Motorcycle Engine Size - Highway
|by Roger Chartier:
Massachusetts RMV says that a moped is a "motorized bicycle."
In order to be classified as a moped, it has to have a cylinder capacity
of no more than 50 cubic centimeters and an automatic transmission.
For More info on the federal level
sources differ but here is the essence of it all.
Motorcycle engine size requirements for highway driving."Brake horsepower" (BHP) is the rating for highway use.
6 Bhp is the legal requirement for access to interstate and limited access highways.
Modern 150cc and over can usually meet this requirement.
Some old bikes may not.
But! If you are cruising along the highway on a 150cc bike at 40MPH don't be surprised if you end up having a nice conversation with the state police.
Most importantly the question would be if the motorcycle can handle
your weight when in aggressive traffic situations such as
highway speeds and lane changing, passing, etc.
I had a 2 cylinder 440 cc bike that felt too light on the highway with
my 250 lb body on, and with a passenger it was worse. The grandness of the highway made it feel as if I was on a bicycle.
Can it brake well?
California Gov says:
"A motor-driven cycle is a motorcycle whose motor
displaces less than 150 cubic centimeters."
"A moped or motorized bicycle"
In ChinaIn China a motorcycle with a large engine can not go on the highway and mopeds and scooters are also deprived of using the highway. I saw a beautiful new Harley Davidson in Shanghai and it could't go on the highway legally. That is adifferent form the USA but they have rules to follow for a reason.
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