Along with a robust helmet and valid insurance, an annual motorcycle MOT is also a legal requirement for all drivers. During MOT testing, every part of the motorcycle will be closely inspected to check that it all works as it should and is completely safe to ride.
Regular maintenance on your motorcycle between MOT testing will ensure it remains fully functional and will increase the chances of your vehicle successfully passing its MOT. Here, we will explain what is involved in a motorcycle MOT, and how you can prepare your vehicle to help it pass.
What is tested in a motorbike MOT?
As discussed in last month’s article, it is often the simplest problems which can cause motorists to fail their MOT. As such, the following checks must be made on your motorcycle to ensure all regulations and requirements are met:
Whilst motorcycle lights are one of the simplest areas of the vehicle to check yourself, defective lights actually account for over 50% of failed motorcycle MOT tests. As such, you must check that:
– There are no chips or cracks on the headlights and tail lights
– Warning lights and indicator lights work properly when required
– Your motorcycle has an unobscured red reflector on the rear of the vehicle
– The headlight aim is in the correct position
– The headlamps are the correct colour
With the next highest fail rate, you must make sure that your steering works properly by carrying out the following checks:
– Lift the front wheel off the ground and fully turn the handlebars lock to lock, ensuring they move freely
– The handlebars and grips must be secure
– Firmly hold the forks at the bottom of the machine and try to push and pull on them – there must be no play in the head bearings as this indicates that they are too loose
You must closely examine the condition of your motorcycle’s frame as this can impact the performance of your steering or braking system. As such you must check for:
The efficiency of your motorcycle’s braking system can prove to be the difference between life and death. Whether you are applying the brakes gently, or need to stop suddenly in an emergency, it’s essential that this part of your machine is operating as expected. During the MOT, your examiner will check:
– The brake pads are not worn
– The wheel rotates freely when the brake is released
– The condition of the disc brakes and that they are securely mounted
– The condition of the hoses and cables
– The warning lights for the anti-lock brake system (ABS) (if your motorcycle has this fitted). This light will illuminate when the engine is switched on, but if the light stays on constantly, chances are there is a fault in the ABS system.
Worn tyres make up for one quarter of failed MOT tests, so you must check the condition of your motorcycle’s wheels and tyres before it goes in for its MOT. During the testing, your examiner will check that:
– Tyres are compatible with the motorcycle and suitable for road use
– The tread, condition and performance of the tyres meet expectations
– The front and rear wheels are properly aligned
– The cast and spoke wheels are secure and in a good condition
Here at Universal Tyres, we can help you fulfil your legal requirement and ensure your motorcycle is in a roadworthy condition by carrying out rigorous MOT tests on your machine. Our fully qualified technicians adhere to strict guidelines to ensure your vehicle fully complies with MOT test regulations and is completely road safe.
For further information or to book an MOT at our Ministry of Transport-approved test centre, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us today.