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MOT Check: Motorbike

Ensuring your motorbike has had its MOT is just an important as any vehicle. Unsure on motorbike MOT requirements? Find out everything you need to know about your motorcycle MOT check today.

Motorbike MOT Checklist

Please note, this motorbike MOT checklist is only for solo motorbikes. If your motorbike has a sidecar fitted separate regulations will apply, so contact PTA Garage Services Shirley where our specialists will be available to offer further guidance.

It is important to bear in mind that the purpose of the motorbike MOT test is to check that the components of your vehicle meet the legal motorbike MOT requirements. This test does not cover the condition of your vehicle and engine. It is essential to undertake regular motorbike servicing to keep it in good condition.

What is tested in a motorbike MOT check?

Find out what will be tested during the Motorbike MOT Test at PTA Garage Services
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Wheels and Tyres

A large number of motorcycle MOT tests are failed every year due to the condition of the tyres. You can check your tyres and wheels easily at home before the MOT test and replace them if necessary. To pass the motorcycle MOT test you will need to make sure:

  • Tyres are compatible with your motorbike, are the correct size and are suitable to drive on road
  • They are in good condition and do not display signs of damage
  • Tyre tread depth must be above the legal minimum of 1mm
  • Wheel bearings are not worn
  • Wheels are correctly aligned
  • Cast wheels are secure and free from cracks
  • Spoked wheels do not contain broken, corroded, loose or bent spokes


Brakes are vital for your safety on the road and so they will be tested rigorously during the motorbike MOT test. The following aspects of the braking system will be checked:

  • The condition of brake hoses
  • The fitment and condition of disc brakes
  • Brake pads and shoes will be checked for wear
  • ABS warning lights

Steering and Suspension

During the motorbike MOT test, steering and suspension systems will be checked to ensure that your vehicle can be safely driven. These steering and suspension components will be checked:

  • The handlebars and grips are secure
  • Head bearings are secured tightly and enable the steering to move freely with no play
  • When the front wheel is raised off the ground, the handlebar must not hit or foul the tank when the steering is fully turned lock to lock
  • The suspension system will be checked for oil leaks, condition and wear


Almost 50% of motorbike MOT test fails are due to defective lights, which is the easiest component of your vehicle to remedy. To give yourself a better chance of passing your MOT test, check your lights for the following:

  • All lights work on both the main and dip beam setting and hazard
  • Headlights and tail lights are free from damage such as chips and cracks
  • Headlights are correctly positioned and the right colour
  • A red reflector is securely fitted on the rear of your motorcycle

Exhaust System

The condition of your exhaust system will be checked during the motorcycle MOT test and it will also be inspected for noise emissions. The following checks to the exhaust will be made:

  • The exhaust system is free from holes and leaks
  • All exhaust components are secure
  • The decibel level emitted by your exhaust is not too loud
  • Any replacement units fitted to your motorbike have the BSAU 193 stamp (unless the motorbike is registered before 01/01/85)


The frame of the motorcycle needs to be examined to ensure that it is in good condition to keep you safe on the road. Checks to the frame of the vehicle will include:

  • There are no signs of rusting or corrosion
  • It is free from cracks and other signs of damage

Further Motorcycle MOT Checks...

Before your motorcycle MOT test you may also wish to check the following:

  • The chain of your motorbike is free from excessive slack, is well oiled and in good condition
  • Footrests have an anti-slip surface fitted to them
  • The horn emits a continuous tone at a reasonable volume
  • Any seats are securely attached
  • Registration plates are present and legal

Book your Motorbike MOT test online at PTA Garage Services Shirley - your local motorcycle mot centre.

For further information regarding motorbike MOT testing, contact PTA Garage Services Shirley where our specialists will be happy to provide further guidance.