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Motorcycle MOT Checklist

Motorcycle MOT Checklist

If your motorbike is over three years old, it will need to pass an annual MOT to make sure it’s mechanically sound and safe to ride. Checks include brakes, lights and suspension. Here’s a list of what’s inspected in an MOT test, so you can get any obvious issues fixed before you get to the testing centre. 

Daniel Hutson
From the Motor team
minute read
posted 10 OCTOBER 2019

What is tested on a motorcycle MOT?

A motorcycle MOT will test your bike to ensure it is safe to use on the road. What's tested will include:

  • Tyres
  • Lights
  • Breaks
  • Exhaust
  • Frame and fuel system

Read more for a detailed list on what a mechanic could be looking for.

Sitting on the motorbike

  • handlebar alignment and steering
  • brake, throttle and clutch controls working properly
  • all other switches and controls including the horn

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On the front of the motorbike

  • headlight and indicators are positioned correctly and working
  • headlamp correctly aimed
  • front mudguard in good order
  • steering wheel bearings
  • suspension
  • front brake
  • front tyre

On the rear of the motorbike

  • lights
  • suspension
  • bearings
  • rear brake
  • rear tyre
  • number plate correctly displayed

From the sides

  • frame and seat are structurally sound
  • foot rests in order
  • exhaust free of holes, leaks or problems with mountings and brackets
  • decibel level acceptable
  • fuel system free of leaks

Other motorbike MOT checks

  • Suspension and wheel alignment will be thoroughly checked on both wheels.
  • Your brakes will be separately tested to make sure they’re working efficiently. This includes looking at hoses, making sure there are no fluid leaks and that your discs are secure and free from cracks. Finally, your pads and shoes must not be worn below the acceptable level.
  • If you have one fitted, your sidecar will be checked to make sure it is, among other things, fitted securely.

Why do bikes fail their MOT?

Of the 20% of bikes that fail their UK MOTs, over half are due to defective lights and signalling.

Give your bike the best chance of success

You can help improve your chances of getting through the motorbike MOT without issues by keeping on top of maintenance.

You can either do this yourself or get a local garage or dealer to service the bike for you.

Take a look at our guide to motorcycle maintenance.

Even if your bike is 100% roadworthy, you can’t take it anywhere without the right insurance. If you’re looking for the right cover for you at the right price, it’s well worth comparing before you buy.

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