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Colorado Motorcycle Law for Riders

handle-bars-bottom-fadeLongmont, Colorado offers motorcyclists seemingly endless stretches of perfect roadways for exploring. The Centennial State has it all- from twisting mountain passes to flower-filled meadows and everything in between. In addition, Colorado is known for its hospitality where bikers are concerned with a boundless offering of roadside amenities. Whether you are visiting the state or are a permanent resident, if you’re seeing Colorado on two wheels, it’s important to be current on all the motorcycle laws and regulations.

Motorcyclists must adhere to all the same laws that dictate general traffic flow. The following is an overview of some of the more prominent Colorado motorcycle laws.

Protective Riding Gear

Riders in Colorado age 18 and over are not required to wear helmets. However, operators and passengers under age 18 must wear DOT-approved helmets. For all riders and passengers, eye protection in the form of glasses or goggles is required by law. Windshields do not qualify as adequate eye protection. Any violation of these laws is considered a class A traffic infraction.

Motorcycle Operators and Passengers

Operators must ride on the permanent and regular seat at all times while facing forward with one leg astride either side of the motorcycle. Passengers must have their own seat, either behind the operator or in a side car. Motorcycles must be equipped with footrests for passengers, which passengers are required to use. Any violation is considered a class A traffic infraction.

Colorado Motorcycle Traffic Laws

All motorcycles are entitled to full use of a lane of traffic, and it is illegal for any motor vehicle to be driven in such a manner that causes a motorcycle to be deprived of full use of that lane. Motorcyclists are permitted to ride, no more than, two abreast in the same lane. However, lane sharing and splitting with an automobile is against the law. It is prohibited to attach your bike to another vehicle while in motion. Any violation of this code is considered a class A traffic infraction.


Daytime use of modulating headlamps is permitted. A minimum of one side mirror is required, although turn signals are not. All bikes must operate at a noise level of 90dba at 35 to 55mph. Mufflers are required by law.

Contact Motorcycle Accident Law Firm

Motorcyclists are legal users of the road just as any other motor vehicle, with all the same rights and responsibilities. Our lawyers understand that there is a common bias against “biker types” and that a motorcyclist will typically be blamed first in the event of an accident. At Fuicelli & Lee, our Longmont motorcycle accident attorneys are experienced in building strong cases for injured motorcyclists, and we can do the same for you.

super-lawyers-logoIf you have suffered injuries in a motorcycle accident in Longmont or elsewhere in the state of Colorado, it is important that you contact an experienced and qualified Longmont motorcycle accident attorney immediately.

For a free initial consultation with Fuicelli & Lee, PC, send us an e-mail or call (720) 494-0444. You pay nothing unless you receive a financial settlement or award. It is simply the mission of every Longmont motorcycle accident attorney on the Fuicelli & Lee team to provide the best service possible.



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