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Russel, 6 times £30 every year is a lot of money for some very old bikes that do a minimal mileage!My view for what it is worth. Just because your bike does not require an MOT does not mean you should not get one. The tester might spot something that you have missed.
I have, in the past, much the same sort of comment from a young tester. When I quoted him the Vincent sevice notes he accepted without hesitation and had the grace to say he had learned something,about Vins. This from a small long established family motorbike shopLast time I went for an MOT with an old bike...
Tester "there is a small movement sideways at the rim"
Me "The hub has taper bearings with 5-7 thou clearance I can have up to a 1/32 in total" according to the service notes from the manufacturer"
Tester "taper bearings ? I have heard of a thou but whats a 1/32".....
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