Motorized Bicycle Laws in Indiana

Motorized Bicycles in Indiana

Generic Court GavelThere are many benefits to be had by using a motorized bicycle as your primary (or secondary) method of transportation. With rising gas prices, environmental concerns and a suffering economy, it’s no wonder more and more people are choosing them over other options.

Electric Bicycles

The State of Indiana doesn’t have any laws in place for e-bikes, so we’ll have to refer to the federal laws.

According to federal law, an electric bicycle is defined as a bike that has a motor no bigger than 750 W, and has a top speed of 20 MPH on level ground.

Although you do not need a driver’s license to ride an e-bike on public roads, you do need to be at least 16 years old.


In order for a motorbike to be considered a moped in Indiana, it must be unable to go more than 25 mph on a flat surface (this is the only requirement for electric mopeds.) Moreover, if it is a gas-powered bike, then it must also:

  • Have an engine that is 50 cc or smaller, and produce less than 2-brake horsepower.
  • Have an automatic transmission.

If your motorbike exceeds the above specification, then it is most likely considered a motorcycle, which must be registered and titled, and requires the appropriate license to ride.

Mopeds cannot be driven on sidewalks or footpaths, and cannot be driven on interstate highways.


Like motorized bikes, scooters may also fall under either classification, depending on their top speed and other specifications.

If you have any questions, we advise that you contact the Bureau of Motor Vehicles, at (888) 692-6841 to get further clarification.

Want a Motorized Bicycle?

We have a great selection of motorized bicycles for sale! While we recommend getting an e-bike, we also have motorized bicycle kits for sale and bicycle accessories for sale. All of our listings are highly reviewed, as you will see for yourself!

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