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Motorcycle and Scooters are used by lot of people in Asia along with Sri Lanka to commute to offices and to do their daily chores. Most of them are 100 – 150 cc engine powered models as they can do more mileage. Motorbikes are used as summer time vehicle for pleasure touring and for racing purpose in North America, Europe and Australia where 1000cc powered engines are popular. Professional riders are using motorbikes for to compete in the racing tracks and for stunt purposes. The racing models are striped of many accessories, so they are not street legal ones. Most of the International Motorbike champions do come from America, Europe and Japan in the superbike class. In Sri Lanka Honda CB250F (Hornet 250) is considered as the dream bike of lot of young people. Now people are looking for bikes with shouldered (Elevated or sculpted) petrol tanks, mid-ship silencers, and beautiful graphics on them with special exhaust sound. Metallic and matte colors are very popular with the users in India, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia and other parts of the world. Trail bikes too are used by young men for to ride Adventure, off-road action and for Motocross Racing. These Trail bikes can’t be used on streets unless they are certified as street legal ones. Buyers can select 4 Stroke, 2 Stroke models or electric two wheelers. In the meantime there is chain, shaft and belt driven models are available in the market from the manufacturer depending on the power of the engine.
Note: Due to Sri Lanka's struggling economic situation petrol price in Sri Lanka had gone up to Rs 338/- per liter. Also the supply is not in normal condition. People need to be in queue for to get their petrol at the petrol Stations. This is making thepeople to use their motorcycles only for important purpose of travelling due to the high price of petrol and petrol supply. Also there is a petrol shortage too for the last few months in 2022. Motorcycle owners are queuing for hours at the petrol sheds to get petrol for their motorbikes. We advice you not to store petrol in residential areas like homes. it can make unexpected fire accidents in home. Meanwhile petrol sheds are specially designed to store petrol in safe method. No more motorcycles in Sri Lanka and the high fuel cost will forbid the youngsters from pleasure riding on their Motorbikes. Getting new Motorcycle too is now difficult as there is a shortage in the license cards.
Already lot of 2022 year model motorcycles is announced by the manufacturers. Most of these motorcycles are more expensive than the previous year models as most of them have new accessories and electronic support. It includes updated Engines, Bluetooth connectivity, ABS Braking system; Up Side Down Fork, LED Lighting, Assist and Slipper clutch too are provided to the latest models. In the meantime USA, UK, EU, Australia, South Africa, UAE and Singapore riders is interested in buying 1000cc Adventure motorcycles popular motorcycle manufacturers. Lot of people are going for large size Motocross and trail models too.
Currently there is a shortage for Brand new Motorcycles and Scooters in Sri Lanka. This is due to Sri Lanka Government's vehicle import ban which was placed in the year 2020. Motorcycle and Scooters were stopped from importing to save on foreign currency reserve. Some dealers are buying old Motorcycles and recondition them and are selling them with 3 months warranty. Sri Lanka doesn’t have any Motorcycle factories or assembling plants in the country. All the two wheelers are imported from India, Japan, Italy and other countries. Importing companies and the individual must pay the import and related taxes to the Government. Thereafter each year these bikes must pass the Sri Lanka Vehicle Emission Testing system, according to http://www.drivegreen.lk/. So far there is no announcement from the Srilanka Government, that when they are going to lift the vehicle import ban
In Sri Lanka currently Yamaha, Honda, Bajaj, Suzuki, Hero, Mahindra, Aprilia, Vespa, KTM and TVS brands are leading in the motorcycle and scooter sales. 100cc and 150cc motorcycles are selling in good numbers while KTM, Suzuki, Bajaj, Yamaha and TVS are selling their 350cc motorcycles in good numbers. 150cc size motorcycles with elevated fuel tanks and fairing is popular with the younger generation. On the other hand 125 and 100cc motorcycles and scooters too are selling in good numbers for their fuel efficiency and comfort ridding. On the scooter sales Honda, Yamaha, TVS and Hero are performing good sales in Sri Lanka. Most of the young girls and women prefer Scooters while young men in cities too prefer to buy them for to travel to offices, schools and to do shopping. In this year 2022, India people are buying Bluetooth connected Motorcycles and scooters as most of the models are powerful and allow them to get turn by turn navigation and information from their connected Smartphones.
Larger capacity motorcycle Engines are cooled by Liquid or Oil. Meanwhile some models even have facility to cool the engine oil in the sump too. So these motorbikes can go on long runs at high speed. Most of the small engines come with the air cooling system through the engine body fins. Latest motorcycles are provided with Tubeless Tyre and in case of puncture, air pressure goes down slowly. New scooters and motorcycles are connected with the riders’ Smartphone through Bluetooth technology and the company’s Apps. This allows the rider to get lot of information on their Two Wheeler. Also rider can get turn by turn navigation instructions on the Instrument console, along with phone call and SMS alerts.
Motorcycle rider license are available for scooters and motorcycles as under 100cc capacity and over 100cc capacity. To renew or get a new one you must use the online website of the motor traffic department. Also need to use the e-channeling website for to get the required Medical Certificate. Those who want to get a motorcycle or scooter license must pass the written and the practical examinations after proofing age and their health through medical examination. In most of the countries, you will have to apply for a learner rider license from the authorities before you to go on learning a motorcycle on a street. Sri Lanka too applies such a learner driving permit. It should be renewed every 5 year period before it expires. Visiting tourists can obtain temporary motorcycle driving license, if they have their own country riding license. It is valid for 6 months only.
Two wheelers and Three Wheelers are not allowed to ride in the country’s Expressways. It is a crime punishable under the country’s law. In Sri Lanka under 250cc motorcycle is the legally allowed street motorbike. There are lot of high powered motorcycles on the streets and they can be seized from the rider once they are found by the Traffic Police.
Governments require all the motorcycles and Scooters to be registered with them.
Every year they must renew their revenue License.
All the motorbikes and Scooters must have their manufacturers' Chassis number and Engine serial number on them.
Additionally, they must have Government issued number plate in the front and rear.
All the two wheelers must pass the Green Test every year
Two Wheeler riders must have valid revenue License and third party Insurance policy with them.
Motorcycle and Scooter riders along with the pillion passengers must wear certified motorcycle safety helmets.
Loud noise producing Exhaust system and Funny Horns should not be fitted on the Motorcycles.
Department of Motor Traffic, Sri Lanka.
Phone +94 112 518 926, +94 706 354 124, +94 706 354 134, +94 706 354 123
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