- Any advice for renting a garage somewhere within 1.5 hours of London for cheaper (I mean affordable) insurance, yet still maintaining quick-ish access to your bike?
- If you have a house with a garage that you keep your bike in:
- how does life look for you?
- can you commute to central comfortably?
- is your insurance affordable?
- how far out of London do you live?
Bought my first bike last year
I got my first bike last year, a 2018 Yamaha MT-07. I keep it at my parents in Wiltshire in order to afford the insurance and since I can’t ride it every weekend nor do I need to commute on it since I can walk to work in less than 30 mins.
I keep my bike in Wiltshire
It takes me 2.5 hours to get to my parents and I need a lift from the train station to their house. My long term plan was to get a garage that I could get to from my flat in Elephant & Castle in less than 1.5 hours. Or just bring my bike closer to my flat in London as my insurance drops due to no claims etc, age etc.
First year of insurance was ~£700, this year is going to be about ~£350.
I want to store my bike closer to me in Central London (home/work)
I’ve also been considering buying a house lately, and part of my plan is to get one with a garage to keep my bike(s) in. However, insurance still seems to be crazy in London. So I either have to look at a house in an area further out of London or get a house but have a garage somewhere that’s better for insurance.
Looking at garage rental options
I’ve been looking on lockupgarages.co.uk this morning, seems like some good options there. I quoted insurance for one a bit north of Croydon and my insurance went up from £700 a year to £900, which I can manage.
Any other ideas for where to look?
I wonder about security and power. I keep my bike plugged in to a battery maintainer because my schedule can be unpredictable and the biketrac/security on my drains the battery quite quickly. So I’d want a garage that has power supply and great security. Would be awesome if I could get a 4G wi-fi router to install some internet enabled security gear inside. Thoughts?
Future bike dreams £££
Right now my MT-07 is worth something like £4800 or so. But I want to spend a lot more on my next bike. My MT-07 has been a great test run, I definitely love bikes now. So I want to invest more, perhaps something like S1000RR, or a Street Triple, or something higher bracket like that.
This of course will make the insurance go up, and maybe crush the idea of renting a garage or buying a house.+ garage closer to Central London where I work and currently live.