Compare off-road motorbike insurance

Compare off-road motorbike insurance

Compare off-road motorbike insurance

There’s nothing like the thrill of a wild ride on a dirt track, plunging down hills and skidding around precarious corners. But there are practical questions about riding motorbikes off-road – and one of those is insurance. Here, we look at your options for the off-road motorbike insurance you need.

Daniel Hutson From the Motor team
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Is insurance a legal requirement for off-road bikes?

That depends. If your motorbike never sets wheels on a public road, then you don’t legally need to have it registered or insured – although without insurance you’re on your own in case of an accident.

If you ride it on the road (even for a short way to get to the dirt bike track) it must be road-legal, registered and have at least third-party insurance.

Around 6% of new motorbike registrations in the UK are trail/enduro bikes – road-legal, but with off-road capabilities. If you have one of these you’re likely to use it for getting around as well as dirt biking, in which case you’re legally required to have insurance.

Is insurance a legal requirement for off-road bikes?

Can I use standard motorbike insurance for my off-road bike?

If you’re just looking for insurance that makes your bike legal on public roads, then yes, you can use standard motorbike insurance. But if you’re looking for any kind of protection for your bike on the track, standard insurance won’t do the job as it will usually only cover you for ordinary road use.

Where can I find insurance to cover me off-road?

If you want your off-road bike to be insured while it does what it’s made for, you need specialist off-road motorbike insurance. You can either use a specialist insurance provider or contact a standard insurance provider to see if they can offer you a tailored policy.

Where can I find insurance to cover me off-road?

What should I look for when choosing off-road insurance?

When buying off-road motorbike insurance, whether from a specialist or as an add-on to a standard policy, there are some features you should look out for and consider whether you need them or not:

  • accidental damage cover – the key feature, covering your bike for damage it suffers off-road
  • legal assistance cover – to pay for any legal expenses and compensation in case someone sues you for damages
  • personal injury cover – this provides a pay-out if you’re seriously hurt in an accident
  • in transit cover – if your bike gets to the track in a van or trailer, some policies will cover for damage along the way – check the wording if this is important for you
  • breakdown cover – off-road bikes can take a beating, so this is helpful in case you break down and get stranded on the ride home  

If you want to take part in trials and competitions, you will need to check this is covered too, as it can often be excluded from mainstream policies – even those designed for off road.

What can I do to lower the cost of motorbike insurance?

  • look for ‘limited mileage cover’ - off-road bikes don’t tend to rack up as many miles as their regular road-cruising cousins. Look around for insurance that takes your mileage into consideration
  • invest in some security - storing your bike in a secure garage or drive and fitting an immobiliser, alarm or lock  could knock a few pounds off your premium. They will also deter thieves, which saves you the grief of claiming after a theft and protects your no-claims bonus too
  • upgrade your riding - being an experienced rider can mean more favourable premiums with some providers. While you can’t buy experience, you can pay for accredited training courses. Find out more about reducing motorbike insurance by taking training courses.

How do I find the right bike insurance for me?

At Compare the Market, we help you find motorbike insurance that’s right for you, at a price you can afford. Just tell us what you’re looking for and we’ll bring you back a range of great value quotes to choose from. Check the policy details to see what off-road options are covered.

How do I find the right bike insurance for me?

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