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How to Make your Surron or Talaria Street legal

How to Make your Surron or Talaria Street legal

Charlie Dillingham |

Surron bikes, specifically known for models like the Surron X Light Bee, are a topic of interest for many bike enthusiasts, particularly regarding their legality for street use. The legal status of these bikes varies depending on the region, but in general, Surron bikes are not considered street legal, primarily because they are designed for off-road use.

One of the primary reasons Surron bikes are not street legal is that they do not meet the necessary requirements for on-road vehicles. In the U.S., for instance, the bikes are available only in their dirt version because they cannot pass the safety tests required for street-legal vehicles. They are deemed unsafe for American highways​ This is indicative of the stringent safety regulations that vehicles must adhere to for road usage, which Surron bikes do not meet.

Moreover, Surron bikes do not have functional pedals, which is a requirement for electric bikes to be classified as bicycles for legal on-road use. This limitation is a significant factor in their classification as off-road vehicles​. The absence of functional pedals means they cannot be categorized under the same regulations that allow certain electric bikes to be used on public roads.

In addition to safety concerns and design limitations, there is a lack of a certificate of Department of Transportation (DOT) compliance for Surron bikes. This certification is essential for vehicles to be registered and legally operated on public roads. In some regions, Surron bikes can be registered only for off-road use, further underscoring their intended use and limitations regarding street legality​.

The Surron X Light Bee, a notable model in the Surron lineup, is explicitly sold as an off-road vehicle, not for street use. This model, like others in the Surron range, features specifications and design elements geared towards off-road performance, such as a powerful battery and controller, but lacks the necessary components and certifications for road legality​.

 According to DMV 

21.160 Motorized Bicycles (MOPED) License Plates

  1. Licensing Requirements: Motorized bicycles or mopeds must be licensed before they are operated on a highway. This involves issuing a license plate and an identification card, though a title is not issued. Annual renewal is not required for mopeds.

  2. Application Process: To license a moped, one needs to complete a Motorized Bicycle Instructions/Application (REG 230) form and a Statement 

  3. Speed Limitations: A critical aspect is the speed capability of the moped. If a moped is capable of attaining speeds in excess of 30 mph, it is subject to registration as a motor-driven cycle (akin to a motorcycle). In such cases, if a moped operator is cited for speeds over 30 mph, the moped must be registered accordingly, and fees become due.

  4. Transfers and VIN Requirements: For transfers, specific sections of the REG 230 form must be completed. No late transfer penalty or use tax is collected in these cases. Additionally, a Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) is required to license a moped. If a moped lacks a VIN, the application is put on hold until a VIN is assigned.

It's important to note that these regulations pertain specifically to mopeds as defined by the DMV. The classification of a vehicle as a moped, motorcycle, or other types of motor-driven cycle depends on various factors, including its design, speed capability, and other features. Surron bikes, as previously discussed, are primarily designed for off-road use and may not meet the requirements to be classified as mopeds under these regulations. However, if a Surron bike meets the specific criteria outlined by the DMV for mopeds (including speed limitations and other safety standards), then it could potentially be registered and licensed as a moped, following the procedures you've outlined.

This highlights the importance of understanding both the design and intended use of a vehicle, as well as the specific legal definitions and requirements set forth by regulatory bodies like the DMV when determining the legality and registration requirements of motorized vehicles like Surron bikes or other mopeds.

 It's crucial to recognize that another requirement for classifying a Surron bike as a moped is ensuring the green wire is uncut and the bike remains stock, as it must not exceed 28 mph.




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