Kentucky Motorcycle Laws

  • Red Light Law: See Details here
  • Helmet: Required for novice riders, under the age of 21 and required for instructional permit holders Kentucky Statutes, Title XVI, Chapter 189, Section 189.285
  • Helmet Reflectors: Not required
  • Handlebar Height: No Restrictions
  • Eye Protection: Required by Law
  • Turn Signals: Not Required
  • Daytime Use of Headlight: No restriction
  • Mirror Left (L) and Right (R): Required by law KY Statutes 189.130 (4)
  • Helmet Speakers: No Restrictions
  • Muffler: Muffler required. No cut-outs. No modifications to increase noise beyond that emitted by the original muffler installed on the vehicle KY Statutes 189.140
  • Decibels / Maximum Sound: No acoustical criteria
  • Passenger Age Restrictions: None
  • Passenger Seat: Required if carrying a passenger KY Statutes 189.285
  • Passenger Footrest: Required if carrying a passenger KY Statutes 189.285
  • Lane sharing / Lane splitting: Not permitted
  • Riding Two Abreast / Side by Side in Single Lane: Not referenced in Administrative Code or Statutes
  • Insurance Requirements: Compulsory Liability (Minimum Limits)(25/50/10 or $60,000 limit)
  • Periodic Safety Inspection: Annual emissions, some areas
  • State Funded Rider Education: Available for all eligible applicants
  • Rider Education Waiver: Skill Test
  • Radar Detector: No Restrictions

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