MOT inspection manual: motorcycles

Inspection processes and rules for motorcycle, scooter, moped and motorcycle combination (class 1 and 2 vehicle) MOT tests.

Applies to: England, Scotland, and Wales (see publication for Northern Ireland).

There are different MOT inspection manuals for cars and passenger vehicles, heavy goods vehicles and public service vehicles.

  1. Introduction Definitions, vehicle classes, reasons to refuse to test a vehicle, historic vehicles, and inspection procedures for motorcycle MOT tests.
  2. 0. Identification of the vehicle Registration plate (number plate) and vehicle identification number rules and inspection for motorcycle MOT tests.
  3. 1. Brakes Brake condition and operation (including brake lever and pedal, lining and pads, callipers and cylinders), brake performance and efficiency, and brake fluid rules and inspection for motorcycle MOT tests.
  4. 2. Steering Mechanical condition, handlebar, forks and yokes and wheel alignment rules and inspection for motorcycle MOT tests.
  5. 3. Not in use Section 3 of the motorcycle MOT inspection manual is not currently used.
  6. 4. Lamps, reflectors and electrical equipment Headlamp, position lamps, stop lamps, direction indicators, rear registration plate lamp, rear reflector and direction indicator ‘tell-tale’ rules and inspection for motorcycle MOT tests.
  7. 5. Wheels, tyres and suspension Wheel bearing, wheel and tyre, and suspension (including springs, shock absorbers, and suspension arms and joints) rules and inspection for motorcycle MOT tests.
  8. 6. Structure and attachments Frame and attachments (including exhaust system and fuel system), and seat and riding controls (including clutch and throttle controls and footrests) rules and inspection for motorcycle MOT tests.
  9. 7. Audible warning Audible warning (horn) rules and inspection for motorcycle MOT tests.
  10. 8. Exhaust noise Exhaust noise rules and inspection for motorcycle MOT tests.
  11. Appendix A: Structural integrity and corrosion Assessing corrosion and methods of repair for motorcycle MOT tests.