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post #1 of 18 (permalink) Old 10-27-2012, 08:54 PM Thread Starter
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This questions is specifically for those in NJ. Anyone know the deal on LED lights on your bike? I believe they are illegal on the road but you can flash them or whatever when you are in a parking light standing next to the bike but not riding. I just want to be more visible without have a bunch of bars on the bike.

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Not 100% sure about Jersey, but since I live 6 miles from the border....far as I can tell, as long as the bulbs themselves are not visible, its cool...there's a guy w/Jersey plates comes thru here a lot, and he's got led accents under his tank...that shine down, and ya cant see em (looks great at night too)....I realize, Im bordering the hick part of Jersey, where cops dont care much, but I think thats the rule of thumb...long as you cant see the bulbs themselves (unless its in signals lights or stoplights) like KC2 has.

Call here and ask fer Ed...he's a buddy w/a custom shop in Jersey...he'd know.... (973) 728-0006

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I know here in Ohio they can not flash while riding & you can't run red & blue together.
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http://www.state.nj.us/mvc/Vehicle/Motorcycles.htm

Jersey dont even require inspections anymore...and I see nothing about "blue dot" taillights either, which used to be illegal in NJ. Anarchy reigns again I guess...Most a cop could do is give you a warning, since yer outta state...mebbe a ticket, but they give ya 15-30 days to remedy.
PM KC2Ddg...he might know....he plays with led's all the time...



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http://www.state.nj.us/mvc/Vehicle/Motorcycles.htm

Jersey dont even require inspections anymore...and I see nothing about "blue dot" taillights either, which used to be illegal in NJ. Anarchy reigns again I guess...Most a cop could do is give you a warning, since yer outta state...mebbe a ticket, but they give ya 15-30 days to remedy.
PM KC2Ddg...he might know....he plays with led's all the time...
Although NJ does not require a specific time period for motorcycle inspection you are subject to 24/7/365 inspection by any law enforcement officer which in reality means that if you are involved in an accident and something is unsafe you will receive additional tickets. Also if the police want to stop you for any reason they can use the possible motor vehicle violation to pull you over and then talk to you and find something. Open ended inspections can be more of a hassle than redetermined ones for some. I am not sure if blue dot on the rear brake lights is or isn't legal but it had been in the early 60's. It is "ole skool" but I do like the effect at night. If you bike is determined to be too unsafe from an onsite inspection then it will be impounded. I have heard it happening to several riders within the last three or four years.

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Although NJ does not require a specific time period for motorcycle inspection you are subject to 24/7/365 inspection by any law enforcement officer which in reality means that if you are involved in an accident and something is unsafe you will receive additional tickets. Also if the police want to stop you for any reason they can use the possible motor vehicle violation to pull you over and then talk to you and find something. Open ended inspections can be more of a hassle than redetermined ones for some. I am not sure if blue dot on the rear brake lights is or isn't legal but it had been in the early 60's. It is "ole skool" but I do like the effect at night. If you bike is determined to be too unsafe from an onsite inspection then it will be impounded. I have heard it happening to several riders within the last three or four years.
I have two Blue LED lights on my marker plate frame, connected to Brake Light (only).

I have ridin; in 5 states, no issues/problems yet.

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I have two Blue LED lights on my marker plate frame, connected to Brake Light (only).

I have ridin; in 5 states, no issues/problems yet.

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That is very understandable and not necessarily legal or illegal. Most police will not hassle you for minor infractions unless they already have a reason to stop you and do an inspection. Blue lights on the marker plate may not be against the law as blue dots actually in the brake lights had been at one time and may continue to be in NJ. I do know that any vehicle displaying flashing or revolving lights of red, blue or amber and even possibly wig/wam headlights are required to have a special certification issued and carried at all times in the assigned vehicle. The blue and red is especially enforced due to people using them to commit crimes while pretending to be police officers. Several stories circulate each year regarding this crime. Along with what I said at the beginning of this post there is always the one "power hungry, tin star, gun carrying, hard *zz" that is looking to just bust chops. I see bikes with display led lights to shine on motors and wheels all the time speeding up and down the NJ Turnpike each night and the state troopers usually only give chase if they feel the driving is erratic or too excessive. I am sure that there are plenty of websites for each state to give the answer as to what is and what isn't legal for any particular state.

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Not 100% sure about Jersey, but since I live 6 miles from the border....far as I can tell, as long as the bulbs themselves are not visible, its cool...there's a guy w/Jersey plates comes thru here a lot, and he's got led accents under his tank...that shine down, and ya cant see em (looks great at night too)....I realize, Im bordering the hick part of Jersey, where cops dont care much, but I think thats the rule of thumb...long as you cant see the bulbs themselves (unless its in signals lights or stoplights) like KC2 has.

Call here and ask fer Ed...he's a buddy w/a custom shop in Jersey...he'd know.... (973) 728-0006

...too bad ya didnt make our Water Gap ride.....
Thanks Wolfie, I've been really tied up with school. I guess I'll have to wait until the weather breaks for a meet up. I have a couple buddies who want to ride next weekend and stayover at a campsite. I'm crazy busy and think I'll pass. Still, I'm planning to ride through the winter
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red for brakes only...red or amber for blinkers in the back.
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BLUE lights are ONLY permitted for Emergency vehicles in NJ

LED accent lights are only illegal if the "BULB" is directly visible.
in other words.... you can tuck LED accent lights under the tank where they can't bee seen directly (but cast a glow of color).
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Thought so...thanks KC... I knew you wouldda knowed this....
And thanks Tom...I figured you'd know from an emergency vehicle standpoint.
And I been runnin a blue dot taillight since the 70's...never been hassled in 6 diff states...but I know for a fact that they are still illegal in most states (unless a vintage vehicle that came with them), as they are "supposed to" (according to Joe Law) signify a 1%er or outlaw...which I'll be the first till I die. That'd be like having my tats surgically removed...aint doin it, lol...had the blue dot on every bike Ive ever owned...glad I live in the sticks, where most cops are cool with locals.



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