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What’s required of all motorcycle riders in California?

You’re required to register your bike with the California DMV. If you don't have insurance, you could have your license suspended for a year, and may have to give up your right to pain and suffering damages if you're in an accident while uninsured—even if you're not at fault.

If you're under 21 years old, you must have a learner's permit for six months before you can apply for a license. During the 12 months that you have a learner’s permit, you’re not allowed to have passengers on your motorcycle.

Follow your minimum insurance coverage requirements and adhere to the following when riding your motorcycle in California:

  • Ride within 10 mph of surrounding traffic.
  • Follow safety rules for lane splitting:
    • Don’t lane split when traveling over 30 mph.
    • Don’t lane split near large vehicles, like RVs and semis.
  • Avoid riding in the shoulder lane.
  • Check to be sure that your motorcycle has a properly functioning muffler, mirrors, and front/rear turn signals.
  • Provide your passengers with footrests.
  • Be sure your handlebars are no greater than 6 inches above your shoulder height.
  • Wear DOT-approved helmets that feature visible DOT stickers (rider and passenger).
  • Turn your headlight on while riding if your motorcycle was built after 1978 (even during daytime).

What are the motorcycle insurance requirements in California?

Levels of insurance coverage are different for every rider and every motorcycle. There are various options to suit each riders’ specific needs and lifestyle, but each state requires minimums. Let’s discuss.

California’s motorcycle insurance minimums are expressed as 15/30/10, which means:

  • $15,000 for bodily injury liability for each person injured in an accident
  • $30,000 maximum bodily injury liability per accident
  • $10,000 for property damage liability per incident

Still not sure where to start with your motorcycle insurance? We're happy to help you determine what coverage fits you and your ride. Lower insurance limits may mean a lower monthly premium, but likely higher medical and repair bills out of your pocket in the event of an incident. We’re looking forward to discussing which options will work best for you.

Does California have any optional motorcycle insurance coverage?

In addition to the liability coverage you already have, you can get other forms of additional California motorcycle insurance. At Dairyland, we have plenty of options to help protect you and your bike:

  • Medical payments 
  • Collision 
  • Comprehensive
  • Roadside assistance

Whether you're riding a Harley-Davidson, Honda, Suzuki, Yamaha, BMW, Triumph, Indian, or something else, if you’ve added personal touches with optional equipment to your bike, we can insure it.

California motorcycle insurance discounts

If you're interested in policy discounts, you're in luck! Dairyland offers several to choose from.

The following discounts on your motorcycle insurance are available in California:

  • Mature driver
  • Multi-policy
  • Operator safety course
  • Good driver motorcycle program

When you request a quote, don’t be shy—ask for your discounts.

Sites to see in California

Redwood Highway (CA-101): The most northern run on US-101 in California takes you up close and personal with the redwoods, the tallest trees in the world. Taking you from Leggett to Crescent City, this 61.5-mile snippet of CA-101’s full 808.1 miles gives you access to some inviting tourist stops, including the Drive-Through Chandelier Tree and the Battery Point Lighthouse.

Route 33: This ride is truly an adventure, and not just because it's sparse enough to merit extra coolant and water. This 190-mile stretch covers several terrains, including forest, pink-topped mountains akin to Mars, and small towns. In addition, there are bustling oil fields and a James Dean billboard marking the last place the actor was seen alive. This ride allows you to enjoy natural and industrial beauty.

The Pacific Coast Highway (PCH): No talk of sites to see in California is complete without the Pacific Coast Highway. The longest state route in CA, much of the PCH hugs the coast, providing breathtaking views of Big Sur, Cambria, and San Francisco. Without a stop, it takes 10 hours to ride the PCH, but this is a trip you'll want to savor, with plenty of opportunities for detours and overnight stays.

Get a Dairyland quote for California motorcycle insurance

California offers riders so much that the state requires the Pacific Ocean itself to impose limitations. Even at the land’s end, the Golden State's coast is an incredible sight to behold.

Just like the nation's third-largest state offers ample opportunity to explore cutting-edge ideas and experiences, California provides you the opportunity to pioneer your own exciting adventures on the road.

Just be sure you leave prepared, so you ride safe and without worry of your motorcycle insurance coverage. Our customer service team is looking forward to getting you ready with a quote today.

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