Farmers Motorcycle Insurance Review

Farmers is one of the country’s largest insurers of small businesses, homes, and, yes, vehicles. Amongst their vast repertoire of insurance and financial services products is their motorcycle insurance. Not only does it offer coverage for classic and custom bikes, but coverage for a variety of scenarios therein. In addition to standard collision coverage, you can get accessory coverage for all of the custom changes you’ve made to your bike. It’s also very easy to file a claim with Farmers.

The claim

Farmers Insurance promises to provide quality coverage, convenience, and personalized service. This extends well beyond home their more popular products like home and life insurance into motorcycle coverage, as well. It boasts a variety of packages for a variety of motorcyclists and their bikes. Whether it’s an antique or a tricked out custom job, Farmers has something for you.

Is it true?

For the most part, yes.

In terms of the promised convenience that Farmers boasts about, the overall customer satisfaction rating seemed to suggest differently. In J.D. Power's most recent customer satisfaction survey, customer satisfaction ranked Farmers 18th out of 24 providers. Many scored the handling of their repairs and the service received as below average. Of course, you don’t have to take our word for it. Plenty of complaints from the Better Business Bureau painted a similar picture with the added stress of unexpected rises in rates.

Despite this, the company does offer a variety of coverage packages for motorcyclists. Not only are its plans broken up based on monetary amounts, but some packages made concessions for bikes that were deemed vintage (at least 25 years old and maintained or restored to original condition). There are also options for custom bikes with $30,000 worth of coverage for one-of-a-kind accessories and equipment.

Product Overview

Best for

Motorcyclists who want a variety of coverage options including extensive plans for collectors and custom bikes.

Not for

Anyone looking for a more streamlined handling of the repairs process and greater peace of mind.

Features

Price Quotes differ from person to person
In business since 1928
Standout features Coverage for custom and classic bikes

Standard collision and comprehensive coverage against fire, vandalism, etc

24/7 claims center
Discounts Multi-policy (having another Farmers policy)

Multi-unit

Prior insurance

Affinity group

Preferred operator

Renewal discount for maintaining continuous coverage

Safety course

Airbag equipped

Anti-lock brake equipped
A.M. Best Financial Strength Rating A-
Moody’s Financial Strength Rating A2

Comprehensive motorcycle coverage

Farmers motorcycle insurance provides collision and comprehensive coverage as part of their standard motorcycle insurance coverage. While collision coverage takes care of any damages that happen as the direct result of an accident, comprehensive coverage is very useful to have in case your bike is damaged by fire, vandalism, or some other non-collision-related event.

Agents in all 50 states

Nothing beats speaking to an agent in person and Farmers makes that even easier. The company has agents in all 50 states. So, no matter where you are and whether you’re an avid motorcyclist or a collector - you’ll be able to find an agent when you need one.

File a claim easily

Farmers motorcycle insurance policyholders have access to a 24/7 claims center, so if an accident happens and you do need to file a claim, you can be confident that it will be handled quickly. Farmers gives you a number of options to file a claim, including online, over the phone (or the Farmers iClaim app), and through a local agent.

Custom and classic motorcycle coverage

Farmers motorcycle insurance also covers custom and classic bikes. This is relatively unusual because these types of motorcycles are generally much more expensive than your average bike, and few motorcycle insurance companies want to pay for them. You can also add on extra coverage and even take on Replacement Cost Total Loss Settlement coverage, which ensures you get paid the full value even if your bike is totaled.

Possible drawbacks

Spotty online quote availability

Farmers claims to offer the option of online quoting. However, this feature seems restricted to certain areas. If you are not living in an area where online quoting is offered, you will need to call in for a complete quote or speak with an agent directly. Farmers does have a tool to help connect you with a local agent, but if you’re just shopping around, an online quote tool would be much more convenient.

Lack of supplemental materials

Farmers offers some great coverage policies and discounts, it would just be nice if the website provided some learning materials to go along with it. Motorcyclists, whether they are casual riders or die-hard collectors, need to know more about the coverage Farmers has to offer in order to make an informed decision. As it stands, there’s a little bit of a learning curve to understanding what some of these discounts and policies entail.

The Competition

Farmers Insurance
Markel American
Progressive
Nationwide
A.M. Best Financial Strength Rating
A-
A
A+
A+
Total Coverage Options
13
19
18
8
24/7 Claim Support
Online Claim Filing

Farmers Insurance vs. Markel American

Markel claims to specialize in motorcycle coverage. When stacked up against Farmers, Markel does have more coverage options. However, Farmers offers far more discounts including discounts for multiple policies and time implementing safety measures.

Farmers Insurance vs. Progressive

Both cover antique and custom bikes and they also offer a plethora of discounts. However, one place that they both differ tremendously is in overall price. Progressive claims it can cover your bike with insurance rates as low as $75 per year. This, however, is the price for a very bare minimum policy.

Farmers Insurance vs. Nationwide

There are more coverage options with Farmers than you’ll find with Nationwide. However, Farmers did not offer much in the way of policies geared specifically toward high-risk drivers (younger motorcyclists operating high-speed bikes).

Farmers Motorcycle Insurance FAQ

How much is Farmers motorcycle insurance?

The price of Farmers motorcycle insurance will differ from person to person. Some people might require insurance for their vintage bikes while others might need greater coverage for any custom equipment. In order to find out how much motorcycle insurance through Farmers will cost, we recommend speaking with an agent and telling them your particular situation.

Does Farmers motorcycle insurance include roadside assistance?

You can add Roadside Assistance to your motorcycle insurance coverage with Farmers. You can also get towing services added to your policy.

What payment plans are available for Farmers motorcycle insurance?

Farmers offers a variety of ways you can pay. Speak to an agent to learn more about the options available to you. In some cases, Farmers motorcycle insurance can come with different plans including one-pay (one payment, once a year), four-pay (quarterly payments over the year), or ten-pay (10 smaller payments throughout the year) options.

The Bottom Line

Farmers stands shoulder-to-shoulder with the best of them when it comes to motorcycle insurance. The company offers a large selection of discounts and coverage plans to cover a multitude of bikers and their needs. While Farmers lacks certain learning materials that would help customers make informed decisions, its nationwide coverage ensures that you won’t have too much trouble finding an agent to answer all your question.