Bike MOTs

Discussion in 'Cars, Bikes 'n AFVs' started by Forastero, Apr 20, 2011.

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  1. Forastero

    Forastero LE Moderator

    Probably a bone question but don't shoot me down you gits. I'm about to buy a new bike (used) but it needs an MoT very soon, who can do them, anyone? Or will I have to find a motorbike MOT place?

    Ta muchly.
  2. Some car garages do bike MoTs, but its usually better to go to a bike dealer or specialist MoT station - they often do MoTs while-you-wait, and are better stocked to supply any bits needed.
  3. At the risk of teaching my grannie etc...... If there's a warranty involved, it might be an idea to have a dealer look the bike over as well as an MOT.
  4. and if your buying from a dealer, get them to MOT it before you take it. I use my motorbike mechanic to get it through an MOT - he takes it to the centre and it costs me around £30. Cheap as chips :)
  5. Forastero

    Forastero LE Moderator

    Being bought privately but no dramas, I'll see what's local for an MoT. Cheers chaps.
  6. North or South of the country?
  7. I would advise getting a reputable bike dealership to MOT your bike, the price is the same wherever you go and the assurance that the bike has been properly checked over is priceless. Had a mate who took his to a national MOT centre and had brake failure 50 yds from the garage coz the numpty that did the test forced open the front calipers and didnt re-engage them.
  8. Forastero

    Forastero LE Moderator

    That's not funny. There's a large Yamaha dealership that I spotted about 5 miles away from me (just before the M3 starts in London) so I'll give them a bell and see what they can do.
  9. Imac, I am confused. Why would the tester "force open the front calipers". There is no part of the test that calls for any such action.

    Frankly, if you rode your bike to the test safely, it should pass provided:

    You have a full size number plate. (One of the biggest reasons for failure)
    You have the required red reflector on the back. (One of the other biggest reasons for failure)
    You have a street legal (ish) exhaust.
    All the lights work and it has a correct-for-UK headlight.

    About the only other points it could fail on are brakes not working or suspension not working and you should know if that was the case!
    If it has been crashed, it is plausible that it might fail due to alignment issues.

    Fundamentally, bikes are simple and the bike MOT is a simple test.
  10. Look here to find your nearest test centre. Dont forget to select motorbike MOT as not all centres do both.

    MOT Test, MOT Check
  11. Sorry for not expanding on that, his calipers were opened to replace worn brake pads,(not part of the test i know but required to pass obviously). My point is any mech worth his wage should have pumped the front brake to reset the pads on the discs, as should i add the biker before setting off.
  12. Get your first one on this new bike done by a dealership, then strike up with a decent biker MOT place - join a club or something to get word of mouth recommends. I travel 30 mile to get my bikes MOT'd by a biker who runs a car garage when he's not race tuning his own bikes. Ongoing relationship over ten years or so means he knows I do all the work on my bikes and he allows me latitude on some elements, e.g. headlamp too low (because I often have a pillion so it's a good height when laden), broken rear footpeg (showed him the order for the replacement), and so on. It's all a matter of trust, we ain't let each other down yet.
  13. IMac,

    I now understand what happened but it still makes little sense. The test calls for the brakes to be checked for functionality. Therefore either:

    The pads were replaced after the test was performed. In itself this is odd as it is more normal to service then test if both are being done at the same time.
    The test was not performed properly.

    Either way my advice is always to do your own brake pad replacements. It is one of the easiest mechanical tasks on a bike and there are no warranty implications. It may be a little trickier on ABS/linked brake equipped bikes - check manual before proceeding!