2016

The 10 commandments to keeping your bike safe

The 10 commandments to keeping your bike safe

It's no secret that security devices impact on motorcycle premiums. Here are the 10 commandments of bike security you should never forget...  Tips on securing your motorcycle Always put the...

How can I insure a motorcycle test ride?

How can I insure a motorcycle test ride?

I’m planning on buying my first bike, a Kawasaki Ninja 250R advertised in a private sale, soon. If the seller allows me to test ride their bike, where would I stand if I crashed or got stopped, as I...

Insurance advice: Is an R1 write-off worth buying?

Insurance advice: Is an R1 write-off worth buying?

Back in the day I bought my written-off Honda 400/4 back from the insurer and put it back on the road, but that was before the new write-off categories. I know of a Cat-D Yamaha R1 write-off for sale,...

Funny motorcycle insurance claims

Funny motorcycle insurance claims

However, here are some humorous claims made by real (we think) people: "Going to work at 7am this morning I drove out of my drive straight into a bus. The bus was 5 minutes early…"  "The accident...

Insurance comparisons: BMW K1200R

Insurance comparisons: BMW K1200R

I confess, I’ve never been a huge fan of the K1200R. Back when it came out in 2005 I thought a 163bhp naked bike with a top speed of 170mph was about as much use as mudguards on a tortoise. But that...

What would an SV650 cost to insure against other similar models?

What would an SV650 cost to insure against other similar models?

MCN Compare I’ve fond memories of the second-generation SV having had a silver N version for a year in 2005. That bike immediately impressed as a willing, do-it-all pup of a light twin and this faired ’06 version...

What would a Daytona 675 cost to insure against other similar models?

What would a Daytona 675 cost to insure against other similar models?

MCN Compare At a time where supersport 600s don’t seem to make sense anymore, the Daytona 675 is a white and blue wave of pure clarity. Since its creation in 2006, that three-cylinder 675cc engine has provided...

Insurance comparisons: BMW R1200S

Insurance comparisons: BMW R1200S

MCN Compare I’ve always had a soft spot for sporty boxer-engined bikes and while in terms of pure performance there is no way the R1200S can hold a candle to the HP2 Sport, it isn’t a bike to be dismissed. This...

Can I ride my son’s bike on my fully-comp insurance?

Can I ride my son’s bike on my fully-comp insurance?

MCN Compare I’d like to take out my own fully- comp policy on my son’s bike; to ride it occasionally and keep my No Claims Discount (NCD) current. John Squires, email TOP STORIES MotoGP: Lorenzo bids farewell to...

Insuring the ultimate dream machine

Insuring the ultimate dream machine

MCN Compare Some bikes are just ooooffft. You know, the kind you look at and let out a small moan. Where lust and desire meet in equal measure and uncontrollable waves of longing take over any rational thought...

Driver is now denying blame but can I still claim?

Driver is now denying blame but can I still claim?

MCN Compare I was knocked off my bike when a driver changed lanes on a roundabout. At the scene he was very apologetic and said I could claim on his insurance but now he’s saying I was the one who was in the...

Insurance comparisons with this Triumph Rocket III

Insurance comparisons with this Triumph Rocket III

MCN Compare We revisited the 2004 - 2016 big, bold and bonkers Triumph Rocket III...but should you buy onw?  Alongside that we also browsed the difference in insurance quotes between the used CB1000R and its...

Big naked bikes insurance comparisons

Big naked bikes insurance comparisons

MCN Compare We revisited the 2008-current Honda CB1000R to discover whether there was still a place in the motorcycle world for this less aggressive naked bike. In short, definitely an excellent shout. Alongside...

Insurance comparisons with the Honda CBR600F

Insurance comparisons with the Honda CBR600F

MCN Compare The 2011-2014 Honda CBR600F is the modern-day equivalent CBR600F. It's every inch a practical sportsbike and would make a better bike for an awful lot of riders A hundred horsepower in a good package...

Insurance advice: Made to pay for Amber gamble that went bad

Insurance advice: Made to pay for Amber gamble that went bad

I was hurt quite badly in an accident, which was caused by the driver in front of me suddenly slamming on his brakes at a set of traffic lights. The light switched to amber and I thought he was going...

Insurance comparisons with Yamaha's FZ1 Fazer

Insurance comparisons with Yamaha's FZ1 Fazer

MCN Compare We revisited the 2006-2015 Yamaha FZ1 Fazer to ask whether a 'near' miss back then, is a big hit today?  What's it like now?  MCN contributer Phil West says:  "This model may be eight...

My insurers are robbing me blind

My insurers are robbing me blind

MCN Compare My son bought a 2013 Fireblade from a dealer. He paid £9000 for it. He thought it was a reasonable price as it had only done 100 miles and was one of only five limited-edition bikes. He insured it for...

Insurance comparison with Kawasaki's ZRX1200S

Insurance comparison with Kawasaki's ZRX1200S

MCN Compare After revisiting the 2001-2007 Kawasaki ZRX1200S, we questioned whether the ZRX1200R's 'sensible' sibling still makes sense. What's it like now?  MCN contributer Phil West says: "A posher,...

Insurance advice: “I'm an EU citizen but can’t get UK cover”

Insurance advice: “I'm an EU citizen but can’t get UK cover”

MCN Compare I’m Portuguese and brought my 2013 BMW S1000RR over here a few months ago and put it on a UK plate. But I can’t seem to find an insurance company to quote me for cover because I’ve only been in the UK...

How much more does it cost to insure a new bike?

How much more does it cost to insure a new bike?

Insuring a bike can often be a tedious and drawn out affair, trying to source the best deal for your wheels. It can be even more tiresome when you’re trying to buy a new bike but aren’t sure if you...

Insurance comparisons for the KTM RC8 R rivals

Insurance comparisons for the KTM RC8 R rivals

We revisited the 2011-2016 KTM RC8 R this year concluding with: "Outlandish superbike make a surprising used buy". Our freelancer John Urry said of the bike:  "My memory tells me riding an RC8...

Insurance comparison: Exotic superbikes

Insurance comparison: Exotic superbikes

Exotic sportsbikes are traditionally expensive to buy, run and insure, so we put six of the best second hand examples from the past decade through MCN Compare to see just how expensive (or not) they...

Am I covered without an MOT?

Am I covered without an MOT?

I’ve had multi-bike insurance for eight years but when I received my renewal, I noticed a clause stating any vehicle without a valid MOT was not covered. I called my insurer to query this and was...

Has my lawyer’s lateness ruined my injury claim?

Has my lawyer’s lateness ruined my injury claim?

I had what I thought was a fairly simple accident claim albeit with serious injuries that have affected my job as a junior doctor, but from a liability perspective should have presented little...

Suzuki GSF650S Bandit: Middleweight insurance bargain

Suzuki GSF650S Bandit: Middleweight insurance bargain

Motorcycle insurance costs are an important consideration for any bike buyer. That's why MCN is highlighting some of the best cheap-to-insure motorcycles out there. This time it's the Suzuki...

Retro bike shootout: The best insurance quotes

Retro bike shootout: The best insurance quotes

Old school bikes are booming and the rapidly expanding market has hotted up even further with the arrival of Triumph's performance-orientated Thruxton R while Ducati's big-selling Scrambler family...

What can I do about my unhelpful expert?

What can I do about my unhelpful expert?

Following a bike accident in October 2014 I am getting mixed messages from the doctors treating me and the doctor instructed by my solicitor in my compensation claim. My treating doctors have...

Does my crash mean double trouble in court?

Does my crash mean double trouble in court?

I had an accident last year when I was overtaking a line of cars that were driving slowly on a B-road. The person at the front of the queue turned right across me to enter a roadside diner, giving me...

Do I have to use solicitors appointed by the ‘other side’?

Do I have to use solicitors appointed by the ‘other side’?

I had a bad accident in January 2015. I had multiple fractures to both legs and was in hospital for six weeks. Early on, the insurer of the car that hit me wrote to me telling me that they have...

I’m being pushed to make a false insurance claim. What should I do?

I’m being pushed to make a false insurance claim. What should I do?

I was recently involved in a very minor accident. I wasn’t injured and there was only minimal paint damage on my bike. It seemed my insurer forwarded my details to one law firm, who passed it on to...

Am I to blame if the other vehicle was on my side?

Am I to blame if the other vehicle was on my side?

I had an off in a near collision with a recovery vehicle on a country road. There was one lane going each way with a double white line. I came round a long bend and the van was a bit over my side of...

How does someone with a brain injury claim?

How does someone with a brain injury claim?

My daughter’s helmet saved her life in an accident a year ago, but her skull was fractured and she had a bleed on the brain. She is back home now but can’t fully look after herself, so my wife and I...

I came off on ‘excessive overbanding’. Can I claim?

I came off on ‘excessive overbanding’. Can I claim?

I lost the rear end on a wet country bend and ended up in a ditch. I hurt my shoulder quite badly, but I was able to pick myself up. When I went to inspect the road I noticed that the overbanding...

Driver says I was riding in the chevroned area

Driver says I was riding in the chevroned area

While filtering past a line of stationary traffic, a car pulled out from my left and hit me, causing me to crash. I would have thought this was obviously his fault. But I was in the area to the right...

Who is to blame for my costly supermarket slip-up?

Who is to blame for my costly supermarket slip-up?

Although the forecourt of a supermarket petrol station on the site of a big branch had been gritted, the access road was untreated and I dropped my bike on a patch of ice lurking by a mini-roundabout.

How do I get an insurance refund?

How do I get an insurance refund?

As I was working in Qatar for a while I put my 2013 BMW R1250GS on SORN a month before the insurance ran out and headed to the airport. My UK mail takes several weeks to be forwarded to me, and I’ve...