THE MOT

What is it and how can you pass first time?

Classic Motorcycle Mechanics - - CONTENTS - Words: Ber­tie Sim­monds, PIP Higham Pho­tos: mor­tons ar­chive

By law we have to have an mot on our mo­tor­cy­cles and for we clas­sic mo­tor­cy­cle own­ers, this can mean an anx­ious visit to our lo­cal tester. Un­less you hap­pen to live on the Isle of Man, or your ma­chine is pre-1960, this is a ne­ces­sity. If you don’t have one you could be li­able for a fine of up to £1000 and your in­sur­ance would be in­valid. so, make sure you know when your MOT is due. Whether you own one or more bikes – have a list up in your work­shop of due dates for tax, MOT and in­sur­ance. Ig­no­rance is not bliss. so, what’s in an MOT and what is checked? Firstly, re­mem­ber that the MOT test is merely sees the mo­tor­cy­cle meet the min­i­mum re­quire­ments re­quired by law at the time of the test. What hap­pens to the bike dur­ing the life of that MOT cer­tifi­cate is cru­cial: keep on top of your gen­eral main­te­nance tasks. rid­ing tells you ev­ery­thing… es­pe­cially about items NOT cov­ered in the MOT such as the clutch, mo­tor and gear­box.

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