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Can I ride a motorcycle trike if I have a two-wheel (regular motorcycle license) without being retested?

Ken Little

“No new test. A trike is the same as a motorcycle in the DMV eyes, so it’s no different than if he bought a second motorcycle,” said Steve Abbott, a spokesman or the N.C. Department of Motor Vehicles.

Abbott also provided a legal definition of a motorcycle in North Carolina.

“If his trike fits this description, then the registration laws that apply for his two-wheel motorcycle would be the same for the trike in terms of licensing, registration, inspection, insurance, etc.,” Abbott said.

Here it is:

“Motorcycles – Vehicles having a saddle for the use of the rider and designed to travel on not more than three wheels in contact with the ground, including motor scooters and motor-driven bicycles, but excluding tractors and utility vehicles equipped with an additional form of device designed to transport property, three-wheeled vehicles while being used by law-enforcement agencies and mopeds as defined in subdivision d1 of this subsection.”

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