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All You Need to Know About Motorbike Insurance


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You have just purchased your new bike and are anxious to ride it, to enjoy the freedom that only a motorcycle can give. Your new machine shines and sparkles in the garage, calling out your name, wanting to take you on the ride of a lifetime. However, you know that you must put aside, for the moment, this anticipated feeling of exhilaration: all because you have no insurance.

It's a fact that most communities in the world today require motorcycle operators and owners to have insurance before driving a motorcycle on public roadways and highways. And even if you are not required to have motorbike insurance it's a very good idea to have it for your own protection. For example, many motorcycle accidents are caused because the other driver didn't see the motorcycle. Many vehicle drivers, for whatever reasons, fail to see motorbikes. Having protection for that possibility is in your best interests.

Motorbike Insurance Can Be Expensive

The truth about motorbike insurance is that it can be expensive, in comparison to automobile insurance. The reason is because within the insurance industry it is believed that riding a motorcycle is more risky than driving a car. And it is for a couple of reasons, the first being our example above.

Another reason motorcycle insurance is expensive is that there are a large number of high performance motorcycles on the road today and better ones being produced all the time. A high speed motorcycle mixed with a little showing off can be risky - to the insurance company. And that's what it comes down to for the motorcycle insurance company. Risk! The more risk they think they must take the more they charge for that risk. Keep in mind that the insurance company is in business to make money, not lose it.

Back To School

However, there some things you can do to help lower your premium and one of them is to take a motorcycle driving course. Motorcycle driving training, even for the experienced motorcyclist, helps reduce your risk to the insurance company, therefore saving you money. In fact, many motorcycle insurance companies provide discounts to their customers who provide these certificates. Even if you are an experienced motorcyclist and have insurance but are looking to trim the budget a bit, providing a “motorcycle driving course certificate" to your agent might help you find that extra money you are looking for.

Targets of Vandalism

Another reason motorbike insurance is so expensive is that motorcycles are more susceptible to vandalism and are easier to steal. But here too you can possibly save some money on your insurance by letting your agent know where you plan on storing your motorbike when you're not riding it. Some insurance companies will give you a discount if they know you keep your motorcycle secured in a garage or storage unit. Even the type of security device you use when your motorcycle is parked in public parking areas can save you money.


For some riders the weather can make a huge difference in premium rates. Some riders can only operate their motorcycles during certain times of the year. Motorcycles are very enjoyable being rode under the warm sun on a mid-spring afternoon, but impossible to ride during the cold and snowy winter months. If this should be case with you talk to your insurance agent. Let him know the months you plan on riding your motorcycle. Some motorbike insurance companies may be able to attach a “rider" to your policy that starts the coverage on a certain day and ends it on a certain day. You'll only be paying for the coverage you need, not the whole year.

The author specializes in bike insurance in South Africa. If you need to read more on insurance quotes , visit Getinsurance. co. za


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