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1. Posted by scootertrash (Budding Member 3 posts) 5y


A friend and I will be traveling to the US this spring. We're flying into Boston and our plan is to buy a couple of pre-owned motorcycles and tour the US for 3 months.

We're finding it pretty hard to know for sure what to do about insurance. Can foreign nationals easily get insurance for bikes bought in the US?

We've found some UK insurance companies that are willing to insure us but the problem is they need to know the make/model of the bikes first (which we don't know yet) and because they are so specialist they are charging a lot (which we don't want to pay!).

So hopefully someone can help us. Has anyone sone anything similar to our trip? Any US nationals know what the deal is?

Thanks in advance!


2. Posted by vegasmike6 (Travel Guru 3562 posts) 5y

I don't know, but will find out. I have helped many TP members buy vehicles here in Vegas. Insurance is simple for an auto. I will ask them about motorcycles. One thing you might not know is that you need a motorcycle license to ride in most states. This can take up to week here in LV. You must pass a riding test & written test before you can obtain your motorcycle license. The problem is that the DMV must schedule your riding test. In most states, you cannot walk into the DMV and take the test the same day as people do for an auto license. Here are a few websites that might help.

3. Posted by scootertrash (Budding Member 3 posts) 5y


Thanks for your reply. Licences are not a problem - we both have full UK motorcycle licences which are valid internationally.

Any info you can get for us with regard to the insurance though would be really helpful! Obvioulsy we want to be able to find some suitable bikes and get insured quickly and cheeply!

4. Posted by vegasmike6 (Travel Guru 3562 posts) 5y

I am going to send you some info in a PM. Look for a new message.

5. Posted by scootertrash (Budding Member 3 posts) 5y


Thanks a lot for all the help you have given us with this. We have a much clearer idea about what we are going to do. Progressive looks like it might be the way to go and then we have the UK company I talked about as a backup.

If you happen to find out anything else or come across any more info you think will be useful for our trip please let us know. And hopefully when we get closer to Vegas we can get some advice from you about things not to miss!

Anyway, thanks a lot. We appreciate it!:)

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