Registering a Vehicle

High-Risk Motorcycles

Certain motorcycles are considered to represent a high risk of accident, due to their characteristics.

Characteristics of a high-risk motorcycle

A 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. is considered a high-risk motorcycle if it is 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
  • muffler placed at the rear and angled upward
  • 2 disc brakes in front and 1 disc brake in the back
  • chain-driven rear wheel
  • power to weight ratio of over 0.5 hp/kg
  • no centre stand
  • oversize frame

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. They are subsequently added to the official list.

Other motorcycles may be added to this list during the year. A motorcycle whose make, model and year are on the list is categorized as high-risk, even if its vehicle identification number is different or unknown.

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