All motorcycles must have at least 1 brake, and those manufactured after 1973 must have brakes on both the front and rear wheels.
Every motorcycle must have either 1 or 2 headlamps.
All headlamps must be of sufficient intensity to reveal a person or vehicle at a distance of at least 100 feet when the motorcycle is operating below 25 mph, at least 200 feet between 25-35 mph, and 300 feet when traveling 35 mph or more.
Every motorcycle must have at least 1 tail lamp and 1 rear stop lamp.
Every motorcycle must have at least 1 red rear reflector.
A person operating a motorcycle shall not carry another person unless the motorcycle has a seat designed for 2 persons or there is a second seat firmly attached to the rear or side of the operator’s seat.
All motorcycle operators must either have a safety shield installed on the motorcycle, a helmet shield, or wear safety goggles.
All motorcycle operators must wear a protective helmet if they are in their 1st year of licensure, holding learner’s or instructor’s permits, or under age 18. Passengers under age 18 are required to wear a protective helmet.
Applicants are eligible for a learner’s permit at age 16, after passing a vision test and written test.
Applicants for motorcycle licenses between the ages of 16 and 18 must have the notarized consent of a parent, guardian, or spouse, proof that they have completed a novice motorcycle training course.
All applicants who want to obtain a motorcycle endorsement must satisfactorily complete a novice motorcycle training course.
Classes are offered through the CT Department of Transportation’s Connecticut Rider Education Program (ConRep) at certain locations throughout the state. A list of locations may be found at the Connecticut DOT.
All applicants who have not had a Connecticut driver’s license in the previous 2 years must pass a vision test, written test, and an on-the-road examination.
Learner’s permit and provisional license holders under age 18 may not transport any passenger on a motorcycle for six months after the issuance of a motorcycle endorsement. Permit holders age 18 and older may not transport passengers for 90 days after the permit expires.
Motorcycle Noise Limits
Maximum noise level when vehicle is traveling 35 mph or less in soft site: 72 decibels.
Maximum noise level when vehicle is traveling 35 mph or less in hard site: 74 decibels.
Maximum noise level when vehicle is traveling over 35 mph in soft site: 79 decibels.
Maximum noise level when vehicle is traveling over 35 mph in hard site: 81 decibels.
Soft site means a testing site covered with grass or other ground cover, while a hard site means a test site covered with concrete, asphalt, gravel, or other hard compound.