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UriahB
PostPosted: Wed Mar 08, 2006 10:02 pm  Reply with quote
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Okay so stupid question of the day: are scooters under the letter of the law required to have turn signals? Can you get by with hand signals? I know a mirror is required but I can't remember on the signals. Oh and also does the answer change if your scoot is collector?

And on a related note: anyone been through the process to title a foreign scooter? Will I be on the rooftop with the sniper rifle before it's over or is it really not that bad?

Advice appreciated.

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PostPosted: Wed Mar 08, 2006 11:09 pm  Reply with quote
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If they have blinkers then they need them. One mirror. Don't use the International Title service, MN doesn't recognize this as valid, just a waste of money. The whole procedure is on the DMV website. Basically photos of all 4 sides, engine and vin number and a statement of fact with all you know about the bike. Bill of sale and anything else to validate that the scooter isn't stolen will help. If it is fresh from oversees a certificate of importation would help if it has the vin number or a discription. Even with all of that you will probably have to get it bonded for 3 years. But they give you a plate right away so you can drive and insure it. The process is pretty simple.

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PostPosted: Thu Mar 09, 2006 8:47 am  Reply with quote
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I think that turn signals came into play in 1974. But most of the vintage bikes I've seen don't have them or the owners have taken them off. The early turn signals were crap.

Gotta have a brake light though. It gets dangerous fast without one.

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Brad wrote:
I think that turn signals came into play in 1974.

My '78 never had 'em.
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some_dude wrote:
My '78 never had 'em.


But yours is a moped.

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Matty wrote:
some_dude wrote:
My '78 never had 'em.


But yours is a moped.


That's an interesting point. My 1980 50 Special (moped plates) never had turn signals. The Super I'm working on switched over to turn signals in 1973 or 74. One of my cowls has holes and one doesn't.

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Matty wrote:
But yours is a moped.

Ouch. Was that really necessary? (giggle)
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Brad wrote:
One of my cowls has holes and one doesn't.

During the transition years they only put signals on one side. I suggest you only make left turns.
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some_dude wrote:
Ouch. Was that really necessary? (giggle)


Why yes it was!

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some_dude wrote:
Brad wrote:
One of my cowls has holes and one doesn't.

During the transition years they only put signals on one side. I suggest you only make left turns.


Damned government autocrats. Or maybe I’m only supposed to turn using a round-about.

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Matty wrote:
But yours is a moped.

At least it's not a Plurimatic. (te he)
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some_dude wrote:
At least it's not a Plurimatic. (te he)


Touché! But at least it has blinkers.

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Brad wrote:
Damned government autocrats. Or maybe I’m only supposed to turn using a round-about.



Matty wrote:
some_dude wrote:
At least it's not a Plurimatic. (te he)


Touché! But at least it has blinkers.


And Brad, if you ride your scoot anywhere near this conversation, you'll always be in a round-about!

And by the way, roundabouts kick ass on scoots!

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Are there any roundabouts in the twin cities other than right in front of Minnehaha Falls? Or any multilaners?
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There are a lot of roundabouts on the U campus; but thanks to the idiocy that is Minnesotans and the U in general, they've put stop signs at random places around them and treat them as a series of bizarre, unnatural intersections. It's really bad. The thing with roundabouts is, if you ever put any kind of traffic sign in one, it's all over.

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