Motorcycle Airbag, Seat, Steering, and Suspension

19VAC30-70-350. Motorcycle airbag, seat, steering, and suspension.
Inspect for and reject if:

  • 1. Frame is bent or damaged so as to constitute a hazard in proper operation.
  • 2. Wheels are out of line to a degree steering and control is affected.
  • 3. Steering-head bearing is loose, broken, defective or out of adjustment.
  • 4. Handlebars are loose, bent, broken or damaged in such a manner as to affect proper
  • 5. Shock absorbers are broken, worn, missing, defective, disconnected or do not
    function properly.
  • 6. Any spring in the suspension system is broken or sagging.
  • 7. If motorcycle seat or seats are not securely fastened.
  • 8. Any motorcycle designed to carry more than one person is not equipped with a
    footrest for each passenger.
  • 9. The battery is not attached to a fixed part of the motorcycle and protected by a
    removable cover or enclosure if the battery is installed in a location other than the engine
    compartment. This includes all brackets, hardware, bolts, and bushings used for
    securely mounting the battery to the motorcycle.

    • a. Removable covers or enclosures shall be substantial and shall be securely latched
      or fastened.
    • b. The battery compartment shall have openings to provide ample battery ventilation
      and drainage.
    • c. Whenever the cable to the starting motor passes through a metal compartment,
      the cable shall be protected against grounding by an acid and waterproof insulating
    • d. Whenever a battery and a fuel tank are both placed under the driver’s seat, they
      shall be partitioned from each other and each compartment shall be provided with an
      independent cover, ventilation, and drainage.
  • 10. Air bag and air bag readiness light. Inspect for and reject if:


Revised August 1, 2012

19VAC30-70- Motor Vehicle Safety Inspection Rules And Regulations

    • a. Any defects in the air bag system are noted by the air bag readiness light or
      otherwise indicated;
    • b. The air bag has been deployed and has not been replaced (and is not deactivated
      because of a medical or other exemption and a notice is posted to indicate that it has
      been deactivated);
    • c. Any part of the air bag system has been removed from the motorcycle; or
    • d. If the air bag indicator fails to light or stays on continuously.
  • NOTE: Checking the air bag readiness light. Turn the ignition key to the on position; the
    air bag readiness light will indicate normal operation by lighting for six to eight seconds,
    then turning off.
    A system malfunction is indicated by the flashing or continuous illumination of the
    readiness light or failure of the light to turn on.
    NOTE: Any motorcyde not originally manufactured with an air bag readiness light shall
    not be rejected for not having this item.