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If you are an avid motorcycle enthusiast, then chances are your bike is going to be well looked after. But even the most dedicated fear taking their ride in for its annual MOT. But to ensure it passes with flying colours below are five important things to check.
Steering and suspension
Steering will be one of the most important things to be checked, and they will be examined in minute detail. Pay attention to the handlebars and forks, head bearing and shock absorbers. Look for signs of wear and tear as well as rust, anything that will be a red flag. A good check is to raise the front wheel off the ground and move the handlebars from lock to make sure that they turn freely. If you have noticed that the handling of the bike is a little off, then make sure you raise this with the mechanics.
Wheels and tyres
Any tyres that look worn or have next to no tread will instantly fail. During the test mechanics will check the tyres are the right size for the motorcycle and it has the legal tread depth. For motorcycles over 50cc, you need to have at least 1mm of tread across ¾ of the width of the tread pattern and the front and rear wheels must align correctly.
Obviously, brakes are vital, particularly in wet or poor weather conditions. You can do a quick test yourself by applying the brakes and ensuring that the wheels can still move freely when the brake is released. Also, when riding you need to make sure that you can stop in time and that the brake pads are not worn.
You might not think it important, but it is something that will come under scrutiny. It needs to be free of any serious wear and tear such as cracks, damage, and corrosion. The reason that the frame is checked meticulously is to ensure that it does not affect the handling or steering of the motorcycle.
One last check to make is on the motorcycle’s exhaust. It needs to be quiet and secure and that there are no leaks from the fuel system. Something else to be aware of when it comes to the exhaust is any custom modifications that have been made to it, if these are not street legal then it will more than likely fail.
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