Georgia Law of Motorcycle handlebars, footrests and sissy bars (O.C.G.A. § 40-6-314)

Legal Commentary. Georgia law on motorcycles also requires all motorcycles carrying a passenger to have footrests for the passenger, regardless if the passenger is in on the motorcycle, in a side car or in an enclosed cab.

Subsection (b) of this Code Section also restricts certain designs on motorcycles from being operated on Georgia roadways. No motorcycle with more than 15 inches in height above that portion of the seat operated by the driver or with a backrest known as a “sissy bar” are permitted to be operated on Georgia roadways.

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Section 40-6-314 Requirement of footrests for passengers; rules about handlebars and sissy bars

(a) Any motorcycle carrying a passenger, other than in a sidecar or enclosed cab, shall be equipped with footrests for such passenger.

(b) No person shall operate any motorcycle with handlebars more than 15 inches in height above that portion of the seat occupied by the operator or with a backrest more commonly known as a sissy bar that is designed in such a way as to create a sharp point at its apex.

HISTORY: Ga. L. 1969, p. 732, § 2; Ga. L. 1972, p. 475, § 2; Code 1933, § 68A-1305, enacted by Ga. L. 1974, p. 633, § 1; Ga. L. 1990, p. 2048