Common Motorcycle Insurance Exclusions

Motorcycle insurance policies typically cover policyholders for liabilities arising from operating their motorcycles, but the coverage does not extend to specific situations called exclusions. As a rider, you should know the situations that limit or disqualify your coverage. If you live in or near Austin, TX, and have any insurance questions, including your policy’s exclusions, contact us at the Southwest Insurance Center for assistance.

Common Motorcycle Insurance Exclusions

All insurance policies and their corresponding rates carry certain assumptions about risk. To limit the insurer’s risk, policies often do not cover the policyholder whose liabilities occur while engaged in high-risk or illegal activities. You should review your policy’s exclusions with your agent to ensure you understand how your behavior can affect your coverage. For example, policies generally do not cover liabilities that occur when:

  • Committing a crime
  • Riding recklessly
  • Under the influence of alcohol or a controlled substance 
  • Causing deliberate damage to others’ property
  • Participating In organized races and timed events
  • Transporting passengers or delivering products for hire

In addition to the above items, policies often require you to name the individuals authorized to ride your bike. Your coverage becomes invalid if you lend your motorcycle to someone not named in the policy.

Every policy has exclusions, so you should review them with your agent to confirm you understand and accept them, or you may need to find an alternative or supplemental policy. For example, buying a separate race day or commercial vehicle policy is advisable if you plan to make deliveries with your motorcycle.

Insuring Your Motorcycle with Southwest Insurance Center

Southwest Insurance Center serves the Austin, TX, area. Our team helps community members with motorcycle or other insurance needs, so call us today at (512) 280-6100 or schedule an appointment through email.

Coverage For Boating Essentials

Obtain coverage for your watercraft and the essentials you depend on when boating. Also, consider upgrading your boat insurance policy through an agent at the Southwest Insurance Center.

Boat Insurance

Boat insurance coverage options range from comprehensive policies and standard policies to specialized add-on insurance products. Boat insurance covers both active use of your watercraft—including the essentials stored onboard—and when your boat is dry docked.

Additionally, an insurance policy can include coverage protecting against damage or theft while your watercraft and boating accessories are in tow.


Insuring your boat offers protection against body damage, mechanical failures, theft, and vandalism. It’s recommended that your boat undergo regular inspections, which can identify any cosmetic flaws or mechanical issues that need your attention.

Electrical Components

Items like lighting, dashboard materials, and other fixtures installed within your boat may utilize electrical components.

Your boat insurance policy can cover all these materials. In the case of electrical failures, the coverage will shoulder the cost to repair or replace the faulty electrical materials.


The furnishings within your boat are susceptible to water damage, theft, and vandalism. Conducting an annual check on the furnishings can determine their condition. It’s advisable to cover any valuable furnishings with your boat insurance policy.

Contact Our Team!

Reach out to one of our Austin, TX agents for personalized help with upgrading your boat insurance policy. The agent will walk you through potential boat insurance add-ons that might be beneficial for you.