Just like a car, your motorcycle needs to undergo an annual MOT check. To ensure that both you and other road users aren't at risk, every motorcycle over 3 years old needs a valid MOT certificate. If you don't have one or you don't know the MOT status of your bike, then visit the MOT info site at the main Direct Gov website. It's worth running an online check as you'll also be given your test expiry date and mileage at the time of the last test.
What is a Motorcycle MOT?
The MOT is a comprehensive test of the roadworthiness of your bike, so make sure that you book an MOT when you take your bike in for its annual service. Every part of your bike except the engine, clutch and gearbox are subject to scrutiny and even the smallest fault can be an MOT fail.
Do I need an MOT?
Yes, you do. If you don't have a valid MOT certificate then you can't tax your motorcycle and use it legally on the roads.
What gets tested during an MOT?
Your bike will be subjected to 15 different checks from making sure that you have a working horn of the correct type to ensuring that your footrests are securely attached to your motorcycle. Every inch of your motorcycle will be scrutinised and your frame number, vehicle ID and registration plates must all be legible. You can find the full list of checks at the Gov.uk website.
How can I fail my MOT?
The most common MOT fails for motorcycles are due to the lights, brakes, steering, suspension, tyres and exhaust.
Are your lights working?
20% of bikes fail their MOT because their lights are defective, so check that your lights aren't chipped and that all your bulbs are working. Also check that full and dip beam, indicators and hazard lights are fully operational.
Can you stop in time?
The MOT examiner will check every inch of your brake hoses for signs of leaking and cracking, and will also make sure that your brake shoes or pads aren't worn. If you have ABS brakes, the indicator light will need to be working properly.
Is your steering steady?
Check that your steering is moving freely and your handlebars are secure. Steering issues are another of the main reasons why motorcycles fail their MOT.
How's your suspension?
Play in the suspension and leaking oil are both MOT fails so check your suspension before your MOT test.
Are your tyres worn?
Misalignment between front and rear wheels, bent and broken spokes and insufficient tyre tread will fail your motorcycle - in fact, 25% of motorcycles fail because of their tyres.
What's your noise level?
If your exhaust is too noisy, you're looking at a re-test. The exhaust must be in good condition and safely mounted to the frame. If you've changed the exhaust from the OEM, then you'll need a BSAU 193 stamp.
How can I book a Motorcycle MOT?
At Protyre we have 30 specialist motorcycle garages across the country, with a handful of these offering Motorcycle MOTs or an MOT and service in one of our dedicated motorcycle bays. Protyre is the local garage that you can trust, so book your high-quality MOT test with us today, simply enter your details into the form below: