Carole Nash
Content Writer
Published: 4th February 2020

With different categories for older bikes, it can be confusing to know what’s classed as a vintage bike and what distinguishes it from the other categories, including classic, antique or even future classic. Here’s what you need to know about what constitutes a vintage motorcycle…

What is a vintage motorbike?

Generally, the age of a motorbike is usually used to determine whether the bike is vintage or not. In our opinion, a vintage motorbike is a motorbike that’s over 30 years old. A lot of recognised motorbike organisations even state that a vintage bike must’ve been manufactured before 1975 to be considered truly ‘vintage’.

What’s the difference between ‘vintage’ and ‘classic’?

It’s common for the terms  ‘vintage’ and ‘classic’ to be interchanged when describing an older motorcycle. And while they share similarities, the general consensus is that a classic motorbike is considered to be classic when it’s between 20 and 30 years old.

Another factor that often distinguishes a vintage bike from a classic bike is how much  it’s been customised. If a classic bike has a large number of modifications or customisations, it usually falls into the vintage bike category, whereas bikes that have remained true to their original style and still hold all,or most, of their original parts usually fall into the classic category.

Insuring a vintage motorbike

Now you’ve distinguished what exactly makes a vintage motorbike, you can now consider the insurance options available to you. Our vintage motorbike insurance policies include a range of benefits, from zero excess costs to cover for multiple scenarios. Not to mention, if you’re part of a motorcycle club, you may receive a discount on your premium.

Other benefits that you can take advantage of with our vintage motorbike insurance include:

  • Agreed value available
  • Show cover available
  • DNA+ protection system
  • UK and European accident and breakdown recovery, including Homestart assistance worth over £100 when compared to other providers
  • Up to 100,000 motorcycle legal expenses cover in the event of an accident which isn’t your fault

Here at Carole Nash, we understand how much you value your vintage motorbike. That’s why we can tailor your insurance policy to suit your needs.

If you’re interested in hearing more about our vintage motorbike insurance policies, get in touch with the team online or by giving us a call on 0800 804 7952. We’re happy to answer any query you may have, and we’ll use our expert knowledge to find the best vintage motorbike insurance policy for you.