Back to basics
Avoid a red face at your local inspection centre with our simple guide
Getting through an MOT should not be too difficult. Here’s how
IT’S AN annual trial fraught with as many pitfalls as forgetting your wedding anniversary. However the dread is less if you go prepared, or rather go with your bike prepared. Knowing what the tester is looking for is to be fore-armed.
Professionally accredited MOT tester Gary Hurd takes us through the key areas the inspector will be looking at. He offers some words of advice too: “Don’t attempt to impress the MOT tester with your knowledge of the regulations. He already knows what they are and is unconcerned with your own interpretation of them.” It’s a good point, much of the MOT test is discretionary and that of course can go either way.
If your MOT has run out, pre-book with the test centre to stay on the right side of legal when you ride up there. The law requires you book with your nearest MOT centre. Finally, make sure your bike is clean and presentable. The rancid old Honda CX500 we see here just about qualifies.
We went to our local purveyor of MOT inspections, The Motorcycle Works (01733 578883, “£25. Yeah, just bring it down mate”) to learn what we need to know.
Big G is qualified in all this, you know