How to Prepare For Your Motorcycle MOT

How to Prepare For Your Motorcycle MOT

An MOT test involves examining the important parts of your motorcycle to check that they meet the required legal and environmental standards. If your motorbike is between 3 and 40 years old, it must be presented for an annual MOT (Ministry of Transport) test. Riding without a valid MOT can result in a £1000 fine and will invalidate your insurance.

Motorcycle MOT in Guildford

As a registered member of the RMI (Retail Motor Industry Federation) and with longstanding service in Guildford, Surrey, you can be certain that we offer a wealth of experience with our local support.

The video guide below details exactly what you can expect from an MOT test with Pantech Auto Technicians.

We provide our motorcycle MOT service from Monday to Friday, and the test will take approximately 45 minutes to complete. During your Guildford MOT test, you can relax and have a coffee in our waiting area or head into the nearby Guildford Town Centre, which features a full range of shops and amenities including the Friary shopping centre.

Should there be anything wrong with your motorcycle, our technicians can offer to repair the issue. As keen riders ourselves, you can rest knowing your motorcycle is in safe hands.

Preparing for your Motorcycle MOT

Successfully preparing for your motorcycle MOT will ensure that your bike passes the inspection first time. There are several prechecks you can perform to identify and address potential issues before taking your motorcycle in for the official MOT test.

Review your motorcycle documentation

Before anything else, make sure you have all the necessary documentation in order:

  • Valid insurance: Ensure your motorcycle is insured and that your insurance certificate is up to date.
  • Registration document (V5C): Make sure you have your motorcycle’s V5C document (logbook), which confirms your ownership and provides important information about your bike.
  • Previous MOT certificates: If your motorcycle has had previous MOT tests, gather the certificates for reference.

Check your lights and signals 

Lighting is crucial for safety and MOT compliance:

  • Headlights: Ensure both the dipped and full beam headlights are working and aligned.
  • Taillights and brake lights: Check that the taillights and brake lights illuminate when required.
  • Indicators: Confirm that both front and rear indicators are functioning correctly.
  • Reflectors: Make sure your motorcycle has the required reflectors for nighttime visibility.

Inspect your brakes and horn

Brakes are a critical safety component, so check the following:

  • Brake performance: Test both the front and rear brakes to ensure they are working effectively.
  • Brake pads and discs: Inspect the condition of your brake pads and discs.
  • Brake lines and hoses: Look for any signs of damage or leaks in the brake lines or hoses.
  • Brake fluid: Check the brake fluid level and ensure it’s in good condition.

Also, test the horn to ensure it’s working and is loud enough to be heard clearly in traffic.

Assess the suspension and steering

For safety and stability, inspect your motorcycle’s suspension and steering components. Check for any visible damage or loose parts.

Examine tyres and wheels

Tyre condition is essential for safety and MOT compliance:

  • Tread depth: Ensure that your tyre tread depth meets the minimum legal requirements.
  • Tyre condition: Look for signs of damage or wear on the tyre.
  • Wheel alignment and balance: Check for any visible issues with wheel alignment or balance.
  • Wheel bearings: Listen for unusual noises or play in the wheel bearings.

If you would like to book your motorcycle for an MOT test, repairs or servicing, please do not hesitate to contact us at Pantech Auto Technicians today.