Compare motorbike insurance

Compare motorbike insurance

There were almost 1.3 million motorcycles on the road in 2018. If yours is one of them, finding affordable, high-quality insurance will be among your top priorities. 

Whether you’re buying your first bike or upgrading to your dream machine, comparing motorcycle insurance providers may help you save on your premiums.

Motorbike insurance policies for your type of bike 

Here’s a quick look at the main types of motorbike and how they tend to measure up in costs for insurance providers. Different providers will have different guidelines on the types of bikes they will insure. Specialist insurance providers may be required to insure certain motorbikes that have modifications. 

Moped and scooter
moped or scooter is usually cheap to buy and insure, but premiums will be more expensive if it’s a first bike for someone under 25, as insurance providers consider this a high-risk age group.

Sports bike
These high-performance bikes built with speed in mind can be more expensive to insure than other motorbikes on the market. Make sure you compare insurance quotes to find a deal that suits you.

Increasingly popular with those who like to ride on and off the road, a supermoto bike can be used on your daily commute and on a dirt track for fun. Costs vary, but lighter-weight models with smaller engines are usually cheaper to insure.

Classic bikes can be highly valuable, but they also tend to be well cared for and used sparingly which can take insurance costs down a bit. Whether it’s a 70s vintage model or an 80s Japanese favourite, you can compare cover with us if it was manufactured in 1970 or later.

These bikes tend to cover a lot of distance, and they’re built for it, with lots of comfort and storage but less emphasis on speed. If you’re planning to take your touring bike abroad, your insurance may be more expensive.

If you’re into off-road riding, such as motocross or track racing, then it can be expensive to insure your bike – particularly if it’s modified.

Usually modelled after American bikes like Harley-Davidson, cruisers are large, heavy machines often sporting retro-styling. If you own one and have customised it to your taste, then this can bump up the cost of your premiums.

With a motorcycle that’s been ‘chopped’ or modified from its original design, you might have particular insurance needs because your bike has been custom-made. Use our comparison service to make sure you get the right insurance for you, at a price you can afford.

What levels of motorbike insurance are there? 

You can choose from three levels.

  • Third party only 
    This is the minimum required by the law. It covers you for any damage you do to others and their property. However, it won’t cover repairs to your motorbike, any personal medical expenses or theft of your bike.
  • Third party fire and theft
    This offers the same cover as third party with added protection for your bike in case of fire or theft.
  • Comprehensive
    This offers all of the above, and covers injuries to yourself and repairs to your motorbike in the event of an accident.

What affects the cost of motorcycle insurance?

There are many things that can affect the cost of your motorbike insurance. Most of them are similar to car insurance, but there are one or two differences:

  • Your age – if you’re particularly young or old, you’ll likely find insurance is more expensive, as you’re perceived to be a greater risk.
  • Your bike’s make, model and value – if your bike is an expensive, rare, or powerful model, your insurance will usually cost more to cover potential risk and expense of repairs.
  • Driving record – if you have previous driving convictions, you’ll usually pay more. If you have built up a no-claims bonus, you’ll typically pay less.
  • Your job – jobs fall into different categories, based on level of risk. If your job involves being out on the road more, you’ll normally find your insurance is more expensive.
  • Where you live – if you live in a high-crime area, you can expect to pay more.
  • Your mileage – simply put, the more you drive, there’s a higher chance of you having an accident, so you’ll be expected to pay more.
  • Modifications – if you make any modifications, which increase performance, power or more, you will likely find the cost of insurance changes. While some modifications will see the price go up, some may in fact bring it down.
  • Security – bikes can be at greater risk of theft, so any security features can help bring the cost of your insurance down. Examples include bike locks, ground anchors and immobilisers.
  • Your voluntary excess – while most insurance policies require an excess, if you add a voluntary excess, it’ll usually bring the cost of your insurance down. Just be sure that you’re comfortable with paying the extra, in the event of an accident.
  • The level of cover – the type of cover you get will usually impact the cost of your insurance, but don’t assume that the lowest level of cover is always the cheapest.

Find more details on what affects the cost of your motorbike insurance.

How can I get cheap motorbike insurance?

There are a couple of ways to reduce the cost of your policy.

Secure your motorbike
Storing it in a garage or secure lock-up at night could get you cheaper premiums. Fitting an alarm or immobiliser could also help, provided it’s recognised by Thatcham, the security company that works with insurance providers to set rates.

Improve your driving skills
Riders with advanced motorcycle qualifications could be eligible for lower premiums. Get in touch with your insurance provider before you sign up for a course, as they’re not all recognised by insurance providers. Consider qualifications such as:

  • BikeSafe Certificate
  • Enhanced Rider Scheme
  • RoSPA Advanced Motorcycle Training
  • Enhanced Rider Scheme

Frequently asked questions

What information do I need to get an insurance quote for my motorbike?

Before starting your quote, make sure you have details of…

  • the make and model of your motorbike – and the registration number, if you know it
  • the year it was manufactured. (We can compare quotes for any bike manufactured during or after 1970.)
  • any modifications after manufacture
  • the value of your motorcycle and the date you bought it, if applicable
  • how long you’ve had your motorbike licence
  • any claims or convictions
  • any additional riders, including any claims and convictions they may have had
  • any special security devices you carry or have had fitted to your motorbike

What extras can I add to my motorbike insurance policy?

As well as insuring your motorbike, you might want to look into covering yourself and the equipment you use, with options like:

Motor legal protection
If you’re involved in a road accident and need to make a claim, or if a driver makes a claim against you, this could cover all or some of the legal costs.

Helmet and leathers cover
Great if you damage your riding gear because of an accident.

Breakdown cover
Breakdown cover could get you back on the road or taken home safely if anything goes wrong with your bike.

Personal accident cover
If you’re in an accident, this will cover things like loss of limbs, permanent disability and accidental death.

Pillion cover
This covers passengers for any injuries received while driving. If you’re regularly travelling with a passenger, this cover is well worth considering, but most standard policies don’t include it.

Key cover
Can cover the cost of replacing lost or stolen keys.

International cover
If you’re looking to take your bike abroad to ride, you need to consider the relevant cover. Some insurance providers may cover you for riding within the EU, but you should check for any limits to destinations or time spent travelling. If you need to, take out a separate policy.

Will motorcycle insurance cover me for additional passengers?

Many insurance providers will allow you to include passengers as part of your policy. The terms may vary between providers, and you may find your insurance is more expensive, if you’re looking to include any passengers.

Can I add other people to my motorbike insurance policy?

Just like insuring a car, many insurance providers will allow you to add an additional driver. Depending on their driving experience, this may raise or lower the cost of your premiums.

Does my motorcycle insurance cover me to ride other bikes?

Some insurance providers offer policies which allow you to ride any bike, covering you if you were to rent or borrow another bike. You should read your policy carefully, though, as your level of cover may not be the same, while driving another motorbike.

If my bike is written off, can I get a replacement?

It varies from one policy to the next. Some insurance providers will provide you with a new replacement, should your bike be written off, but this will increase the cost of your insurance. The terms of this can be restrictive, and you may wish to consider a form of gap insurance.

Does motorbike insurance cover wheel damage or punctures?

Most motorbike insurance policies won’t cover you for punctures or damage to your wheels. However, if you take out breakdown cover, you can at least get roadside recovery, to get you back on the road as soon as possible.

Does motorbike insurance cover modifications?

Bike modifications can range from small additions, such as stickers and decals, all the way up to changes to the engine and frame.

Whether these modifications affect your motorbike insurance, depends on your provider. Motorcycle insurance providers classify modifications differently, which means it may affect your cover with one, but not another. When looking for cover, be sure to read the standard modifications list carefully, so you know exactly what will impact your insurance, and how much it could affect your premium.

Some modifications won’t affect the cost of your insurance at all, and, while many will likely make it more expensive (such as a more powerful engine), additional security modifications may even bring the cost of your insurance down.

Can I insure my bike for only part the year?

You may find that you only drive your motorbike during the summer months, when the weather is at its best and offers the best riding conditions. However, insurance policies are sold on an annual basis, providing you with cover for the full year. Cancelling your policy early will usually result in a cancellation fee, which will likely make any savings minimal, if any at all.

While you could declare your bike SORN, taking it off the road altogether, which would mean you don’t need to insure it, you’ll likely lose out on any no-claims bonuses, because your cover has been interrupted. It also means you won’t be able to drive it at all, until you’re insured again.

Overall, it’s probably best to keep your bike insured at all times. Your bike can be stolen or damaged at any time, so having the right level of cover will protect you.

Find advice for storing your bike during the winter here.

Will my insurance restrict how I can use my bike?

It’s important that you declare how you’ll be using your bike during your application for insurance. This includes whether it’s for social or leisure use, commuting or business purposes, which could include use as part of a delivery or courier service. Make sure you get the right cover, and read your policy carefully, so that you’re covered for your relevant needs.

Can I transfer my no claims bonus from my car insurance?

This is unlikely, but you may be able to find an insurance provider who will take your no claims bonus from your car insurance into account. It’s worth comparing providers and finding out more, before you agree on a policy.

Why compare motorbike insurance with Compare the Market?

When you compare with us, it’s quick and easy to see what’s available. Just type in a few details and we’ll give you a list of quotes from different insurance providers, along with the main policy features. If you see one you like, just follow the link to the insurance provider's website to get your deal.
Whether it’s a Harley or a Vespa, we’ve got policies to suit your bike.