More Illegal Gas Motor Bikes
Frank asked: Is a bike with a 49 cc motor considered a motor vehicle? Should I have been violated by police for riding my motorized bike? I was sent to jail for 55 days violating my probation order. Please answer this question as soon as possible. Time is of the essence because I’m considering a lawsuit against Leesburg police for false arrest.
A bicycle with a gas assist motor is a motor vehicle, but it cannot be registered for use on the roads in Florida. It is an unregistered motor vehicle and the operator is violating the law since only registered vehicles or those specifically exempted by the statutes can be legally used on the roads.
The exception would be if the bicycle with a gas assist motor has the necessary equipment to be registered a moped. The operator would then be required to have a driver’s license.
A driver’s license is required to operate any motor vehicle unless it is specifically exempted by the statutes. A gas motor assist bicycle is not one of the exempted motor vehicles.
The only type of motorized bicycle that is legal is one with an electric assist motor that meets the definition of bicycle in the statutes and does not require a title, registration or a driver’s license.
This is discussed in detail in the posts on “motorized bicycles” and in particular this post: