Anti-wheelie law makes them illegal in Florida

One of the most interesting tricks you can do on a motorcycle is a wheelie. Wheelies are great for showing off, but did you know that you can get into trouble with the law if you perform a wheelie on the roads?

Since 2008, wheelies have been against the law in Florida. The anti-wheelie law now results in a citation that can cost you up to $1,000 for a first offense. Second offenses have $2,500 fines, while third offenses are felonies and may result in a license revocation for 10 years and a fine of $5,000. The only way to avoid these penalties is to keep both wheels on the ground at all times.

Why are wheelies so dangerous?

The most dangerous thing a motorcyclist can do is to reduce the friction between the motorcycle and the ground. When you pop a wheelie, you reduce the overall friction and ability to control your vehicle. This puts you in danger and also puts others in danger as it leads to distractions and the potential for a crash.

Wheelies are also dangerous because they tend to take the wheel off the ground for longer than if the wheel had naturally bounced up off the ground. For instance, if you hit a rock, your wheel might come up for a second or two. A wheelie is often extended, leading to a higher risk of a crash the longer it lasts.

If you've already been cited for performing a wheelie and have been stopped a second time, you could face more severe penalties. Remember that not all wheelies are in your control. Certain wheelies occur naturally after hitting rocks or debris. The police need to differentiate between those two types, intentional an unintentional, before they accuse you of a traffic violation.

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