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Queensland Motorcycle Roadworthy Standards: A Guide for Riders

Ensuring your motorcycle meets Queensland's roadworthy standards is essential for both your safety and legal compliance. Here's a breakdown of the key areas inspected during a TMR-approved Motorcycle Safety Certificate inspection:

1. Brakes

  • Brake Operation: Both front and rear brakes must function effectively and independently.
  • Brake Pads/Shoes: Wear must be within acceptable limits, ensuring adequate stopping power.
  • Brake Lines: No leaks, damage, or deterioration allowed.
  • Brake Fluid: Fluid level and condition are checked.

2. Wheels and Tires

  • Tires: Adequate tread depth, no cracks, cuts, or bulges. Correct tire type and size for the motorcycle.
  • Wheels: No damage to spokes, rims, or bearings. Wheels must be secure and rotate freely.

3. Steering and Suspension

  • Steering: Smooth operation with no excessive play or binding.
  • Suspension: Shocks and forks must be in good condition with no leaks or damage.
  • Frame: Inspected for any cracks, damage, or unauthorized modifications.

4. Lights and Reflectors

  • Headlights: Correct operation of high and low beam, proper aim and brightness.
  • Taillights and Brake Lights: Must illuminate correctly and be clearly visible.
  • Indicators: Proper function and visibility, including correct lens color.
  • Reflectors: Mandatory red rear reflectors and other reflectors as required by the motorcycle's date of manufacture.

5. Engine and Exhaust

  • Exhaust: Securely mounted with no excessive leaks or noise.
  • Oil Leaks: Engine must be free of significant oil leaks.
  • Fuel System: No leaks or damage to fuel lines, tank, or fuel cap.

6. Other Essential Components

  • Chain/Drive Belt: Adjusted within specifications, good condition with proper lubrication.
  • Footrests: Securely mounted and in good condition.
  • Stands: The center stand and sidestand (if fitted) must operate correctly and safely.
  • Mirrors: At least one rearview mirror required on each side for motorcycles manufactured after 1975. Mirrors must provide a clear rearward view.
  • Controls: Throttle, clutch, and all levers must operate smoothly and correctly.

Important Notes

Prioritizing Safety

Regular motorcycle roadworthy inspections aren't just a legal requirement; they are vital for your safety and the safety of others on the road. By understanding and maintaining these standards, you can ride with confidence in Queensland.

More information can be found at motorcycleroaworthy.com.au

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