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Where can I park my scooter and do I have to pay the meter?

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We receive a lot of emails and telephone calls from our customers and friends regarding motorcycle parking laws in California.  Below is a summary of the dos and don’ts…

 

Street Parking for Scooters

California Vehicle Code section 22503 states that a motorcycle must be parked with one wheel touching the right-hand curb, or, on a one-way street, one wheel must be touching either curb.

Can I park a motorcycle on the sidewalk?

The short answer is no.  Under the California Vehicle Code section 22500, no motor vehicle may be parked on the sidewalk, including scooters.  However, some jurisdictions do not enforce this rule.  (San Diego, for example, seems to be very lax about this.   But some cities can be militant about enforcement, so,  in other words, park on the sidewalk at your own risk!

Is it legal to park between metered parking spots in California?

Again, the short answer is no.  However, jurisdictions vary significantly in their enforcement of this rule.  In some California towns, it is unheard of to receive a violation for parking between metered spaces.  In many others, however, cops and parking enforcement officers will quickly cite you for doing this.   In San Diego, it is a fairly common practice among scooter and motorcycle riders, and the writing of citations seems pretty rare.  However, do so at your own risk!

Is it legal to share metered parking spots in California?

While it is rare to hear of motorcyclists getting ticketed for sharing metered spaces with other motorcycles (or car), it can happen.  This seems absurd (although the words “absurd” and “law enforcement” go together far more frequently than they should).  If you aren’t familiar with parking enforcement in a particular area, we recommend asking other riders – or better yet, a meter maid, whether their policy is to ticket motorcycles for sharing a metered space.  Beware, though, that if one officer tells you it’s okay, and another cop gives you a ticket, you probably won’t have much luck fighting the ticket in court.  Keep in mind if you share a metered spot with another vehicle that is already parked, make sure there is enough time on the meter (cough up some change). If the meter expires, both vehicles will get ticketed for sure.

 

Can I test ride a scooter BEFORE I buy it?

We absolutely do offer test drives. We even encourage them so you know what you’re getting into!

Here are a few details:

  • You must bring a valid M1 Motrocycle Drivers License or valid Learners Permit if you want to drive.
  • When you agree to the terms of a test ride, you are legally and financially for the care and handling of the scooter, so be prepared to take responsibility for the bike you’d like to ride.  If you aren’t sure if the scooter is too big or powerful to accommodate your riding style or experience, ask one of our staff members to fit you for a scooter and they’ll be happy to offer recommendations.

The basic scooter safety items you should ride with are:

  • Helmet (and eye protection)
  • Gloves
  • Jacket
  • Long Pants
  • Proper Footwear

testride1Bring your helmet if you have one, or we will supply you with one of our loaner helmets.

Same with gloves bring a good pair, preferably leather and/or padded, like the NAPA or Motopecan gloves available in our shop. We do NOT have some loaner gloves on hand.

Any jacket or hoodie with long sleeves will do.  We strongly recommend armoured jackets such as the ones we sell in our showroom.

For your legs, jeans are best for safety.  On your feet, a sturdy boot or shoe is safest.  Tennis shoes are ok on scooters since your feet rest is on a platform and there are no gears to change.

NO FLIP FLOPS PLEASE!

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