The average cost of motorcycle insurance

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The average cost of motorcycle insurance
Motorcycle (Image by Flickr.com, courtesy of Colin)

Motorcycles are often considered a cool way to get around town, but they also involve more danger than a regular automobile, which can lead to a hefty insurance premium. When a company gives you an insurance quote on a motorcycle, it includes factors beyond your driving history. You can reduce your premium by increasing your knowledge of your bike and a few safety issues.

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The Facts

The cost of motorcycle insurance can vary widely, from £130 per month to more than £650 per month for more powerful bikes and riskier riders. Each applicant's situation is different, and insurance providers estimate the expected risks based on statistics related to similar individuals. Such things as your gender and where you ride your motorcycle can have an impact on the cost of your motorcycle insurance.

Types

All motorcycles--including sports bikes--are lumped under one category of motorcycle insurance, but the type of bike you choose can raise or lower your premium. In general, sport bikes are more difficult to ride and are capable of going faster than most other motorcycles, which means they carry more risk to an insurance provider.

Significance

All states require that motorcycle users have at least some type of insurance coverage, however, up to 20 per cent of motorcycle owners have no insurance in some states. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, more than 87,000 people were involved in motorcycle accidents that required immediate medical attention in 2006. In that same year, more than 5,000 deaths occurred as the result of a motorcycle accident.

Warning

The state-mandated minimum coverage typically pays for claims only when you cause damage to other people or property, so adding additional coverage for you (the driver), your bike and any additional property is important, and unlike an automobile, passengers are not covered unless you pay an additional premium. Coverage for towing, roadside help and personal belongings often can be added for relatively little expense.

Considerations

The biggest discounts on motorcycle insurance rates can be earned by receiving certification from a safety course, which also can reduce the likelihood of your being in an accident by 50 per cent. Another way to reduce your premium is to install an anti-theft device. These recover stolen bikes in up to 90 per cent of cases of theft.

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