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Can a 'Quad' be made 'Street Legal' in Wa.?

Discussion in 'Motorcycle Talk' started by james1300, Oct 29, 2012.

  1. james1300

    james1300 Track School Dazed

    Brain storm'in. Dirt bikes are now able to be plated, with the proper mods.
    Turn signals, horn and brake light. Mirrors. Head and tail lights. DOT tires. If these same mods could/can be applied to a Quad. Could it be plated?

    Can-Am Spyders are runnin around...
  2. Nope, no quads and no side by sides from what I understand

  3. I'm not an expert but I think there was some language involved limiting the amount of wheels, I think a 3-wheeler would be more likely.
  4. shelbyguy

    shelbyguy Picture Whore

    depending where you live, i believe so

    i thought it was dependent on population?
  5. Grantizzle

    Grantizzle Moderator Staff Member

    <---would love a quad for beer runs.
  6. From chapter 46.16A RCW
    In order to be registered for on-road use, an off-road
    motorcycle must travel on two wheels with a seat designed to be
    straddled by the operator and with handlebar-type steering control.
  7. Grantizzle

    Grantizzle Moderator Staff Member

    what if my quad stayed mainly on two wheels?
  8. No, and it's because a quad has 4 wheels which means its has to meet some crash safety bullshit.

    There may be some counties that issue "ag" plates for certain use on certain roads. That wouldn't surprise me.
  9. no. not at all. 4 wheels = car here, it's as simple as that. Therefore it would have to abide by all regulations cars do.
  10. R-Steve-R

    R-Steve-R suzukigixxer

    with the exception of conconully and omack quads are good to go
  11. A guy tricked the DMV down in cali for awhile, had an amazing TT raptor but once a cop pulls you over and reports you its game over.

    I was going to do this for work runs with my TRX but no go :(
  12. Bald Guy

    Bald Guy Cone Head

    I think it depends on where you are. I do believe cities and counties have the ability to designate roads within their jurisdiction as accessible by ORVs, including quads.

    Columbia County has done this on Skyline Drive on the paved as well as unpaved sections. There are signs limiting ORVs to 35 MPH and other vehicles to 50.

    There are restrictions and requirements, but in certain areas it is Okay!

    RCW 46.09.360
    Regulation by local political subdivisions or state agencies.

    Notwithstanding any of the provisions of this chapter, any city, county, or other political subdivision of this state, or any state agency, may regulate the operation of nonhighway vehicles on public lands, waters, and other properties under its jurisdiction, and on streets, roads, or highways within its boundaries by adopting regulations or ordinances of its governing body, provided such regulations are not less stringent than the provisions of this chapter. However, the legislative body of a city with a population of less than three thousand persons may, by ordinance, designate a street or highway within its boundaries to be suitable for use by off-road vehicles. The legislative body of a county may, by ordinance, designate a road or highway within its boundaries to be suitable for use by off-road vehicles if the road or highway is a direct connection between a city with a population of less than three thousand persons and an off-road vehicle recreation facility.

    RCW 46.09.450
    Authorized and prohibited uses.

    (1) Except as otherwise provided in this section, it is lawful to operate an off-road vehicle upon:

    (a) A nonhighway road and in parking areas serving designated off-road vehicle areas if the state, federal, local, or private authority responsible for the management of the nonhighway road authorizes the use of off-road vehicles; and

    (b) A street, road, or highway as authorized under RCW 46.09.360.

    (2) Operations of an off-road vehicle on a nonhighway road, or on a street, road, or highway as authorized under RCW 46.09.360, under this section is exempt from registration requirements of chapter 46.16A RCW and vehicle lighting and equipment requirements of chapter 46.37 RCW.

    (3) It is unlawful to operate an off-road vehicle upon a private nonhighway road if the road owner has not authorized the use of off-road vehicles.

    (4) Nothing in this section authorizes trespass on private property.

    (5) The provisions of RCW 4.24.210(5) shall apply to public landowners who allow members of the public to use public facilities accessed by a highway, street, or nonhighway road for recreational off-road vehicle use
  13. Saw this on a recent trip. How fooking cool is that?

  14. PeteN95

    PeteN95 Moderator Staff Member

    Seems like a good way to injure even more people than they do on dirt to me?! But they are legal in Germany, but people there are well trained and take driving very seriously. My former neighbor went to ID and got a plate for his quad so he could drive up the dirt road from his cabin in Cle Elum to the trails in Taneum, but I doubt the cops here would have been impressed by it?! To be reasonably safe you would have to lower and stiffen the suspension a lot, effectively eliminating the off road capability.

  15. mjn

    mjn Forum Admin Staff Member

    I know it is cool in sections of Idaho.. we talked to a guy on a Honda Recon while at a grocery store in Sandpoint this summer..
  16. With all the illegal gravel around it'd be safer than a motorcycle.:stir:
  17. james1300

    james1300 Track School Dazed

    Yeah, Wallace, ID. too! But, I want to be able to ride mine Legal in WA!
  18. You could always get a can am spyder and lift it to accommodate big off road nobby tires.
  19. PeteN95

    PeteN95 Moderator Staff Member

    Why? And what does this have to do with Motorcycles?? :scratchea
    Last edited: Oct 30, 2012
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