Classic Motorcycle Insurance specialists for 30 years

At Footman James we specialise in classic motorcycle insurance and vintage motorcycle insurance. That is why we understand the special bond that riders form with their classic motorcycles, especially if they have been restored and rebuilt as a project of passion. Footman James offers classic motorcycle insurance that is tailored with enthusiasts in mind; and because of this the cover provided for helmet and leathers has increased from £250 to £750 on all classic motorcycle policies. 

As lovers of classic motorcycles, we have links with many enthusiasts and their clubs and – as part of our commitment to them – we offer specialist rates for classic motorcycle enthusiast club members. We stay close to the classic biking community and get involved with some of the largest classic motorcycle organisations in the world, including the VMCC and the VJMC. To see the full list of clubs and associations that we work with, please visit our Clubs page.

You can be sure that by arranging your insurance through Footman James your classic motorcycle, from a BSA to a Triumph, will be covered.


At Footman James we understand that classic bike enthusiasts want to make the most of their classic bikes. That’s why we can now offer a range of additional cover options, which allows customers to pick and choose cover to suit their particular needs. The cover options are collectively called FJ+ and includes options such as breakdown, nil deduction salvage retention and ride to work. So whether a customer wants to ride other classics, hire their bike for weddings or wants to participate in track days we’ve got it covered!

Example FJ+ Cover Options
Legal Protection
Spare Parts
Spare Parts 2, 5 and 10
Ride To Work
Agreed Value
Nil Deduction Salvage Retention

Footman James reviews

ProductScoreCustomer Comments

Classic Bike Insurance BSA B40


Excellent service would recommend to friends

Classic Bike Insurance VESPA-PIAGGIO 125 GT


quick, accurate and proffessional at all times

Classic Bike Insurance BOWN AUTO ROADSTER


For the first time in decades of buying motoring insurance they refused to quote - no reason given - not impressed.

I received numerious competive quotes for my renewal and I'm pleased to advise that I have renewed for another year.

Incidentally I'm a member of IAM.

On 28-Jun-2016 the supplier responded:
We're very happy you have renewed with us for another year. As you have given us a negative rating, is there anything you were unhappy with regarding the service/product you received from Footman James? We value your feedback and would like to improve wherever possible.

Many Thanks.

On 28-Jun-2016 the customer added:
I have renewed my policy FJ131171, for 2 of my bikes, with which I have no issue.
In early June 2006 I approached Footman James for a new quote for my 2009 Honda Pan Eurpean, I was advised by Zoe, that FJ were unable to quote. No reason given.


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Classic Bike Insurance BMW R100/RS


Classic vehicle insurance the way it should be; policy renewal either online or by phone is simple. Policy increases are modest and generally in line with inflation etc. The only claim that I have ever made was when my Velocette absolutely refused to start and had to be recovered. This was done speedily and with minimum fuss by a local motorcycle mechanic and recovery service, who is now an old friend I would definitely recommend Footman James to anyone with a classic vehicle to insure.

Classic Bike Insurance DUCATI 851


Did everything i asked for very quickly

Classic Bike Insurance TRIUMPH TIGER 100


I have dealt with them over the phone for many years and have always been happy with the results. The price has always been competitive.


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Classic Bike Insurance BSA A7 SHOOTING STAR


Quick easy straight foreward renewal took 2 minutes.

Classic Bike Insurance YAMAHA RD


Great service and very helpful !!

Classic Bike Insurance LAMBRETTA LI


Easy to deal with. Great service. Docs by email same day. Very good

Classic Bike Insurance KAWASAKI ZEPHYR


Yes i would recommend Footman James very good company, i have being with them long time now.

Classic Bike Insurance ARIEL VG RED HUNTER


50 per bike for classic machinery is very good. Competitive in days were most insurance companies rip you off for profit or to cover their losses elsewhere. Market leader in my book. Fully recommended. Great staff who know their subject and speak good English. Cannot be faulted. Negatives! can't think of any.

Classic Bike Insurance HONDA PXR


Very helpful and especially pleased that I didn't have to pay an admin fee.

Classic Bike Insurance VINCENT RAPIDE


All ok

Classic Bike Insurance GREEVES SPORTS TWIN


Friendly and quick service ,

Classic Bike Insurance ARIEL NH350


Very comprehensive and suited to the classic motorcyclist.

Classic Bike Insurance AJS MODEL 16


Helpful and good value.

Classic Bike Insurance TRIUMPH TIGER CUB



Classic Bike Insurance TRIUMPH TIGER


Very helpful and informed staff

Classic Bike Insurance HONDA CB 650


I found you very helpful and you made the process easy

Classic Motorcycle Insurance Classic Motorcycle Insurance specialists for 30 years