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Top 10 ways to fail your MOT

POSTED: 02/09/2022



Worried your bike won't pass its MOT?

Is your motorcycle due an MOT? If it is, make sure you double-check the main reasons bikes fail their test. With data from GOV.UK available here (classes 1 & 2 motorcycles: 2020-2021 total) we see that 15.87% of motorcycles fail the initial MOT test. Within those fails, we see a staggering 45,318 motorcycles fail to a dangerous item defect. For more information on the defect types go to GOV.UK available here.

Although there is a high amount of people failing to a dangerous defect, 11.39% of the overall fails are due to tweakable components. So to support your MOT tests, we've gathered the top ten reasons people fail the test - this way you can get your ride in tip-top condition when it comes to the test and you'll definitely cut the mustard.

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MOT Test - Testing the lights
MOT Test - Testing the bolt tightness

The top 10 reasons for failing?

1st: Lamps and reflectors

2nd: Brakes

3rd: Motorcycle structure and attachments

4th: Tyres

5th: Suspension

6th: Steering

7th: Identification of the Vehicle

8th: Motorcycle audible warning [Horn]

9th: Wheels

10th: Other brakes

MOTs maintain an obviously extremely important role in keeping our roads as safe as possible. Keeping the quality of motorcycles and vehicles to a set standard capable of getting from A-B without interfering or causing danger to other people on the road and surrounding area. The latest MOT updates brought in minor, major and dangerous defect categories in an effort to keep riders and drivers on top of the necessary work with their vehicles. The DVSA advises that vehicles with the 'dangerous' defect title shouldn't be used at all until repaired.


MOT Test - Testing the tyre and wheel
MOT Test - Testing the suspension

“DVSA’s priority is helping everyone keep their vehicle safe,” said Neil Barlow, DVSA’s Head of Vehicle Engineering. He also mentioned it's incredibly disturbing how many failures are due to lights on the vehicle, a key component in keeping the operator safe from collisions.

Forgetting your MOT is very common...

With 28% of all vehicles turning up late for their legally required MOT. There is an MOT reminder service in place on Gov.UK giving you one month's heads up to book your MOT.

Click the button below to set up the reminder:

If you need an MOT, get it booked today

Call us on 01622 681765 or click the button below

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GOV.UK Statistics for MOT tests Read here

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