More about off/on road motorcycles

September 16, 2010

Downloadable off road motorcycle info sheet.

Here are photo illustrations of street-legal  and non-street-legal motorcycles, and examples of accompanying documentation that comes from manufacturers. While the photographs are KTM brand motorcycles, there are a variety of manufacturers of both street legal, non-street legal and “dual sport” motorcycles – these two motorcycles are used only as examples, and this information specifically applies to Washington state.

Motorcycles (all vehicles, for that matter) are determined to be road-worthy depending on a long list of items – everything from the construction of the gas tank, to the brakes, mirrors and emission standards. Except for the emission standards, these criteria are a part of the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards, which Washington state has adopted. If a vehicle is not road-worthy, Washington Administrative Code requires that it must be noted on the vehicle’s Certificate of Origin. Some manufacturers are out of compliance with this requirement, and DOL continues work to ensure manufacturers are compliant. You can see two examples below.

Street legal KTM 690 Enduro 

Street-legal KTM 690 Enduro


Non Washington state street-legal KTM 300 XC 


Certificate of Origin for a Honda non-street legal motorcycle. Note required statement.

Certificate for non-street legal 300XC motorcycle without required statement.