Top 5 Low-Insurance Motorcycles for New Riders

January 8, 2021
By Michael Padway

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When it comes to insurance, motorcycles tend to have higher premiums than passenger cars. Their open nature and comparative lack of safety features leaves them at greater risk of accidents, and thus, higher insurance premiums. This is especially true for new riders, who incur higher insurance rates due o their relative lack of experience and time behind the handlebars.

Motorcycle riding coach Abby Spaedt of Greeley Harley-Davidson in northern Colorado sees new riders first-hand when they take her class. She understands what type of bikes are solid choices for recently trained riders. Abby shares her top 5 suggested bikes for new riders that should be able to secure low-cost insurance premiums. It’s important to keep in mind that these are only confident suggestions for you to look into.

1. CRUISER: HONDA SHADOW PHANTOM

Motorcycle Type: 2020
Displacement: 745cc
Engine: Liquid-cooled V-Twin
Transmission: Six-Speed
Price Range: $7,899

Solid choice with a fair amount of power, options for changing gears to get out of rush hour traffic. As a cruiser, the Shadow is cheaper to insure than its sportier stablemates from Honda, while possessing the same quality and reliability from the brand. Based on sample rider rates we obtained from enthusiast site hondashadow.net, insurance can go as low as $114 a year (Progressive, basic policy) for a 22-year old rider to $600 a year (Progressive, full coverage) for a 60+ rider, which is still below the national average.

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2. RETRO CRUISER: YAMAHA V-STAR

Motorcycle Type: 2020
Displacement: 249cc
Engine: Air-cooled V-Twin
Transmission: Five-speed
Price Range: $4,349

This entry-level cruiser is a true scaled down cruiser model, packing a 249cc V-twin that can go up to 85mph while boasting a 78mpg fuel economy rating. In terms of insurance, the average annual cost for this bike comes to around $400.

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3. CRUISING / LIGHT TOURING: HARLEY-DAVIDSON SOFTAIL STANDARD

Motorcycle Type: 2020
Displacement: 1750cc
Engine: Milwaukee-Eight 107 | Combination air-cooled and liquid-cooled
Transmission: Six-speed
Price Range: $13,599

While listed as the priciest model on the list, H-Ds also maintain a strong resale value when they are well-maintained. This bike will run errands around town and also have the stamina to easily ride 500+ mile days for epic, memorable rides. While the Harley Street has the lowest insurance rate (thanks to a base price of $8,400), the Softail is more forgiving to new riders while maintaining a low average insurance premium of about $200+.

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4. SPORTBIKE: KAWASAKI NINJA

Motorcycle Type: 2020
Displacement: 399cc
Engine: Liquid-cooled
Transmission: Six-speed
Price Range: $4,999

When the need to feel a little feisty is in the veins, this bike is one that appeals to younger riders that embrace the sportbike scene. Liability coverage can be as low as $120-$200 per year, while comprehensive and/or collision coverage is around $400-$500 per year.

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5. RETRO CRUISER: ROYAL ENFIELD CLASSIC

Motorcycle Type: 2020
Displacement: 499cc
Engine: Air-Cooled | Single Cylinder
Transmission: Five-speed
Price Range: $5,599

If you’re a rider who’s a vintage purist at heart, the Bullet is a great nod to yesteryear while embracing modern technology for a great commuter motorcycle. It rides better and more comfortably than its Thunderbird cousin while having the same powerplant. Do note that the lack of ABS makes it ineligible for ABS discounts offered by some insurance companies.

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Michael Padway

Michael Padway uses his expertise in personal injury and motorcycle accidents to represent a broad spectrum of clients dealing with life-changing and permanent injuries for the first time. His offices are located at 235 Montgomery St., Ste 668, San Francisco, CA 94104 and at 3140 Chapman St. Oakland, CA 94601. For more information, please call (800) 928-1511.

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