Do you need DOT tires to pass a safety inspection in UT?

Utah

Bought the 530 new last year so it came with DOT tires, but I went to get my stickers this year and apparently I have to have a safety inspection done on the bike.

I am hoping they don't require you to have DOT tires on to pass the safety inspection, but I have a gut feeling the do.

Can anyone comment on this?

I just dual sported my new bike, so I did a little research. I found it really confusing. As I understand it, the exact law does not specify DOT tires, but apparently the inspector's check list does. So to be safe, I would say that the answer is yes, you do need DOT approved tires. You may, however, get lucky and pass without.

I may not be 100% correct, but that is my interpretation.

When I bought my bike I had the dealer swap the tires for DOT approved Dunlop 606. When they wear out I am going to switch to a DOT approved trials tire (which I didn't know existed until one week ago).

I just had mine inspected last week. And the guy did not look at my tires.

I'm sure someone on this web site has a worn out set that they would sell you cheap or just let you mount them up for a six pack and then give them back.

Say where you're from and maybe a good samaritan will help out.

I've had some inspectors check and some not.

The guy who inspected mine just asked me if they were DOT legal. He may have looked when I was doing the lights and turn signals, but I don't think so.

The colorado guys frequently have some DOT tires floating around to pass inspections. Maybe they will post up? Mount them, pass inspection, pass them on! Pretty awesome idea.

I guess I should have kept the stock worn out Metzelers *DOH*

Either way, had the safety inspection done today, they didn't even look at the tires.

Guess it just depends on who is doing the inspection *shrug*

The Utah law requires DOT tires but some inspectors don't look / don't care. I didn't have them but did have turn signals and the inspector told me that was a fair trade and passed me. You're required to have both front and rear brake light switches now too, but again some testers just don't look that hard.

The Utah law requires DOT tires but some inspectors don't look / don't care. I didn't have them but did have turn signals and the inspector told me that was a fair trade and passed me. You're required to have both front and rear brake light switches now too, but again some testers just don't look that hard.

I got lucky, The inspector that done my bike just advised me on the front brake light.

I almost got caught on the brake light thing, I forgot the engine had to be running for the brake light to come on ...

Ah well, I'm thinking about putting DOT tires on this thing anyway when I wear the softies out .... make the 530(610) more of a longer all-day trail bike and picking up a 300 XC for the ORV areas ...

I have the Official UtahSafetly manual, "The State of Utah Department of Public Safety Official Vehicle Safety Inspection Manual for Motorcycle/ATV" for 2011-2011. It was published by the Department of Public Safety Effective January 1, 2011.

The only thing it says in the Two Wheel Dirt Dike Section is:

Tires must be highway approved in accordance with UCA 41-6a-1636.

UCA 41-6a-1636 reads:

Utah Code

Title 41 Motor Vehicles

Chapter 6a Traffic Code

Section 1636 Tires which are prohibited -- Regulatory powers of state transportation department -- Winter use of studs -- Special permits -- Tread depth.

41-6a-1636. Tires which are prohibited -- Regulatory powers of state transportation department -- Winter use of studs -- Special permits -- Tread depth.

(1) A solid rubber tire on a vehicle shall have rubber on its entire traction surface at least one inch thick above the edge of the flange of the entire periphery.

(2) A person may not operate or move on a highway a motor vehicle, trailer, or semitrailer having a metal tire in contact with the roadway.

(3) Except as otherwise provided in this section, a person may not have a tire on a vehicle that is moved on a highway that has on the tire's periphery a block, stud, flange, cleat, or spike or any other protuberances of any material other than rubber which projects beyond the tread of the traction surface of the tire.

(4) In accordance with Title 63G, Chapter 3, Utah Administrative Rulemaking Act, the Department of Transportation may make rules to permit the use of tires on a vehicle having protuberances other than rubber, if the department concludes that protuberances do not:

(a) damage the highway significantly; or

(:smirk: constitute a hazard to life, health, or property.

(5) Notwithstanding any other provision of this section, a person may use:

(a) a tire with protuberances consisting of tungsten carbide studs on a vehicle if the studs:

(i) are only used during the winter periods of October 15 through December 31 and January 1 through March 31 of each year;

(ii) do not project beyond the tread of the traction surface of the tire more than .050 inches; and

(iii) are not used on a vehicle with a maximum gross weight in excess of 9,000 pounds unless the vehicle is an emergency vehicle or school bus;

(:smirk: farm machinery with tires having protuberances which will not injure the highway; and

© tire chains of reasonable proportions on a vehicle when required for safety because of snow, ice, or other conditions tending to cause a vehicle to skid.

(6) Notwithstanding any other provision of this chapter, a highway authority, for a highway under its jurisdiction, may issue special permits authorizing the operation on a highway of:

(a) farm tractors;

(:prof: other farm machinery; or

© traction engines or tractors having movable tracks with transverse corrugations on the periphery of the movable tracks.

(7) (a) A person may not operate a vehicle if one or more of the tires in use on the vehicle:

(i) is in an unsafe operating condition; or

(ii) has a tread depth less than 2/32 inch measured in any two adjacent tread grooves at three equally spaced intervals around the circumference of the tire.

(:lol: The measurement under Subsection (7)(a) may not be made at the location of any tread wear indicator, tie bar, hump, or fillet.

(8) A person in the business of selling tires may not sell or offer for sale for highway use any tire prohibited for use under Subsection (7).

SO what I posted above is for two wheeled dirt bikes that have been modified to be street legal. The street legal motorcycle section say:

REJECT when:

a tire has been re-grooved, re-cut or is marked for other than highway use.

So I would say yes, but like others have said, maybe theyll check, maybe they wont.

Go to a place that don't do many motorcycle inspections, like Jiffy lube.

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