Registering a Vehicle

High-Risk Motorcycles

Certain motorcycles belong to a category with an accident rate that is higher than that of other categories. Because of this, insurance contributions for these high-risk motorcycles are higher.

Characteristics of a high-risk motorcycle

The high-risk motorcyclePassenger vehicle, other than a power-assisted bicycle, having two or three wheels that has at least one characteristic different from the characteristics of a moped. category designates motorcycles that are designed for performance and recognized as such by manufacturers and specialists (journalists, authors, etc.). 

They have the following visual and technical characteristics:

  • streamlined fairing to improve aerodynamics, covering the sides of the engine, with a low windshield
  • a crouched-forward driving position
  • low, short handlebars
  • foot pegs placed higher up and farther back
  • a muffler placed at the rear and angled upward
  • 2 disc brakes in front and 1 disc brake in the back
  • a chain-driven rear wheel
  • a power to weight ratio of over 0.5 hp/kg
  • no centre stand
  • an oversize frame
  • a lifted passenger seat

A motorcycle does not need to have all of the above-listed visual and technical characteristics in order to be in the high-risk motorcycle category.

Official list of high-risk motorcycles

Every year, the official list of high-risk motorcycles (PDF, 842 KB)This file does not meet Web accessibility standards. is published in the Gazette officielle du Québec.

The registration costs for motorcycles that appear on this list are higher.

PROVISIONAL LIST

TEN FIRST CHARACTERS OF THE VEHICLE IDENTIFICATION NUMBER EXCEPT THE NINTH MAKE MODEL YEAR

Imported Motorcycles

Regardless of their model year, motorcycles with the characteristics of high-risk motorcycles that have never been marketed in Canada will be placed on the provisional list once they are imported to Canada. They will subsequently be added to the official list.