|Bill to repeal this statute is Senate Bill 85
motorcycle handlebar height
32-20-3. Required handlebar height -- Violation as petty offense. No
person may operate on a public street or highway a motorcycle
equipped with a handlebar positioned so that the grips of the
handlebar are at or above shoulder height of the person when sitting
astride the seat. A violation of this section is a petty offense.
Colorado, Idaho, Iowa, Kentucky, Minnesota, Montana, Oregon,
Pennsylvania, New Mexico, North Carolina, Virginia, Tennessee
Points for Repeal of Handlebar Height Limit -
OR STYLE, NOT SAFETY.
There are no scientific studies showing handlebar height to have a
negative impact on safety. The only study involving handlebars was
a 1973 study of handlebars on bicycles. That study concluded that
high handlebars actually improved handling in some maneuvers and
overall high handlebars had no detrimental effect
handling characteristics of a motorcycle are determined by frame,
fork and wheel geometry. The height of the handlebars is purely a
matter of personal preference and comfort, much like the tilt wheel
feature in automobiles. Tilt wheels in automobiles prove that the
vehicle can be operated with the hands in different positions.
Applied to the human physique, a size 7 shoe just won’t work for a
guy who wears size 12.
handlebars do not fit all body types/sizes and can be very
uncomfortable causing a distraction that is unsafe for the rider.
Personal comfort actually promotes safer, more alert riding. The
risks of being forced to ride outside the comfort zone for those
riders who prefer these types of high handlebars presents a unique
safety hazard of its own.
you make the switch to high handle bars, you may be in for some
extra comfort as well. Harley riders have some very common reasons
for switching from stock handle bars to high handle bars; stock bars
are uncomfortable, neck and shoulder blade pain issues, numbness in
lower arms &amp;amp; wrists, unable to ride long distances.
factors expert Dr. Alex Stedmond of the UK Center for Motorcycle
Ergonomics agrees. While studying motorcycle ergonomics, he found
that body part discomfort due to neck, shoulders, upper arms &amp;amp;
lower arms, were ranked highest by riders.