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Offline DaveN

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MoT or Not?
« on: December 03, 2020, 06:08:33 PM »
Hi Folks, just a quick straw-poll.

How many of you put their classic bikes through an MoT even if they are MoT Exempt?

Just curious :-)
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Re: MoT or Not?
« Reply #1 on: December 03, 2020, 06:11:48 PM »
I plan to when I get to that stage. Wonder if it might lower insurance premium?
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Re: MoT or Not?
« Reply #2 on: December 03, 2020, 06:19:57 PM »
Yep, I have all my Historic bikes MOT'd each year.
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Re: MoT or Not?
« Reply #3 on: December 03, 2020, 06:21:43 PM »
I plan to when I get to that stage. Wonder if it might lower insurance premium?
No, it doesn't lower the premiums Ted. Insurance companies have absolutely no interest whatsoever if its MOT'd or not but they are very, very interested in knowing we keep it roadworthy at all times.
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Re: MoT or Not?
« Reply #4 on: December 03, 2020, 06:30:18 PM »
No, though when I do need an MOT I've been using the same place for 30 years. They trust me to put a bike together properly, I don't recall ever failing one. They have pointed out the odd loose spoke, it shows they do it thoroughly. We have an 'understanding' about my Sportster, which is that it obviously came in for the MOT with the original legal silencers (they live in a box in the garage, and are so heavy and restrictive the bike doesn't pull top gear with them on), and if I ever get pulled I put the loud pipes on since the MOT. ;) Touch wood, I never get pulled on the Harley for noise, as a copper once said to me, 'they all sound like that'.

If there's anything wrong with one of my exempt bikes, trust me, I already know about it.
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Re: MoT or Not?
« Reply #5 on: December 03, 2020, 06:47:11 PM »
Trigger gets totally pissed off that I take mine for MOT's. He is the one that builds the bikes for me and maintains all of them and I do trust him 100% that everything is perfect but I just like a piece of paper for the bikes history files 😁😁😁. I even have one of his historic bikes MOT'd, just because I ride it. Never had a MOT failure on a bike yet.
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Re: MoT or Not?
« Reply #6 on: December 03, 2020, 07:33:16 PM »

 I no longer take the historic's for MOT.  :)

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Re: MoT or Not?
« Reply #7 on: December 03, 2020, 08:01:23 PM »
It might sound arrogant but I won't MOT a Historic that I've prepared myself. 
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Re: MoT or Not?
« Reply #8 on: December 03, 2020, 08:36:28 PM »
As a long time MOT tester i would still take a fresh build for mot as a second pair of eyes may find something i inadvertantly missed

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Re: MoT or Not?
« Reply #9 on: December 03, 2020, 08:49:11 PM »
I have not had an MOT on my 550 since Feb 18, I keep it in tip top condition.

When they introduced the MOT exemption, it crossed my mind that what happens in an accident?

Suppose you have an accident and your insurance company asks the questions, was your bike roadworthy at the time of the accident and if so can you prove it?

We all know the lengths insurance companies will go to to avoid paying out.
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Re: MoT or Not?
« Reply #10 on: December 03, 2020, 09:19:07 PM »
Probably a good idea to take a totally rebuilt bike for mot initially when recommissioning. Bikes I have rebuilt in the past I have been confident to take them out with no mot, but there’s a big difference between confidence and qualified as far as roadworthy goes. Good point raised in the interest of safety.
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Re: MoT or Not?
« Reply #11 on: December 04, 2020, 12:21:36 AM »
I have not had an MOT on my 550 since Feb 18, I keep it in tip top condition.

When they introduced the MOT exemption, it crossed my mind that what happens in an accident?

Suppose you have an accident and your insurance company asks the questions, was your bike roadworthy at the time of the accident and if so can you prove it?

We all know the lengths insurance companies will go to to avoid paying out.
I know what you mean about insurance companies but having an MOT certificate is no proof that the bike is roadworthy up to 12 months later.
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Re: MoT or Not?
« Reply #12 on: December 04, 2020, 12:31:48 AM »
I take our SL 500 to the MB main dealer in Derby since I worked for them as a driver between 2004 to current date as I get a friends & family discount. I worked for Inchcape until 2018. Earlier this year they failed it's MoT on the number plate spacing despite it having had the same plates fitted since 2003 - they were arguably misspaced by 5 mm even though they were BS stamped.

I declined the free Inchcape Logo'd plastic number plates they offered - I returned for a free re-test with a nice set of pressed alloy plates to collect a Pass a couple of days later. Apparently they were under scrutiny by VOSA/DVSA due to a dodgy sacked employee.

I will take my 400/4 for a test to confirm if you will the work I will have done. After that I probably will not bother.
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Re: MoT or Not?
« Reply #13 on: December 04, 2020, 07:08:27 AM »

I declined the free Inchcape Logo'd plastic number plates they offered - I returned for a free re-test with a nice set of pressed alloy plates to collect a Pass a couple of days later. Apparently they were under scrutiny by VOSA/DVSA due to a dodgy sacked employee.


About 5 years ago I took a trusty 20 year old Toyota into the MOT garage near where I work. Went back at 5pm to pick it up and the owner said ..it passed TWICE and all it needed was a wiper blade. After he had MOT'd it, 1st thing  in the morning and passsed  it, two guys came in, one with a clipboard the other in his overalls. They were from VOSA and had been monitoring my MOT on a laptop in the car park next door. They didn't believe a 20 year old car sailed though it's MOT and spent one and a half hours with it in the MOT bay inspecting it. Subsequently told the garage owner 'well done' and then b*ggered off.
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Re: MoT or Not?
« Reply #14 on: December 04, 2020, 07:45:02 AM »
I have taken all mine once after their full restorations just to prove at the time they were road worthy.
I don't plan to take them now they have reached the historic classification.
As previous posts they are meticulously maintained and never had one fail  ;D 
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