As invigorating as life on two wheels can be, it can also get pretty pricey. We’re talking leather vests, riding chaps, weekend chaps, formal chaps and countless black T-shirts. And that’s an image worth protecting, at any cost. Luckily, it might not cost as much as you think.
Our independent insurance agents shop and compare motorcycle insurance policies from multiple companies to find the right coverage at the best possible price. They'll even break down any fancy insurance language into plain English as they walk you through the entire process step-by-step.
But before we go further, we want to talk a bit about motorcycle insurance, the coverages you need and, ultimately, how premiums are born.
What Is Motorcycle Insurance and Why Do I Need It?
Simply put, motorcycle insurance is a contract between you and the insurance company where you pay them, and they help you out if your ride gets stolen or wrecked in an accident. Your insurance policy helps you get temporary transportation, pay for liability claims and repairs, and a whole lot more.
Every state in the union has different laws regarding motorcycle insurance requirements. So talk to your agent and they can make sure you’re all good. Beyond that, like it or not, bad stuff happens. And if or when it does, you’ll be protected against at-fault damages, medical/legal issues, and a whole lot more.
What Kind of Motorcycle Insurance Coverage Do I Need?
The wind-in-your-face, bugs-in-your-teeth motorcycle life can create oozing levels of confidence and a sense of freedom—or a panic-inducing nightmare if an accident happens. So talk to your insurance agent about your unique coverage needs/desires, but in general, motorcycle insurance should at least include:
- Bodily injury liability: Helps cover financial costs for injuries to another from an accident where you were at-fault.
- Property damage liability: Helps cover the financial costs of repairing or replacing any damage you may have caused to someone else’s property.
- Collision: Helps cover the cost of repairing or replacing your bike if you happen to get a little too close to another object.
- Uninsured/Underinsured motorists: Protects you if you’re in a “not my fault accident” and the other driver has no insurance or not enough coverage.
- Medical: Protects you with compensation for medical bills from an injury that goes beyond your liability coverage.
But when it comes to protection, you don’t want the bare minimum, do you? Of course not. That’s why there are other fun little add-ons to your coverage like these:
- Comprehensive: Helps cover basically the "everything else that could happen besides an accident" category—like vandalism.
- Roadside assistance: Is a lot like having a really dependable friend you can call to come help If you end up stranded in the middle of nowhere during Bike Week.
- Rental reimbursement: Covers the cost of renting an alternate vehicle if your ride is out of commission for an extended period.
How Motorcycle Insurance Costs Are Calculated
Once an insurance company receives your application, they begin the evaluation process by looking at a few possible risk factors (like age, gender, location, etc.). Each of these risk factors has corresponding costs associated with it based on historical trends and current data.
Next, they’ll check off the attributes and risk factors that apply to you, add them all up, add a dash of profit margin and—ding—your premium’s done. However, due to competition from other companies, they might even lower the price a bit—and who doesn’t love a good discount?
NOTE: Costs are subject to change. The insurance company may gradually increase your premium over time to keep up with the financial demands of offering the coverage.
What Factors Influence the Cost of My Plan?
Let’s talk a little more about those risk factors, though. When the insurance company is drawing up your policy quote, they’re reviewing key factors like:
- Your bike’s make, model and year of birth
- Your expected annual mileage
- Your main use for the motorcycle (i.e., commuting to work, bragging rights, scaring the squares, etc.)
- The age and driving records for all potential drivers of your motorcycle
- Your address and the location where the vehicle will be stored when not in use
- Your desired insurance coverage needs (i.e. ,towing or roadside assistance)
- Your credit history
Now, some of these factors bear heavier weight than others, but, in general, each is important in helping the insurance company understand what kind of risk insuring you would be.
How Much Does Motorcycle Insurance Cost?
Well, like we said, every policy is different. Every rider has their own needs, style of bike and varying skills in riding it. But here’ are a couple of examples you may relate to:
- Someone who has a lower-end, less-envied brand of bike and who only uses it for leisurely rides through the countryside on weekends might only pay a few hundred dollars per year for coverage.
- Someone with a much fancier, $40,000 Harley who rides everywhere, even to get the mail in the afternoon, might pay thousands of dollars per year for their coverage.
Connect with an Independent Insurance Agent to Compare Rates
Comparing policy rates by yourself can be complicated—there's a lot of little tricky details to keep in mind. But our independent insurance agents have been through this many, many, many times, and they know the important things to consider when browsing coverage options.
When it comes to getting you the best coverage, an agent can make your life ridiculously easy. Plus, since they're not tied down to one insurance company, they're free to shop, compare and assemble all the pieces of the coverage puzzle for you. And in the end, you always get what you want—the right coverage at the right price for you.
The Lowdown on Online Quotes
We know what you want—quick and easy motorcycle insurance quotes in under a minute. Trust us, we get it. However, choosing maxed-out speed could mean sacrificing accuracy, which could end up costing you.
Online companies might leave out options that'll save you some serious cash, while conveniently leaving in factors that assume higher risk and calculate a pricier policy.
Plus, our competitors might also sell your precious info to multiple companies, flooding your phone with unknown numbers and your mailbox with more junk. We've provided you with the info and options to connect with an independent insurance agent when the time is right for you.
TrustedChoice.com Article | Reviewed by Paul Martin
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