Did you know there is a law in California preventing motorcycle riders from operating vehicles with handlebars over a certain height? According to this state law, when your hands are resting on your handlebar grips, they cannot be more than six inches above your shoulders when you are sitting on your bike. Why does this law need to be in place? Let’s take a closer look.
The Popularity of High Handlebars on Motorcycles
High handlebars are a popular custom addition to modified motorcycles, often called choppers in the biker community. These choppers and custom motorcycle handlebars have been popular for decades, especially after cult films like Easy Rider appeared. This film featured low-riding bikes with increase rake angles. In addition, many Harley-Davidson riders create custom choppers with high and wide handlebars.
While high handlebars can give a custom motorcycle a desired and unique look, safety advocates in many states have outlawed “ape hanger” handlebars which have, in some instances, gotten so high they are literally out-of-hand.
The Danger of Ape-Hanger Motorcycle Handlebars
There are three main reasons high handlebars can be a danger on the road, and why California has outlawed handlebars over a certain height:
Orange County Motorcycle Accident Lawyers
Have you been injured in a California traffic accident involving a customized bike, a chopper, or a bike with illegally high handlebars? You may be owed compensation for your injuries and other damages. Call Orange County motorcycle accident attorneys Russell & Lazarus today to request a free case evaluation: (949) 851-0222.