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    Default NY inspection for old bikes... mirrors, signals, etc.

    So I was under the impression that my 61 Pan chop didn't need mirrors or signals or a horn. But I've been pulled over 3 times for it. Only ticketed once and I got it dropped, but the DA was acting like he was doing me a HUGE favor.

    So I've tried to do some research.

    I found this which confirmed my suspicion:
    http://troopers.ny.gov/publications/..._Equipment.cfm

    Notably:
    MIRROR*** A motorcycle must have an adjustable rear view mirror to give the operator a clear view of the road and traffic conditions behind the motorcycle. (all manufactured after 1967)
    But I looked at the actual V&T:
    http://codes.lp.findlaw.com/nycode/VAT/III/9/381
    N.Y. VAT. LAW 381.10: It shall be unlawful after July first, nineteen hundred sixty-seven to operate on any public highway in this state any motorcycle registered in this state, unless such motorcycle is equipped with a rear view mirror which shall be adjusted so that the operator of such motorcycle shall have a clear view of the road and condition of traffic behind such motorcycle.
    And to me it reads like as of 7/1/1969 you need a mirror on any bike that's registered in the state regardless of when it was produced.

    I guess either way they're going to keep hassling me so I should add one, but I'd like to know the actual rules...

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    I always just reference the AMA site. It says one mirror is required, so I would assume the second statute
    you pulled you are reading correctly that everyone is required to have one regardless of year.

    link: http://www.americanmotorcyclist.com/...spx?stateid=32

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    so no winkers , no front brakes, no signals, no fenders, no mirrors,why not ,,like its not fucked up enought on the road today

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