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    Just read in this months bike that from May '18 bikes over 40 years old don't need an MOT. Guzzi is '77 and I'm registering it as a Historic vehicle in January so no road tax. Current MOT runs out in May anyway so that's another few quid saved, or a few tank fulls of petrol.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GuzziPaul View Post
    Just read in this months bike that from May '18 bikes over 40 years old don't need an MOT. Guzzi is '77 and I'm registering it as a Historic vehicle in January so no road tax. Current MOT runs out in May anyway so that's another few quid saved, or a few tank fulls of petrol.
    And you can pour a bit of Castrol R into the fuel and race around central London perfuming the pedestrians not having to pay a daily toxic charge

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    Yep the Bonnie just had her last MoT so along with historic (I.e. Free) taxation class it's eating even less than it did

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    Although I'll benefit even more from no MOT requirement than I do already, I don't really agree with it. Clearly those who have agreed to this haven't seen the dangerous old nails I have other people have out on the road.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bike Breaker View Post
    Although I'll benefit even more from no MOT requirement than I do already, I don't really agree with it. Clearly those who have agreed to this haven't seen the dangerous old nails I have other people have out on the road.

    I think that's certainly a concern.

    What has probably happened is that the people who pushed through the 'no MOT needed' thinking, believe that the police will be able to check old vehicles that look dodgy, obviously being completely oblivious to the fact that the amount of TrafPol on the road, and thus actually in a position to see dodgy vehicles, is diminishing quicker than T.May's approval ratings (if such a thing is possible).

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    I think the assumption is that those of us who ride / drive old vehicles cherish them and look after them properly.

    Just shows how wrong assumptions can be...... I was however grateful for this exemption for my 1931 Sunbeam as its brakes were minimal at best.

    I did see some figures somewhere that suggested that the proportion of crashes that could be directly attributed to vehicle faults was very small - 1% or so IIRC.

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    For my Le Mans its not a concern, as its is cared for, no expense spared, although rode it around for some time not realising the horn didn't work. However, my DT175MX although it doesn't fall into the 40 year old category yet it is not to the same standard. I use it green laneing and in the winter, don't have rear footpegs fitted (with a dual seat) so may be a bit suspect.

    Its my safety though so the brakes work and the tyres are good.

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    My bikes all look like wrecks but I spend a lot of time keeping them roadworthy. As yet, I've not had one of them fail an MOT.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bike Breaker View Post
    Although I'll benefit even more from no MOT requirement than I do already, I don't really agree with it. Clearly those who have agreed to this haven't seen the dangerous old nails I have other people have out on the road.
    Yes I think we've all seen some stupid faults on "classic bikes."

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    Given that 40 years ago it was 1977, and this was the list of NEW bikes available : https://www.bikez.com/year/index.php?year=1977, its perfectly possible that there are still quite a few bikes being run around as regular (if not daily) transport by people who, while they are quite likely perfectly happy to do servicing and 'fixing up', the actual standard of that 'fixing up' is quite likely to be low, by legal standards.

    tl:dr : the 'greebos' of the world, riding around on old knackers, will be delighted.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RiceBurner View Post
    tl:dr : the 'greebos' of the world, riding around on old knackers, will be delighted.
    Yay!


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    My next campaign is to abolish the breathalyser and blood/alcohol limits for riders of these cherished vintage machines.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RiceBurner View Post
    tl:dr : the 'greebos' of the world, riding around on old knackers, will be delighted.
    I know about 3000 people who fit that description and they're all reet chuffed about it. Having ridden with a few hundred of them, I'm not so convinced.

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    I don't see the point, it's quite easy to keep pre mid 70s bikes roadworthy enough to pass the mot - but if you don't have to chances are they'll deteriorate quite quickly. Shame. It'll only start to get worse once 80s bikes are added to the mix with deteriorating period electronics.

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    This link may be interesting: https://www.gov.uk/government/upload...e-guidance.pdf

    It describes what are considered as "substantial change". A quick read seems to show that it's reasonably sensible although will catch some out.

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