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Avoid a red face at your lo­cal in­spec­tion cen­tre with our sim­ple guide

Practical Sportsbikes (UK) - - Welcome - WORDS & PHO­TOG­RA­PHY ALAN SEE­LEY

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

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