2007 Daytona Bike Week: Florida Motorcycle Road Rules

As you make your way down to Florida for Daytona Bike Week, it might be helpful to glance at our guide of the state's motorcycle road rules.

The American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) keeps a list of state bike laws for all 50 states on its website, www.ama-cycle.org. While we didn't find anything about local ordinances, the following does apply to the state of Florida. It was pretty helpful to us and maybe you, too.

  • Helmet: Not required for riders over 21 with a minimum of $10,000 in medical insurance.

  • Eye Protection: Required by law.

  • Daytime Use of Headlight: Required by law, modulating headlight permitted.

  • Passenger Seat: Required if carrying a passenger.

  • Passenger Footrest: Required if carrying a passenger.

  • Passenger Age Restriction: None.

  • Helmet Speakers: No restriction.

  • Mirrors: One on either left or right of bars required by law.

  • Muffler: No person shall modify the exhaust system in such a manner that the noise emitted is above that emitted by the vehicle as originally manufactured. No person shall operate a vehicle with an exhaust system so modified.

  • Maximum Sound Level: Maximum allowable A-weighted sound levels based on measurements taken at a distance of 50 feet from center line of travel (Sec. 316.293): Manufactured before 1/1/79-82dBA (35 mph or less); 86dBA (over 35 mph) Manufactured after 1/1/79-78dBA (35 mph or less); 82dBA (over 35 mph)

  • Handlebar Height: No higher than top of shoulders of the operator when seated upon the motorcycle

  • Motorcycles Operating Two Abreast in Same Lane: Yes.

  • Lane Splitting: No.

**Are We There Yet?
Plan on riding to some hot spots during the week? Here's the distance from Main Street to some popular places around the state.

{{{Daytona}}} International Speedway 5 miles
Ormond Beach 6 miles
The World-Famous Last Resort Bar 7.45 miles
Broken Spoke Saloon 10 miles
Smiley's Tap 10 miles
Bruss Rossmeyer's Daytona H-D 11 miles
New Smyrna Beach 17 miles
The Cabbage Patch 23 miles
Deland Bike Rally 25 miles
Orlando Harley-Davidson {{{62}}} miles
Disney World 79 miles
Jacksonville {{{90}}} miles
Gainesville Raceway 105 miles
Miami 268 miles
Florida Keys 406 miles