Some many rumors and myths move around concerning the hereditary factors of making dirt bikes safe for street use.
Some folks say that the process can only be done when there was an already issued title when the bike was newOthers say you have to strap on the taillight and headlight then go out on the streets.
The fact is, you can change almost any dirt bike to comply with the state laws. But for the process to be successful, you must begin by investing in money and time. Here is a list of what to do to make the dirt bike street legal.
Many countries require bike owners to fix DOT-compliant headlights on their bikes that:
- Is visible or notable but not obstructive to other drivers
- Can be lit both during the night and the day
- Is switchable from low beam to high beam
A headlight can cause a steady draw on the bike’s electrical system. One excellent way to keep the headlight’s draw on the bike’s battery to minimum power consumption is fixing a LED headlight on the bike. The LED headlights will allow you to use the bike battery without a charging system if you want.
Make sure that you understand your state’s local ways concerning the placement of low/high switch. Some countries don’t have a prerequisite for this, but others have.
The DOT-compliant headlight requirement is that the switch should be visible to the rider and other riders. You must fix it in an easily accessible area, such as the traditional left side of the bike’s handlebar.
- Tail Light
The tail light of the dirt bike must have a working brake light system to alert the riders and car drivers behind you that you are slowing down.
A tail light helps in attracting attention and acts as an important safety thing during the day as it is during the night.
Fixing the right tail light will satisfy the four DOT requirements
- The license plate light
- Turn signals
- Brake lights
In some countries, you must connect the taillight to a battery. It should also remain lit for up to 20 minutes and should remain on throughout. A LED tail light can also reduce the battery draw.
Make sure you install the taillight switches to light up both the front brake lever and the rear brake pedal
- Turn Signals
Many countries don’t require turn signals, but rather requires you to use hand signals on your bike. But it’s still vital to install turn signals on your bike. The yellow flashing lights attract the drivers’ attention better than the hands can do, more so when riding during the night. Furthermore, they allow drivers to remain in control of their handlebars while making a turn.
Therefore, if your only problem is fixing blinkers on your bike, using hand signals will allow you to skip this step in most countries. Other countries have specific requirements concerning the turn signals installation.
Many countries require you to fix two mirrors on your bike, but others only require you to have a single working mirror.
A functioning mirror gives you an easy time to understand what’s coming from behind. A mirror will keep you safe, so ensure you don’t use a shaky or cheap mirror while doing too much street riding. It’s also wise to buy a wide-angle mirror that will do away with all blind spots on one side of the bike.
- A horn
All countries require bikes to have a horn. Some countries allow non-electric horns for your bike to pass an inspection needed. On the other hand, other countries require your bike to have an electric horn to be street legal. But to be on the safe side, just install an electric horn.
- License Plate Bracket
All motorbikes to be used on public roads must display a license plate.
This rule applies to all countries, but others are a bit particular concerning the license plate display compared to others. It’s essential to confirm with the local DMV if you want to be sure whether the plate is perfectly displayed on your bike.
Additionally, other license plate brackets are designed to display the plates in a manner that is legal in nearly all states. Make sure you consider the alternative ways of affixing the plate. For instance, mounting it below the fender for a decent look. But be careful that it doesn’t fall.
Many countries also allow you to fix the license plate vertically if you find it simpler. Light is essential, but a cheap LED strip fixed on top of the plate will work better and can be a permanent solution.
Other states requires you to raise the plate above the hind tire for easy readability. But when it can be viewed easily from the rear side of the bike, then don’t run into other issues.
Although this isn’t essential on most dirt bikes, without it, the lights can only work when the bike is on the motion. Furthermore, the lights will light dim when your bike is on idling mode.
There are many tiny batteries sold out there that are specifically meant for transforming dirt bikes to make them street legal.
Some batteries functions as a lone power source to power on the lights on your bike and others function as a charging system. Both modes are nice but supply all the DC power that these bikes need.
When using a battery as a lone power source will perfectly drain its power quickly. This requires regular charging giving the battery a short lifespan. However, this will perform its job until you come up with a nice conversion.
Also called an alternator is essential in generating power to a street bike, but stators don’t give out the same amount of power. If your dirt bike lacks a starter, then it has little electrical requirements, and its stator will give out minimum watts.
The overall draw of all electrical components that you should place on your street-legal build must leave an adequate leftover power to charge its battery.
Some countries don’t add restrictions on a dirt bike’s exhaust. So long as your bike’s exhaust pipe meets good sound regulations, has a nice shape, and doesn’t produce smoke, then you are good to go.
The bike’s tires should be DOT-certified and should fit the wheel properly. Make sure that they are not knobby, and they must withstand highway riding pressure. Some folks prefer converting their bikes to ‘supermoto’ or ‘dual sport’ to have the feeling of a dirt bike.