What is a TÜVTÜRK you may well ask… Well, it’s a bit like an MOT in the UK – a kind of roadworthiness test that has to be taken by vehicles at regular intervals. Our bike needs one every two years and it’s now two years since we acquired it, the guy who sold it to us took it for a test before we could transfer ownership, so our test was due last Friday.
So, first we rode to Izmir, met our friend and got taken to the TÜVTÜRK istasyon in Bornova to make our appointment. We booked a slot for midday on Friday. We also had the bike pre-checked (for which we were not charged) by a friend of a friend. We will go back to him for a routine service as his place is very good (they even gave us tea and roasted chestnuts whilst we waited).
Friday saw us back at Bornova Istasyon ten minutes before our appointment. We were given a numbered ticket (keyed to appointment time) and asked to wait. At midday on the dot we were called up to a window where the bike papers were taken and we paid 84.75 lira for the test. We were sent round the back to wait for the test.
They have a real production line for the tests at Bornova. We waited whilst they tested a whole ‘batch’ of cars and a few trucks. This took about 45 minutes but it was interesting to watch the cars go over the ramps, have their headlamps measured, their spare wheels, safety belts and other bits and pieces checked out.
When it was our turn our headlight was measured, our indicators and brake lights checked, tyre tread (we have ordered new tyres but they haven’t arrived yet so this was a bit of a worry), frame number, engine number, suspension etc. etc. etc. then we went around the side of the building for our brake test. This involved Hilary running along beside the bike, translating instructions for Ashley.
We passed. Or rather the bike passed. We got our sticker. It was all very efficient and a great deal less complex that we had been led to believe. So that’s that for another two years.