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, hold learner’s or instructor’s permits, or are 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.
16- and 17-year-old applicants for motorcycle licenses must have the notarized consent of a parent, guardian, or spouse, and 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.
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 issuance of a motorcycle endorsement.
Motorcycle Noise Limits
Maximum noise level when vehicle is traveling 35 mph or less in soft site: 78 decibels.
Maximum noise level when vehicle is traveling 35 mph or less in hard site: 80 decibels.
Maximum noise level when vehicle is traveling over 35 mph in soft site: 82 decibels.
Maximum noise level when vehicle is traveling over 35 mph in hard site: 84 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.