Harry asked: I was charged with driving without a license and operation of unregistered vehicle and it was a bike with a 2-stroke motor 49cc. It’s a crying shame I got arrested for a bike but can they do that in Polk county? The officer stated I knew it became a moped when I put the motor on it.
The officer is correct about the vehicle being a moped that must be registered and the operator must have a driver’s license. Please see this post.
There has been a recent redefinition of “bicycle”, but it doesn’t affect the gas motor question.
- 316.003 Definitions
(4) Bicycle – Every vehicle propelled solely by human power, having two tandem wheels, and including any device generally recognized as a bicycle though equipped with two front or two rear wheels. The term does not include a scooter or similar device.