9 never Ways to ensure you fail an MOT
Your bike’s MOT test doesn’t have to be worse than a trip to the dentist
1 Is the chassis sweet?
Inspect your bike’s chassis well in advance of the MOT date. Check for clunks, creaks, loose parts and wobbles. Notchy bearings, loose bushes are easy to check for and you’ll feel them when you ride – if they’re shot, or on their way out, your MOT tester will find them, so don’t bank on getting away with it for another year. Better to get them fixed now than to have to rush the job to meet an MOT re-test.
2 Chains, sprockets and belts
If these advice pages haven’t beaten you in to taking proper care of your chain, now’s definitely the time. Degrease, clean and inspect. Stiff links, tight spots, insecure joining links will get picked up – if it’s at the end of adjustment or can be pulled off the sprocket, it’ll get failed. Check sprockets are secure and not worn out with hooked or missing teeth. Drive belt? Inspect for damage or degrading rubber.
3 Got enough tread?
Failing an MOT for defective tyres is plain embarrassing. The legal minimum tyre tread depth is 1mm, though most tyres are past their best way before that anyway. Inspect the tyre for cuts, cracks or foreign objects puncturing it. Valves must be secure, in good condition and suitable for bikes – long rubber types are meant for cars and pose a danger if they make it on to your bike.
Follow our tips and your beloved will pass first time, every time