Wednesday, March 2, 2011

The sad legality of Pink Headlights

oh ebay, why do you tempt me with your forbidden fruit!
Sorry, I already have a pair.

Yep - don't act like you don't want these. Every guy wants a set of his own pink headlights.

Anyway, there is no way pink lights are going on my Blue Dragon. Blue, maybe, but Pink? No can do. And don't forget - these tinted headlights lights are considered illegal....but AWESOME!

Anyway, the talk on the MV forum is that you can install these as a secondary light that can be turned on and off with a switch. So that would be a pretty awesome modification. Too bad BV500s are the least modify-able scooters out there.

Damn you Scooter Gods! (Shakes fist at sky).

found on

(625 ILCS 5/Ch. 12 Art. II heading)

(625 ILCS 5/12‑201) (from Ch. 95 1/2, par. 12‑201)
Sec. 12‑201. When lighted lamps are required.

(b) All other motor vehicles shall exhibit at least 2 lighted head lamps, with at least one on each side of the front of the vehicle, which satisfy United States Department of Transportation requirements,showing white lights, including that emitted by high intensity discharge (HID) lamps, or lights of a yellow or amber tint, during the period from sunset to sunrise, at times when rain, snow, fog, or other atmospheric conditions require the use of windshield wipers, and at any other times when, due to insufficient light or unfavorable atmospheric conditions, persons and vehicles on the highway are not clearly discernible at a distance of 1000 feet. Parking lamps may be used in addition to but not in lieu of such head lamps. Every motor vehicle, trailer, or semi‑trailer shall also exhibit at least 2 lighted lamps, commonly known as tail lamps, which shall be mounted on the left rear and right rear of the vehicle so as to throw a red light visible for at least 500 feet in the reverse direction, except that a truck tractor or road tractor manufactured before January 1, 1968 and all motorcycles need be equipped with only one such tail lamp.

(625 ILCS 5/12‑212) (from Ch. 95 1/2, par. 12‑212)
Sec. 12‑212. Special restrictions on lamps. (a) No person shall drive or move any vehicle or equipment upon any highway with any lamp or device on the vehicle or equipment displaying a red light visible from directly in front of the vehicle or equipment except as otherwise provided in this Act.
(b) Subject to the restrictions of this Act, flashing lights are prohibited on motor vehicles except as a means for indicating a right or left turn as provided in Section 12‑208 or the presence of a vehicular traffic hazard requiring unusual care as expressly provided in Sections 11‑804 or 12‑215.
(c) Unless otherwise expressly authorized by this Code, all other lighting or combination of lighting on any vehicle shall be prohibited.

and also found on the same forum:

I'm Illinois, and in the Chicago muni code, it specifically states that lights can be white or a tint of yellow or amber. Note that iy does NOT say your headlights can BE yellow or amber - only that they can have a tint to the color. I interpret this to mean that the BULBS may have a SLIGHT yellowish or amber hue to them, but the bulbs cannot be yellow or amber - or any other color. The law states that a motor vehicle (except motorcycles) must have two (2) functioning headlamps that emit a white light at least 1000feet. If you install yellow or amber bulbs or LENSES, you are violating the law. If you install any other color you are in violation of the law. Now, if your lenses are painted with the black tint paint, but when on can still emit a white light visible at least to 1000feet, I'd say you would be OK.

Again, as far as tailights, they must be red and visible at 500feet at well. Black tinted lenses are OK, so long as when activated - as TAILIGHTS, not brake lights - they are visible from 500 feet.

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