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 motorcycle 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, 725 KB) is published in the Gazette officielle du Québec.

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

Provisional list of high-risk motorcycles

During the year, we publish a provisional list of high-risk motorcycles that are subsequently added to the official list.

Each new motorcycle model marketed in Canada that could potentially be in the high-risk motorcycle category is analyzed based on information from manufacturers, trial results and reviews from specialists around the world. If our analysis shows that the model falls into the high-risk category, it will be placed on the provisional list as soon as the first unit is insured in Canada, at which point, the information required for the list (make, model and the first ten characters of its vehicle identification number [VIN]) becomes available. Each new model is subsequently added to the official list, the updated version of which requires annual regulatory amendments. 

The asterisks appearing in the first column mark the space taken by the ninth character in the identification number.

TEN FIRST CHARACTERS OF THE VEHICLE IDENTIFICATION NUMBER EXCEPT THE NINTH MAKE MODEL YEAR
JKAZXCX1*J KAWASAKI ZX1000N NINJA H2 2018
JKBZXNJ1*J KAWASAKI ZX-14R NINJA ABS 2018
JKBZXJE1*J KAWASAKI ZX636 NINJA ZX-6R 2018
JKBZXJF1*J KAWASAKI ZX636 NINJA ZX-6R ABS 2018
JKBZXJF1*J KAWASAKI ZX636 NINJA ZX-6R ABS KRT 2018
JKBZXJE1*J KAWASAKI ZX636 NINJA ZX-6R KRT 2018
ZD4KEU00*H APRILIA RSV4 RF 2017
ZD4KEU00*H APRILIA RSV4 RR 2017
WB10D600*H BMW S1000RR 2017
ZDMHAAJW*H DUCATI 1299 SUPERLEGGERA 2017
JH2SC776*H HONDA CBR1000RR SP 2017
JH2SC772*H HONDA CBR1000RRA 2017
JS1DM11B*H SUZUKI GSX-R1000 ABS 2017
JS1DM11B*H SUZUKI GSX-R1000R ABS 2017
JS1DM11H*H SUZUKI GSX-R1000R ABS 2017
JYARJ28N*H YAMAHA YZF R6 ABS 2017
WB105090*G BMW K1300S 2016
WB10D210*G BMW S1000RR 2016
JH2PC408*F HONDA CBR600RRA 2015
ZCGMEGNU*F MV AGUSTA F3 800 AGO ABS 2015
WB105090*E BMW K1300S 2014
JH2SC631*C HONDA VFR1200FA 2012
ZCGGCFTW*A MV AGUSTA F4 2010
ZCGFAFVW*9 MV AGUSTA F4 RR 312 1078 2009
JYARN20Y*8 YAMAHA YZF R1 2008

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.