"That hasn't happened before . . ."

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Re: "That hasn't happened before . . ."

Postby Eero.Korhonen » Fri Sep 20, 2019 5:27 am

Can you drive a bike with no lights in U.K.?
Of course it has to stay a night in parking place.
When you get out of pub, it will be dark. :lol:
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Re: "That hasn't happened before . . ."

Postby will_curry » Fri Sep 20, 2019 1:16 pm

It's quite legal - at least for older bikes - I'm not sure about moderns. Our vintage Ariel has
no lights and neither does our HT. Even with lights riding older bikes after dark is risky
nowadays round here. We seem to have a special brand of 4-wheel idiot who doesn't know
what a dipswitch is for and who can't get their headlights set up or working properly either.

I have an XSR700 for after dark and a Jawa Velorex sidecar outfit for when there's too many/too
much to fit in/on a solo. Electric start, electronic ignition, pumped oil, sidecar wheel brake - great
fun.

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Re: "That hasn't happened before . . ."

Postby JohnnyBeckett » Fri Sep 20, 2019 6:47 pm

HI you can ride a modern motorcycle with no lights all you need is a brake light you you get daylight M O T and if you have a bike after 1954 you need a brake light before that yon can have no light i have 3 bikes running on daylight mot just got a brake light

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Re: "That hasn't happened before . . ."

Postby Brian Petheram » Sat Sep 21, 2019 9:17 am

Actually the year from which brake lights are compulsory is 1936. I believe they were only compulsory on new bikes from 1953 - a rare example of retrospective legislation. Quote from MOT rules:

Exemptions
If a stop lamp is fitted, it must meet the requirements of this inspection, but need not be fitted to a machine which:
a. cannot exceed 25mph, or
b. was first used before 1 January 1936, or
c. was first used before 1 April 1986 and which
has an engine capacity of less than 50cc.

I'm considering fitting a battery powered LED bicycle brake light on my flat tank Sunbeam just for safety as they are easily removable. All my 1930s bikes including my Red Hunter have been retrofitted quite easily.

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Re: "That hasn't happened before . . ."

Postby JohnnyBeckett » Sat Sep 21, 2019 12:19 pm

the first mot was Introduced in 1960 in the very early days lights was a extra and most were carbide i have 4 cars and 3 flat tank on carbide gas lights but no brake light


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