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How Much is Motorcycle Insurance

Added November 12, 2021
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At Harley-Davidson, we know that having a motorcycle is a thing of beauty. It opens up the world in new ways that can only be experienced on two wheels. 

But to legally get there, you have to have two things: a motorcycle and insurance. 

How Much Does Motorcycle Insurance Cost?

The average cost of motorcycle insurance in the United States in 2021 is between $700-$800 annually. [Source]

But the average isn't the whole story. Motorcycle insurance coverage is based on many factors like your age, type of motorcycle, riding experience, location, and, most importantly, the choices you make for your motorcycle insurance policy. 

Some of these choices are in your control, but some are legal requirements. To ride in most states, you need to have liability insurance at the very least. Still, to ensure you are protected in an unforeseen incident, you will want to include collision and comprehensive coverage.

How Do Insurance Deductibles Affect Your Premium?

Unlike healthcare insurance, motorcycle coverage is a patchwork of different policies that work together to cover you in a multitude of situations. Not all are mandatory, but the more you have, the more likely insurance will cover any damage in an incident. 

Each policy will have its deductible and limits of coverage—the lower your deductible, the higher your premium.

How to Shop for Motorcycle Insurance Coverage?

The best way for new motorcycle riders to find the cost of motorcycle insurance is to call or email a reputable insurance provider and speak with a motorcycle insurance professional.

Speaking with a motorcycle insurance agent will ensure that you get a personalized quote that addresses your needs and situation.

It's not always the smartest decision to choose your insurance policy based on the lowest annual rate. These quotes are often only for liability insurance which may be inadequate in case of a major incident. Finding a balanced plan with a wide array of coverage types will guarantee that your coverage is adequate for most situations.

Coverage Selections

While minimum basic liability coverage, in most states, includes bodily injury, property damage, and uninsured or underinsured motorist coverage, we believe it's important to know what the other policy options provide and why these additional insurance coverages are the right choice for most motorcyclists.

Basic Coverage

These are the standard coverages that most states require to ride.

  • Bodily Injury Liability Coverage: This coverage defrays medical costs for injuries to others associated with an incident that is your fault. 
  • Property Damage Liability: This coverage pays for the costs associated with damage to property you don’t own in an incident that is your fault.
  • Uninsured or Underinsured Motorist Liability: This coverage provides bodily injury damage protection in an incident with a motorist driving illegally with no insurance or with an inadequate amount of insurance to cover the damages. In some states, this coverage is optional and not required.

“Full Coverage”

Full Coverage is a term used by consumers when they seek a policy that will pay for both damage to others caused by the rider, as well as damage to the riders’ own bike. This is what most insurers refer to as a  policy, which typically includes liability coverage, plus other optional coverages such as collision coverage, comprehensive coverage, and other extra coverages. These extra and optional coverages may be available at the request of the consumer. 

  • Collision Coverage: This motorcycle insurance covers damage to the riders’ own bike when events within a vehicle operator's control happen, such as hitting a stationary object (fences, trees, streetlights), accidents that take place while parked, crashing into ditches, or damage from faulty roadwork, and even some hit-and-run incidents.
  • Comprehensive Coverage: Coverage that rounds out any plan by paying for damage to the riders’ own bike, when events happen like so-called Acts of God such as fires, floods, falling objects, and other natural disasters, as well as damages if your motorcycle is stolen or vandalized.

Basic Extra Coverages

These extra coverage options will add additional costs to your policy but give some riders peace of mind.

  • Optional Equipment Coverage: Harley-Davidson Insurance’s Optional Equipment coverages is accessory coverage that pays for equipment attached to your bike that might be damaged during an incident.
  • Medical Payment Coverage: This coverage defrays the cost of medical bills associated with an incident. In some states, this coverage is required and not optional.
  • Personal Injury Protection: This coverage is also known as P.I.P. or no-fault insurance and covers injuries regardless of who is at fault in an accident. In some states, this coverage is required and not optional.
  • Replacement Cost Coverage: This total loss motorcycle insurance coverage supplements your replacement costs if your motorcycle is too badly damaged to repair. 
  • Roadside Assistance Coverage: This is a helpful coverage in case of a breakdown and often covers towing or the transport of necessary repair materials.
  • Trip Interruption Coverage: If a motorcycle trip is derailed, this coverage will pay for a hotel stay, food, and other necessities while you’re sidelined.
  • Vacation Rental Coverage: This isn't a rental reimbursement but will cover the motorcycle you rent while on vacation.

Other Factors On Motorcycle Insurance Pricing

Your Riding History

Every motorcycle insurance company wants to know that you take motorcycle safety seriously. Experience is a priority, so a 50-Year-Old single male rider with a decade of riding under his belt will likely pay less than a 25-year-old rider who is new to the hobby. 

Speeding tickets and incident claim history also play into the price of an insurance premium. A clean driving record indicates that a rider will be safer on the streets and ultimately have a lower crash rate.

Your Financial History

Your financial records are also important to motorcycle insurance companies. In most states, they will run an insurance score (which is similar to a credit score) to determine your rating, debt, and payment history.

Your Motorcycle

What type of bike are you riding? 

Larger engine sizes will be more expensive to repair, and with great power comes greater premiums. A touring bike will see more mileage than a dirt bike, which may also be factored into your quote. 

Similarly, the theft rate of your bike’s brand or type is also factored into your quote. Very few riders choose the motorcycle they want to ride based on insurance premiums, but it is something to be aware of.

Discounts on Insurance

Garnering discounts is easy when you speak with an agent. Even new riders can receive discounts after completing a motorcycle safety course. Certain safety features, safe storage, or the right payment plan make you more attractive to an insurance company. 

If you have multiple motorcycles to insure, you can take advantage of a multi-vehicle discount. If one of those bikes is a Harley-Davidson® motorcycle and you are a H.O.G.® (Harley Owners Group) member, then you can receive a discount with Harley-Davidson Insurance services.

Harley-Davidson Insurance Services is Here to Help

Call one of our licensed agents today to find an affordable motorcycle insurance plan that meets your needs.

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