DMV: Composite Motorcycles

Composite Motorcycles


Definition - Motorcycle
According to Connecticut General Statute 14-1, 
"Motorcycle" means a motor vehicle, with or without a sidecar, having not more than three wheels in contact with the ground and a saddle or seat on which the rider sits or a platform on which the rider stands and includes bicycles having a motor attached, except 'bicycles' propelled by means of a helper motor, but does not include a vehicle having a completely or partially enclosed driver's seat and a motor which is not in the enclosed area.

Handle Bars
Motorcycle handle bars are to be no higher than the operator's shoulders.


Drive chain
A chain-guard is required.

Motorcycles are required to display one number plate at the rear.

Each motorcycle shall be equipped with at least one, but not more than two, headlamps. Either the single or multi-beam type light shall be permissible.

Tail light/stop light
At least one red tail-lamp and one stop light are required. The rear number plate must be illuminated with a white light.

Each motorcycle and motorcycle with sidecar shall be provided with at least one brake. Motorcycles designated as 1974 or later models shall be equipped with brakes on the front and rear wheels, excluding wheel(s) of a sidecar.

Original Vehicle Identification Number
This must be cleaned so that it can be checked by the Inspector. A new Connecticut identification number may be assigned if appropriate.

Note: All composite motorcycle inspections are done at the Wethersfield inspection lane from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

You must possess a valid motorcycle endorsement to operate a motorcycle for any required inspection or VIN verification.

Composite motorcycles must be transported on a flat bed trailer or car carrier to the inspection site (not to be driven) except if validly registered in another state or if the owner is a licensed dealer or repairer.

Content Last Modified on 4/26/2017 1:02:02 PM