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Motorcycle with no mirrors
    Name: Tom Town: Hudds
 
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I have a 1983 motorcycle with no mirrors, however there are mounting points. Will it pass MOT with mirrors?
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Mirrors are not required for a motorbike MOT.
Brake test for a motorcycle
    Name: N Cosgrove Town: Magherafelt
 
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How is the brake test carried out for a motorcycle?
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On the rollers just like a car if this is possible. Or a plate test if this is deemed impossible (Low clearance etc.) See http://www.ukmot.com/bike-3-3.asp
Imported Vehicle
    Name: Alex Class Town: London
 
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I have an Italian Honda CTX700, that apparently Honda decided not to sell in UK. Iíve imported it from Italy when I came over here to live. Iíve been told that even if I change the headlight and speedo (to mph) the bike mightnít pass the MOT even after changing these parts to make it UK compliant. Could that be the case? I heard a US Harley never passed the test at my dealers workshop round the corner, after changing the parts, and the mechanics said bike was perfect. Apparently it never passed because the footrest was 1mm narrower than the UK version. In my case, if the bike isnít even sold here, could it be a problem? Just want to make sure that I do pass the test if I spend nearly a gran to get parts done.
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The MOT test does not take into account the country of origin. It must pass all tests as a British vehicle whatever they may be. I cannot tell you what differences they may find without seeing the vehicle. To save yourself money I would put it in for an MOT test first and see what it fails on and then address those issues.
Moving Bike indicators
    Name: Matt Town: Lisburn
 
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Is it ok to remove the standard indicators on the front of my motorbike now that I have indicators on my mirrors or do I have to keep both? With my VTR being orange its not that easy to see the indicators which is why I got the mirrors, their much clearer for other to see.
A
There is no MOT advice on where the indicators are other than they must be visible and not in a position where the rider would obscure them. They must adhere to the indicator conditions of brightness and flash rate. ie
ē must show a light of the appropriate colour
ē must flash between 60 to 120 times per minute
ē cannot affect the operation of another lamp
Can I ride it to MSVA station without plates?
    Name: kevin watkins Town: chester-le-street
 
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I have a trike that needs msva, never been registered yet so doesnít have registration plates. can I ride it to MSVA station without plates?
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Insurance may be a problem. You would have to contact them and ask them. They do not have to cover you but you do need to be covered. With insurance you should be able to drive to a pre booked MSVA test but must not deviate from the route directly to the station.
Trike that stalls
    Name: moonboy Town: manchester
 
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I have a trike that stalls when I put it in gear, the MOT is due, could I not just tow it in for itís test as the engine turns over fine.
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The test doesnít cover the condition of the engine
Loose rear view mirror
    Name: Scott Riley Town: Castleford
 
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Can my 100cc scooter be failed on mot due to a loose rear view mirror and can it be failed for having a screw missing in the plastics
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The mirrors are not tested as they are not part of the MOT for a motorcycle
Motorbike Footpegs
    Name: tony Town: basingstoke
 
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Do you need both rear footpegs for motorcycle not as I have 2rear exhaust pipes on top of each other and the top one is for cosmetic purposes only and one peg on other side only
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If you have a seat capable of taking a pillion passenger then it must have footrests for this passenger. You could get a cowling to go over the rear of the seat to negate this but Iíve heard a lot of stories of MOT test stations overlooking this issue.
MOT Brake Test without rollers
    Name: Mervyn wylie Town: MAGHERAFELT
 
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Can I request that the brake test can be done without putting the bike on the rollers
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You can always request that a brake test is not done on the rollers but you will need a reason. e.g. If the ground clearance is too low etc. The tester will determine if it is necessary to do the test on the rollers or not. If he deems that there is not sufficient reason to NOT do the test on rollers then he will have to do the test on the rollers. The test must be done on rollers unless there is a good reason not to
Drive Belt
    Name: Chris Bacon Town: Doncaster
 
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Hi , I have a Honda 600cc Silver Wing , new drive belt was fitted before due mileage, but warning light has come on at due mileage ie 18.000 is this an MOT failure.
Thanks Chris
A
Engine and associated information not part of the test therefore you will pass
Speedometer
    Name: Archie Town: Dailly
 
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on a motor bike is it a fail if the speedo light does not illuminate
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Not part of the test but is illegal if it does not work one of those little anomalies
Sorn renewal
    Name: Andy Town: Brighton
 
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My bike failed an MOT and Iím planning on scrapping it entirely - this takes and I need to SORN the vehicle as itís on the road, although itís still taxed and is insured - Tried to SORN it online and I think Iím too late, it expired a few weeks ago. No letters have been sent by DVLA yet, despite the MOT lapsing. Bit concerned but have a friend whose garage I can use.
A
New rules that came out mean that you only have to register for a Sorn once and you do not need to renew it
New MOT
    Name: Florentina Town: London
 
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Hello! I havenít used my motorbike for over a year, and everything has expired: MOT, insurance, road tax. Iíve had it on SORN for a few months and Iím now finally able to renew everything. What are the correct steps to ensure I donít break the law and donít have problems renewing? Thank you.
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You only have to be insured which allows you to ride your bike to a pre booked test
Drive to a MOT test
    Name: J Bowler Town: Skelmersdale
 
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can I drive the car on the MOT due date?
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As long as you are insured you can drive to a pre booked test
Exhaust mounting
    Name: David Town: Sheffield
 
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My exhaust is tied up with two wires is is a mot fait the exhaust system on gasses is fine itís just the mounting
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Providing the tester thinks that the exhaust is secure and not likely to come adrift you will pass
Check Mot failure
    Name: Bob Town: Swindon
 
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If a car fails an MOT at one garage and you then take it to another garage for another MOT text can the second garage see from the data base what the first garage fail it on?
A
You can check online this will give all the information about your cars MOT history advisories reasons for failure and mileage checks
    Name: tommy Town: liverpool
 
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How quickly is MOT Comp updated for customers to tax their vehicles?
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The data inputted by testers goes onto the MOT Computerisation database immediately. The database then updates DVLAís records overnight. If a vehicle owner wishes to tax their vehicle before DVLA records have been updated, DVLA will look to see if a new record exists on MOT Computerisation. A post office also has the facility to check the MOT Computerisation database.
    Name: tcb Town: liverpool
 
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How quickly is MOT Comp updated for customers to tax their vehicles
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. The data inputted by testers goes onto the MOT Computerisation database immediately. The database then updates DVLAís records overnight. If a vehicle owner wishes to tax their vehicle before DVLA records have been updated, DVLA will look to see if a new record exists on MOT Computerisation. A post office also has the facility to check the MOT Computerisation database.
Tax Vehicle
    Name: Margaret Town: Cardiff
 
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can you get tax 14 days before your MOT is due
A
As long as you MOT is in date you can tax your car
MOT Booking
    Name: Paul Town: Canterbury
 
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My MoT expires on 23rd June. I have booked a test for 24th. Is this allowed?
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Yes you can book an MOT Test at any time suitable to you if your certificate has expired you are only legally covered to drive to a pre booked test
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