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Common reasons for bike roadworthy failures

You can avoid failing your motorcycle roadworthy if you pay attention to some of the most common failures.

Riders in Australia have varied conditions for roadworthies.

In Queensland, you only need one when you sell your vehicle. In some other states you need regular roadworthy certificates that depend on the age of your bike.

The three most common reasons for breakdowns in Australia are flat tyres and batteries and simply running out of fuel, according to roadside assistance services.Readers offered 15% roadside assist discount

Get a 15% discount on your roadside assist

So it is also important to check your tyres and battery when getting your regular or once-off roadworthy check.

Having an empty tank won’t fail you on your roadworthy!

Roadworthy stats

UK second-hand bike sales website WeWantYourMotorbike delved into the statistics on why motorcycles fail their annual test of vehicle safety, roadworthiness and exhaust emissions required for most vehicles over three years old.

They found some interesting statistics, but the one that caught our eye shows how motorcyclists look after their bikes more than drivers look after their cars.

Only 16.9% of motorbikes fail their initial MOT tests compared with 33.6% of cars and 42.2% for goods vehicles.

We are certain the same would apply around the world. Riders tend to look after their bikes.

However, when they do fail, the stats show it could easily have been fixed beforehand.

The failure could also have dire safety consequences for the rider.

The Most Common Reasons For UK MOT Failure (% of failures)

Light & reflectors 40.21%
Brakes 16.83%
Structure & attachments 10.77%
Tyres 9.95%
Suspension 8.85%
Steering 5.5%
Vehicle ID  4.09%
Horn 2.86%
Wheels 0.93%

The Most Common Dangerous Defects (% of failures deemed dangerous)

Tyres 43.18%
Brakes 26.88%
Structure & attachments 12.02%
Lights & reflectors 6.02%
Steering 5.96%
Suspension 3.89%
Wheels 2.05%
Vehicle ID 0%
Horn 0%

Source: MotorbikeWriter.com

Riders offered roadside assist discount

Riders all around Australia are being offered discount roadside assistance coverage thanks to the collaboration of the Motorcycle Council of NSW and Australian 24/7 Roadside Services.

The service is labelled Motorcycle Assist Australia, providing two levels of cover, a premium service for $99/year, normally $150, and a special basic $49 service.

Standard Assist $49/year

  • Australia Wide Coverage
  • Battery Replacement Service
  • Emergency Fuel
  • Flat Battery / Jump Starts
  • Flat Tyre
  • 25km Free Towing Metropolitan
  • 50km Free Towing Country
  • 2 Callouts Per Year
  • No Joining Fee

Premium Assist $99/year

  • Australia Wide Coverage
  • Ambulance Assistance
  • Breakdown Accommodation
  • Breakdown Car Hire
  • Battery Replacement Service
  • Free Emergency Fuel
  • Flat Battery / Jump Starts
  • Unlimited Callouts
  • Unlimited Towing Nearest Repairer
  • Unlimited Flat Tyres Nearest Repairer
  • Unlimited Km’s Nearest Repairer
  • No joining Fee

Open to all

Motorcycle Council of NSW chairman Steve Pearce says riders don’t need to be a member of the council to take advantage of the discount assistance coverage.

“You will be supporting the work of the MCCNSW which is a not-for-profit organisation, supporting motorcyclists dealing with state and federal government issues,” he says.

“Motorcycle Assist provides the best and most comprehensive roadside assistance in the country.

“Both groups know and support motorcycling, so it made great sense for us to work together and provide the best on road support possible for our members and motorcyclists Australia Wide, with great terms and condition and affordable pricing.

“Motorcycle roadside assistance needs to be simple, reliable and available wherever and whenever you decide to ride.”

Steve Pearce chairman of the Motorcycle Council of NSW Look for motorcyclists in Motorcycle Awareness Month roadside assist
Steve Pearce

Roadside aid

Motorcycle Assist Australia is part of the group Australian 24/7 Roadside Services Pty Ltd who provide roadside assistance to thousands of Swann Insurance customers Australia wide.

Roadside assist will aid riders in situations where their motorcycle is immobilised for any reasons such as a flat battery, flat tyre, running out of petrol or mechanical problems.

Once an account has been set up, customers can add and pay for extra motorcycles on the same account at any time.

Source: MotorbikeWriter.com