Average Cost of Motorcycle Insurance (2021)

Average Cost of Motorcycle Insurance (2021)

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The average cost of motorcycle insurance is $702 per year in the U.S., but rates can vary by more than 250% depending on your location.

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While most U.S. states have made motorcycle insurance legally mandatory, every rider benefits from active coverage regardless of local requirements. We collected thousands of quotes from across the country to find out how much it costs to protect your bike, your health and your financial well-being.

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Average cost of motorcycle insurance by state

We conducted a review of motorcycle insurance quotes across all 50 states and found that the average cost of motorcycle insurance quotes in the U.S. was $702 for a full year of coverage. Because the cost of coverage varies based on your location, it's useful to get more than one quote to find the best price.

You can see how much motorcycle insurance costs on average per month in your state in the table below.

Cost rank
Monthly rate
Annual rate
Difference vs. national average


4New York$81$96938.07%
8Rhode Island$74$88926.75%
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Monthly rate equals annual rate divided by 12. However, some insurers offer pay-in-full discounts.

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We collected rates from up to six major motorcycle insurance carriers in each state, based on a theoretical 45-year-old male rider. The coverage limits we requested in our quotes included:

  • Bodily injury protection: $100,000 per person/$300,000 per accident
  • Property damage coverage: $50,000
  • Comprehensive and collision deductible: $500

States with the most affordable motorcycle insurance

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. Other than New Hampshire, all of the states with the cheapest rates were located in the Midwest and Great Plains regions.

Top 5 cheapest states for motorcycle insurance

States with the most expensive motorcycle insurance

Unlike the most affordable states, the costliest states for motorcycle insurance showed no clear geographical correlation. However, they did tend to have large populations and warmer, longer riding seasons.

Top 5 most-expensive states for motorcycle insurance

Paying for your motorcycle insurance in 12 monthly installments is usually more expensive than if you pay for a yearlong policy upfront. The pay-in-full discount is common at top insurers such as Progressive, Esurance and Nationwide. If you live in a state where coverage is expensive or want a lower overall rate, consider paying for six to 12 months' of motorcycle insurance coverage at a time instead of paying monthly.

How do motorcycle insurance rates change with age?

Motorcycle insurance providers usually charge higher premiums to younger drivers, whom are viewed as more likely to be involved in an accident.

In addition to the city you live in, the amount of coverage you purchase and your driving history, motorcycle insurance companies also calculate your cost of coverage based on your age and years of experience.

Cost of motorcycle insurance by rider age

18 year old
21 year old
35 year old
50 year old
2019 Yamaha V Star 250Cruiser$987$943$753$753
2019 Kawasaki Ninja 400Sport$1,870$1,787$1,413$1,413
2019 BMW R 1250 RTTouring$2,683$2,572$1,897$1,897

All annual quotes are for a male rider living in Los Angeles with a clean driving record who has had his driver's license since he was 16, and has been riding a motorcycle for 10 years or since his 16th birthday (whichever is shorter).

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However, as long as you're not involved in any accidents, your premiums should decrease as you gain experience. For example, 18-year-old riders are often charged more for insurance than 21-year-olds, while 21-year-olds often have slightly more expensive rates than middle-aged riders.

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Sport vs. touring vs. cruiser: How your motorcycle affects insurance rates

Insurance companies will use all safety and risk information available to them when setting your rates, so naturally the type of motorcycle you ride has a large impact on your premiums. Specifically, insurers will consider:

  • Motorcycle value: More expensive motorbikes cost more to repair and replace, so insurance companies will charge you more to insure them if you purchase comprehensive and collision insurance.
  • Bike safety: Bikes with more safety features — such as anti-lock brakes — are less likely to be involved in an accident and will generally be cheaper to insure than bikes lacking those features.
  • Crash rate: Certain motorcycle models and styles are involved in more accidents than others. If your model of bike is involved in crashes at a high rate, motorcycle insurance companies will assume you are more likely to file a claim.
  • Theft rate: Insurance companies will often charge more to cover a type of bike that is often stolen. That's because there's a higher chance the insurer will have to pay out for a comprehensive claim. For this reason, flashy and expensive bikes that are high theft targets will be more expensive to insure.

Sport and supersport bikes (also referred to as street bikes) are generally much more costly to insure than other bikes, because they tick a lot of these boxes: They are relatively expensive, often wrecked and are high theft targets.

We collected typical motorcycle insurance rates and found that compared to cruiser style bikes, sports bikes were 362% more expensive to insure, despite having an average Kelley Blue Book value of only 59% more. Similarly, touring bikes were 47% cheaper to insure than sport bikes, while having a much higher average cost.

Below, we've included the average cost to insure various cruiser, touring and street bikes that shows the increased average motorcycle insurance costs.

Engine size
Blue Book value
Annual premium
Cruiser2019 Yamaha V Star 250250cc$3,740$753
2019 Honda Rebel 500500cc$5,645$714
2019 Harley Davidson Street 750750cc$6,730$677
Cruiser average:$5,372$714
Touring2019 BMW R 1250 RT1250cc$19,130$1,897
2019 Harley Davidson Road King1746cc$19,125$1,344
2019 Honda Gold Wing1833cc$19,125$1,959
Touring average:$19,127$1,733
Sport2019 Kawasaki Ninja 400300cc$4,295$1,413
2019 Suzuki GSX-R600600cc$9,460$5,401
2019 Ducati SuperSport937cc$11,845$3,076
Sport average:$8,533$3,296

Average annual motorcycle insurance quotes were gathered from Progressive for a 50-year-old single male rider with no accidents or traffic violations living in Los Angeles. He has had a driver's license since he was 16, and has been riding a motorcycle for ten years.

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Does a motorcycle with a bigger engine cost more to insure?

The style of motorcycle has a larger bearing on the price of coverage than the CCs of its engine.

For example, insurance for a 2019 Suzuki GSX-R600, which has a 600 cc engine, costs $5,401 per year for our sample rider. But insurance for a Honda Gold Wing, which has 1,833 cc of displacement, costs just under $2,000 per year — this is despite the fact that the Gold Wing is more than twice as expensive as the Suzuki.

Scatter chart comparing the costs of motorcycle insurance with engine size

All quotes are gathered from Progressive for a 50-year-old male motorcycle rider living in Los Angeles with 10 years' worth of motorcycle experience.

The most frequent motorcycle insurance claims

According to research from Progressive, single-vehicle accidents are the most frequent type of motorcycle insurance claim, as opposed to rear-end collisions in regular auto insurance.

This suggests that when it comes to motorcycle insurance, riders are more likely to be at fault in their claims.

In 2012, 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, property damage and medical costs including rehabilitation. It also accounted for things such as lost wages, household productivity and legal defense costs in liability claims.

According to the most recent data available, the number of motorcycle injuries per year has increased from 81,000 in 2011 to 88,000 in 2015. Additionally, the cost of medical care has increased as well. Taking those factors into consideration, it's safe to assume that a more current study would result in an even higher direct loss cost.

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

Most common motorcycle insurance claims
Most common car insurance auto claims
1Single vehicleRear-end
2Rear-endSingle vehicle
4Stolen and unrecoveredObject coming from the road
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Given their smaller size and weight, motorcycles are more likely to be stolen than cars and trucks. Thieves commonly hoist the bike into a van, which minimizes both the damage to the motorcycle and the likelihood of getting caught in the act.

Reported incidents of motorcycle theft in the U.S. decreased 6% between 2017 and 2018 to 41,674, according to calculations from the National Insurance Crime Bureau. Since 2006, motorcycle thefts are estimated to be down 38% from 66,774.

California had the highest number of thefts in 2018 (7,035), 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 California, with 4,279 bikes reported stolen.

Sources: Insurance Information Institute, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Progressive, the National Insurance Crime Bureau, the National Crime Information Center of the FBI and the Motorcycle Industry Council.

What does motorcycle insurance cover?

Like car insurance, motorcycle insurance covers your financial liability if you are responsible for an accident. If you add comprehensive and collision coverage, it'll also pay for damage to your bike in a crash or due to other causes, like theft. Some motorcycle insurers also offer extras like roadside assistance and trip cancellation coverage.

Why is my motorcycle insurance so expensive?

The three main factors that influence how much motorcycle insurance costs are who you are, where you live, and what type of motorcycle you have. Younger, less experienced riders or those who have recently gotten in a crash will pay more than riders with years of accident-free riding experience. If you live in an area with a lot of motorcycle theft, you'll likely pay more. And a powerful sport bike will cost more to insure than a low-power cruiser.

Do I have to have motorcycle insurance?

In most states, yes. Only New Hampshire and Florida residents may legally ride motorcycles without insurance or proof of financial responsibility. However, how much coverage you are required to buy changes by state. And some states require personal injury protection, while others do not.

Matt is a Technical Writer at ValuePenguin who works on distilling the complex details of insurance into accessible advice. He previously created educational content at Grovo Learning and MarketSmiths Content Strategists. Matt's consumer-focused analysis of insurance has appeared in publications like CNBC, Yahoo Finance and the Miami Herald.

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