What Does an MOT Check on Your Motorcycle?


The MOT will test important items on your motorcycle to check that they meet all road safety standards.

The test will not cover the condition of the following 3 items:

  • engine
  • clutch
  • gearbox

Motorcycle MOT checks


To check:

  • their condition
  • that they work properly
  • that they’re secure
  • that the headlamp(s) are the correct colour
  • the rear lights, indicators and reflectors

The headlamp(s) will also be checked to see if the aim is correct.

Steering and suspension

To check:

  • their condition
  • that forks, handlebars, grips mountings, head bearings, swinging arm, shock absorbers and damping effect etc are secure and work properly

Wheels and tyres

To check:

  • their condition
  • that they’re secure
  • the size and type
  • correct fitment
  • the tread depth
  • the valve condition


To check:

  • that it’s free from cracks
  • for damage
  • for distortion
  • for corrosion which is likely to affect the steering or braking


To check:

  • the condition
  • the operation and performance (the efficiency test)
  • the brake controls

Exhaust system

To check:

  • it’s secure and complete
  • it’s not too noisy

Fuel system

To check:

  • for leaks
  • the security of its components


To check:

  • for the presence of a motorcycle rider’s seat
  • that any seat is attached securely

Wheel alignment

To check for the correct alignment of front and rear wheels.

Motorcycle sidecar (if fitted)

To check:

  • for secure attachment
  • alignment
  • the suspension
  • the wheel bearings
  • wheel alignment
  • the lights and tyres


To check:

  • that it works properly
  • it’s suitable for the motorcycle

Registration plates, vehicle identification and frame numbers

To check that they’re present and legible.

Drive chain and sprocket

To check:

  • that the chain isn’t too loose, tight or worn
  • that the sprockets aren’t too worn
  • that the chain guard is secure


To check that it works properly.

Clutch lever

To check that it isn’t so bent, damaged or shortened that it can’t easily be used.


To check that they’re present and fitted securely.

Find a motorcycle MOT testing station and garage