Roadworthy Certificate


What is Roadworthy Certificate?

A Roadworthy Certificate (also known as an RWC)  is required whenever a vehicle’s sold, if it’s being re-registered, and to clear some defect notices.

A Certificate of Roadworthiness isn’t a guarantee that a vehicle’s mechanically reliable, it just shows that it’s safe enough to be driven.

Buying a motorbike?

When you are looking at purchasing a pre-owned motorbike, you must ensure the vehicle has an up to date Roadworthy Certificate.
For the purpose of any transaction, the RWC is valid for a 30 day period from the date of issue. 

Selling a motorbike?

If you are planning to sell a motorcycle, you should provide an RWC in order to make it easier to sell your motorcycle.

Booking an RWC with Sixty Degrees

Motorcycle Roadworthy examinations are available at Sixty Degrees every day we’re open. Booking is as easy as making a phone call. Our booking lead-times for motorcycle roadworthy inspections are close to the shortest in Melbourne.  We can usually do a motorcycle RWC examination within day(s) of your first contact with us. We are well-known for conducting our Roadworthy examinations in a fair and reasonable manner and always do what we can to get your bike back to you as quickly as possible.

What is not checked during a roadworthy inspection

The roadworthiness test isn’t a check of the mechanical reliability or general condition of a vehicle. A Certificate of Roadworthiness does not mean that:

The vehicle is in top condition without any wear or deterioration

Non-safety related accessories (such as the air conditioner, rear window demister, electric windows and rear-window wipers) are working

The items checked during the roadworthy inspection will continue to function after the inspection, e.g. a brake light can stop functioning at any time after the inspection

The vehicle complies with all of the Australian Design Rules (ADRs)

These are some basic things you can check before you bring your motorcycle to us


Tyre tread depth must be at least 1.5mm across the tyre not including the tread depth indicator. No cracks/cuts in the rubber. Not marked NHS. Be the correct size.

Oil Leaks

Motorcycles should be free of oil leaks. Oil cannot drip onto the ground from your motorcycle.

Number plate light

Must be white and illuminate the plate effectively. Cannot emit light to the rear.


All bearings must be in good working condition with no free-play, binding or notches.


All motorbikes must have a clearly working audible horn within reach of the rider in the normal seated position.

Fork Seals

Fork seals should be free from leaks.


All lights must be fitted, correctly operational and emit the correct colour; eg: headlight white (not blue) and correctly aimed; number plate light white; indicators yellow; brake light red.

Chain & Sprockets

Chain & sprockets should correctly adjusted and not worn. The rider must be protected from contact with the front sprocket and a compliant chain guard must be fitted.

Fender Eliminators

Fender eliminators are often not compliant but we can normally rectify that pretty easily.

brake Pads & Discs

Rear brakes must not be a thickness less than manufacturers specifications. Brake pads cannot be less than 1mm at any point.


Indicators must flash yellow and between 60-120 times per minute. After 2006, rear indicators must be over 180mm apart from inside of each lens and front indicators must be over 240mm.


Motorcycles manufactured after 1984 must have exhausts that read 94db or lower to pass; or have the OEM exhaust that meets the ADR compliance for that model. Most aftermarket exhausts exceed this but we can sometimes provide a solution if you do not have the OEM exhaust. Harley’s should have OEM exhaust fitted for RWC.

Please note that the items mentions above are only some of the criteria that a motorcycle has to satisfy to successfully obtain a Roadworthy Certificate (RWC). There are many more checks conducted during a Roadworthy Test by our licensed testers and examiners.

If you require a comprehensive check on the overall condition and reliability of the vehicle then we can arrange for a separate independent vehicle inspection to be carried out for you

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