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Learner approved motorcycle scheme (LAMS)

Information about the learner approved motorcycle scheme (LAMS) for learner and restricted motorcycle licence holders.

What is 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 on the overall performance capability of the motorcycle.

View our LAMS frequently asked questions [PDF, 127 KB]
Download our approved motorcycles for learner and restricted riders leaflet [PDF, 247 KB]

The LAMS rating system is an initiative of the road safety strategy Safer Journeys.

Two types of LAMS motorcycles

LAMS-approved motorcycles

See the full list of LAMS-approved motorcycles

LAMS-approved motorcycles include:

  • All motorcycles with engine capacities of 250cc and under, except for those on the LAMS-prohibited list above.
  • 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.
  • The following list of 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.

Note: The following list currently displays the more current models available in the New Zealand market. It will be updated as other models, both old and new, are approved by the NZ Transport Agency. Please ensure you pay close attention to the degree of specification in the list – for example, a Suzuki GSX650FU model is specified in the list, therefore is a LAMS-approved motorcycle. A Suzuki GSX650F is not on the list and is therefore not LAMS-approved.

LAMS-prohibited motorcycles

Some motorcycles with engine capacities of 250cc and under are prohibited for use by learner and restricted riders.

See the full list of LAMS-prohibited motorcycles

If you modify your motorcycle, it may not be approved

Any motorcycle modified in a way that increases its power-to-weight ratio is no longer LAMS-compliant, regardless of whether it appears on the list.

If you are a rider on a learner or restricted motorcycle licence, it is your responsibility to ensure you are riding a LAMS-approved motorcycle, as produced by the manufacturer. If in doubt, seek confirmation from the manufacturer's agent or dealership. If you are unsure who to contact, details for all major motorcycle importers are available on the Motor Industry Association website (external link) .

If you don't follow these rules you may end up with fines and demerit points.

How to get a motorcycle added to the list

LAMS-approved list

If there is a motorcycle you believe should be on the LAMS-approved list and it fits the primary criteria of being between 251cc and 660cc, and less than 150 kilowatts per tonne, you will need to submit a formal application to the Transport Agency for consideration. Vehicle specifications for the motorcycle should be gathered from your motorcycle manufacturer.

Download the application form to have a motorcycle added to the LAMS-approved list [PDF, 81 KB]

LAMS-prohibited list

If there is a motorcycle with an engine capacity of less than 250cc that you believe should be on the LAMS-prohibited list, you will need to submit a formal application to the Transport Agency for consideration.

Download the application form to have a motorcycle added to the LAMS-prohibited list [PDF, 92 KB]

Requests received prior to the 20th of each month will be considered for addition to the LAMS lists, and if approved, will be published on the first working day of the following month.

Download Factsheet 28: Learning to ride – getting your motorcycle licence [PDF, 94 KB]

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