Technically, the brakes are supposed to be checked, either by the inspector riding it if they have an M endorsement or the rider/owner if they don't.Whats not to trust?
You ride it into the bay, they check the lights, horn, tires, VIN etc, then you ride it out.
They do not get on the bike.
That's what I'm told, they have to ride the bike. I'm okay with that, just want to know with confidence the person has some basic skills.Technically, the brakes are supposed to be checked, either by the inspector riding it if they have an M endorsement or the rider/owner if they don't.
They don't have to, and if they say they do, go somewhere else.That's what I'm told, they have to ride the bike. I'm okay with that, just want to know with confidence the person has some basic skills.
So you may have some that argue they have to. If they push it and you don't want to go somewhere else, ask to see their Class M license. Most bike shops it is almost a given they have it, but bike shops tend to do more thorough inspections vs a quick lube type place.4. Autocycles and motorcycles shall be provided with adequate brakes on all wheels. Sidecars are not required to have brakes when braking performance of the motorcycle or motor-driven cycle is met. Motor-driven cycles and mopeds are required to have brakes on at least the rear wheel. During the brake road test, an autocycle, motorcycle motordriven cycle, or moped may be driven by its owner or operator with certified inspector observing the braking performance at the brake test area if the certified inspector is not licensed to operate a motorcycle, motor-driven cycle, or moped.(emphasis added)
I agree, if you take it to a bike shop there is a chance they might try to sell you a tire or some service. The shop is looking out for you for the next year, until the next safety sticker is needed. And they have the leverage, if you don't agree you may not get your sticker. If you are competent and can decide for yourself what is and isn't safe on your motorcycle, then taking it to a auto dealership may save the hassle of trying to convince someone you don't need a tire right then. Further, take it to a Harley dealership. By State Law, they have to do your safety sticker. But because they only work on Harleys, they don't really care what your bike needs.Honestly, I take my motorcycles to my local Chevy dealership. I provide them a copy of my insurance card, I flash them the blinkers, head lamp, tail lamp, and beep the horn. I pay them the inspection fee and done.
The last time I showed up on my 1970 Trail 90, the inspector had me park it on the sidewalk and took me inside without doing anything. He took my insurance card, and after a few minutes, said congratulations you passed, it'll be $7.00. He said if I trust it with my life, then it's good enough for him, and he doesn't know all the exceptions and exemptions for a motorcycle that old.