NEw York State Law on Handle Bars and Lights:
NYS says you can't have bars above your shoulders... but they don't say anything about how Low you can go! lol NYS LAW: section 381, sub section 5.
I was worried about LED lights as turn signals, break lights & head light(s). The NYS law doesn't care what kind of light it is. So long as it follows the rules of visibility and size (but they don't mention the size, just that they have to be approved by the commissioner). NYS LAW: SECTION 381, SUBSECTIONS 1,2,3 & 4
First off, no color other than white and yellow (amber turn signals) can be visible from the front and rear of the bike (so multi color led or neon UNDER LIGHTING and SIDE LIGHTS ARE FINE AS LONG AS THEY DON'T FACE FORWARD OR BACKWARDS). This rule only has one exception.. IF YOUR A COP OR A FIRE FIGHTER!! DUH..
No type of flashing lights or strobe lights are allowed except for turn signals while the bike is in MOTION. all you want while it's parked.
The Headlamp/light has to be on and "readily adjustable" at all times and visible from at least 200 feet in front of the bike.
A rear break light is required when applying the breaks and visible at least 200 feet. (no mention of location on the bike and I say this because I've seen side mounted license plates with the break light right above the plate and I wasn't sure if this was legal or not)
At least one red rear reflector is required but could be considered part of a rear RUNNING LIGHT. again visible at least 200 feet away.
Turn signals (Front and rear) are required on all bikes manufactured after 1984 but sky is the limit as to kind and size. again, visible at least 200 feet away
section 381 subsection 1
License plate MUST BE LIT adequately and visible from at least 50 feet! so there has to be at least one light on the plate and it's usually included in motorcycle license plate frames.. My license plate frame does but I didn't know this rule at all!
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