Fast Facts 2
Headlights must show a white light or yellow tint, any other colour is illegal. The headlight bulb must not be above 55 watts but there is no limit to the number of headlamps.
Indicators are not a legal requirement but if fitted they must work.
Numberplates must conform to BS AU 145a or from 1st September 2001, to BS AU 145d: Must have black characters on yellow background Only the authorised font, or something substantially similar is permitted
Characters: Height: 64mm. Width: 44mm. Stroke width: 10mm. Space between characters: 10mm. Space between groups: 30mm. Top, side and bottom margin: 11mm. Symbols/Emblems: the Euro Stars with GB is the only permitted symbol on UK numberplates. New plates from 1st September 2001 must carry the makers’ name/ trademark or other means of ID of maker, plus name and postcode of supplying outlet. Black background plates with white or silver letters are only legal on pre 1st January 1973 machines. Character size as above.
Silencers All replacement silencers/exhausts must, for road use, be marked as follows: EU e mark or UNECE E mark e.g. e11 or E11 and an approval number e.g. 007 or BS AU 193/T2 or BS AU 193a:1990/T2 or BS AU 193a 1990/T3 or an international mark that is equivalent to BS or Pre 1985 MC Only. If marked NOT FOR ROAD USE it is not road-legal.
Speedometers must be marked in miles per hour. A conversion sticker on the face of the speedometer for kph clocks is acceptable.
VED (Tax) DiscsIt is not sufficient for your bike just to be taxed, the tax disc must also be displayed in front of the rider on the nearside.
VED (Tax) Exemption All vehicles first registered on or before 1st January 1973 are exempt road fund duty.
Tyres Must have tread depth of at least 1mm across three-quarters of the breadth of the tread and in a continuous band around the entire circumference. (This is the minimum legal requirement but be guided by your bike handbook for recommended replacement wear levels.)