The MIC Motorcycle Owner Survey reveals the numbers of the female riders in US

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It’s really amazing to see so many female riders riding by her selves or with her partners or groups, crossing barriers and countries boarders. It`s a passion and now a days, we can see women riding every kind of bike, from scooters to sport-bikes, cruisers, big trails; it doesn’t matter the how many horsepower they have or how many pounds.

The MIC Motorcycle Owner Survey did a very interesting survey, bringing to us the information that the  ownership by Women has doubled during the past decade.Let`s read the article provided by the MIC.

IRVINE, Calif. – Female motorcycle ownership is at an all-time high according to the latest data from the Motorcycle Industry Council. The MIC’s latest Motorcycle Owner Survey found that women account for 14 percent of all U.S. motorcycle owners, well up from the 8 percent reported in 1998.

“Women continue to embrace motorcycling like never before,” said Sarah Schilke, national marketing manager of BMW Motorrad USA and chair of PowerLily, a group of female motorcycle industry professionals. “Of the 9.2 million owners, more of them are women than we’ve ever recorded. In fact, the number of female owners better than doubled from 2003 to 2014. And, among the more than 30 million Americans who swung a leg over a motorcycle and rode at least one time in 2014, a quarter of these riders were women.”

Among younger generations of owners, the percentage of women is even higher. Slightly more than 17 percent of Gen X owners, and 17.6 percent of Gen Y owners, are women. Among Boomer owners, women make up 9 percent.

“It’s encouraging that we’re seeing more women among the riders who are entering the sport,” Schilke said. “Motorcycling is for anyone and that’s being recognized by younger generations and non-traditional customer segments.”

The survey also revealed what type of bikes women prefer: Cruisers are the choice of 34 percent of female riders. Scooters rank a close second at 33 percent, followed by sportbikes at 10 percent. In the survey, of some 48,000 American households, women were also asked to share their top three reasons for riding motorcycles. They answered “fun and recreation,” followed by “sense of freedom” and “enjoy outdoors/nature.” When it comes to buying a motorcycle, women rate fuel economy and test rides as the most important decision making factors.

The study revealed that female riders are safety-conscious. While 60 percent of women took a motorcycle safety course, only 42 percent of men had any formal training. In some state motorcycle safety training programs, women make up 30 percent of the student population.

Other key survey results:
•          The median age for female motorcyclists is 39 versus 48 for males
•          More than 49 percent of women motorcyclists perform their own maintenance or have a friend or relative do it, instead of taking their bikes to a shop
•          New bikes are preferred over used by 57 percent of female riders
•          49 percent of female motorcyclists are married
•          47 percent of female motorcyclists have a college or post-graduate degree

 


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