Motorbike MOT Checklist

Tips to save you money with your next bike MOT.

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The Motorbike MOT Checklist

It’s that time again that the motorcycles MOT is due. It always feels like you’ve only just had it done. Where has the last 12 months gone? It is defiantly worth giving the motorbike the once over before you take it for its dreaded annual MOT. You may be able to do some jobs yourself and save a few shillings at the same time. No one likes the thought of the motorbike failing its MOT, the extra cost of getting the motorbike roadworthy and road legal and sometimes the wait for replacement parts.

We all acknowledge the saying “it passed the first time and with no advisories” and welcomed the fact you have a great bike. The MOT tester will have a list from the Driver & Vehicle Standards Agency that they follow.

The following list shows you what they are looking for when they inspect your motorbike. Use the list to check yourself where possible before the MOT test.

This link points you to the official DVLA Checklist

  • Sitting On The Motorbike
    Bump test front and rear suspension, Test horn, check handlebars, brake controls, switches, throttle, steering and clutch lever.

  • Front Of The Bike
    Check front lamps, headlamps, indicators, front suspension, steering damper brake cylinder and front mudguard.

  • Front Wheel Raised
    Check steering, head bearings, wheels and bearings, tyre and front brake.

  • Offside Of The Bike
    Check frame, seat, footrests, rear suspension, final drive, exhaust, fuel system, tyre, and brake.

  • Nearside Of The Bike
    Rear lamp, stop lamp, reflector and registration plate.

  • Wheel Alignment

  • Brake Test
    Efficiency test, bind grab or judder.

  • Headlamp Alignment
    Headlight alignment with the rider on the machine.

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Selling your bike to us is safe & secure. Selling your motorcycle to a private buyer can be risky. Many people have had their bikes stolen after allowing the buyer to test drive their motorbike and have them ride off and not return. The seller then has the problem of claiming on the dreaded insurance, as many insurers will not payout when the motorbikes are "stolen with keys".

We provide payment on collection. No cash. Payments are through bank transfer at the time of sale at your home.

We also provide a no fuss promise. As long as the bike is in the condition that has been stated on the valuation, we will perform a quick check, then we will pay the money directly into your bank account, no fuss, no further haggling. We buy any bike that is as agreed in the valuation.

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