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Nice, man! I've been trying to get a straight answer on whether that's street legal here. I've seen it...but that don't make it truth. Would love a red kit. Can never get a straight answer from the cops (the ones around here love equipment violations), and the code I've bothered to research is less than specific.

Off topic, but your screenname has me wondering...what kinda bass you play and what kinda music?
 

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They are street legal here....well, except for blue! That is reserved for LEOs. I thought about getting some installed on my bike. May do that at Biketoberfest in a few weeks.
 

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Nice, man! I've been trying to get a straight answer on whether that's street legal here. I've seen it...but that don't make it truth. Would love a red kit. Can never get a straight answer from the cops (the ones around here love equipment violations), and the code I've bothered to research is less than specific.

Off topic, but your screenname has me wondering...what kinda bass you play and what kinda music?
This falls into the ornamental lamp category up here. You are good here as long as you don't use a strobe pattern reserved for emergency vehicles. (Blue =Police, Red=Fire Police, and Red/White = Fire/Ambulance)

There are tons of bikes with lights on them here even though technically its not legal.

Your probably not getting a straight answer on it because no one really knows. It's a gray area. It's like speeding. Technically your breaking the law being above that speed but you never get stopped unless your 7+ over.

Just have to stay away from the reserved patterns while driving and your good. I have guys in our group that have these and we have never been stopped on the roads.

Parking lots, you can do whatever you want.
 

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red strobes are reserved for EMS vehicles in ID

Nice, man! I've been trying to get a straight answer on whether that's street legal here. I've seen it...but that don't make it truth. Would love a red kit. Can never get a straight answer from the cops (the ones around here love equipment violations), and the code I've bothered to research is less than specific.

Luciferiad...did a quick IVC search and came up with an answer for you... (EMS in bold)

red strobes are reserved for EMS vehicles in ID. As long as you don't operate them while driving...you may be ok...you may just want to dig further


TITLE 49
MOTOR VEHICLES
CHAPTER 9
VEHICLE EQUIPMENT
49-910A. COLOR OF LAMPS AND GLOBES LIMITED TO CERTAIN VEHICLE CLASSES. For the purposes of this chapter lighting devices utilizing various colors of lighted globes approved by the director of the Idaho state police for use on vehicles shall be restricted to the following class of vehicles:
(1) Police vehicles. Only police vehicles shall display blue lights, lenses or globes.
(2) Designated emergency vehicles. Fire fighting vehicles, vehicles belonging to personnel of voluntary fire departments, vehicles belonging to, or operated by EMS personnel certified or otherwise recognized by the EMS bureau of the Idaho department of health and welfare while in the performance of emergency medical services, ambulances, sheriff's search and rescue vehicles which are under the immediate supervision of the county sheriff, and wreckers, as defined in section 49-124, Idaho Code, which are engaged in motor vehicle recovery operations and are blocking part or all of one or more lanes of traffic, are designated emergency vehicles. With the exception of school buses as provided in section 49-915, Idaho Code, only fire fighting vehicles, vehicles belonging to personnel of voluntary fire departments, vehicles belonging to, or operated by EMS personnel certified or otherwise recognized by the EMS bureau of the Idaho department of health and welfare while in the performance of emergency medical services, ambulances, designated emergency vehicles described herein, vehicles authorized by the Idaho transportation board for use in the enforcement of vehicle laws specified in section 40-510, Idaho Code, and other emergency vehicles designated by the director of the Idaho state police may display red flashing lights or red lenses or globes which are visible from the front of the vehicle.
(3) All vehicles. Any motor vehicle may have attached to it a flashing amber light to warn motorists of a vehicular traffic hazard requiring the exercise of unusual care in approaching, overtaking or passing the vehicle displaying such lighting. The driver of an approaching vehicle shall yield the right-of-way to any stationary vehicle displaying a flashing amber light.
 

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@sgtfixit thanks for looking that up. Wouldn't have planned on strobes or flashers, just accent lighting. I've had a local police sergeant whom I know personally claim that any color besides red, amber, or clear is illegal on a vehicle and red can only appear on rear-facing lighting. Based on my research this is technically correct per Idaho Code 49-910. I often wonder how well this is enforced or how well the code is known, or if any exceptions apply to vehicles like motorcycles. But it does say clearance and marker lighting as well. I've left it alone rather than hassle with it.

And like Bassman says, you can do what you want in the parking lot.

Technically I could light the whole thing up in amber and be legal. But what fun would that be?
 

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@sgtfixit thanks for looking that up. Wouldn't have planned on strobes or flashers, just accent lighting. I've had a local police sergeant whom I know personally claim that any color besides red, amber, or clear is illegal on a vehicle and red can only appear on rear-facing lighting. Based on my research this is technically correct per Idaho Code 49-910. I often wonder how well this is enforced or how well the code is known, or if any exceptions apply to vehicles like motorcycles. But it does say clearance and marker lighting as well. I've left it alone rather than hassle with it.

And like Bassman says, you can do what you want in the parking lot.

Technically I could light the whole thing up in amber and be legal. But what fun would that be?
Every State has it's own codes and laws when it comes to lighting. Make sure to check with you local State Law Enforcement. What is OK in Oregon or Kansas may get your ass in a bind in West Virginia or Texas.
 

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other lights

I've been stopped for modulated headlight and strobe brake light and found most LEOs don't know that 49CFR571.108 allows for both. I printed it out and was very polite while helping to "educate"" them.

As for the lighting kits...I certainly never stopped or wrote anyone up for them. I did have a junior patrolman use the "blue" license pate lights as probable cause for a stop that turned into a shouting match with the driver. $35 fix it ticket, and all was forgiven.

I say ask for forgiveness, and install what you like as long as you meet the requirements first...added lights can't hurt. for visibility!
 

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Highway Patrol know more the cops. Ask one of them
 

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I've been stopped for modulated headlight and strobe brake light and found most LEOs don't know that 49CFR571.108 allows for both. I printed it out and was very polite while helping to "educate"" them.

As for the lighting kits...I certainly never stopped or wrote anyone up for them. I did have a junior patrolman use the "blue" license pate lights as probable cause for a stop that turned into a shouting match with the driver. $35 fix it ticket, and all was forgiven.

I say ask for forgiveness, and install what you like as long as you meet the requirements first...added lights can't hurt. for visibility!
Yeah, as long as your not doing something outrageous or obnoxious you most likely will not get stopped. Do what you want. Cops have more important things to do than stop bikes for accent lighting. Just stay clear of strobe effects and blue. And keep those lights on the ground and accenting that motor. No forward or rear facing lights.

I drove right by regional police this morning at 5am with this setup and they didn't even bat an eye.



Just don't give them a reason to think your doing something wrong and keep moving.

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