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post #1 of 27 Old February 18th, 2008, 04:36 PM Thread Starter
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RZR Street Legal in Texas

Has anyone made their RZR street legal in Texas?

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post #2 of 27 Old February 23rd, 2008, 05:02 PM
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Re: RZR Street Legal in Texas

I'm in CA, and apparently the dealer I bought it from registers it with the DMV as a "4WD" vehicle, and not an ATV.... so he said if you find the right DMV, and somebody that likes you... you can get plates for it. You need DOT tires, and all the appropriate signals, etc, etc...
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I live in CA as well and am soon purchasing an RZR. I'm trying to figure out how to street legal. Do you know if the mentioned dealer still offers this registration? If so, can I get a name and number?
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Re: RZR Street Legal in Texas

I live in Colo and License ours in WY. Putting on a horn and the proper head, tail and brake lights is about all that is required. We are street legal in WY, ND and AZ where we do 99% of our riding. Dont even bother doing much riding in CO as they are getting about like CA. Fortunately our favorite camping site is no farther away in WY as the good places are in CO. Its pretty ridiculous when you cant ride down a dirt county road for 1/2 mile between trail heads without getting a ticket!
Dont get me wrong there are great places to ride in CO. One of the most spectacular rides is the Alpine Loop. It goes around the mountains between Lake City and Silverton. BUT you cant ride your machine in those towns so as far as a LOOP goes you are pretty well SOL!
on edit: You also need a rear view mirror
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Re: RZR Street Legal in Texas

i've inquired about registering it in texas, from all of the information i got the answer was "NO". i even tried to go the golfcart route.. you cant register those either.. there is however a loophole as far as i understand.. if you live within a mile of a golf course. you can drive around the neighborhood under the premise that you're on your way to or from the golf course.. also if you dont have lights you cant drive an hour before or after sunset.
i believe the orange triangle trick will work out on country roads too..
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I just registerd my rzr and it didnt pull up on the computer as anything like an RZR, just motorcycle. They asked me if it was for street use, I hesitated because of reading this thread before, but said it was offroad only, she then said once it was put in for offroad only I could never change it to onroad. INTERESTING''''' John
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Re: RZR Street Legal in Texas

ya the difference is offroad use only and off highway use only..
if you can get it titled as off highway use only, you can register it.
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LOL in WV we just ride to hell with law, just stay off highways and we are ok would be cool to ride to work. No really as long as its not a yellow line road we can ride it
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Re: RZR Street Legal in Texas

I just registered mine today in AZ, they gave me motorcycle plates. I'm going to check into the off highway use only side of things....might be a nit cheaper.
On a side note we have a place here called AZ Rapid Title, they are a bit more relaxed than the DMV. Walked in with nothing and walked out with street legal registration....

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i've inquired about registering it in texas, from all of the information i got the answer was "NO". i even tried to go the golfcart route.. you cant register those either.. there is however a loophole as far as i understand.. if you live within a mile of a golf course. you can drive around the neighborhood under the premise that you're on your way to or from the golf course.. also if you dont have lights you cant drive an hour before or after sunset.
i believe the orange triangle trick will work out on country roads too..
I live on a golf course in Dallas county in a small city named Farmers Branch. For as long as I can remember I have ridden all through the neighborhood as well as "responsibly" on the golf course, which I happen to be a member of... I was riding my RZR this weekend out on the streets and and saw two cops, one waived the other was in awe, sat and chatted for a few minutes before he left.

I have never had any issues and make sure to observe all the laws as if I was driving a motorcycle including hand signals for turning, etc...

I would add everything necessary in a heartbeat if I knew I could get it registered at the DMV...

Hell my RZR is safer than one of those BRP Spyder's!!! I would rather roll over at 50mph in my RZR on pavement than being ejected from one of those crazy things or a motorcycle at that...

I read that Texas, especially Dallas, is one of the most dangerous places to own a street motorcycle in the entire united states by like two fold...

nothing to be proud of...

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Re: RZR Street Legal in Texas

Hey Bronson, when i was digging trying to figure out how to get mine registered i learned this:
there is a statute in texas law that says a whole bunch of things but it boils down to this.. if you live in a closed community and the powers that be that run the community dont have a problem with it, golf carts are fine.. also if you live within 2 miles from a golf course (and it would be practical for you to drive your golfcart to the golf course) then it is legal..
there are some restrictions having to do with buggies not having lights an hour after sunrise and an hour before sunset but you have lights so that doesnt apply to you.

in grayson county they actually have golf cart registrations becasue the core of engineers requires it.. but grayson co is the only place with golf cart plates..

in texas a golf cart or utv is classified as an all terrain motorcycle or atv (or gocart) by definition a street legal motorcycle in texas has 3 or less wheels.. (ya i tried that one too)

every once in a while you'll stumble across a utv with texas plates. in these cases i believe the owner has somehow managed to have the classification of the vehicle changed to a passenger car (theres a guy in ft worth with a crew i know of who's managed to do that)
there was a statute for slow moving vehicles that we utv owners slipped under and could be reclassed for that, utvs qualified for that because texas didnt know what to call them then.. but they've figured it out now and that doesnt work anymore..

i'd love to get mine registerd for the street. it'd be a blast to buzz around the neighborhood (oh oops, i already do that)
it'd be a blast to buzz around the neighborhood and not go hide every time i saw a cop..

keep them fingers crossed, all it really takes is for some senator or political figure to get a utv and decide they want to drive it on the street...
oh wait.. most of those guys live in closed communities or next to golf courses..
oh well poor folks are screwed again..
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Re: RZR Street Legal in Texas

Did you read the law passed in September? Golf carts & "neighborhood electric vehicles" that are registered & titled & insured can drive on streets with less then a 45 mph limit.

Also passed in September: golfcarts can no longer be registered...
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Re: RZR Street Legal in Texas

ya, when i was researching all of that it was before the september change.. i didnt read it, just read that we got screwed..
i think the grayson county thing still works though
my sister has an interesting philosophy though.. she just carries doughnuts with her..
i thought it was crazy, but i was with her one time and she got out of a speeding ticket by saying "hey, you want a doughnut?"
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Old topic.....but has anyone found a loop hole yet in Tx? I only work about 4 miles from my house and would drive mine to work most days.
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ya the difference is offroad use only and off highway use only..
if you can get it titled as off highway use only, you can register it.
Hey Marty, please elaborate as to why and how I could get mine registered if it's titled as "Off-Highway Use Only"...got my title in the mail last week and it is titled as "Off-Highway Use Only." I've looked and looked through the transportation code, but haven't found anything concrete that I could take to the DMV.

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