Trouble-free MOT tests
Avoid those silly niggly failures
Is the size right?
You will fail if your numberplate isn’t standard. It needs to meet the requirements on the DVLA website, so if you’re running a smaller plate you’ll need to get a pukka one.
Excessively worn or damaged tyres are an instant fail. The MOT demands that bikes above 50cc have at least 1mm of tread across three quarters of the tyre’s width.
With the front wheel off the ground grab the tyre on opposite sides and try to move it from side to side. Likewise, with the head bearings, hold the bottom of the forks and pull forward/backward and side to side.
Wipe the weep
Forks are damped by oil that’s held captive by seals. These wear over time and can leave a smear of oil on the stanchion. A blown seal will fail an MOT so replace it prior to the test.