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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 continues to expand into new variants.

There's now more choice than ever, so we've put together our biggest ever retro test to see how they measure up. To read the test pick up a copy of the May 18 issue of MCN.

We've put all 10 bikes through MCN Compare to find out which is the cheapest - and most expensive - to insure. 

Royal Enfield Continental GT 

Royal Enfield Continental GT, £4999
Insurance quote: £93.49 

The cheapest to buy and it has the smallest engine. It's no surprise the cheap and cheerful Enfield is the cheapest to insure.

Ducati Scrambler Icon 

Ducati Scrambler Icon, £7350
Insurance quote: £95.98 

Much more expensive to buy than the Enfield, but only a couple of quid more expensive to insure.

 Triumph Street Twin

Triumph Street Twin, £7350
Insurance quote: £96.13 

The new Street Twin is Triumph's more accessible retro, which is reflected in the insurance price.

Kawasaki W800 

Kawasaki W800, £7099
Insurance quote: £96.34 

Kawasaki's retro offering treads them middle ground in terms of showroom price and insurance.

 Moto Guzzi V7 Stone

Moto Guzzi V7 Stone, £7136
Insurance quote: £98.45 

Ultra-cool Guzzi perhaps lacks the desirability of some of the other bikes on this test, but it's cheap to buy and insure.

 Triumph Bonneville T120

Triumph Bonneville T120, £9600
Insurance quote: £100.15 

The more traditionally-styled Bonneville is the first bike to break £100.

 Harley-Davidson Forty Eight

Harley-Davidson Forty Eight, £9675
Insurance quote: £106.63 

The 1202cc Forty-Eight  has the largest engine (just) and is also the second most expensive, but even so it's far from the most expensive to insure.

 Triumph Thruxton R

Triumph Thruxton R, £11,700
Insurance quote: £108.12

The most expensive bike on test impressed when we rode it at the launch. The most expensive Triumph to insure. 

 Yamaha XSR700

Yamaha XSR700, £6249
Insurance quote: £123.06 

The cheap price of the parallel-twin XSR is excellent although it's £30 more expensive to insure than the cheapest.

Yamaha XSR900 

Yamaha XSR900, £7849
Insurance quote: £142.01 

As with it's smaller cousin the XSR900 is competitively priced, but it doesn't cross over to insurance.


All insurance quotes from MCN Compare for a 46-year old male living in Cottingham with five years No Claims Bonus and fully comprehensive cover.

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