We gathered hundreds of quotes from our motorcycle insurance partner QuoteZone to get a picture of how much bike insurance costs. The data showed that the average cost of cheap motorcycle insurance in the UK ranges from £340 up to £850, or more.
We crunched the numbers according to four of the main factors that determine bike insurance premiums: rider age, engine size, type of cover and bike storage. Use this research to help you recognize a good deal when you see one—because insurance is generally the largest recurring cost associated with motorcycle ownership.
Average Cost of Motorcycle Insurance for 125cc, 900cc and 1200cc Bikes
Generally speaking, the larger the engine, the more you'll pay for motorbike insurance. A 1200cc bike has more potential for a speed-related accident than a 125cc bike; plus, motorcycles with larger engines typically cost more, and would be costlier to repair or replace in the event of accident or theft—hence higher insurance costs. The average excess in our study was around £450; cheaper motorcycle insurance policies will typically have a higher excess.
|Engine Size||Annual Comprehensive Motorcycle Insurance Cost (with ~£450 excess)|
|125cc (Honda PCX)||£340|
|900cc (Yamaha Tracer GT)||£424|
|1200cc (BMW R1200 GS)||£846|
Average Cost of Motorcycle Insurance by Type of Cover
The average cost of cheap, full coverage Comprehensive motorcycle insurance is around £340 per year (if you opt to pay monthly) for a 30-year old rider on a 125cc bike, with an average compulsory excess around £340. (You can often add a voluntary excess on top of this to reduce the premium further.) Prices can range significantly, however. For example, our quote-gathering exercise produced a range of prices from £318 up to £2,420, showing how important it is to compare before you buy.
This premium buys you comprehensive cover for accidental damage, fire damage or theft to your own bike plus Third Party claims of damage to other vehicles. Comprehensive plans, not surprisingly, are the most expensive type of cover. Third Party, Fire & Theft bike insurance costs around 25% less, coming in around £264 per year—but won't cover any damage to your own bike, say in the event of an accident. Third Party Only insurance, the minimum required by law, costs under £200 a year.
|Type of Motorcycle Insurance||Annual Motorcycle Insurance Cost||Average Excess|
|Third Party, Fire & Theft||£264||£370|
Given the relatively high odds of a motorcycle crash, buying a comprehensive policy is probably well worth the additional cost.
How do Motorcycle Insurance Prices Change with Age?
Age is a major component in determining insurance premiums—younger riders are more likely to get into an accident, whether due to lack of experience or being more inclined to ride aggressively. In order to see just how much age affects the price you'll pay to insure your motorbike, we gathered quotes for a 125cc bike as these are especially popular with young riders.
A 20-year-old rider would pay close to £600 for bike cover with a £540 excess, which is nearly double the £340 per year a 30 year old would pay for their policy. You can see in the chart below how expensive motorcycle insurance can be for the young.
|Age||Annual Motorcycle Insurance Cost|
How Motorcycle Insurance Prices Change Depending on Storage Location
Motorcycles kept on the road at night cost more to insure than bikes stored in a locked garage, given the higher likelihood of theft from the street. It's no surprise, given the high rate of motorcycle thefts. In fact, according to data we analysed from the Office of National Statistics around 30,000 motorcycles are stolen each year in the UK.
Bikes kept on the road can cost anywhere from 1.2X to 6.6X as much to insure as a bike locked safely in a garage. And the more expensive the bike, the larger additional premium you'll pay to keep it on the road.
|Annual Motorcycle Insurance Cost Depends on Where You Store Your Bike at Night||In a locked garage||On the road|
|125cc (Honda PCX)||£340||£418|
|900cc (Yamaha Tracer GT)||£424||£1,348|
|1200cc (BMW R1200 GS)||£846||£5,560|
If you're a new, young rider, you can find more information about costs for your age bracket in our articles on Cheap Motorcycle Insurance Companies for Young Riders and Cheap Motorcycle Insurance Companies for 25 Year Olds.
If you're doing research on motorcycle insurance costs ahead of making a bike purchase, be sure to keep in mind other motorcycle running costs you'll incur such as the cost of a motorcycle helmet. Additionally, if you want cover for extras like helmets and leathers you may need to pay an extra add-on premium or pay a bit extra for a policy that includes this feature as standard—this can be well worth the cost as the best motorcycle gear can easily set you back £1,000. Finally, keep in mind that any modifications such as repainting your motorbike may increase the premium you need to pay.
Anyone considering buying a car instead of a motorcycle might be interested in learning about the average cost of car insurance, which starts around £500 per year for the UK's most popular car, the Ford Fiesta (when driven by a 50 year old).
To arrive at our average cost analysis, we gathered nearly 400 online quotes for motorcycle insurance plans from our motorcycle insurance partner QuoteZone. As most comparison searches return a wide range of prices (in many cases with the most expensive premiums costing multiples of the cheapest offers), we averaged the 5 cheapest quotes available for each profile in order to arrive at an estimate of a reasonable average cost one might pay for motorcycle insurance.
To help standardize our results, we held the rider profile consistent across the quotes. Unless otherwise stated (e.g., for different rider age or type of cover), we priced policies with full coverage comprehensive protection for a 30-year-old male with 5 years of bike-riding experience with a full UK Bike licence and 5 years of no claims. The bike is used for social, domestic, pleasure and commuting, up to 3,000 miles per year. For analysis of average costs by age and type of cover, we compared prices of cover for a 2019 125cc Honda PCX 125.
In order to see how insurance prices vary with engine size (e.g., 125 cc, 900 cc and 1200 cc), we priced motorcycle insurance for three of the most popular 2019 bikes in the UK: Honda PCX 125, Yamaha Tracer 900 GT and BMW R1200 GS, respectively. We also priced quotes for the Honda across a variety of ages to get an idea of how prices change by rider age.