bike-detailsWe’re pleased to add Scooter and Motorcycle MOT’s to our list of services at Suthers Star Garage. Motorcycle and Scooter MOT Requirements:-
LIGHTS Failed lights are a common cause of MOT failure on Bikes & Scooters
HEADLIGHTS & TAIL LIGHTS must be free of chips or cracks; the headlight must also work on main and dip beam, the main beam must shine directly ahead and the dip slightly lower.
INDICATOR LIGHTS must all flash at a steady rate and the warning lights function properly.
If a HAZARD WARNING SYSTEM is fitted, all 4 indicators must flash at a steady uniform rate.
Bikes must have a red REFLECTOR on the rear of the machine, either bolted on separately or as part of the tail light lens.
STEERING When front wheel is raised off the ground the handlebar must not hit the tank. When the steering is fully turned lock to lock, the steering must move freely and without drag. The handlebar must be securely mounted and the grips secure. With the fork sliders held and when we push and pull on the forks, there must be no play in the steering head bearings.
BRAKES
Brakes are also a common cause of MOT failure in Scooters.The test looks at:
Check the hoses for fluid leaks, bulges & cracking. Check disc brakes are securely mounted and free from cracks. Check ABS warning lights, where fitted. Check the wheel is free to rotate without brake drag in free-wheel. Check that brake pads/shoes are not warn beyond limits. Check the rear brake torque arm is secure and that fasteners are secured by selflocking nuts or castellated nuts with split-pins or R-clips
WHEELS & TYRES
Cast wheels should be secure and free from cracks, similarly, spoked wheels will be checked for broken, corroded, loose or bent spokes The tyre and wheel must run free in free-wheel nor must they fould the suspension or the mudguards Worn wheel bearings will fail and the front and rear wheels will be checked for alignment Tyres must be compatible, suitable for road use and, if fitted with a direction arrow, fitted to spin in the direction of forward wheel rotation Tyres will be checked for tread depth and condition as well as sidewall condition.
SUSPENSION FRONT:
No oil leaks from anti-dive units.On bikes with swingarm suspension, there must be no freeplay in the linkage when moved from side to side There should be no oil visible on the fork tube or leaking down the slider around the fork oil geras The forks must be adequately dampened
REAR:
No oil leaks around the shock absorber.No play in the swingarm or suspension linkage bearings.Pivot bearings will be checked for wear.The shock absorber must give adequate damping.The suspension must not foul on body parts or acessories
EXHAUST:
The decibel level will be assessed at the discretion of the tester, other checks are: The exhaust mountings must be secure and not fouling any part of the rear suspension. The exhaust must not be holed and free from leaks from both joints and box(es) Replacements units, other than bikes registered before 01.Jan.1985, must have the BSAU 193 stamp
FINAL DRIVE:
The chain/belt must not have excessive slack and be in good condition, the guard must be secure and not fouling. On shaft drive bikes, the drive unit must be free from oil leaks. Both sprockets should be securely mounted and not excessively worn.
MORE CHECKS:
In addition to the items mentioned above the examiner will:  Check that the HORN is of reasonable volume and a continuous single tone.Check for CORROSION on the frame and any load bearing components. The FOOTRESTS must have an anti-slip surface All major components, bodypanels and mudguards must be securely fitted. The footrests, handlebar levers and brake pedal must be securely mounted.

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