One in Five Motorcyclists Are Now Women

Motorcycle Industry Council research points to a sea-change in ridership

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More and more women are getting out there and enjoying motorcycles.Yamaha Motor Corp, USA

The Motorcycle Industry Council (MIC) released news today that nearly one in five motorcycles on the road today are ridden by females in the US. The MIC polled 2,472 adults via the 2018 Motorcycle/ATV Owner Survey, discovering that women make up 19% of American motorcycle owners, regardless of age. This marks a 5% increase from 2014 and 9% from 2009.

Results from the survey also shed light on how much money they spend a year on maintenance, modifications, and accessories (average), with ladies spending $574/year—$77 more than a the average male rider.

“Over the past decade, more women are designing riding gear and other products specifically for female riders, working in major companies or creating their own brands,” says the MIC’s new vice president and general manager of events, Cinnamon Kernes. “Having gear designed for women by women was a huge step and has certainly helped encourage female ridership.”

Other findings conclude that 66% of lady riders claim that their family and friends have a generally positive perception of two-wheeled vehicles, including motorcycles and scooters.

“As the number of Boomer and mature motorcyclists shrink and are replaced by newer riders, we could soon be looking at a solid 25 percent of motorcycle owners being female,” says Andria Yu, MIC director of communications.

“We’ve seen with our own eyes many more women riders — on the roads, on the trails, on the track, with families, at motorcycling events, forming clubs and just being part of everyday group rides. Many people in the industry have worked some 30 years to achieve this, and now the data confirms it: More and more women are getting out there and enjoying motorcycles.”

More information in regarding to the motorcycling industry, and female riders specifically, will be shared tonight during the Progressive International Motorcycle Show at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York.