Motorcycle Test Centre

ALL OUR MOTS ARE CARRIED OUT BY
DVSA (FORMALLY VOSA) APPROVED TECHNICIANS

As well as buying your new motorcycle from SD we can also help keep it running the way it should. Our on site technicians can carry out your annual service, upgrade parts, repair work, MOT or change wearable items such as tyres, brake pads, chains etc in our purpose built workshop.

We can work on all motorcycle makes and models whether purchased from us or not to offer a low cost way of keeping your bike ready for the road. We offer a high quality alternative to main dealer servicing and pricing. Please get in touch for more information or to book your bike in.

  • This motorbike MOT checklist is only for solo motorbikes.
  • If your motorbike has a sidecar fitted separate regulations will apply.
  • The MOT tests some important items on your motorcycle to check that they meet the legal standards.
  • It isn’t the same as having your vehicle serviced and doesn’t check its general mechanical condition.
  • The test doesn’t cover the condition of the: engine, clutch or gearbox
  • Contact us and our specialists will be available to offer further guidance.
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The MOT – What get’s checked?

The MOT Checklist

Lights

These will be inspected to check:

  • their condition
  • that they work properly
  • that they’re secure
  • that the headlamp(s) are the correct colour
  • the rear lights, indicators and reflectors

The headlamp(s) will also be checked to see if the aim is correct.

Steering and Suspension

These will be inspected to check:

  • their condition
  • that forks, handlebars, grips mountings, head bearings, swinging arm, shock absorbers and damping effect etc are secure and work properly
Wheels and tyres

These will be inspected to check:

  • their condition
  • that they’re secure
  • the size and type
  • correct fitment
  • the tread depth
  • the valve condition
Frame

This will be inspected to check:

  • that it’s free from cracks
  • for damage
  • for distortion
  • for corrosion which is likely to affect the steering or braking
Braking

This will be inspected to check:

  • the condition
  • the operation and performance (the efficiency test)
  • the brake controls
Exhaust system

This will be inspected to check:

  • it’s secure and complete
  • it’s not too noisy
Fuel system

This will be inspected to check:

  • for leaks
  • the security of its components
Seats

These will be inspected to check:

  • for the presence of a rider’s seat
  • that any seat is attached securely
Wheel Alignment

These will be inspected to check for the correct alignment of front and rear wheels.

Sidecars (when fitted)

These will be inspected to check:

  • for secure attachment
  • alignment
  • the suspension
  • the wheel bearings
  • wheel alignment
  • the lights and tyres
Horn

This will be inspected to check:

  • that it works properly
  • it’s suitable for the vehicle
Registration plates, vehicle identification and frame numbers

These will be inspected to check that they’re present and legible.

Drive chain and sprocket

These will be inspected to check:

  • that the chain isn’t too loose, tight or worn
  • that the sprockets aren’t too worn
  • that the chain guard is secure
Throttle

This will be inspected to check that it works properly.

Clutch lever

This will be inspected to check that it isn’t so bent, damaged or shortened that it can’t easily be used.

Footrests

These will be inspected to check that they’re present and fitted securely.

More information

The MOT inspection manual tells you:

  • everything that’s tested
  • how the MOT tester will check it
  • the reasons things can be failed