Choosing Approved Motorcycles
Learner, provisional P1 (red Ps) and P2 (green Ps) rider license holders are prohibited from riding more over-powered motorcycles under a nationally-agreed standard. The Learner Approved Motorcycle (LAM) scheme permits riders to obtain motorcycle or scooter licenses by riding only low- and moderately-powered vehicles. If you have a learner license (P1 or P2), then you must ride approved motorcycles.
- To be licensed for L, P1, and P2 riders, a motorcycle engine capacity must not be more than 660ml.
- Motorcycles must comply with a power-to-weight ratio of 150 kW per tonne or less.
- For electric motorcycles, a power output of 25kW or less is appropriate.
- It must appear on the list of Approved Motorcycles for Novice Riders, which is maintained by the transportation ministry.
Modifications Are Not Permitted
For motorcycles to be allowed for novice riders, they must have standard specifications from their manufacturers. Only the manufacturer’s original equipment containing motorcycles is eligible for approval by the LAM.
Accessibility Modifications Exemption
Transport for NSW has amended its rules for modification of learner-approved motorbikes, but the requirements do not change power to weight ratio of these motorcycles. The law provides an exemption to disable people who are physically challenged. The exemption is intended to ensure that all customers, including those with disabilities, can access motorcycles.
Minor Modifications in Approved Motorcycles
If a motorcycle is modified by incorporating optional components offered by its manufacturer or otherwise modified so that it still meets the manufacturer’s specifications, it is considered an approved motorcycle. It is only allowed if the motorcycle does not increase in power output or decrease in tare weight as a result.
Three-wheeled motorcycles are not allowed for rider training, testing, or licensing. But Transport for NSW has decided of putting trikes into the Motorcycle Graduated Licensing Scheme. Also, Scooters with a narrow front wheel can be used for rider training.