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Motorcycle MOT’s only £28.00

Open Saturday & Sundays too!!!

CLICK HERE to book and pay for your mot online. Save the hassle of phone calls or waiting for slots!
Alternatively, call 07803 609216 to book a date/time to suit you or you could drop in and wait for the next available slot.
We offer MOT testing 7 days a week. These tests take about 30 minutes and can be conducted whilst you wait.
IT IS STRONGLY ADVISED TO BOOK A MOTORBIKE MOT APPOINTMENT FOR SATURDAYS OR SUNDAYS DUE TO DEMAND!!!!
We are extremely proud to have designed a dedicated ONLINE Motorbike MOT BOOKING system for your convenience!
We are the first garage locally to offer this service where you can select an available date and time to suit yourself, input some details then secure your slot!
How easy is that?! We will even take your secure online payment too.
With every motorbike MOT that is undertaken we will record your bike details and a valid email address. We will then send you a free reminder the following year, about three weeks before your MOT test is due, thus giving you plenty of time to book your bike in with us!

About us…

All testers here at SMC are full DVSA approved Class 1 & 2 testers. 

MOT testers are required to have been in the motorcycle mechanics trade for at least four years, attended a DVSA training course and have passed the strict exam. Testers are also required to complete and certain number of hours training each year and pass an annual assessment.

Here at SMC we have installed brand-new state-of-the-art testing equipment. We have an extremely spacious testing area and plenty of off-road parking. Motorbike MOT’s take around 30-45 minutes and can be conducted whilst you wait. Feel free to take a seat in our waiting area and read a magazine or nip to McDonald’s or Costa next door. 

Customers are more than welcome to view the test and we have a dedicated Motorcycle MOT viewing area specifically for this purpose.

Motorcycle MOT’s only cost £28 and details of what is involved in this test can be found on the right of this page.

We are a Class I & II station meaning we can test all motorbikes, motorcycles, scooters, customs, cruisers, off-road bikes and even some 3-wheelers! We CAN’T test Quad bikes though. Sorry

Have any questions about your bike and the test? Why not call us on 07803 609216 and talk to us – we don’t bite!! We can offer advice as to what is and isn’t acceptable. Alternatively, please fill in the form below or take a look at some of the frequently asked questions as your answer may well be there already…….

What We Test

Section 1: Lights & Signals

MOT checks for lights and signals on motorcycles are divided into seven sections.

1. Front and Rear Position Lamps on a Motorcycle

Note: the front position light, or sidelight, is considered separate from the motorcycle’s headlight and at least 50% of all light sources within a lamp must function. If lamps are obscured by other parts of the bike they will fail.

  • The front light must emit a white light unless it is within a yellow headlamp and the rear must always be red
  • Both lights must illuminate immediately once the switch is pressed, be securely mounted and not flicker when tapped
  • The switch must also be securely mounted and again, tapping shouldn’t affect the lights
  • One switch must operate both lights
Daylight MOT

If a motorbike has no lights at all, or they are taped, painted or permanently disconnected so as to emit no light whatsoever you can still get an MOT pass but you will receive an advisory note stating that the bike should only be used during the hours of daylight and not during times of seriously reduced visibility.

Fog Lights

The motorcycle MOT does not cover rear fog lights or amber lights within the indicator lens of your bike.

2. Motorcycle Headlamps
  • Your motorbike’s headlamp must emit either yellow or white light
  • It must light immediately the switch is pressed
  • It should not be adversely affected by any other lamp or the horn
  • It must not flicker when tapped or when the switch is tapped
  • Both headlight and switch must be securely attached to the motorcycle.
Twin headlights

Only one or both headlamps need to illuminate for either dipped or main beam and they must be mounted one on top of the other or symmetrically and no more than 200mm apart.

Mopeds

For the purposes of the MOT mopeds are only required to have a functioning dipped beam.

3. Motorcycle Stop Lamps
  • Your motorbike’s stop lamp must emit only a steady red light
  • It must light immediately once the switch(es) is pressed and switch off when released
  • It should not be adversely affected by any other lamp
  • It must be securely attached to the bike and not flicker when tapped
  • Both brakes must operate the stop lamp unless the the was manufactured with only one switch
Slow Vehicles & Mopeds

Bikes which cannot exceed 25mph do not have to have a stop lamp fitted nor do mopeds which were first registered before 1 April 1986 but if fitted they must function correctly.

4. Rear Reflectors on Motorcycles
  • Your bike must be fitted with one unobscured red reflector
  • It must be securely fitted and reflect squarely to the rear
  • It must be positioned along the motorcycles longitudinal centre line
Extra Reflectors and Tape

Only one reflector is required for the MOT but your bike will not fail for having more. Unfortunately reflective tape is not considered satisfactory.

5. Motorcycle Indicators
  • Indicators must be fitted to a motorcycle and emit only orange light
  • They must flash on and off, not just dim and brighten
  • They must flash between 60 and 120 times per minute
  • They must be visible when riding or have a functioning tell-tale light
  • They must be securely fitted and so must the switch
  • They must not be adversely affected by the operation of another lamp or the horn
Motorcycles Registered Pre-1986

Any motorcycle first registered before 1st August 1986 does not need indicators to pass an MOT

Slow and Off-Road Vehicles

Bikes which cannot exceed 30mph or off-road bikes designed to carry just the rider do not need indicators but if fitted they must function correctly.

6. Motorcycle Headlamp Aim

A specialist piece of equipment is needed to correctly check the aim of your motorbikes headlight but if you follow the guidelines below we would be happy to make minor adjustments if necessary free of charge.

  • A motorcycle headlight should point directly forward and slightly downwards
  • The dipped beam must kick-up to the nearside of the bike
7. Motorcycle Horn
  • Your bike must be fitted with a working continuous tone horn
  • It must be loud enough to be heard by other road users
  • It must not make a harsh or grating noise
  • It must be easily operable whilst riding

Section 2: Steering & Suspension

MOT checks for steering & suspension on motorcycles are divided into five sections.

1.Steering Controls
  • The bikes handlebars, grips, clamps and yokes must be completely secure
  • Forks, handlebars and yokes cannot be deformed, fractured, cracked or excessively corroded
  • Flexible handlebar mountings cannot be excessively deteriorated
  • One switch must operate both lights
  • Steering dampers must be correctly fitted and not impede control of your motorbike
  • Any fairing or leg shield fitted should not impede the steering
  • Steering lock stops must be fitted, correctly adjusted and effective

With front wheel clear of the ground turn the steering from lock to lock. There should be:

  • no fouling between any moving and fixed part of your motorcycle
  • sufficient clearance for the handlebar grips to be properly grasped and controls operated
  • no restrictions to movement of the bars caused by cables becoming taught, trapped or caught
  • no significant change in engine speed
2. Steering System

There should be no tightness or roughness when your motorcycles handlebars are turned lock to lock. Also, there shouldn’t be excessive free play or movement in the steering head bearings or steering linkage. You can check this by applying the front brake and gently pushing the handlebars forward then backward or ideally by applying pressure to the front wheel whilst it is raised in the air as someone else holds the brake on for you. This way you can visually tell if any movement you may feel is actually as a result of movement in the forks.

Note: excessively stiff steering can be caused by a defective or badly adjusted steering damper in which case it is down to the motorcycle MOT test technician’s discretion to test ride your bike to establish whether stability or control is adversely affected. They may also adjust the damper within tolerance if adjustment is possible. You will be informed of this when you receive your test results.

3. Front Suspension and Wheel Bearings
  • The front suspension components must all be securely fitted and in a good state of repair
  • There shouldn’t be excessive wear or free play in any component
  • Suspension springs cannot be loose, cracked, fractured or so badly corroded that their structure is seriously weakened
  • Suspension springs cannot be repaired by welding
  • All wheel spindles, locking nuts and other locking devices must be secure
  • Shock absorbers must not leak
  • There should be no tightness or roughness when the wheels are turned
  • Mudguards must be securely fitted especially if they form part of the fork bracing assembly
  • Load bearing components cannot be loose, excessively corroded, distorted or poorly repaired

Note: light misting or some pitting on a fork stanchion are not reasons enough on their own for a motorbike to fail unless this has caused damage to the damper seals. The motorcycle MOT test technician may pull back any rubber gaitors etc to conduct the examination if it’s possible without dismantling but they must correctly refit them afterwards.

The MOT requires that the damping be checked which can easily be done by applying the front brake and depressing the suspension as far as you are able several times. The forks should not be stiff and nor should they bounce up and down, just react to the pressure you are applying. Any fouling between fixed and moving parts which affects the movement of the suspension would fail the bike’s MOT.

Modifications

The VOSA handbook says that an MOT certificate should be refused if any ‘deliberate modification’ has significantly reduced the original strength of a load bearing member or it’s supporting structure.

4. Rear Suspension and Wheel Bearings
  • The rear suspension components must all be securely fitted and in a good state of repair
  • There shouldn’t be excessive wear or free play in any component
  • Suspension springs cannot be loose, cracked, fractured or so badly corroded that their structure is seriously weakened
  • Suspension springs cannot be repaired by welding
  • All wheel spindles, locking nuts and other locking devices must be secure
  • Shock absorbers must not leak
  • There should be no tightness or roughness when the wheels are turned
  • Load bearing components cannot be loose, excessively corroded, distorted or poorly repaired
  • Pivots cannot be seized, excessively worn or insecure

Note: if you have twin shocks on your motorbike they should be equally adjusted at either side. If they are not the motorcycle MOT test technician will issue an advisory to this effect.

The MOT requires that the damping be checked which can easily be done by sitting on your bike and depressing the suspension as far as you are able several times. The shocks should not be stiff and nor should they bounce up and down, just react to the pressure you are applying. Any fouling between fixed and moving parts which affects the movement of the suspension would fail the bike’s MOT.

5. Wheel Alignment

With the front wheel held upright and inline with your motorcycle’s frame – using either a wheel clamp or another person – place a straight edge or cord against the rear tyre, parallel to it and as high off the ground as the bike’s permanent fixtures will allow. By sighting along this edge you will be able to see if both wheels are in-line with each other and your motorcycle’s frame and also check if they are centrally aligned and not offset in any way.

Section 3: Brakes

MOT checks for motorcycle brakes are divided into three sections.

1. Brake Controls
  • Motorbike braking systems must have two methods of operation fitted and functioning
  • All controls, mountings and fastenings must be secure and in good repair
  • All pivots must be within reasonable levels of wear tolerance
  • All controls must be easy to apply and have adequate reserve travel on application
  • Hydraulic systems must not creep* under load or feel spongy when applied

*creep: Fully depress you break lever and hold it firm. If, over time, its resistance grows less and it slowly allows you to add more and more pressure, this is called creep. It most likely means you have a leak somewhere in the hydraulic system of that brake.

Modifications

The VOSA handbook says that an MOT certificate should be refused if any ‘deliberate modification’ has significantly reduced the original strength of a load bearing member or it’s supporting structure.

2. Brake Systems
  • All security or locking devices such as split pins, lock nuts etc must be present and secure
  • Standard brake pads or linings must be at least 1.5mm proud of their backing plates
  • Sintered brake pads or linings must be at least 1mm proud of their backing plates
  • Hydraulic reservoirs must be securely mounted, capped and sealed
  • Hydraulic reservoirs must have sufficient fluid in them

Other reasons for brake systems failing the motorcycle MOT

  • Excessively worn, corroded, cracked or in any other way damaged cables, levers, rods and linkages
  • Insecure or cracked drums or discs and missing securing bolts
  • Too much free play on levers through wear or poor adjustment
  • Contamination of brake pads by oil or grease
  • Insecure backing plates, reaction brackets or calipers
  • Leaking master cylinders or brake pipes/hoses
  • Brake pipes which can be easily fouled or trapped by other moving parts of the motorcycle
  • Inadequately supported rigid pipes/hoses
  • Excessively chafed, twisted or kinked brake pipes/hoses
  • Disc scoring, pitting or wear
  • Excessive brake disc run out* or distortion

*run out: whilst the bike is moving very lightly apply each of the brakes in turn and slowly increase pressure. If you can feel a slight pulsing whilst doing this, that is run out. It is caused by warped or uneven wear in your motorbike’s discs.

Note on brake hoses: damage to the protective sleeves of brake hoses will not necessarily fail the bike MOT provided the pipe or hose to which it is attached is not damaged. Cracking or chafing must be severe enough to expose the hose reinforcement to be considered a fail.

Note on movement of discs: many discs fitted to modern sports motorcycles are ‘fully floating’ which means they are designed to have a certain degree of movement. If in doubt consult a qualified motorcycle MOT test technician, do not assume that some movement in your disk is an MOT fail. The tester may, at his discretion, take your bike for a brief road test.

3. Brake Performance

Reasons for your motorbike’s brake performance failing the MOT

  • Sticking or binding brakes
  • Severe grab or judder
  • Braking effort which is inconsistent with the amount or pressure applied at the lever
  • Excessive fluctuation of brake effort when steady pressure us applied
  • At least one brake must achieve 30% efficiency with the other at least 25% (tested on a VOSA approved brake tester or similar device)

Section 4: Tyres and Wheels

MOT checks for tyres and wheels on motorcycles are divided into just two sections.

1. Tyres
  • Tyres must be of suitable type and in good repair
  • Tyres must be seated correctly in their rims
  • Tyres must be fitted in accordance with direction indicators on the sidewall
  • All tyres must be either cross ply or radial, not a mixture
  • Tread must be clearly visible over the whole tread area
  • Tread must be at least 1mm deep throughout the circumference and 75% of the width of the tyre*

Other reasons for your tyres failing the motorcycle MOT test

  • It shows a cut longer than 25mm or 10% of the section width of the tyre that reaches the ply or cord
  • It shows a bulge, lump or tear caused by partial failure of its structure
  • It fouls another component of the motorcycle
  • Ply or cord is exposed
  • The valve is seriously damaged or misaligned
  • The tread has been recut

Note: the VOSA manual states that the depth of tread is measured “…throughout a continuous circumferential band measuring at least three quarters of the breadth of the tread.” This excludes tie-bars, tread wear indicators and other features designed to “wear out substantially before the rest of the pattern and other minor features.”

*examples of unsuitable tyres: car tyres, motocross tyres, racing tyres, or any tyre stamped with ‘NHS’ or ‘not for highway use’. You must also fit tyres of the correct load and speed rating for the bike and rear tyres must not be used on the front wheel or vice versa.

Mopeds

Bikes with an engine capacity of 50cc or less only need to have clearly visible tread in a continuous band around the whole circumference of the tyre which covers at least 75% of the width without a break.

Metzeler ME22 tyres and the Aprilia AF 50

There’s an exception listed in the VOSA manual which states that a Metzeler 100/80 – 17 52s ME22 may be fitted to the rear wheel of an Aprilia AF 50 if it is put on the opposite way round to the direction indicators.

2. Wheels

Reasons for your wheels failing the motorcycle MOT test

  • Inadequate repairs, corrosion, damage or fractures resulting in significant reduction of the wheels strength*
  • Missing, cracked, loose, bent or severely corroded spokes
  • Loose or missing bolts or rivets in built-up wheels
  • An excessively distorted or eccentric bead rim
  • Loose or missing wheel nuts, studs or bolts
  • Insecure wheels

Note: the maximum allowable lateral run out or buckling is 4mm for steel rims and just 2mm for alloy. The maximum allowable eccentricity of any wheel is 3mm.

*wheel strength: the decision to fail a wheel due to a reduction in strength is at the motorcycle MOT test technician’s discretion as to whether they feel it is rendered unsafe or not.

Section 5: Sidecars

MOT checks for motorcycle sidecars are divided into five sections.

1. Security of Attachment of Motorcycle Sidecars

Reasons for a sidecar’s attachment failing the motorcycle MOT

  • The sidecar isn’t securely fitted to the motorcycle
  • Tight, worn or deteriorated pivots or bushes
  • Missing, damaged or loose securing devices, bolts, split pins etc
2. Motorcycle Sidecar Suspension and Wheel Bearings

Reasons for a sidecar’s suspension or wheel bearings failing the motorcycle MOT

  • Excessively stiff, partially seized suspension
  • Leaking suspension units
  • Fouling between fixed and moving parts which affect the movement of the supsension
  • Insecure suspension units
  • Loose or missing securing nuts, locking devices or spindle
  • Excessively rough or tight wheel bearings
3. Wheel Alignment

Reasons for a sidecar’s wheel alignment failing the motorcycle MOT

  • Toe-out of the sidecar wheel relative to your motorbike
  • Excessive toe-in of the sidecar wheel relative to your motorbike
  • Excessive vertical misalignment which adversely affects the handling of the combination
4. Motorcycle Sidecar Lights and Reflectors
  • Sidecars must have a white front position light fitted
  • Sidecars must have a red reflector fitted to the rear nearside pointing squarely to the rear
5. Motorcycle Sidecar Brakes

If fitted, sidecar brakes must reach the standard required in section three of this MOT checklist.

 

Section 6: Body & Structure

MOT checks for body and structure on motorcycles are divided into just three sections.

1. Condition of Structure

Straightforward enough. There should be no damage, distortion or corrosion on your motorbike’s frame which is going to affect the way it rides or stops. Fractures and cracks etc will certainly fail the motorcycle MOT and so will any modifications which adversely affect the original frames strength.

2. Seats, Footrests and Transmission
  • Rider’s seat and footrests must be present and securely attached
  • Pillion footrests must be fitted and secure if there is a pillion seat*
  • Drive chain or belt must be adjusted correctly
  • The throttle must open and shut as intended
  • All locking devices, pins and circlips must be present and correctly fitted

Other reasons your motorcycle may fail its MOT test

  • Excessively worn drive chain, sprocket or sprocket carrier
  • A damaged or broken clutch lever which prevents normal, and easy, operation

*except in a few rare exceptions which were manufactured for passenger use but don’t appear to have pillion footrests.

3. Registration Plate and Vehicle Identification Number (VIN)
  • A registration plate must be fitted vertically to the rear of your motorbike
  • It must be secure, clean, complete, in good repair and legible
  • It must be standard yellow with black writing**
  • A VIN number must be present on your motorcycle

Reasons for which your registration plate may fail the bike MOT

  • Badly positioned retaining bolts which may lead to misreading of letters
  • Non-standard letter forms and widths
  • Any feature which affects the appearance or legibility of letters
  • Too small a margin around the letters
  • All the characters are arranged in a single line

Note: this section does not apply to unregistered, foreign, diplomatic or military vehicles and is only applicable to registration plates fitted to the rear of the bike.

**Unless your bike was manufactured before 1973

Section 7: Fuel & Exhaust

MOT checks for motorcycle fuel and exhaust systems are divided into just two sections.

1. Exhaust System
  • Your bikes exhaust system must be complete and in a good state of repair
  • All mounts must be present, unbroken and fully support the system

Reasons for your motorcycle exhaust system failing it’s motorcycle MOT

  • The silencer is marked ‘NOT FOR ROAD USE’
  • The silencer is marked ‘TRACK USE ONLY’
  • The exhaust is, in the motorcycle MOT test technicians’s opinion, significantly louder than the standard
2. Fuel System
    • Your bike’s entire fuel system must be secure and free from leaks
    • All mounts must be present, unbroken and fully support the system
    • The fuel tank cap must be present and fasten securely

Other reasons for your motorcycle’s fuel system failing it’s motorcycle MOT

    • Deteriorated or missing sealing washer on the fuel tank cap
    • A leaking fuel tank cap
    • Any fuel leak which occurs under normal operating conditions of the motorcycle

Call us on 07803 609216 for more details.

Book a Motorbike MOT online!

Motorcycle MOT Reminder

Motorcycle MOT’s are charged at £27.50. We offer a free retest within 10 working days, and a reduced retest rate of £15 if you return after the ten working day limit.
Has your motorcycle failed it’s MOT elsewhere? No problem. We can carry out all necessary repairs for you and also carry out a free retest of the vehicle – subject to the 10 working day requirement.
We also offer a free text or email reminder service. Call or text us on 07803 609216 with your name, contact number, registration number and MOT due date and leave the rest to us? We will contact you each year – three weeks before your MOT is due – and remind you. Simples!
Alternatively, why not complete our text reminder form…

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FAQ’s!

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12 Comments
  1. David

    Q – I have heard you can apply for a daytime MOT, what is it?

    • SMC

      A – Generally, it is for off-road bikes that want to go ‘green laning’. It is not necessary to have lights or a rear reflector fitted to be eligible for a daytime MOT, except when it is foggy. You should make the tester aware PRIOR to registering the bike for test and, providing the bike passes, the certificate will be stamped ‘daylight use only’.

  2. Mark

    I have just fitted a new rear tail lamp that incorporates the indicators, when the indicator is turned on the stop lamp changes to yellow and flashes( left or right hand side only). Is this considered legal or not as the law states no other light must interfere with the indicator not the other way round?

    • SMC

      Yes this is considered as legal now. The lens should have an “E” marking which is clearly visible.

  3. Matt

    I’ve installed a custom made tail tidy and was just wondering if a number-plate light is required to pass an MOT test?

    • SMC

      Hi Matt. No, a number plate light is not required for an MOT as it is not a testable item.

  4. Marcus

    Hi, do you do MOT’s on mopeds? If so great! If not, can you suggest anywhere that does?

    • SMC

      Marcus, Yes, we can conduct MOT tests on mopeds.
      We are a class I and II station which means we can pretty much MOT any two-wheeled machine and even some three-wheeled ones!
      However we can’t MOT trikes or Quads.

  5. Colin

    Do you service and mot trikes

    • SMC

      I’m afraid we don’t.
      Trikes are a different class of MOT (Class 3) which we are not approved for.

  6. Mike Rees

    Hi, I have a self cancelling indicator flasher relay fitted on my bike ( non standard ) which turn the indicators off after 30 flashes, if I am at the traffic lights and stopped with indicators on and I press the brakes the relay flashes continually, is this an MOT fail?
    Cheers
    Mike

    • SMC

      Hi Mike,
      The answer would be “No, it won’t fail an mot”.
      It would pass an mot as long as the functionality remained in tact and didn’t affect any other lights/operation of the lights on the bike.
      Please feel free to call me on 07803 609216 should you need anything further.

      Regards,
      John

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