MOT Time?

MoT SymbolThere is always a lot of discussion about MOT’s and what’s actually tested. Unfortunately, the changes to MOT tests are not always well advertised so this adds to the confusion. So what should you be checking on your bike to ensure it passes?

Well for the most part, if you are doing regular checks and maintenance on your bike, then you should notice any potential issues as soon as they occur, not to mention the way your bike feels when you ride! A lot of people are worried about their bike failing MOT and the cost to put it right, but provided your bike is well maintained, it shouldn’t have a problem getting through it’s MOT. You may want to note though, the test itself does not cover the Engine, Gearbox or Clutch, so pay special attention to these items in you regular checks, and if you notice something, then get it fixed as soon as possible!
Remember that the check is there for YOUR safety, not to keep you off the road. So, keep

your bike well maintained, fix any issues that crop up, and you should have no problems!

Contact us for more information on how we maintain our training bikes!

For reference, Some of the important parts* that are checked (according to are as follows:

  • Clutch Lever
    • check for damage, usability
  • Horn
    • Check it works
    • Check it’s suitable for the vehicle (i.e. not a foghorn!)
  • Throttle
    • Check it works
  • Frame Number
    • Are you actually presenting the correct bike!
  • Lights
    • Working Condition
    • Check they are secure
    • Correct colour
      • this includes rear reflector!
    • Alignment, are you blinding everyone in your path?
  • Steering
    • Head bearings run smoothly
  • Suspension
    • Swing arm condition, including bearings
    • How is the Shock absorber and forks damping effect?
    • Are the Fork oil seals Ok?
  • Brakes
    • Do they operate correctly?
    • Are the brake lines in a reasonable condition?
  • Wheels and Tyres
    • Tyre wear Limits and visible damage
  • Footrest
    • Are they present and fitted correctly?
  • Frame
    • Free from cracks and damage
    • No distortion
    • for corrosion that’s likely to effect steering/suspension
  • Drive Chain and Sprocket
    • Is the chain correctly fitted and tensioned?
    • Sprocket wear
    • Chain guard secure?
  • Exhaust
    • Is it complete and secure
    • Sound levels, check it’s not too noisy
  • Wheel Alignment
    • Is your front wheel in line with the rear?
  • Number Plate
    • Correct style plate, size colour and font?
    • Is it lit when the lights are on?
  • Seat
    • Has it got one?
    • Is it attached securely?
  • Fuel System
    • Any leaks?
    • Is the fuel system fitted securely?
  • Sidecars (If fitted)
    • Secure attachment
    • Alignment
    • Sidecar suspension
    • Wheel bearings
    • the lights and tyres

* This is not an exhaustive list…