Go on theLAMS

Moves are afoot to in­crease en­gine ca­pac­ity for learn­ers

Herald Sun - Motoring - - Bike News - Mark Hinchliffe

MO­TOR­CY­CLE sales con­tinue to strug­gle, but learner bike sales are boom­ing with even per­for­mance mar­que Du­cati pro­duc­ing a spe­cial model for Aus­tralia.

Fed­eral Cham­ber of Au­to­mo­tive In­dus­tries mo­tor­cy­cles man­ager Rhys Grif­fiths said Learner Ap­proved Mo­tor­cy­cles (LAMS) were now so pop­u­lar they needed their own cat­e­gory.

‘‘ In the cur­rent re­view of the in­dus­try fig­ures, we have strong in­di­ca­tion from all par­tic­i­pat­ing man­u­fac­tur­ers that they would like to see LAMS as a de­fined cat­e­gory so we can get an in­di­ca­tion of over­all num­bers,’’ Grif­fiths said. The LAMS bikes are ad­min­is­tered by the RTA of NSW­for all Aus­tralian states and ter­ri­to­ries ex­cept WAand the ACT.

The cat­e­gory com­prises all elec­tric scoot­ers plus bikes un­der 660cc with a cut-off power-to-weight ra­tio.

Grif­fiths said on­lyWAwas not im­ple­ment­ing LAMS al­though it was re­view­ing its li­cens­ing sys­tem and LAMS seems to be on the agenda.

The ACT does not have an en­gine ca­pac­ity ceil­ing.

BothWAand Queens­land al­low driv­ers on a full li­cence to ride 50cc mopeds. But change is in the air.

‘‘ I would like to see the case for up­ping the cc limit ,’’ Grif­fiths told Cars­guide. ‘‘ The con­sid­er­a­tion of weight [will be] a fac­tor in go­ing higher.’’

Some com­pa­nies have suit­able bikes just out­side the cc limit that have so­phis­ti­cated sus­pen­sion and ABS brakes, which are con­sid­ered im­por­tant for novice rid­ers.

Oth­ers have had mod­els with sub-660cc en­gines that have been up­graded with larger en­gines and no longer qual­ify as LAMS bikes. They say Aus­tralia’s mar­ket is too small for man­u­fac­tur­ers to make spe­cific mod­els to suit our LAMS laws.

Du­cati’s pop­u­lar en­try level Mon­ster bike is one of those that has grown in ca­pac­ity to 696cc, tak­ing it out­side the LAMS lim­its. How­ever, it now has a Mon­ster 659cc avail­able from $12,990, with an ABS model ar­riv­ing in late July cost­ing from $13,990.

Ali­son Fraser, from Du­cati im­porters NF Im­ports, said the new Mon­ster was based on the 696cc but en­gine ca­pac­ity and power out­put were changed to suit Aus­tralia’s rules. She added: ‘‘ It will have a two-year un­lim­ited kilo­me­tre war­ranty and 24-hour road­side and emer­gency as­sist— so learner rid­ers who are want­ing to ride a Du­cati won’t have to buy an older model.’’

Many rider groups now con­sider the small-frame 250cc re­stric­tion im­prac­ti­cal— and un­safe for tall or heavy rid­ers.

Wolf in LAMS cloth­ing: Du­cati’s Mon­ster 659

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