3 Things Nobody Told You About Ontario Motorcycle Laws

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We know how much you love your motorcycle, but are you familiar with all the Ontario safety laws?

3 Things Nobody Told You About Ontario Motorcycle Laws, StreetRider Insurance, Ontario

Motorcyclists love customizing their bikes in order to make it unique.  If you like making changes to your motorcycle, keep in mind the important safety procedures that go along with making these adjustments as safety laws are put in place to protect you.

1 | Helmets

In every province and territory, the motorcycle helmet law is very consistent.  Any driver or passenger must be wearing a crash helmet that is secured under their chin at all times and the helmet must meet the CSA CAN3-D230-M85 standard.  Helmets must be worn at all times when riding the motorcycle – this is the most obvious safety law. Riders can customize their helmets by adding speakers or earphones (some helmets already come equipped with speakers), however, they are strictly for communication and not for music.

2 | Handlebars

Handlebars need to be maintained at all times and should not be loose or damaged as this impedes the safety of the motorcycle. A handlebar should never exceed the height of 380mm above the driver’s seat when it is compressed by the weight of the driver. If your motorcycle fails to meet either of these tests, you could be given a fine between $400 to $20,000.

3 | Mufflers

Every motorcycle must be equipped with a working muffler, however, some motorcyclists will upgrade to a custom designed muffler that will often make more noise that the original muffler.  This could lead to getting pulled over for making too much noise. There is not a rule in place yet regarding what would be deemed as too loud and the officer pulling you over will use his or her discretion as what they deem as unreasonable noise that warrants issuing a ticket.

4 | No-Start

When you go to start your bike and it doesn’t actually start, first check to make sure the battery is charged.  If your battery is good but nothing happens when you start up your bike, there are a few more things to check. First make sure the battery’s black ground cable is fully connected to both the battery and the grounding point on the engine. Then check to make sure the fuses are good.  Also ensure that you check clutch switches, kickstand switches and the neutral light are in good working order. The failure of one of these could lead to the no-start situation.

If you have tried all of the above tips and you are still experiencing issues with your motorcycle, you may need to visit your mechanic.  

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