The Viper Vintage Motocross Club wants to make sure you not only have a fun day racing but that you and your fellow riders get home safe after a good day riding and racing. So, to make sure that happens, you will find below a checklist of what will be checked at scrutineering for a Viper VMX Race Day.

This day is all about you and having fun, and it is solely the responsibility of the rider to make sure their bike is prepared for the race, scrutineering does not replace machine preparation. Your machine will be checked only to try and highlight safety issues. It’s not our concern how your machine looks or if it is well prepared for competition. Maintenance and safety issues are the responsibility of the rider and we ask all riders to remember this is a fun day for all on the track, so it is the rider responsibility to present their machine in race worthy state.

Anyone there on the day in an official capacity is there as a volunteer and are there to support you. So, if something is highlighted as a concern or problem and your machine is refused during scrutineering please do not take out your frustrations out on the official. Just because a machine snuck through scrutineering last time does not make it OK this time. So, anyone found to be abusive or threatening will be asked to leave the track.

The following is what will be checked:

  1. Rider’s helmet must be presented for examination at scrutineering.
  2. Axles must be tight and have a securing device such as a pin, spring washer or lock nut.
  3. Front and rear brakes – machines must have two functional brakes without excessive free play at the lever or pedal. The actuating device on drum brakes (cable/rod) must be captive at both of its ends.
  4. Front and rear wheel bearings – should rotate smoothly with no excessive free play.
  5. Front and rear spokes must not be excessively loose and have no broken spokes present in the wheel.
  6. Steering head bearings must rotate smoothly with no excessive free play
  7. Handlebar Cross Bar Pad – Must be fitted. If the handlebars do not have a cross bar then a pad covering the handlebar clamps must be fitted.
  8. Handlebar end plugs – ends covered with hand grips with no tears. handlebar even if the grip is damaged. A coin inside the end of the grips is not sufficient.
  9. No protruding sharp edges such as damaged bodywork, broken plastics/fibreglass, long protruding bolts or screws which could injure the rider, other riders or officials in the event of a fall or racing incident.
  10. Throttle – Must be equipped with a return spring and freely return to the closed position.
  11. Brake. Clutch and other handlebar levers – Must have rounded ball type ends
  12. Foot pegs – Must be spring loaded, and spring back freely
  13. Front Sprocket Cover – Must be fitted – the original cover if fitted is accepted, if no cover was originally fitted then a cover preventing access to the top chain run where it meets the front sprocket must be fitted.
  14. Swing Arm Bearings/Bushes – Must have no excessive play
  15. Primary chains must be covered to prevent access to the chain and sprockets.
  16. Rear Sprocket Cover – Must be fitted to prevent access to the lower chain run where it meets the sprocket
  17. Muffler – Must be securely fitted and effectively packed to suitably muffle the bikes exhaust.
  18. All other parts must be safely and securely fixed to the machine using suitable fixing devices.

The Motorcycling Australia – Manual of Motorcycle Sport contains more detail on all of these points if required.