WHAT IS THE LEARNER APPROVED MOTORCYCLE SCHEME (LAMS)?
LAMS identifies a range of motorcycles appropriate for learner and restricted class 6 licence holders, based on their level of experience. The scheme determines appropriate motorcycles based in the overall performance capability of the motorcycle.
See our Learner Approved page for a complete list of our Learner Approved Bikes.
LAMS Approved Motorcycles include:
- All motorcycles with engine capacities of 250cc and under, except for those on the LAMS-prohibited list (please refer to the NZTA website for the 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 that feature on the approved NZTA list 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.
CAN I CHANGE MY LAMS APPROVED MOTORCYCLE TO A FULL POWER MOTORCYCLE AT A LATER DATE?
Although it may be physically possible to modify a LAMS approved motorcycle to a higher power output of a Full Power motorcycle, learner or restricted licence holders are responsible for ensuring their motorcycle is LAMS-approved. Any motorcycle modified in a way that increases its power-to-weight ratio is not LAMS-approved, regardless of whether it appears on the LAMS-approved list.
New Zealand Transport Authority (NZTA) is a good place to start for any information on licensing as provides the standard licensing requirements for New Zealand.