It is important to note that South Carolina does have some dirt bike laws in addition to its motorcycle laws. Here in South Carolina, riders under the age of 16 are only permitted to ride a dirt bike offroad when accompanied by an adult.
It can be illegal to ride many stock dirt bikes on public roads or in neighborhoods in South Carolina. Because they are designed for offroad use, they’re may not equipped with the necessary safety features to be ridden on public roads. In order to modify a dirt bike to be considered “dual-purpose”, it will need to be outfitted with necessary safety equipment, including:
- A headlight
- A taillight
- A rearview mirror
- A horn
Once the dirt bike is modified to be considered dual-purpose, it will need to be titled and registered, and the rider will need a driver’s license with a motorcycle endorsement in order to be considered street legal.
Dirt Bikes and Off-Road Riding
South Carolina currently has few laws restricting motorcyclists from riding off the road or riding dirt bikes offroad. However, there are a few key safety considerations to be aware of. For instance, if your motorcycle is not equipped with the right kind of tires, brakes, and suspension for off-road riding, you could damage your bike or motorcycle, and you could end up getting hurt.
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