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Motorcycle Insurance Coverage - Choosing Insurance for Your Bike

Feb 5, 2008
It isn't always easy to choose the right insurance carrier to handle your needs - especially when the automobile you're trying to insure isn't an auto at all, but a motorcycle.

Shopping for any kind of insurance can be tricky. Companies have the tendency to offer different types of plans, making it difficult to know which ones offer the same basic benefits for the same price. It isn't uncommon for one insurance carrier to offer you a policy at one price, and another carrier a totally different price for what appears to be the same coverage. The reason? It isn't always apparent. Maybe the higher priced agency offers full replacement value should your motorcycle be stolen or totaled in a crash, while the other carrier only pays the amount the bike was worth at the time of the accident - which can leave you paying thousands in extra costs to buy a new bike similar to the one that you lost.

Another difference may be in the deductible being offered. The higher the deductible, the lower the insurance rate. But, be careful. It's always a good idea to carry the lowest possible deductible that you can afford, since this is money straight out of your pocket in the event of a claim.

It's always important when shopping for any type of motorcycle insurance to check out the laws in your particular state to see what you are legally required to carry, in order to avoid buying more coverage than you actually need.

The first thing you'll have to decided when purchasing motorcycle insurance is what type of coverage you want and need. If you've taken out a loan to buy your bike, your creditors will more than likely require you to purchase full coverage until the loan is paid in full, but if you were lucky enough to pay cash for your bike (or handle financing in some other fashion), than you may be able to decided exactly how much insurance you really need and want to pay for.

Liability coverage allows you to carry a low premium, but keep in mind it doesn't cover any of your costs associated with an accident, theft or vandalism. It is basically a policy to cover the other guy and any costs you may find yourself responsible for.

Collision insurance will help pay for the replacement or repair of your own bike should something happen to it, and full, or comprehensive coverage pays for everything, including heft, vandalism and all costs associated with any accidents you may be involved in.

Once you decide on the type of insurance you want and the deductible you're comfortable with, it's time to start shopping around. The best way to find a good deal is to talk to other bikers in your community to see what carrier they use and what cover ages they carry. After that, the decision is yours. The important thing is to get what you need for a price that you can afford.
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