State Farm Motorcycle Insurance Policy Review

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State Farm Insurance was founded in 1922 by former farmer and insurance salesman, George Jacob “G.J.” Mecherle. As an insurance provider, it is the world's largest property and casualty mutual company. In case you did not know, a mutual insurance company is one that is owned entirely by its policy holders. What does this mean? It means that profits are rebated to customers in the form of a reduction in insurance premiums.

Over the years, the company's slogan, “like a good neighbor State Farm is there” has come to be associated with its insurance products and financial services. State Farm motorcycle insurance is one of the many products offered by this AM Best “A++” rated insurance carrier.

Coverage Options

With State Farm motorcycle insurance, the policy holder has many coverage options available. The company will insure nearly any type of motorcycle including factory-built motorcycles, custom-built motorcycles, classic motorcycles, minibikes, motor scooters, and trail bikes that are licensed to be drive on public roads. The coverage options available for motorcycle insurance include:

  • Bodily Injury- The bodily injury insurance offered by State Farm for motorcycle coverage includes injury to someone else or their property caused by you while riding your motorcycle; bodily injury to yourself because of an accident which involved an uninsured motorist.
  • Physical Damage - Physical damage coverage is available for your motorcycle for damage caused to your motorcycle when it is involved in an accident.
  • Comprehensive Coverage - Comprehensive coverage in motorcycle insurance is any type of damage resulting to your motorcycle which was something "other than a collision." Examples of comprehensive coverage include fire, theft, hail damage, vandalism, and other losses that may occur as a result of the motorcycle being in storage. Comprehensive coverage excludes damage caused by mechanical breakdown or intentional misuse.
  • Attachments - Motorcycle coverage is available through State Farm for attachments to your motorcycle such as side cars.
  • Custom Work - You may purchase additional insurance to cover custom work to your motorcycle such as a custom paint job or for upgrading components.

Check with your agent to find out which coverages are mandatory and which coverages are optional. Mandatory coverage includes liability coverage, the portion of your motorcycle policy which covers bodily injury and property damage caused by you to others in an accident. Each state has its own legal limits of liability coverage.

Discounts

State Farm motorcycle insurance has a number of discounts available to policyholders. Check with an agent to see which ones you are qualified to receive on your motorcycle policy. Here are a few that may be available to you:

  • Multi-vehicle Discount
  • New Vehicle Safety Discount
  • Good Driving Discount
  • Good Student Discount
  • Defensive Driving Discount
  • Anti-theft Device Discount
  • Driver Training Discount

The Pros

State Farm has been providing motorcycle insurance to sports enthusiasts for over 40 years. There are several advantages to insuring your motorcycle through State Farm Insurance. Some of the most notable are:

  • State Farm Insurance is a financially stable company who has been in business for several decades. You do not have to worry about the company becoming insolvent and you have the confidence in knowing it is financially able to pay a claim, should one occur.
  • Multi-vehicle or Multi-Line Discounts – If you already have State Farm insurance for your other vehicles or for your home, it only makes sense to use the same company for your motorcycle as well. There is a substantial discount available for insuring multiple lines of insurance through State Farm.
  • Customer Service – State Farm has a proven track record with customer service issues. One customer rating services gives it five out of five stars based on customer experience with service issues.

The Cons

State Farm motorcycle insurance provides quality coverage at a rate comparable to most other major insurance carriers in the market.

While it is hard to find the disadvantages to State Farm motorcycle insurance, here are a few possibilities:

  • State Farm motorcycle insurance may not be the cheapest. There are several other motorcycle insurance providers that are cheaper than State Farm. However, you often get what you pay for. Check the track record of these other insurers when it comes to paying claims and other customer services issues.
  • High Risk Drivers – If you are a high risk drivers with multiple accidents and claims, you may not qualify for State Farm motorcycle insurance.

To learn more about insuring your motorcycle through State Farm, visit the State Farm Insurance website.