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10 Things Mechanics Look For During a Motorcycle MOT

Understanding what is covered in a motorcycle MOT allows you to perform simple repairs before a test, which is essential if you're purchasing a used model.

The mechanic's goal is to determine if your motorcycle's components are roadworthy and in accordance with DVSA regulations.

Under present guidelines, MOTs for automobiles cost a maximum of £29.65 to £37.80 depending on engine size, but it's worth shopping around because large test stations and local MOT facilities sometimes provide discounts.

Knowing the MOT requirements can help you keep one step ahead of the curve in maintaining your motorcycle, avoiding the need for costly retests.

10 Things Your Mechanic Will Be Looking For

1. Steering and Suspension

Your mechanic will check that crucial parts -- such as your head bearings, swinging arm, damping effect, shock absorbers, handlebars, forks and grips mountings -- are secured to your motorcycle and operating normally. Any which are in poor condition may need replacing.

2. Brakes

When you apply your brakes, the mechanic will check that they are properly aligned and that you can adjust them using the required amount of pressure. They'll also inspect the general condition of your brake fluid.

3. Lights and Signals

All of your motorcycle's lights and signals must work correctly and be visible from a reasonable distance. The mechanic will check that they are working correctly, are clean and are correctly aligned, along with making sure the bulbs aren't blown.

4. Tyres and Wheels

These will be inspected for signs of damage, wear and tear, tread and whether or not your spare tyre is in place.

5. Body and Outers

Your bodywork will be inspected for cracks or damage. Your brakes, lights and indicators will be checked to ensure that they are fitted and aligned correctly and that they are in good condition.

6. Sidecars

Sidecars to be inspected for correct fitting and security, the condition of the bodywork and the presence of a rear lamp.

7. Fuel and Exhaust Systems

The engine will be inspected to ensure it's working correctly and to ensure that there are no fuel or oil leaks from the system. The exhaust pipe and silencer will be checked to ensure they are in good condition and securely fitted.

8. Seats

A seat will be checked to ensure it's correctly fitted, that it is not split along any edge and that it is free from cuts or tears.

9. Sprocket and Drive Chain

The sprockets, chain, oil and tensioner will be checked to ensure they are in good condition.

If any of these components are worn out, they will need to be changed, and your technician will ensure that the drive chain isn't too loose or tight – and that the accompanying guard is secure.

10. Levers

Both the throttle and clutch levers will be inspected to make sure they are free from cracks and splits, and are adjusted correctly.


At the end of the MOT, the tester will give you a PASS certificate if your vehicle passes with no faults. A FAIL certificate will be given if there is any major fault.

The DVSA states that the tester will also list any minor faults on the certificate and what needs to be done to fix them.

If you're buying a new or used car, it's a good idea to check with the DVSA if there are any outstanding faults on the MOT history certificate.

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