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Aug 7th 2016, 07:51 PM   #1
 
  Apr 2016
  Vancouver

  2015 Yamaha Fj-09
OR & WA lighting requirements

So I can't find the answers to these questions and was wondering if anyone had any solid information:
  1. Can I have lights on the brush guards of my bike?
  1. Can they be white or yellow?
  1. Can they be integrated with my blinkers (so that I have two blinkers on each side?

With the exception of RCW 46.37.523 (Every head lamp upon every motorcycle and motor-driven cycle shall be located at a height of not more than fifty-four inches), I find nothing in OR law or WA law that would prohibit me from installing these:



or these

Aug 7th 2016, 08:20 PM   #2
 Scribbles's Avatar
 
  Jan 2016
  NW

Thats a question for the state patrol..
Are all the lights DOT approved?
Do they meet the spacing/color requirements? (white/yellow in front.. yellow/red in back IIRC)
Chances are, you'd never get ticketed for such minor infractions, but the state patrol can probly give you the best answer.
Aug 7th 2016, 11:06 PM   #3
 Burphel's Avatar
 
  Jan 2016
  Travelling around the NW

  Triumph Bonnezilla, Little Ninja
In theory, as long as they're not bright enough/ angled to blind another driver at night, any forward facing white/amber/yellow lights should be fine.

My work computer is blocking the pictures, but I had a set of the Acerbis handguard lights (angled down about 30deg from horizontal) on my SV last winter and was never hassled by the law. I also got comments from a lot of people about how they improved my visibility.
Aug 8th 2016, 04:57 AM   #4
 Parilla125's Avatar
 
  Jan 2016
  SeaTac

Keep in mind that ANY modification gives them an opportunity to pull you over just to 'check you out' and you have no cause to complain about it... Including different pipes, fender eliminator, different signals and so on. They don't usually care as long as the plate and lighting is good and visible and you are not being an idiot, but it still opens the door if they decide to 'look you over' for any reason.
Aug 8th 2016, 05:22 AM   #5
 tod701's Avatar
 
  Jan 2016
  Stanwood

Turn signal requirements are defined by RCW46.37.200

RCW 46.37.200: Stop lamps and electric turn signals displayed.

Note: There is no requirment for the lights to be DOT approved if they meet the legal requirments. Also, DOT approval does not guarantee that lights are legal as installed on the bike.
Aug 8th 2016, 07:30 AM   #6
bcj
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  Jan 2016
  teh rock

  K1200RS SV650
Most of the lighting and safety standards are federal specs.
The states rubber stamp them into local regs. Excepting California.
Aug 8th 2016, 09:36 AM   #7
 tod701's Avatar
 
  Jan 2016
  Stanwood

Quote:
Originally Posted by bcj
Most of the lighting and safety standards are federal specs.
The states rubber stamp them into local regs. Excepting California.
In Washington State the Federal standards are only applicable if you are manufacturing, selling, importing or engaging in interstate commerce.

Most motor vehicle equipment requirments are codified within RCW46.37.

Chapter 46.37 RCW: VEHICLE LIGHTING AND OTHER EQUIPMENT
Aug 8th 2016, 09:45 AM   #8
 SilvieFox's Avatar
 
  Jan 2016
  welches, Oregon

  08Kawasaki Versys(Sylvester),72Suzuki RV90(vanvan),81Honda TwinStar(Bobber),Yamaha225,Honda Shadow
yes
yellow if they blink white if just stay on
and yes if they are yellow
Aug 8th 2016, 12:19 PM   #9
 
  Jan 2016
  Beaverton

  '13 636, '14 N1k, DR650
The only thing I would add is to make sure they aren't bright enough to be considered a head light.

Motorcycles are only allowed up to 3 headlights in OR.

I doubt it will be an issue with that particular product though.
Aug 8th 2016, 01:49 PM   #10
 
  Aug 2016
  Eugene, Or

Quote:
Motorcycles are only allowed up to 3 headlights in OR.
What?? There goes my plan for a 5 headlight bike.. damn..
Aug 8th 2016, 02:14 PM   #11
 elSueco's Avatar
 
  Feb 2016
  Seattle

  ZX14 Barking Spider
Quote:
Originally Posted by Andenthal
Motorcycles are only allowed up to 3 headlights in OR.
Huh. No high beams for me then!
Aug 8th 2016, 05:25 PM   #12
 
  Apr 2016
  Vancouver

  2015 Yamaha Fj-09
Quote:
Originally Posted by Burphel
In theory, as long as they're not bright enough/ angled to blind another driver at night, any forward facing white/amber/yellow lights should be fine.

My work computer is blocking the pictures, but I had a set of the Acerbis handguard lights (angled down about 30deg from horizontal) on my SV last winter and was never hassled by the law. I also got comments from a lot of people about how they improved my visibility.
For me, it's all about visibility. Not putting these on to be an ass to other drivers.

Quote:
Originally Posted by tod701
Turn signal requirements are defined by RCW46.37.200

RCW 46.37.200: Stop lamps and electric turn signals displayed.

Note: There is no requirment for the lights to be DOT approved if they meet the legal requirments. Also, DOT approval does not guarantee that lights are legal as installed on the bike.
Ok, that answers my question. Don't know why I didn't see that particular RCW.

Quote:
Originally Posted by Andenthal
The only thing I would add is to make sure they aren't bright enough to be considered a head light.

Motorcycles are only allowed up to 3 headlights in OR.

I doubt it will be an issue with that particular product though.
This is good info. I'll just claim they are "running lights", not headlights
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