Imported Bike Insurance

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Imported Bike Insurance

KEY BENEFITS:

  • 10% discount code for SPORTSBIKESHOP with your imported bike policy
  • 90 day EU cover - you're ready to ride abroad
  • Fast and hassle-free claims from our 24/7 UK-based accident helpline
  • Reduce your premium with our fantastic Excess Protect
  • Additional discounts for advanced training, secure parking, limited mileage and security systems
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What can I expect to pay for my bike insurance with an Imported bike?

Take a look at some real quotes for imported bikes to give you a better idea of what you might pay:

Bik TPTF Fully Comp

Honda Dream 50 50cc Value £3,000.00
TPFT:£74.00 FULLY COMP:£79.00

Yamaha SDR200 195cc Value £4,000.00
TPFT:£76.00 FULLY COMP:£81.00

Honda VT1100 Shadow 1099cc Value £5,000.00
TPFT:£74.00 FULLY COMP:£79.00

Benelli TNT 1130K 1130cc Value £7,000.00
TPFT:£111.00 FULLY COMP:£117.00

All prices are based on a married rider, living in the BS27 area, with a full licence, no convictions or accidents, bank manager, with a factory fitted immobiliser. Rates correct as of April 2015.

What you need to know about Imported bikes

Although British motorcycle manufacturers such as Triumph, BSA and Norton has produced some of the most iconic and successful motorcycles in history, there is no doubt that imported vehicles have made a huge impact on the lives of many local riders.

Brands like Harley-Davidson, Honda, Suzuki, Yamaha, Piaggio, Vespa and Aprilia are all household names that riders revere, and the differences in their style as well as construction gives motorcyclists more choice when it comes to choosing a model that best suits their preference.

Where they originated

Imported two-wheelers have always been around, but if you ask British manufacturers, they would probably say that the critical time period when the presence of foreign models was really felt would be the late 1960s to the 1970s.  This was the time when Japanese heavy industries were going incredibly strong, meaning they were able to produce a massive number of motorcycles to take advantage of economies of scale.

Another key event which occurred around this time was when the US government mandated that all motorcycle imports must have their gearshift and brake pedals in the Japanese configuration.  Up until this point, the US had been a key market for British producers such as Triumph; however, this condition meant expensive retooling of all the motorcycles for US sale which made exporting less profitable.

How to spot an Imported bike

So, what are the differences you should bear in mind when deciding whether to purchase an imported motorbike or one made in Britain?  Here are a few pointers:

  • The clock or speedometer on imported bikes maybe in kph rather than mph. You can potentially buy or swap them to get the right metric.
  • The headlight beam might point to the right instead of the left.
  • Bikes from some countries are limited to 100 bhp so their power outputs can be lower than UK made bikes. Machines sourced from France, Germany, Austria, Switzerland and some U.S. states may have been produced to adhere to local restrictions.  For example, European regulations stipulate power limits of 100bhp, and US bikes have to follow rules regarding emissions.

There are plenty of styles of to choose from if you are interested in buying imported models.  Just to give you an idea, you can go for heavy and large machines like Harley-Davidsons, quick and snappy café racers from Royal Enfield, a light and reliable vehicle from Honda, or a little Italian Vespa for casual urban riding.

The most often cited benefit of buying imported vehicles is that they can provide fantastic value for money.  There are also some innovative features that modern British bikes lack.

Check out our list of popular Imported bikes

Some of the bestselling imported motorcycles in Britain include:

  • BMW S1000R Sport
  • KTM 1290 Super Duke R
  • Ducati 899 Panigale
  • Honda CB500F
  • Harley-Davidson FXSB Breakout
  • Yamaha XV950
  • Kawasaki Z1000SX

In this short clip Wayne Kershaw is discussing the benefits of imported bikes, also known as grey bikes.

Why choose Devitt?

  • Comparing prices from our panel of insurers to find you our cheapest insurance for imported bikes
  • Additional discounts for advanced motorcycle training, secure parking, limited mileage and security systems
  • Expert and friendly advice – trusted by bikes since 1936
  • Fast and hassle-free claims service from our 24/7 UK-based accident helpline
  • Exclusive offers and real life bike blogs through our sponsorship of Keep Britain Biking
  • Access to competitive rates – saving you money!
  • Renewal reminder and Claims helpline text directly to your phone

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