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What does LAMS mean?

Motorcycling is a great and fun way to get around town — but before you decide to start riding a bike, it’s important to understand the different types of motorcycles available and which one you’re qualified to use. One type of motorcycle that you may come across is a learner-approved motorcycle, or LAM for short.

A LAMS-approved motorcycle has a reduced power to weight ratio, and LAMS-approved motorcycles are fitted with several features that make them a safer choice for riders who are still developing their skills. They are the ideal choice for anyone on a motorcycle learner’s permit or with licence restrictions. In simpler terms, a LAMS bike is simply a bike that has been approved for learner and restricted rider use, by the relevant state road authority.

Characteristics of a learner-approved motorcycle

Here are some key features of LAMS-approved motorcycles that make them ideal for learning to ride: 

  • The motorbike has to be in the manufacturer’s standard form
  • No modifications allowed that changes the power to weight ratio
  • Possess a power-to-weight ratio of no more than 150 kilowatts per tonne
  • Has an engine with a 660cc or smaller displacement.

If you’re interested in learning to ride a motorcycle, a learner-approved bike can help you safely and confidently master the basics of motorcycle riding. If you’re not sure on how to check if a bike is LAMS-approved, reach out to us and we’ll guide you.

The safety benefits of learner-approved motorcycles for students

LAMS-approved motorcycles are the only models that learners or provisional students may ride. They are designed to help protect inexperienced riders from themselves and the dangers of the road. As a result, LAMS-approved motorcycles offer many crucial safety benefits for student riders. Please note that the Pre-Learner or RE licence is not valid for VIC customers.

Learn to bike the right way with Stay Upright

When you take riding classes with Stay Upright, you can be confident that you’re learning from the best. We only use learner-approved motorcycles in our classes, so you can be sure you’re getting the best possible training. Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced rider, we have the right course for you. 

We’re registered and accredited to provide training and testing services, and our team of professionals are found in multiple locations Australia-wide for your convenience. Give us a call today and see how we can help you get out on the open road!


What’s the maximum motorcycle displacement for a learner in Australia?

In Australia, beginner riders are permitted to ride motorcycles up to 660cc. The only restriction is that they cannot have a power-to-weight ratio of over 150 kilowatts per tonne for this type of vehicle!

Can a learner ride a motorcycle by themselves in Australia?

While a learner can ride a motorcycle unaccompanied in some parts of Australia, for example NSW, ACT and Victoria, it is a legal requirement that riders have a learner-approved motorcycle and get adequate guidance from a company that offers beginner motorcycle classes, such as Stay Upright. In Queensland a rider on a learners permit may NOT ride unsupervised unless the supervisor has an open bike licence for more than 12 months.