posted on Sep, 20 2018 @ 06:58 AM
Considering the legal aspects here in Michigan, a "motor driven bicycle" is considered a "motor vehicle".
You need to have a head light of a certain brightness, running lights, brake lights, turn signals and a horn. Then it has to be inspected at the DMV
for loudness when driven. It needs to be registered like a moped that licenses it for 5 years to be street legal.
Or it could be registered as an "off road vehicle" an issued an ORV sticker. In that case it would need one of those flash suppressor units on the
tail pipe and could only be driven on the road shoulder at 25 mile per hour. Although technically an unregistered ORV or motorcycle could be driven on
private property or the shoulder of the road where the shoulder isn't maintained as such, like the ditch I suppose.
Given all that, the cops have never given me a second glance on the road without being street legal. Motor driven bicycles are in a grey zone sort of.
As a bicycle, the rider is considered a pedestrian, as a motor vehicle, it's more like a kit car to a degree, or an ORV. But for the most part, the
cops around here see it as more of a bicycle, not like they wouldn't pull over a mere cyclist when they feel like it though.
edit on 20-9-2018
by MichiganSwampBuck because: typo
edit on 20-9-2018 by MichiganSwampBuck because: another typo