Motorcycle MOT Checklist

Any motorcycle over three years of age is required to pass an annual MOT before it’s allowed to be ridden on UK roads. This ensures that the motorcycle is mechanically sound and therefore safe to ride.

Here we’ll cover the items that will be looked at in an MOT test. This gives you early warning of what to expect, allowing you to get any issues fixed before you get to the testing centre carrying out the test.

Motorcycle MOT checklist

To pass the motorcycle MOT, your bike must undergo a series of inspections including:

  • Sitting on the machine

Tests of handlebar alignment and steering and that your brake, throttle and clutch controls are all working properly. All other switches and controls including the horn will be tested.

  • On the front of the machine

Checks will be done to make sure your headlight and indicators are positioned correctly and working. The aim of the lamp will be checked. You might think that lights are a potentially minor issue but of the bikes that fail MOTs, around half are due to defective lights.

Your front mudguard will be assessed to make sure it is in good order. The front wheel will be raised to check steering, the wheel bearings, suspension, your front brake and your tyre.

  • On the rear of the machine

Similar to the front, your lights will be checked and with the wheel raised, the suspension, bearings, brake and tyre will be looked over. Your number plate must also be displayed properly.

  • From the sides

Your motorcycle frame itself will be checked to ensure that it’s structurally sound along with your seat. Foot rests will also be checked. The exhaust will be checked for holes, leaks or problems with mountings and brackets. It will also be tested for the decibel level omitted will be checked to make sure it’s acceptable. Your fuel system will be inspected and checked for leaks.

  • Other aspects

Your suspension on both wheels will be thoroughly checked and so too your wheel alignment. Your brakes will be subjected to separate testing ensuring that 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 happened to have a sidecar fitted, this would also be subjected to a number of checks to make sure it was, amongst other things, fitted securely.

In short, the MOT is as thorough as you would expect it to be in order to declare your bike roadworthy. You can help improve your chances of getting through the 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.

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