Converting Your Dirt Bike Into A Street Legal Vehicle

Wouldn’t it be great if you could license your dirt bike for street riding? It’s not impossible, but it will require some conversion. Some of the parts you need can stay on the bike for competition, but some will have to be swapped out before you take it back onto a track or out on an off-road experience. If you’re ready to stock up on a mixture of the best OEM for motocross and the right aftermarket parts for street conversion, you can make one machine conquer both worlds.

Federal Minimum Requirement
The main reason your dirt bike doesn’t meet the requirements for street legality in its stock form is because of a set of federal minimums for safety equipment, much of which is built around the location and size of headlights, taillights, and reflectors. In addition, these characteristics also need to meet DOT requirements. Some of them will be stock on some dirt bikes, but not all of them.

  • Horn
  • Tires
  • Gas tank
  • Turn signals
  • Mirrors

State Requirements
Each state sets its own additional requirements for licensing vehicles, so you will need to do your own research and find out what your options are when it comes to converting your bike to meet the needs of your state. Looking for MX aftermarket parts online that meet state and federal requirements for street legality can help you make the conversion easier by reducing the number of parts you need to change out before hitting the track, too.

How To Convert Your Bike’s Systems
Each component you install will have separate installation and handling requirements. If you aren’t used to doing your own repair and maintenance work, it’s a good idea to pursue the detailed technical guide for your bike’s make and model. Information is also available in your owner’s manual. That way, you will be sure to know how to work with each new part you need to proceed with your conversion.