Getting the Right Motorcycle Insurance Coverage

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Getting the right motorcycle insurance coverage is important to protect yourself and your bike. With aftermarket parts and modifications, coverage needs to be tailored to ensure you don’t have any gaps.

Where to start

Most companies who offer home and auto insurance will also have motorcycle insurance. If you already have an agent that you like, that’s a great place to start. Or, it could be a good time to have a new agent look at all your policies if you’re looking to make a switch.

By bundling your motorcycle insurance with your other policies you may be able to trigger more multi-policy discounts. Another advantage to having all your policies in one place is only having one person to call for service or questions about your policies.

Aftermarket parts

Upgrades to your motorcycle aren’t always covered. If you’ve added those cool pipes, some new handlebars or sweet wheels, it’s important that you let your agent know. A policy with standard motorcycle insurance coverage may not account for these changes.

Most policies will have an optional coverage called “Customized Equipment”. This is where you’ll want to add coverage to make sure your policy doesn’t fall short.

If you’ve put aftermarket parts on your bike, and have not added this coverage, chances are you’re going to be out of pocket at claim time. This is when you won’t care that you saved $3/month to get the cheapest policy. Cheap insurance is expensive.


How much does it cost to add Customized Equipment Coverage? It depends on the value of the aftermarket parts, but in general, it’s very cheap. It may end up only adding a few dollars per month. Get a list together and add up what it would cost to replace your aftermarket parts. Let us know the total amount and we’ll show you the price difference.

Top motorcycle insurance companies

According to, Progressive, Nationwide and Safeco are 3 of the best motorcycle insurance companies. Partners Insurance represents all 3 of these companies and can help you choose which one is best for you.

No one insurance company is best for everyone and rates vary by location, age, driving history and a whole host of other factors. For example, one insurance company may have better rates for sport bikes than cruisers and another company could be vice versa.

Combine your motorcycle insurance with home and auto to get additional discounts.

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