Average Cost of Motorcycle Insurance (2017)

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Motorcycle insurance is required in most states in the U.S. but regardless of local laws, riders should purchase a policy to protect their bike and financial well-being. The average annual cost of motorcycle insurance in the U.S. is $519. That’s well below the average cost of auto insurance.  

Average Cost of Motorcycle Insurance

We performed a study in all 50 states to see what the average motorcycle insurance quotes was in each one. We then took the aggregate of those premiums and found that the average annual motorcycle insurance rate in the U.S. was $519. The District of Columbia was not included in our study.

StateMonthly Insurance RateAnnual Motorcycle Insurance Rate% Change vs Avg
Alabama $42 $502 -3%
Alaska 32 389 -25%
Arizona 56 673 30%
Arkansas 51 615 18%
California 55 665 28%
Colorado 45 534 3%
Connecticut 32 389 -25%
Delaware 61 734 41%
Florida 57 689 33%
Georgia 46 556 7%
Hawaii 38 458 -12%
Idaho 42 509 -2%
Illinois 44 533 3%
Indiana 42 499 -4%
Iowa 27 323 -38%
Kansas 36 432 -17%
Kentucky 43 515 -1%
Louisiana 75 896 73%
Maine 32 380 -27%
Maryland 44 529 2%
Massachusetts 50 605 17%
Michigan 62 746 44%
Minnesota 31 371 -29%
Mississippi 43 521 0%
Missouri 49 589 13%
Montana 31 367 -29%
Nebraska 34 404 -22%
Nevada 40 480 -8%
New Hampshire 29 352 -32%
New Jersey 48 573 10%
New Mexico 50 597 15%
New York 45 537 3%
North Carolina 46 551 6%
North Dakota 24 283 -45%
Ohio 38 457 -12%
Oklahoma 28 341 -34%
Oregon 42 501 -3%
Pennsylvania 43 512 -1%
Rhode Island 45 537 3%
South Carolina 53 639 23%
South Dakota 32 387 -25%
Tennessee 52 620 19%
Texas 62 749 44%
Utah 46 554 7%
Vermont 34 408 -21%
Virginia 39 470 -9%
Washington 41 488 -6%
West Virginia 52 618 19%
Wisconsin 41 496 -4%
Wyoming 30 354 -32%
U.S. Average 43 519 0%

*The Average Annual Rate is rounded to the nearest whole dollar amount.

The study used a male, 45-year-old sample rider and gathered quotes from as many as five major motorcycle insurance carriers in each state. The sample insurance policy included bodily injury protection $100,000 per person/$300,000 per accident and $50,000 in property damage coverage. The deductibles for both Comprehensive and Collision coverage were $500.

States With The Lowest Average Motorcycle Insurance Cost

The five states with the most affordable motorcycle insurance quotes all had rates that were at least 32% lower than the average in the U.S. With the exception of New Hampshire, all of the states with the cheapest were also located in the Midwest and Great Plains regions of the U.S. Interestingly, the cheapest states also have some of the highest number of registered motorcycles per resident. New Hampshire has one motorcycle for every 17 people in the state, which is second in the U.S. only to South Dakota, which had the ninth cheapest rates but led the country with one bike for every 12 people.

These states had the most affordable motorcycle insurance premiums in the U.S.

*The Average Annual Rate is rounded to the nearest whole dollar amount.

States With The Highest Average Cost of Motorcycle Insurance

Unlike the states with the cheapest motorcycle insurance, those with the most expensive rates were more separated from one another. The number of residents per bike seems to correlate with the most expensive states as well. Out of the five states with the most expensive premiums, Louisiana has one bike per 67 people, Texas has 58, Florida has 33, Michigan has 32 and Delaware has 30. All ranked well down the list of states in terms of residents per motorcycle registered in the state.

These states in the U.S. had the most expensive motorcycle insurance rates, according to our study.

*The Average Annual Rate is rounded to the nearest whole dollar amount.

The Most Frequent Motorcycle Insurance Claims

Motorcycles share the road with personal automobiles but they file different insurance claims most frequently. Single vehicle accidents accounted for the most motorcycle insurance claims, while rear-end collisions accounted for the highest number of auto insurance claims, according to a study by Progressive in 2014. A motorcyclist's greatest adversary when it comes to insurance is him or herself and their claims amount to a sizeable losses.  

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) estimated that direct losses due to motorcycle crashes in the U.S. amounted to $16 billion. That estimate included the obvious: emergency services, medical costs including rehabilitation and property damage. It also accounted for things such as loss of market productivity or lost wages, household productivity and insurance costs such as claims and the cost of defense attorneys. Since 2010, the number of motorcycle injuries has increased to 88,000 from 82,000 and the cost of medical care has increased. Taking those factors into consideration, it’s safe to assume that a more current study would result in a higher direct loss. Long-term medical costs were not included in the GAO estimate, either.

The table below of Progressive's claims also shows the prevalence of motorcycle theft claims in comparison to other types of claims. Stolen and unrecovered motorcycles accounted for the fourth most motorcycle claims, but theft claims weren't even in the top five of personal auto claims.

RankTop Motorcycle Claims By TypeTop Personal Auto Claims By Type
1 Single vehicle Rear-end
2 Rear-end Single vehicle
3 Intersection Parked
4 Stolen and unrecovered Object coming from the road
5 Parked Intersection

Motorcycles are just more likely to be stolen that cars and trucks. The most common way thieves take them is simply by hoisting the motorcycle into a van and driving away. The tactic doesn't damage the bike and it makes for a stealthy getaway. It would be extremely difficult to steal a car the same way.

Reported motorcycle thefts in the U.S. increased 6% to 45,555 in 2015, according to the National Crime Information Center of the FBI. The good news is that since 2006, motorcycle thefts are actually down 32% from 66,774. 

California had the highest number of thefts in 2015 (7,221), but it also has the highest number of registered motorcycles -- more than 800,000. Florida had the second highest number of motorcycle thefts but was far behind Cailfornia, with 4,758 bikes reported stolen.

Sources: I.I.I., NHTSA, Progresive, The National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB), National Crime Information Center of the FBI, Motorcycle Industry Council (MIC).

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