“I have to admit that I am somewhat addicted to buying, restoring and collecting classic bikes! I’ve lost count of the number of bikes I have bought and done up over the years, and I have a connection with every single one of them.
“Owning classic bikes are a bit different to modern bikes as they require a bit more care and attention and while I don’t ride my classics every day, I do like to keep some of them insured and MOT’d, in order that I can take them out
for a spin on sunny days.
“If there is one classic bike that I couldn’t bear to part with then it is my Yamaha RD350LC. That’s the bike that transformed my life. I bought it to get to work and ended up doing some club racing. That led to me becoming a professional
racer and having a wonderful career that’s taken me around the world, meeting amazing people and riding some fantastic motorcycles.”
“While I can’t claim to be as avid a collector of classic bikes as Niall, I have to admit that there’s always something special about getting out on an iconic old bike.
“Classics are all about the memories and whenever I see an old Yamaha TZR125 (my first race bike) or one of the Ducati 916s or 999s that I won my superbike titles on, I get all reminiscent!
“We know that owners of classics have different requirements for their classic motorbike insurance, which is why we’ve been working with our panel of underwriters to provide the kind of policy we want for our own bike.
From 1960s Brit icons, to ‘90s two-strokers and even early R1s and Fireblades, the term classic motorbike covers a wide variety of popular machines from over the years.
At Mackenzie Hodgson, we’re fans of anything with two wheels and an engine – but it’s the icons of yesteryear that really get us going.
For Niall, it’s the iconic Yamaha FS-1E sports moped and the legendary RD350LC that will have him talking the hind legs of anyone who cares to listen (not to mention the extremely rare Honda NR750 he likes to bring out for special occasions), while Neil’s particularly fond of the modern day classic Ducatis he rode to much success back in the day.
You see, we know that classic bikes are all a bit different and definitely more than lumps of metal used to get you from A to B. Our classics move us emotionally and we’re pretty sure that yours do too. They also tend to be well looked after, ridden sympathetically and used less frequently than your daily ride. And that should be reflected in your classic bike insurance policy, and the premium you pay.
That’s why we wanted Mackenzie Hodgson’s classic bike insurance to be as special as the bikes we cover. We know that your classic bikes are cherished by you. Maybe you wheel your machine out only on special occasions, clocking up just a few hundred miles every year. Perhaps you’d like an agreed value or have a collection of bikes and want them covered by a single policy. Either way, we know that you want the reassurance that you’d be covered should the worst happen and your bike is stolen, or written off in a crash.
All vehicles need to be insured to be legally used on UK roads, although at 40 years old a classic bike no longer needs to go through annual MoT test. It does need to be in roadworthy condition though.
In recent years, the definition of the classic motorcycle has changed too. Historically, a vehicle would need to be at least 30 years old to even be considered a classic, but nowadays bikes can achieve modern classic status at around 15 years old. That means that many of the bikes we lusted after in years gone by, or maybe even owned first time around, can benefit from the features and benefits of dedicated classic bike insurance.
If you want to insure your pride and joy with a company that knows just how important your bikes are to you, give us a call on 0333 0053 100 and speak to one of our fully trained UK based call centre staff.
Just some of the classic bikes covered by Mackenzie Hodgson include:
BSA Gold Star
BSA Rocket 3
Honda C90 Super Cub
Honda CBR900RR FireBlade
Suzuki RV125 VanVan
Suzuki RG500 Gamma
Suzuki GSX1100S Katana
Triumph 5T Speed Twin
Triumph T120 Bonneville
Yamaha FZR1000 EXUP