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PostSubject: Legal requirements for handlebar controls   Wed Sep 08, 2010 9:33 pm

Hello there,

Does anyone out there know the legal requirements for what must be on the handlebars? I would like to put my switches elsewhere - horn, lights, electric start, indicators and engine stop switch. I'm assuming the indicators, engine stop switch and horn must be on the bars - please advise.

Cheers

Simon
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PostSubject: Re: Legal requirements for handlebar controls   Wed Sep 08, 2010 10:32 pm

if your vehicle is already registered, u just have to comply with the wof regs, which are here
http://nzta.govt.nz/resources/virm-in-service-certification/virm-in-service-certification.html#motorcycles
I dont think there is much restriction on where u put these things - as long as they work. I used to have my horn on the frame downtubes & u had to reach down and squeeze it (old bicycle type) & that got a warrant.
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PostSubject: Re: Legal requirements for handlebar controls   Thu Sep 09, 2010 11:05 am

All depends on where you take it for WOF, my advise is to steer clear of places like VTNZ, go to bike friendly places
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PostSubject: Re: Legal requirements for handlebar controls   Thu Sep 09, 2010 5:11 pm

yeah that's true, as some stuff is simply the 'call' of the inspector, & if he's anal...
I've heard of people being failed for stuff that isn't illegal at all, it's just the inspector being OTT
My method is:
Ask the place first if they will pass any of your mods that you're not sure about - if they say no, then head down the road.
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PostSubject: Re: Legal requirements for handlebar controls   Thu Sep 09, 2010 8:15 pm

Thanks for the replies :-)
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PostSubject: Re: Legal requirements for handlebar controls   Tue Sep 14, 2010 6:11 pm

This is the reply I got from the lvvta forum site;

"The exact position for controls is not defined, there is just the principle that all safety-related operating systems must be able to be reached, and operated or adjusted, by a driver within an average range of height, whilst in the normal seated position.

There’s also a general principle that a vehicle should not be built such that no-one but the owner can drive or ride it, so the controls should retain a level of familiarity."

I like this, it is sensible, and vague enough to allow for some creativity. And I guess it will also depend on where you go for a wof as well.
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PostSubject: Re: Legal requirements for handlebar controls   Tue Sep 14, 2010 7:02 pm

Surfer wrote:
And I guess it will also depend on where you go for a wof as well.

if in Auck go to KTL
They dont compromise safety but they understand bout custom bikes
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