Educate Yourself: The Different Types of Motorcycle Insurance

By | Nov 28, 2013

There’s a really good reason why motorcycle insurance is required by the government: it can be a godsend. After all, you can never know when motorcycle insurance can swoop in and save the day.

If you find yourself involved in an accident, your motorcycle insurance should somewhat soften the blow, as it can protect you from considerable loss of cash or other assets. The question, though, is: how much can you rely on motorcycle insurance? The answer to that lies in the types of coverage that are included in your policy. This article will tackle the various types, which should tremendously help if you’re still deciding on the extent of your motorcycle insurance.


Liability Coverage

Let’s begin with liability coverage. This is the most basic kind since liability coverage is mandatory.

You accidentally slammed onto an object or property? Your insurance will pay for the property damage that you’ve incurred. You were at fault in a vehicular collision? Your insurance will pay for the damage that you’ve caused to the other party (both injury and property damage). The thing with liability coverage, though, is that it won’t cover you or your motorcycle.

Collision Coverage

As mentioned above, you’d still have to shell out money straight out of your own pockets for your hospital or motorcycle expenses should your insurance be limited to liability coverage. With collision insurance, that’ll only be partly true now. Collision insurance will pay for the damage sustained by your motorcycle (less your deductible) in the event of an accident. And it doesn’t matter whether you’re to blame for the accident or not—collision insurance applies regardless of the circumstances. This is perhaps the most recommended type of optional coverage since your motorcycle will almost always suffer damage when disaster strikes.

Comprehensive Coverage

Collision coverage is good and all, but it won’t shield you from theft, vandalism, or fire. Should you want protection against non-road hazards, go for a policy that features comprehensive coverage. With this, you wouldn’t have to worry about your beloved Harley or Ducati (or whatever your ride is) that much anymore. A policy with comprehensive coverage should help you sleep more soundly at night.

Uninsured/Underinsured Motorist Coverage

You know what’s worse than getting hit by a car or another motorcycle? It’s getting hit by one that doesn’t have insurance (or one that’s underinsured, at least). While it’s true that you practically cannot drive a car or a motorcycle without an insurance policy in your back pocket, there is still a rather sizeable segment of the population that doesn’t mind breaking the law (head over to Famous Insurance and change that if you’re in the same boat). And you’re really down on your luck if you happen to get into an accident with such individuals involved. The situation wouldn’t be so bad, though, if your policy includes uninsured/underinsured motorist coverage. This should aid in paying for medical treatment, lost wages, and other damages to you and your passengers. The damage to your motorcycle isn’t covered, though.


Uninsured Motorist Property Damage Coverage

This is quite similar to uninsured motorist coverage. The only difference is that uninsured motorist property damage coverage deals with your bike, not you and your passengers.

The decision of which kinds of coverage to go for is entirely up to you. Heck, you can opt to avail of each and every one if that’s what’s going to drown your worries. But regardless of the coverage types that are included in your policy, what’s really important is to always prioritize safety on the road. After all, it’s better to not be able to maximize your insurance rather than to exercise it due to physical injuries and whatnot.


Updating In-Dash Navigation with the Honda Navigation DVD for 2014

By | Aug 27, 2013

honda-navigation-dvd-2014Although we are still in 2013, the latest GPS maps for Honda vehicles which come with built-in dashboard navigation are nearly available to purchase online.  For those not familiar with this process, the new maps come packaged on a Honda Navigation DVD.  These Honda navigation system updates are relatively easy to install and should take no longer than 30 minutes.

Why Buy a New Honda Navigation DVD?

As with all GPS devices, the maps are loaded onto the physical device, not beamed down from satellites which is a common misconception.  Because the GPS maps are stored on the Honda navigation system itself, they soon become out of date.  Using the United States as an example, there are something like 10,000 miles of roads updated or added each year to the national road network.  Not only that, but businesses tend to change addresses regularly, meaning that the address database in the Honda Navi is going to need refreshing each year.

If you own a Honda vehicle with built-in GPS navigation, by default, those maps are going to be out of date as soon as you drive the car off the dealer’s forecourt.  This is why it is recommended by Honda that drivers should buy the latest Honda Navigation DVD 2014 once it becomes available in September time of this year.

New Honda navigation system updates are available on all Honda models including Accord, Civic, CRV, CRZ, Crosstour, and many more.

Where to Get Honda Navigation Updates?

For more information on the new 2014 Honda Navigation DVD please make sure you visit the GPS Bites website.  GPS Bites is the most reliable online resources for all things pertaining to GPS navigation and map updates.  Use the link below to visit them now, where you can also then purchase the cheapest Honda Navigation DVDs using their special prices with the official map supplier.

Install Instructions

As a quick post-script, if you have bought the new Honda Navigation DVD then this is how you go about installing the new software disc.

  1. Eject your existing Honda navigation system update disc from the dashboard’s GPS device tray.
  2. Insert the new DVD and switch the GPS to the “on” position.
  3. A command will appear on the screen stating “Do you want to install new maps?”
  4. Click the “yes” button.
  5. You will now be prompted to enter in your own Navteq customer identification number – this can be found on the DVD packaging so don’t lose it.
  6. The install process should now take around 20 minutes to complete.

Please note, you should never turn the GPS off during the update process.  If you do so then you run the risk of the install becoming corrupt – a problem that only official Honda dealers can resolve.


Motorcycle ride to Albula Pass in Switzerland

By | Jun 30, 2013

Albula Pass is the kind of pass that is free of heavy traffic and a joy to ride. Beautiful scenery, empty roads and nice twists. Some pictures and videos from my motorcycle ride to Albula Pass in 2012.

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And the videos – enjoy!


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