Approved motorcycles for learner and restricted riders

The Learner Approved Motorcycle Scheme (LAMS) came in to effect on 1 October 2012. This rating system identifies a range of motorcycles appropriate for learner and restricted Class 6 licence holders, based on their level of experience.

 LAMS determines appropriate motorcycles based on the overall performance capability of the motorcycle. Learner and restricted riders now have a wider range of motorcycles to choose from – but you do need to check that what you are currently riding, or when you are buying a bike, meets the criteria.

LAMS-approved motorcycles

LAMS-approved motorcycles includes:

  • all motorcycles with engine capacities of 250cc and under, except for those on the LAMS-prohibited list
  • fully electric powered motorcycles with a power-to-weight ratio of 150 kilowatts per tonne and under (this includes all fully electric powered motorcycles registered on New Zealand's Motor Vehicle Register as of 1 June 2012)
  • all motorcycles manufactured prior to 1960 with an engine capacity of 660cc and under
  • motorcycles with engine capacities between 251cc and 660cc - these motorcycles must be in standard form as produced by the manufacturer. They cannot be modified in any way to increase the power-to-weight ratio. See a full list of approved bikes

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