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How is the Best Bike Insurance Cover for City Riders Enabled?

By Vikas Chandra Das
28 July 2022, 11:35 AM

A motorbike is convenient and easy to ride in the city but is more prone to damage by accident. Bike owners must, therefore, carefully plan their bike insurance purchases. A third-party bike insurance policy is excellent for paying damages to a third party from an insured bike. However, it does not cover the damage to the insured bike.

For this reason, city riders buy a comprehensive bike insurance policy to cover damages to their ride. But what happens when the biker falls off his bike and is injured?

Bikers would then need a personal accident cover to shield them against medical costs. It is thus advisable to buy add-on covers to make a bike insurance policy give you the maximum coverage. Read the article for those hacks that make the existing bike insurance the best for city riders.

What Amount of Insurance Cover is Needed?

The IRDAI does not permit a bike insurance policy cancellation except in exceptional cases. Thus, bike owners must carefully decide on the insurance plan. Before applying for an insurance cover for the motorcycle, the owners must compare quotes and choose the one that suits their requirements. 

Some bike owners, while comparing quotes, only check the prices and pick the least expensive one. However, this will not help. Compare costs by looking at the inclusions and exclusions, then decide which is the best insurance policy. It is also advisable to check the financial soundness and how the company settles claims before investing in bike insurance.

A crucial point to consider is 3rd party insurance, without which city riders risk facing fines and imprisonments. However, it does not cover damages to the insured bike. So, look to buy a comprehensive bike insurance policy to ensure both third-party and own vehicle insurance claims. 

Choose the Right Sum Assured Amount or Insured Declared Value

What do bikers do when their comprehensive bike insurance policy expires? They pay the premiums and get themselves bike insurance coverage for another term. However, that does not add value to the two-wheeler policy because the purchase decision is not dependent on the total value of the bike or insured Declared Value (IDV).  

So what is IDV? It is the market value of the two-wheeler at the time of the bike insurance policy renewal. The IDV of two wheeler insurance does not include road tax, registration charge, insurance cost and depreciation. So, if the purchase price excluding these costs was INR 82,000, its IDV after two years but before three will account for depreciation at 30%. The depreciation comes to 24,600. The IDV after deduction of depreciation is INR 57,400 (INR 82,000 - INR 24,600 (30 x 82000 / 100) = INR 57400).

The IDV is of utmost importance as that is the amount the insurance provider pays to settle claims if the bike has suffered extensive damage, is not worth repairing, or is stolen. Thus, it is essential to consider the IDV and pay an appropriate premium at the renewal of a comprehensive bike insurance policy.

Cost of Insurance is Dependent on the Cubic Capacity of the Motorbike

The output power of a two-wheeler depends on its cubic capacity (cc). As per the IRDAI rules, the bike insurance price is proportional to the cubic capacity of the two-wheeler’s engine.

It means the lower the cc, the lower the bike insurance price. Thus this holds good only for a third-party bike insurance policy. The standard bike insurance premium for third-party insurance in India is as follows:

Cubic Capacity of a Two-Wheeler Standard Third-party Insurance Price in India
Not more than 75ccINR 538
Higher than 75cc but lower than 150ccINR  714
Higher than 150cc but lower than 350ccINR  1,366
Above 350ccINR  2,804

Note - Taxes at a specified rate will apply over the base premium.

But there is no fixed bike insurance price when it comes to comprehensive bike insurance plans, which is because third-party bike insurance depends on the CC of the bike. Still, a comprehensive bike insurance premium depends on how the insurance provider assesses the risk and the IDV value of the two-wheeler.

Read more - Important Points to Consider While Comparing Two-wheeler Insurance Quotes

Choose Add-ons to Suit Individual Requirements

Bike insurance add-on covers are excellent buys because they vastly improve the coverage of a standard two-wheeler policy.

Some of the best value insurance covers are zero dep insurance for bikes, road assistance cover, personal assistance cover, key loss cover, engine cover, consumables cover, NCB protection cover, daily allowance cover, tyre damage cover, return to invoice cover and loss of per personal belongings cover. So, how do add-ons add value to your bike insurance policy?

Here is an instance:

Raju was in a hurry to get to work, and his bike worked fine until he hit the brakes and stopped at the last traffic signal opposite his workplace. When the light turned green, his bike refused to start. Could he leave the bike there and rush to work? Surely not.

If he did, that would be a violation and earn him a ticket. Instead, he intimated the insurer, which sent the surveyor to check the bike's condition. After getting the nod from the surveyor, Raju slowly moved the bike to a service road and called one of the cashless garages listed in his insurance policy. The team arrived in 5 minutes and moved the bike to the garage. Raju could return to work on time and get back his repaired bike quickly. 


City life is hectic, and people are always in a hurry. This leads to an increase in unintended damage to the bike. It thus becomes necessary to have a high-value insurance policy with necessary add-ons to cover all kinds of damages and facilitate quick settlements and renewals to help in the most challenging situations.

Read more - Benefits of Buying Long-term Two-wheeler Insurance


1. How will a bike owner help in extending insurance cover for a two-wheeler?

When a biker carefully chooses riders, he can maximize his insurance cover and reduce his financial burden by covering the expenses not covered under a comprehensive bike insurance policy.

2. Why should the bike owner check the claim settlement ratio of an insurance company before buying a two-wheeler insurance policy?

The claim settlement ratio indicates how efficiently an insurance provider handles claim settlements, and the process is more straightforward in reputed companies.

3. Is Add-on an unnecessary expense for city riders?

Add-ons add to the cost of a policy. Still, they are worth it because they add value to a bike insurance policy by covering expenses that are not covered by a comprehensive bike insurance policy.

4. Why is it important to compare quotes before buying a bike insurance policy?

By comparing quotes and insurance policy deliverables on the internet, a biker can choose one that offers the best benefits at lower rates. Such a process is essential if you buy the best bike insurance policy at an affordable rate.


5. How can I get the best bike insurance company at a lower cost?

A practical method of lowering the cost of a highly efficient comprehensive bike insurance policy is to opt for multi-year coverage. There are times when an insurance company offers discounts and offers, and people who buy during such times pay less but get more value. Further, if you don't claim during the policy period, you will get NCB, translating into a premium reduction on renewal. Five successive claim-free years would take the NCB count to even 50%

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