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How Much Does It Cost to Own a Motorcycle in Singapore?

If you’re in the market for a motorcycle, you’re probably looking at the newer and popular models. Who doesn’t want to cruise down Changi Coast Road on a shiny new bike, right? In Singapore, a new high-end European motorcycle model like a Vespa can cost up to S$19,000. You can also opt for popular Japanese models like Honda and Yamaha for about S$11,000. Remember to ask for quotations and compare prices among dealerships. But before you visit one, consider the points below to estimate the overall cost of motorcycle in Singapore.

Things to consider BEFORE you own a motorcycle

#1 Price of COE

Just like owning a car in Singapore, you need to check the availability and bid on the Certificate of Entitlement (CEO) in order to ride a motorcycle on the road. Luckily, the price of COE for motorcycles is comparatively cheaper than cars. A 10-year period COE ranges from S$3,000 to S$8,000. You can check the latest COE price for motorcycle under Category D at the official COE Open Bidding site.

#2 Downpayment and Carry-On-Instalment (COI)

And just like buying a car, you’d need to settle a downpayment before you can get your hands on your motorcycle of choice. It is usually 10-20% of the motorcycle cost with S$1,000 to S$3,000 being the typical range. The rest of the price will be paid through Carry-On-Instalment (COI), monthly, over the period of 10 years.

Paying for the motorcycle in full is a good option if you do not want to be incurred with liabilities through COI payment. However, if liquidity is a priority then COI is the better option. Do note that COI comes with relatively high interest rate, so you’ll be paying for more than you originally bargained for.

#3 Road tax

Your road tax is calculated based on your motorcycle engine capacity. The table below is based on the official LTA website.

Engine Capacity (EC) in cc

6-Monthly Road Tax

EC ≤ 200S$40 x 0.782
200 < EC ≤ 1,000[S$40 + S$0.15(EC – 200)] x 0.782
EC > 1,000[S$160 + S$0.3(EC – 1,000)] x 0.782

You’re looking at around S$30S$50 and S$100 for 6-month road tax for low, medium and high capacity engine respectively.

#4 Motorcycle insurance

Motorcycle insurance is compulsory in order for you to ride on Singapore roads. It is also a crucial part of your riding experience. It provides coverage in situations where you need to fork out cash to pay for damages related to the motorcycle you’re riding, be it third-party liability, injuries or death. Note that the premium will be much higher if you have less than 2 years of riding experience, or if you are under 23 years old.

The typical insurance ranges from $150 per year to $1,200 per year, and even higher if you need a commercial coverage for food delivery, or sharing your bike with someone else.


Things to consider AFTER you own a motorcycle

#1 Inspection fee

You are required to get annual vehicle inspection for motorcycles above 3 years of age. The inspection involves the checking of light, handles, brakes, suspension, tyres, engine and other general items. Fortunately, motorcycle inspection fee is very affordable, costing less than S$20 per inspection.

#2 Petrol consumption

Fuel efficiency depends on your motorcycle engine capacity as well as usage, such as frequency of ride and distance covered. Also, will you be riding alone, with a passenger or transporting heavy items? You can check the latest fuel prices here.

#3 Motorcycle servicing

Servicing depends on the rider. Some prefer to work on their bike with their own hands and tools while others prefer to send their bikes to the workshop every few months. It is recommended to service your motorcycle once every three months for optimum performance. Cost per service ranges from as low as S$20 for maintenance work to more than ~S$200 for part replacements and fixing.

#4 Accessories and equipment

The motorcycle is just one part of the riding experience. You also need accessories and equipment, to not only look good, but stay safe too. Some typical accessories you’d need are:

  • Helmet which costs around S$100, so pick a comfortable one
  • Jacket which costs around S$100 to provide an extra layer of protection if you ever fell off your motorcycle while riding
  • Raincoat which costs around S$50 to protect you from the rain drops which, at 100km/h, can hit you like bullets
  • Gloves which costs around S$50 a pair for better grip and also protection if you ever fell off your bike
  • Phone holder which costs around S$20 and especially useful if you need GPS navigation while riding

#5 Parking your motorcycle

Your motorcycle hasn’t come cheap so far, so don’t take any chances. Be sure to park it in a proper parking lot, instead of by roadsides or behind buildings. HDB residents can apply for the HDB Concessionary Season Parking for Motorcycles, which allows you to park at any HDB carparks and most URA carparks. It’d only cost S$20 a month!

#6 ERP charges

Electronic Road Pricing (ERP) is a system used to manage Singapore’s road congestion. You are charged when you pass through the ERP gantry. The fee costs from S$0.25 to S$3 depending on the peak hours.

How much will a motorcycle cost you?

We’re looking at around S$300 to S$600 per month for the next 10 years. Yes, the cost of riding a motorcycle doesn’t come cheap.

With that price, it’s much better to rent a motorbike instead, is it? At AloRide, you can rent a motorcycle as low as $330 per month. No commitment hassle of long-term motorbike ownership.

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