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Wisconsin Motorcycle Laws You Need to Know Before Riding

It’s summertime in Wisconsin! Not only does that mean grill outs, baseball and days by the pool, but it also means riding season for motorcycle riders! If you’re new to riding in the state of Wisconsin or are just beginning, make sure you know these motorcycle-specific driving laws. 

Do I Have to Wear a Helmet? 

This is the most common question because there’s some confusion on who does and who doesn’t. If you are over the age of 18 with a class M motorcycle license, it is your choice whether to wear a helmet, but it is not against the law to ride without one (although it is strongly encouraged). If you are under the age of 18, as a rider or passenger, or if you only have a learner’s permit or instructional motorcycle permit, a helmet is required by law. 

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What Gear Do I Need? 

All riders are required to have some kind of eye protection whether that’s a windscreen, a helmet shield, glasses or goggles. 

Turn on Your Headlight 

All motorcycles must have their headlight on when in use, regardless if it’s during the daytime, as it helps other drivers see motorcycles better. 

Measure Your Handlebars 

If you’re a big fan of choppers with big handlebars, you may want to break out the tape measure to make sure you’re not breaking the law. Handlebars on motorcycles in Wisconsin cannot be more than 30 inches above the seat level. 

What Wisconsin Law Allows 

Some other answers to common questions about riding laws: 

  • Riders can operate next to each other in the same traffic lane 
  • Helmet speakers are allowed 
  • Passengers of any age can ride with a licensed driver 
  • Riders with just a learning or instruction permit may only operate a motorcycle alone during the day, otherwise, they must be accompanied by a person of at least 25 years old with a Class M motorcycle license. 

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