Vic learners can have beefier motorbikes I love thier opening sentance! :evil: http://www.theage.com.au/news/Natio...fier-motorbikes/2007/07/06/1183351430729.html July 6, 2007 - 2:09PM More powerful motorcycles will soon be in the hands of Victoria's most inexperienced riders under a shake-up of licensing regulations. Under the changes, learner and probationary motorcyclists can ride bikes with more than twice the power allowed under current regulations, but power-to-weight ratio limits will be imposed. Currently, new riders are only allowed to ride bikes with a maximum engine capacity of 260cc. Under the Learner Approved Motorcycle Scheme (LAMS), engine capacity caps will be increased to 660cc but new motorcyclists will be banned from riding anything with a maximum power/weight ratio over 150kW/tonne. Roads Minister Tim Pallas announced the changes, together with a $2 million upgrade program targeting eight Victorian motorcycle blackspots. "Current regulations don't reflect the performance abilities and safety mechanisms of today's motorcycles," Mr Pallas said. "These changes will allow learner and probationary licence holders to ride motorcycles with a maximum power/weight ratio of 150kW/tonne and a maximum engine capacity of 660cc. "This will allow new and learner riders to access a greater number of bikes that have safety features like ABS (anti-lock braking systems) and combined braking systems." Mr Pallas said the new laws would also encourage new riders to retain their motorcycle, rather than opting for a high-performance bike as soon as their restriction period ends. They also restrict novices from riding high risk, race replica 250cc motorcycles. The changes will be introduced over the next 12 months, bringing Victoria into line with South Australia, Tasmania and NSW.