In ONTARIO a motorcycle license is required for all scooters, mopeds and motorcycles regardless of engine size. Insurance is also required (much cheaper than auto or other larger displacement motorcycles). Motorcycles (all types including scooters and mopeds) are divide into two classes based on engine size as follows:
LSM Class = 50cc or less Can only travel on roadways with a posted speed limit of 80km/h or less (49/50cc scooters are issued a green Ontario license plate, 49/50cc mopeds are issued a red Ontario license plate.)
M Class = 51cc and up Can travel on any roadway or highway providing it can maintain 100km/h (250cc or greater is ideal for highway use. 51cc and greater are issued a white Ontario motorcycle plate.)
Licensing is graduated and can be obtained at any Ontario DriveTest centre. Licensing is broken down into 2 categories (detailed information can be found at www.drivetest.ca )
1) Motorcycle License = "M" Class (all engine sizes, 2 wheel, 3 wheel trikes...etc)
2) Limited Speed Motorcycle License = "LSM" Class (50cc or less)
1) 90 day beginners = written test only (same test for "M1" and "LSM1")
2) Practical Roadtest = can be done within 60 day of obtaining your beginners but no later than 90 days at expiration of beginners (same test for "M2" and "LSM2"). Road test can be done on your own bike (automatic scooter or standard motorcycle) at any Ontario DriveTest centre with a booked appointment or at any certified motorcycle training centre (only on a standard motorcycle).
3) Exit Test = LSM exit (50cc or less) is a repeat of your LSM2 practical road test. M2 exit (51cc and up) is a highway test or alternate route simulating a highway route **Riders using a bike that is 51cc up to 200cc should ensure their bike is highway capable If requesting an alternate route, ensure your tester does not bump you down to a restricted LSM license for 50cc or less**
Rider Training Institute (RTI) www.ridertraining.ca
Learning Curves Motorcycle Training www.learningcurves.ca
Humber College www.humber.ca/motorcycle
Centennial College www.centennialcollege.ca
Courses are offered at other locations across the province and can be found online.
Dalton Timmis Insurance 1-888-385-8466 Ext 7447 Ronn Calderon
TD Insurance 1-866-361-2311
State Farm Insurance (google search for your local provider)
Since ONTARIO requires licensing for all engine sizes, our most popular seller is the 150cc for inner city commuting and 300cc for the suburbs.
50cc advantages: City use only with a top speed of 70km/h. Cheap insurance and great for students on the go. A 16 year old can own, operate and insure under their own name for much less than the cost of car insurance. The fact that they maintain their own insurance policy allows them to build their own insurance history so car insurance becomes much less down the road. Current models include Vespa Primavera 50, Vespa Sprint 50, Piaggio Fly 50, Piaggio Typhoon 50. All using the same Italian built 4-Stroke, 4 Valve engine.
150cc advantages: City and secondary roads with a top speed of 100km/h. Highway legal but not highway appropriate. 4-Stroke, 3 Valve, fuel injected with quicker acceleration and better torque when carrying a passenger over the smaller 50cc model. Or most popular seller for the downtown commuter with current models that include the Vespa Primavera 150, Vespa Sprint 150 ABS, Piaggio Liberty 150.
300cc (350cc) advantages: Best in class power to weight ratio. Economical for city and powerful for highway use. 4-Stroke, 4 Valve, Liquid Cooled with ABS and Traction Control has quicker acceleration than most large displacement cruiser styled motorcycles. Our best seller for the Suburbs! Current models include Vespa GTS300 abs/asr, GTS300 Super abs/asr and GTS300 abs/asr Super Sport, Vespa GTV300 abs/asr, Piaggio BV350 abs/asr. 300cc engines are governed to 140km/h - 350cc engines are governed to 160km/h
MP3 advantages: Patented and built by Piaggio (manufacturers of Vespa) since 2005 with over 30,000/year sold in France alone. Asphalt, gravel, cobblestone is no match for the stability offered by having 2 leaning front wheels on the Piaggio MP3. Dry road-wet road no worry! Two front wheels also contributes to over 20% quicker and more stable braking. Current redesigned 500cc models for Canada include larger front wheels, ABS, traction control (ASR). The tilt lock function switch allows the vehicle to lock under 5km/h when coming to a stop and automatically unlocks when accelerating. Parking is a breeze on any surface or angle up to 40 degrees.
E-bikes when they were originally approved were meant to look like bicycles as not to create confusion with licensed motorcycles and motor scooters. Manufacturers primarily in Asia have adapted E-bikes to resemble Vespas and other smaller motorcycles which are called E-scooters. They have been able to do this by meeting the requirements of an E-bike with a 500Watt limitation to the electric motor size, 32km/h speed limitation, weight limitation and pedals. E-bikes and E-scooters do not require licensing or insurance at this time. They are to ride like a bicycle and lane share unlike a Vespa or other Motorcycle which commands the lane like any other car. E-scooters have also caused public displeasure due to the lack of discipline given on the roadways by riders. E-bikes look like bicycles and do not create this same confusion. Piaggio's new Wi-Bike is the perfect solution for the that cannot (or choose not to) get a motorcycle license.
Please visit http://www.mto.gov.on.ca/english/driver/electric-bicycles-faq.shtml for further information on why these are not Vespas.
All models exceed California emissions and the toughest EU emissions. Cradle-to-Grave lifecycle of the new line of Vespa/Piaggio Motorscooters is cleaner to the environment than most hybrid or electric vehicles. Fuel economy (...for the few that ask) will spend more one fancy coffee than a weeks worth of commuting.
FACT...Riding a Vespa is safer than walking (and far safer than cycling!) PROOF...In 14+ years in business there has not been 1 documented death on a Vespa in all of ONTARIO compared to walking in downtown Toronto in just 1 Week.
Free Parking or much cheaper parking The ability to actually find parking Navigate the city quicker than transit or automobile Passengers ride for FREE ;) Less automobile use Less Stress!!