If you have been to the Laconia, New Hampshire event, you may have been pulled over by police because of your motorcycle high bars.
Senator Andrew Hosmer, a Democrat from Laconia, has introduced legislation to repeal the statute restricting the height of handlebars on motorcycles.
Since 1967 the Granite State is among more than 30 states that limit the height of handlebars, prohibiting motorcycles on the road fitted with grips higher than than the shoulder level of the driver when in the seat or saddle.” It also prohibits riding a motorcycle with “improvised, defective, or repaired handlebars.”
“I have never heard the height of handlebars presented as a safety issue,” Sen. Andrew Hosner said said. “There is no history of accidents caused by high bars.” The regulation of handlebars on motorcycles rests with the states. Currently, 12 states limit the height of handlebars to 15 inches above the saddle. 5 others require the handlebars to be below the height of the shoulder. Last summer, South Dakota, which hosts the annual Sturgis rally became the most recent state to repeal its shoulder level statute. New Hampshire Senate Bill 360 has been referred to the Senate Transportation Committee and a hearing has to be scheduled.