you're going to all the wrong places. Any off-brand service station will pass you. Let's not start naming names online.


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March 2, 2009, 08:32 AM

The bike inspections tend to be much more lenient because they folks there don't know as much about the requirements for bikes, and they wont ding you on BS reasons because they wont be working on the bike anyways, so there's no incentive.

Your list is already pretty exhaustive, just focus on the things that you could get pulled over or ticketed for, such as headlights, plate light, mirrors and signals.


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March 2, 2009, 08:51 AM

It all depends on where you go.

+1 on the local gas stations.

They usually let you educate them about motorcycles, and then they'll pass you


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March 2, 2009, 09:35 AM

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It all depends on where you go.

+1 on the local gas stations.

They usually let you educate them about motorcycles, and then they'll pass you

URGH... I would not want to educate the inspector in MD too much. They are required to RIDE your bike. It would suck if they crashed it.


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URGH... I would not want to educate the inspector in MD too much. They are required to RIDE your bike. It would suck if they crashed it.
Sorry I should have clarified...I meant VA gas stations.
They usually end up asking me questions about the headlight vs. high beam, integrated turn signals, etc. So I just claim its all legit and they pass it.

Does MD really require the inspector to ride your bike? That's gotta suck. They must have a really nice insurance policy.


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So I need to register my bike in Arlington, do I need to get passed by emissions first to get my registration, plate, and new tags?
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March 2, 2009, 10:24 AM

Depends on the gas station. They are usually pretty lax about motorcycles compared to cagers. I got my bike inspected and pass without turn signals.


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So I need to register my bike in Arlington, do I need to get passed by emissions first to get my registration, plate, and new tags?
emissions...on a bike

did you do the PAIR mod?

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emissions...on a bike
That's what I'm saying... I never had to do this in MN...
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That's what I'm saying... I never had to do this in MN...
and you won't have to do it in VA...CA, may be a lil different.
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March 2, 2009, 11:44 AM

thanks. yea saw that thread...will pm laotzu or orangeshirt dude for more info and a shop.
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