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

Motorcycle News (UK) - - Mcn garage -

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

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