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What’s Involved In A Motorbike MoT?
Just like any other vehicle, a motorbike needs to pass an annual MoT so it can be ridden legally on the road.
An MoT involves checking and testing the components of a motorbike to ensure that it is performing properly and is safe to ride.
So what exactly happens during an MoT test and what are your options if your motorbike fails?
The following components are checked and tested:
Malfunctioning or damaged lights are one of the biggest reasons for most MoT failures. Your local motorbike service centre will check the following:
- Any cracks, chips and damage to headlight and tail light casings
- Blown bulbs
- That indicators and warning lights work properly
- The rear red reflector is clearly visible
- The headlight is positioned correctly
- Lights are the correct colour
The condition of your tyres can be affected by the amount of use, whether they are also used off-road and what weather conditions your bike has been ridden in.
- Correct tyres mounted that are compatible with the motorbike model.
- If the tyres are suitable to be used on normal roads.
- The thread, condition and any signs of wear and tear.
- The front and rear tyres are correctly aligned and balanced.
- There are no foreign bodies embedded in the tyres.
- The cast and spokes are fitted securely and in good condition.
It’s essential that your brakes work properly as faulty or worn brakes could be the difference between life and death.
- The condition of the brake pads to ensure they’re not worn.
- When the brake is released, the wheel rotates smoothly and easily.
- Disc brakes are mounted securely and in good condition.
- Hoses and cables are attached properly and in good condition.
- If the bike has ABS fitted, a full check up of ABS system, including the warning light.
- Handlebars should move freely when turned from lock to lock.
- Handlebar grips are in good condition and not worn.
- No movement in head bearings, that indicate they may be loose.
Finally, the overall condition of the bodywork is checked for signs of damage including cracks, rust, corrosion and deterioration.
If It Fails…
It is illegal to ride a motorbike that’s failed its MoT on public roads. If your bike is constantly failing its MoT, the cost of repairs may end up being more than the bike’s worth. You should be considering “where can I scrap my bike?”