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First bike insurance

Just bought your first set of wheels? Whether your ride of choice is a cruiser or stripped-back naked, a tourer or simple scooter, you need to take out bike insurance before you can enjoy the freedom of the open road.

Getting insured

Finding affordable insurance can be tricky if you've recently passed your test, especially if you're a young rider. Insurance providers will consider you a higher risk to insure due to your age and lack of experience, and they offset some of this risk by raising the price for cover.

While there's nothing you can do about your age, there are things you can do to increase your chances of finding a good deal on your bike insurance. These include:

  • Maintaining a clean riding record
  • Fitting your bike with factory-approved security features
  • Undergoing further training through the enhanced rider scheme
  • Storing your bike in a garage overnight
  • Adding an experienced rider to your policy
  • Increasing your voluntary excess.

Buying your first bike: top tips

Not bought your first bike yet? While there's a great variety of makes and models on the market, many of them won't be suitable as a first bike. You need to pick a machine that's right for your needs and level of experience. So before handing your money over, check out these top tips:

Think about your needs

First things first – you need to consider how you're going to be using your bike. For instance, if you plan to commute on it five days a week, you'll want it to be comfortable and economical. Read our guide on bike types for more information.

Start small

You might be tempted to buy a super-quick sports bike, but it's highly impractical for a new rider. Not only that, but you'll find it difficult – perhaps impossible – to find a company who will insure you.

Start small and work your way up. You can upgrade in a few years' time when you've developed your skills and have more riding experience under your belt.

New or used?

A lot of new riders crash or drop their bikes during the first year, so it might be best buying a second hand machine that's in good condition. New bikes have the backing of a manufacturer's warranty, but you'll be more upset if you put a dent in the tank.

Conduct a history check

If you're buying a used bike, it's worth spending a few pounds to carry out a thorough history check, using a service like hpi check. That way, you can be sure the bike you are buying isn't damaged, a write-off, or owed on finance, for instance.

Seek help

Are any of your friends or family keen motorcyclists? If so, ask them to join you when you view a bike. They'll be able to check the bike over and spot any underlying issues, and they'll know what questions to ask the seller.

Ride before you buy

Riders come in all shapes and sizes, and so do bikes. You might have your eye on a certain model, but there's a chance it might not suit your body shape. That's why it's vital to test ride any bike you're considering buying.

First time bike insurance with Hastings Direct

If you're looking for quality first time bike insurance for a price that won't break the bank, look no further than Hastings Direct. We reward customers for safe and responsible riding, meaning we'll knock money off your insurance for every year you don't make a claim.

No two riders are the same, which is why we offer a range of optional extras you can add to your policy, such as personal accident and breakdown cover.

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Tailor your cover to suit your needs and budget - leaving you free to enjoy the open road.

Log in to MyAccount

Log in to MyAccount to manage your policy online. You can view and download documents at your convenience. If your policy number starts with 'XA' you can also make payments and changes to your policy online.