Join Date: Oct 2015
Location: Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia
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It's not that simple. You can't just remove the plug and screw and make it "non-LAMS"
Firstly, if you do, it's illegal, even if you have an open license. A LAMS bike is a LAMS bike, and changing anything relating to it's power rating makes it illegal, and you run into all sorts of insurance and fines if you get caught or have an accident.
Second, while you CAN go to Main Roads (at least here in QLD) and have it reclassified legally as Non-LAMS, once you do there's no going back. They will not let you again change it back to LAMS.
Finally, some insurance companies will not let you insure what they then consider a modified LAMS bike. SWANN is an example. I have confirmed this myself, in writing, via their underwriters.
Is it sensible? Welcome to the Nanny-Country, were every stupid bureaucrat wants a bit of the pie, regardless how dumb it is.
But that's the law. Push it at your own risk. If you're a rider on a restricted license, you'd have to be a bloody fool to remove restrictions regardless. The cops WILL look for it if you get pulled up, and if you're in an accident, they DO check (Swann again confirmed this) and you can kiss your insurance goodbye.