Features 12 Apr 2018

Q&A: Appeal of the LAMS models

We answer the burning questions on the soaring popularity of LAMS motorcycles.

Since the introduction of the LAMS scheme in Australia, learner-approved motorcycles have soared in popularity. The latest sales figures for opening quarter of 2018 significantly prove that, and in this Q&A feature, we look at what makes them so appealing.

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Why have LAMS bikes topped sales in the first quarter of 2018 domestically?

It’s true, LAMS motorcycles have completed the top five when it comes to road bikes sale in Australia during the first quarter of 2018, and it makes sense considering the amazing options out there available to entry-level and even experienced riders. A lot of the models are appropriately priced, which is also plays a factor into their popularity. However, the biggest aspect is the inviting nature of LAMS motorcycles – riders can get their licence and ride a bike that has adequate power, all while boasting the features that you would only see on an open class bikes in the days before LAMS was introduced.

The Honda CB125E was the most popular bike sold between January and February, why is a small capacity motorcycle leading the way when LAMS bikes go up into the mid-650cc range?

To put it simply, the Honda CB125E is an exceptional platform for aspiring riders who are completely new to motorcycling. It’s small, nimble and doesn’t have an abundance of power on tap, which is exactly what a beginner rider needs when they’re learning the ropes of navigating a motorcycle. Its sales figures indicate that there are plenty of people getting involved with bikes, which is only a good thing for the industry.

Have LAMS motorcycles only topped sales figures because there’s a limited range?

Absolutely not! Almost every manufacturer offers a LAMS approved motorcycle, with majority of the major brands offering extensive lines, from differing styles through to displacement. There’s really something for everyone, whether you’re a fan of Harley-Davidsons, or like something a little more sporty like the Yamaha MT-07, there’s an option out there that will fit your style and come under the LAMS certification.

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If they’re learner-approved, they must lack power, right?

Not at all, in fact, a number of LAMS motorcycles have made big impressions in the power department. The bikes are required to meet a certain power-to-weight ratio, and are obviously governed to a certain extent, however that doesn’t mean the powerplants are short on torque and overall performance. Bikes such as Suzuki’s all-new Suzuki SV650X (LAMS model), Yamaha’s XSR700 and Honda CB650F all offer larger displacements with enough power to satisfy your needs in the streets.

Are LAMS motorcycles an afterthought for manufacturers?

Definitely not, LAMS motorcycles have been at the forefront for manufacturers here in Australia, which is evident in the sales figures. You’ll find LAMS motorcycles are the focus of many marketing campaigns, while the bikes themselves have the same amount of research and development invested into them as their bigger, open class siblings.