Keeping the cost of riding down

Keeping the cost of riding down

Before you start a journey on your motorbike, it’s always worth thinking about whether your motorbike is the best way to travel for this journey: is there a cheaper, more environmentally friendly way of travelling? See the Motorcylist Knowledge Centre for information about other ways to make a journey.

If you have to use a motorbike, you can save fuel by riding smoothly, without harsh acceleration or braking, and by using engine braking. Using less fuel is better for the environment too: see more about this on the Riding and the environment page.

Looking after your motorbike will also help to save money. Regular maintenance will keep the motorbike working efficiently and will help you spot any problems early, so you can get them fixed before they become big problems.

One of the biggest annual costs of running a motorbike is insurance. The cost of insurance varies widely but you can help to keep it low by

  • avoiding riding convictions
  • earning a ‘no-claims’ bonus for each year you don’t make an insurance claim
  • choosing a higher ‘excess’: this is the amount of any claim that you’ll pay; the insurer will pay the rest
  • keeping your motorbike in a garage overnight.