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Q:Motor Bikes and Pocket Bikes – what is and isn't legal?

Answer:Pocket bikes do not have the mandated 17 digit VIN's and are illegal to operate on any public street in the State of California (as with any type machine such as go-carts). They may only be operated on private property with required permissions from property owners. VIN numbers are only assigned after the bike has installed all state required equipment.

Motor Bikes and Motorcycles differ in the engine size, but both require either M1 or M2 endorsement on driver's license and both must meet state equipment requirements.

Please refer to this link for details on these different motor driven devices:

www.chp.ca.gov/html/motors.htmlReturn to Questions

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