Motorcycling has some of the coolest statistics attached to its name. Today, we're going to check out some of the most surprising statistics around, all in relation to the world of motorcycling. If you have time, make sure to check out these stats below, and see if you knew any of them or whether any surprised you.
The highlight of this article is definitely the infographic. If you found it to be entertaining or to have surprise or note-worthy statistics, make sure to share it with your friends on Facebook or Twitter!
Let's dive right in!
1. California is the state with the highest number of motorcycles in the US. This is no surprise, given that California is a state which pretty much lives and breathes the culture of motorcycling. To be precise, California has 801803 registered motorcycles in its state, which means it has more registered motorcycles than the number of people in Wyoming! That is an amazing statistic, no doubt, and it just shows that deep-rooted passion for biking that runs through the state of California.
2. The next two states with the highest number of registered motorcycles include Florida, which is a near second with 574176 registered motorcycles and Texas comes third with 438551 registered motorcycles. It's quite impressive to see that California, in first place, has almost double the number of motorcycles in Texas.
3. In 2015, over 500,000 motorcycles were purchased in the US. This figure has actually risen significantly in 2016 and sales are expected to rise in 2017.
4. Harley Davidson has roughly owns half the market share in the US, manufacturing about 53% of motorcycles in the US.
5. In 2005, the US earned 1.5 billion dollars in motorcycle exports. This figure gradually increased over the years and peaked to about 1.75 billion dollars in 2012. This figure is still growing slowly each year.
6. The US motorcycling industry generates about 5 billion dollars each year in the US. This figure is expected to rise gradually over the next few years, thanks to such a growing interest in motorcycling. This might not surprise you, but this figure actually peaked in 2012 and 2013, reaching heights of 6 and 7 billion.
7. In 2011, in Iowa, for every 18 people you met, one of them owned a motorcycle.
8. The number of total motorcycle registrations has almost doubled from 1997 to 2006, showing just how popular motorcycling has become. Just check this out: There were 3,826,373 total motorcycling registrations in 1997. By the time 2006 came along, there were 6,678,958 total motorcycle registrations. Imagine that! It's a dramatic increase. But certainly, that period of time from 1997 to 2006 has been essential to the motorcycling industry. You've been living through a historic period in the growth of this industry!
9. Did you know that 1.5 billion miles worth of road are covered by bikers each year in the US? This is my favorite statistic, without a doubt. It's simply mind-blowing.
10. Honda is one of Harley Davidson's greatest competitors across the globe, but it does hold a 15% market share in the US. This is quite a sizeable market share, considering that it has to compete with other US manufacturers such as Polaris Industries in Minnesota and Harley Davidson. However, other brands that are fighting for a slice of the US market share include Yamaha and Ducati.
Now, let's check out the infographic: