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Thursday, 30 April 2020 06:20

What is a LAMS bike?

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motorcycle There is little that beats the sensation of riding down the highway on your motorbike. It’s a mixture of freedom, adventure, and even adrenaline. 

But, as with everything in life, you have to start somewhere! In the case of motorcycling that means lessons and tests before you’re allowed to ride free.

 The LAMS bike is what you’re allowed to ride during this time. 

LAMS, or Learner Approved Motorcycle Scheme, covers motorcycles between 251cc and 660cc. They must have a power output lower than 150kw and be approved by the government.

You’ll find a list on the government site of LAMS bikes, these are the ones you’re allowed to ride if you’re learning to ride a motorbike or if you’ve passed your test but have a restricted license. 

It’s a good idea to take a look at the list before you visit your local dealer to purchase your dream machine. Whether you want BMW spare parts to build a project yourself or simply to purchase the right motorcycle, your local dealer will have you covered.

The website is easy to use and gives you a definitive list of motorcycles you can, and can’t have. That keeps it simple.

But, there’s more…


The rules are very clear, you cannot modify your LAMS bike to adjust the power to weight ratio. Adjusting this ratio could make the bike significantly more powerful. For example, adding an aftermarket exhaust is going to make your bike look better. 

It’s also likely to weigh less than the standard exhaust and potentially increase the power. It doesn’t matter if it doesn’t actually boost power if you’re pulled over it will certainly look like it’s going to and that is likely to be enough for any police officer.

There’s nothing to stop you from changing the tires to improve grip, upgrading the brakes, or making any visual modification providing it doesn’t affect the power to weight ratio.

It is worth noting that this rule works both ways. If you add a top box you’ll actually make your bike heavier and slow it down. But, this still isn’t permissible as you’ll have changed the power to weight ratio!

In other words, before you do any alteration to your LAMS bike it is worth considering how it will affect the weight and how visible the change is. The more obvious it is the higher the likelihood that you’ll be spotted and in trouble for adjusting your bike when you’re not allowed to.

Don’t forget that many bikes are fitted with restrictors to allow them to qualify as LAMS. These can be removed when you have a full license. However, if you remove it before and you have an accident your insurance company is unlikely to payout. As a new rider, it really isn’t worth the risk.

As annoying as the LAMS rules may appear, they are there for your benefit and protection. They should help you to focus on practicing and getting your full license!

Last modified on Friday, 01 May 2020 03:26
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