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    Re: 40 Year MOT Exempt Status Announced

    It's easier than you think to get caught out. My 45 hasn't needed an MOT for some years, although I think I do look after it pretty well. Nevertheless, out on a VMCC ride one day I pulled up at an inclined junction to turn left; as most of you know, on a 45 you need to hold the bike with the front brake because of the foot clutch setup, but to my consternation it rolled back despite me gripping the brake lever tightly. Fortunately I was already in first gear so managed to hold it on the clutch, when I got home I found that the front shoes were worn down to the rivets. New linings promptly fitted and just to be sure, I took it down to my local MOT testing station where they checked it on the meter and pronounced it safe and legal.

    MOT test would certainly have picked that up before the riding season; luckily on this occasion it only caused me mild embarrassment.
    Much less involved.....

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    Re: 40 Year MOT Exempt Status Announced

    Personally , I always MOT my 45. For the cost its worth it if you get in an accident and when travelling abroad. Insurance companies like any excuse not to pay out or reduce the value of it . There should be a test to a standard of when the bike was manufactured.
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    Re: 40 Year MOT Exempt Status Announced

    MOT is only good for that day, there's a whole year for it to be non roadworthy.
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    Re: 40 Year MOT Exempt Status Announced

    Hmm, good point Leigh, I mean about insurance using it against you.

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    Re: 40 Year MOT Exempt Status Announced

    i run a 57year old car and a 67 year old bike ,,, i WILL take the car for a mot test every year as it will find things i might miss ,, the bike will get a check as well just to make sure it up to par ,,

    peace of mind and i think the insurance companys will want so form of road worthiness check ,

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    Nice little collection there John!

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    Re: 40 Year MOT Exempt Status Announced

    I have bumped this thread as there has just been additional documents added to the .gov site... in particular this one

    https://www.gov.uk/government/upload...e-guidance.pdf

    It attempts to define the authenticity of a VHI and the eligibility for MOT exemption.
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    Re: 40 Year MOT Exempt Status Announced

    That is quite interesting Phil and quite important that it should be read by owners of chops based on such old vehicles, it does sound a bit "interpretable" if anything should go pear shaped. (little bit concerned about the small print "further arrangements for motorcycles may be introduced..."?)

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    Re: 40 Year MOT Exempt Status Announced

    Yep ther is more to come i recon.

    Should be OK if you yave a bike that looks original but hard tail conversions and custom frames are definitely not compliant.

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    Re: 40 Year MOT Exempt Status Announced

    Though I don't consider myself the paranoid type (unlike those bastards who keep following me) I do think there are plenty of people in positions of authority or responsibility (judges/politicians/bureaucrats) who let their disapproval of motorcycles influence decisions they have to take which effect us.

    (..and they also come into my house and hide my stuff..)

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