There are countless reasons why someone might choose a motorcycle over a car.
For one, the moments of reflection and peacefulness that you can have on a bike are not likely to happen when you’re riding around in the family SUV. Plus, a motorcycle can definitely be a quicker, less expensive, and less stressful way to commute. And, last but certainly not least, anyone riding a motorcycle automatically looks (and probably is) cooler than anyone driving a car.
At ICNE, we know that, in addition to enjoying your motorcycle for all of these reasons and more, you’re also always on high alert when you are on your prized machine. You are constantly monitoring your speed, body posture, road conditions, lane position, possible hazards, and more. However, no matter how aware you are of your surroundings, avoiding an accident is not 100% in your control. As a motorcyclist, you are much more vulnerable to an injury, or fatality, from an accident than other drivers and their passengers.
Thus, the state of Massachusetts requires you to carry a minimum amount of motorcycle insurance which demonstrates that you will have the financial wherewithal to pay for the related costs of any accident you are involved in, including potential expenses like:
Even more important to you, though, is that, should you ever be involved in an accident, having proper motorcycle insurance in place can help you get you and your bike back into riding shape more quickly, and with as little to no cost to you as possible.
First, we want to be clear what types of motor vehicles the state of Massachusetts, and your insurance company, mean when they say “motorcycle” so that you can be certain that all of the insurance requirements apply to your bike. By law, a motorcycle is a vehicle with:
This means that motorized recreational vehicles that do not qualify as motorcycles, and therefore require different insurance solutions, include mopeds, scooters and dirt bikes.
Now that we’ve determined that you do have a motorcycle, which means that you do need motorcycle insurance, we want to make sure you fully understand the minimum amount of insurance that you must maintain in Massachusetts. The coverage requirements are:
Both of these coverage areas provide financial help in case you cause bodily injury or property damage to other people involved in an accident, but they do not cover injuries to you or any passenger, or damage to your own motorcycle.
Thus, beyond these mandatory coverages, there are several other insurance options that you should discuss with your insurance professional to identify which, if any, might fit your needs, including:
Because coverage options, details and limits vary widely between insurance companies, it’s critical to work with a knowledgeable and experienced insurance professional, like ICNE, to secure exactly what you want and need to protect your special bike. Whether your ride of choice is a custom touring bike, a high-performance sport bike, a laidback 3-wheeler or a classic collectable, you can trust our team of local, independent insurance professionals to help you find the right protection at competitive rates.
If you want to partner with an insurance agent that understands the passion you have for your bike as well as your special insurance requirements, then call us today for a complimentary motorcycle insurance quote at (800) 243-8134.
At ICNE, we would be glad to review your current motorcycle insurance policy and help you understand – and manage – some of the factors that can affect your motorcycle insurance costs, including:
Once we get to know all about you and your bike, we may be able to access significant savings through our wide variety of top-quality insurance partners. Contact ICNE for a free quote today.