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Double T
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Just curious if there is a helmet law for motorcycles?

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Topic starter Posted : May 20, 2009 7:37 pm
dntw8up
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http://www.lmgtfy.com/?q=usvi+helmet+law&l=1

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Posted : May 20, 2009 7:40 pm
Marty on STT
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Yep, however, you will find that the kind of helmet doesn't seem to matter...I've seen folks wearing football helmets...bicycle helmets...batting helmets from baseball....polo helmets.....you name it...I would guess that around 75% of the helmets worn here do NOT meet DOT standards (I know mine doesn't, but it keeps ya from getting a ticket...no protection, either, of course...), And it's always worth a chuckle to see a Rasta w/ his dreads piled up 2 feet above his head and an imitation helmet sitting on top of his hair w/ a string wrapped around it to hold it on! Haha!

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Posted : May 20, 2009 9:33 pm
Yearasta
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Just the mental image alone is funny...much less seeing it in person!

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Posted : May 20, 2009 9:49 pm
lc98
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Ha ha -- Marty, you nailed it!

http://failblog.org/2009/05/06/helmet-fail-2/ pretty much sums it up. I don't think this photo was taken in the USVI, but you gotta love the perfectly functional helmet strapped to the handlebars....

Not legally required, but you're an idiot if you skip it: eye protection. One mosquito in the eye and it's all over. If you skip the face shield and you don't wear prescription glasses, make sure you have something you can use after dark -- wearing sunglasses at night doesn't work outside of 80s song lyrics. 🙂

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Posted : May 21, 2009 1:23 am
vroberge
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I just found out I need to sell my bike in CT, as it will cost more to ship than it's worth. Can you buy an motorcycle anywhere in the VI?

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Posted : May 21, 2009 9:08 am
lc98
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Depends on what kind of bike you are looking for, and what price range. I can't remember -- you're heading to STT or STX?

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Posted : May 21, 2009 10:46 am
vroberge
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I'm on St Croix. The bike was a 1988 Suzuki Cavalcade 1400 in pristine condition with 45k on it. Would probably be too much for the island, but it was a collector.

Not sure what I would get here, best deal for the $ I suppose.

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Posted : May 21, 2009 11:20 am
Yearasta
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the pic was priceless FDR

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Posted : May 21, 2009 1:28 pm
Marty on STT
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Yeah, FDR, the pic NAILS it! haha! Gives new meaning to the term "brain bucket"! haha!

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Posted : May 27, 2009 1:27 pm
Marty on STT
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Posted : May 27, 2009 1:29 pm
dougtamjj
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Hubby was at the Post Office a couple of weeks ago and listened to a story told by a police officer here on STX. It seems a couple on a scooter pulled into the gas station. NAKED. Well not completely. The man had a beer box over his genitals and the woman had a piece of foliage, (a piece of bush) over hers, was the officers recollection. The man got off the scooter and did a little bump and grind winnie wag. The officer walked up and asked them where they had been. A party was the reply. The man went into the gas station store and bought some beer. The officer said he let them go without a citation because they did not appear drunk and were not harming anyone.

Folks, I really don't think you have to worry about a helmet law on St. Croix.

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Posted : May 28, 2009 12:40 am
PKVAKING
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What if you have a medical statement and sufficient major medical insurance - can that used to waive wearing a helmet?

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Posted : April 7, 2019 3:21 pm
singlefin
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Until 2012 you didn’t even need a motorcycle license here.

Most laws here are disregarded unless your seriously endangering others, and even then, if your related to the right person, it still won’t matter. 

My favorite BMV law is the yearly required safety inspections. Some of the vehicles you see on the road are true death traps, and yet they pass inspection. It’s a joke really, everyone knows “somebody” who, for around $50, can get you an inspection sticker. The other motor vehicle joke is people riding in the beds of pickup trucks. You’ll see it everyday here.

I was never a fan of helmet laws, seatbelt laws, laws against riding in the back of pickups, and all the other ridiculously unenforceable laws up in the states. I think they’re all good ideas to abide by, but I like, that for the most part, they leave you alone down here. There is a sense of more personal freedom here as a result. 

If you live here full-time, you learn to appreciate little things like this. Just use common sense, be patient, and go with the flow. 

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Posted : April 7, 2019 9:04 pm
East Ender
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Wow! A 10 year old thread with dntw8up and Marty... That's a blast from the past...

 

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Posted : April 8, 2019 7:52 am
CruzanIron
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Posted by: singlefin

Until 2012 you didn’t even need a motorcycle license here.

Absolutely false.  I got my motorcycle license at 15 in 1973. 

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Posted : April 8, 2019 8:07 am
singlefin
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The BMV website noted 2012 on motorcycle licenses. My bad.

i should know by now, government websites are iffy at best here.

Thanks CruzanIron 

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Posted : April 8, 2019 8:19 am
CruzanIron
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Posted by: singlefin

The BMV website noted 2012 on motorcycle licenses. My bad.

i should know by now, government websites are iffy at best here.

Thanks CruzanIron 

Yes, if you had a car license you could drive a motorcycle. In 2012 they required the Motorcycle Safety Course endorsement on your license. But before that if you did not have a car license you could get a motorcycle license. In the 70's you could not get a car license until you were 18 (there was no drivers ed back then) so for many of us a motorcycle license was the only way to legally get around independent. 

I remember the day I got my motorcycle license at 15. My  dad said "well, now you are old enough to drive to work". I worked every Christmas holiday and summer until I graduated. 

 

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Posted : April 8, 2019 9:52 am
speee1dy
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down here it wouldnt matter what the law was, id wear it . too many ignorant drivers and too many pot holes. 

a few years ago a young lady was hit while she was on hers by a drunk driver-the drunk driver had no insurance and she lost a leg

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Posted : April 11, 2019 11:58 am
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