Both our Blackburn and Manchester stores are class one and two MOT test centres.
MOT class one covers all motorcycles and scooters with or without a sidecar fitted up to 200cc.
MOT Class 2 is a motorcycle or scooter over 200cc with or without a sidecar fitted.
The MOT is a basic safety check on a vehicle at the point of presentation. During the mot we check things like tyres for wear and cuts, steering head bearings, brakes suspension to name but a few.
The list of what is checked is quite long but what must be understood is that the standard for a vehicle to pass the MOT is fairly low. Take tread depth for instance. The minimum depth is 2mm so if the tread depth is 2.5 mm then that’s a pass. The examiner would be correct to pass and advise. However within five hundred miles the tyre could easily be below the legal limit.
At point of test we are not looking for a bike to be like new. If brake discs are warped this would be a reason for failure but only if the fluctuation can be felt at the lever when the bike is being used. Basically if you can feel it on the rolling road then you will feel it on the road. But a slight fluctuation you might not and this would then require a road test to establish whether the tester is required to fail.
The default position is that we are aiming to pass and only fail when the item is clearly defined as a fail in the testers manual. A solo presented for mot should take no longer than half an hour so we always advise you to set aside an hour for an MOT just taking into account time for taking keys preparing paperwork etc.
We are appointment only at both sites for MOT but can usually accommodate an MOT at fairly short notice as we have a number of qualified testers at each site.