Are Women Who Ride Motorcycles Better Than Those Who Don’t?

Women who ride motorcycles are better than those who don’t. This isn’t a biker attitude or slight to non-riding females, but the findings of a study we recently came across at the Clutch and Chrome offices.

Of course, being a study there are margins of error and who can really say any woman is better than another? We certainly grabbed your attention though!

Published last year, the research did show women riders seem to feel happier, sexier, more confident and less stressed.

The study was conducted by Kelton, a leading global insights firm and commissioned by Harley-Davidson, the Milwaukee motorcycle manufacturer who has gone to great lengths to get women into their own saddle. Some would say those efforts have been successful.

Harley-Davidson sold more new on-road motorcycles to women in the U.S. than all other brands combined in 2013. This makes roughly 12 percent of the country's motorcycle owner’s women, an increase of about 30 percent over the last decade, according to the Motorcycle Industry Council.

While all riders refer to their motorcycle past time as two-wheeled therapy, the study shows it may be more than a biker night punchline.

Women riders enjoying a pair of 2015 Harley-Davidson Fat Bob's

According to the study, officially called ‘The Harley-Davidson Female Riders Survey’ women riders appear to be in a better frame of mind than their non-riding counterparts.

Women riders are more than twice as likely to always feel happy with 37 percent of riders always feeling happy compared to 16 percent of non-riders. More than a third, a whopping 34 percent reported they felt less stressed after starting to ride. Further, nearly four times as many always feel sexy, 27 percent of riders vs. 7 percent of non-riders, and nearly twice as many always feel confident, 35 percent of riders vs. 18 percent of non-riders.

"Thousands of women have found that riding a Harley-Davidson motorcycle is a powerful way to tap into their strength, independence and confidence and take it to a whole new level," said Claudia Garber, Director of Market Outreach for Harley-Davidson.

This is probably better known in riding circles as that ‘biker swagger’.

Other areas of a women biker’s lives also seem to be riding in the right lane. More riders than non-riders feel extremely satisfied with their careers, coming in at 40% of riders compared to 18% of non-riders.

Women who ride are more content with communication with their significant other, 60 percent of riders vs. 38 percent of non-riders and seem to enjoy more ‘physical intimacy’, 51 percent of riders vs. 35 percent of non-riders.

This last statistic seems to agree with another study that caught our eye finding older riders have more sex than may be generally considered.

The ‘Harley-Davidson Female Riders Survey’ also finds more female riders usually feel content instead of worried than non-riders, 75% vs. 64%, and almost a quarter (23%) of riders report that they rarely or never feel anxious.

Although this study was released last year, Harley-Davidson has continued its ride toward putting more women in their own saddle.

Dealerships around the country host ‘Garage Parties’, evening events which walk non-riding ladies through the mysteries of motorcycles, what they should look for in a bike and even the latest two-wheeled fashions.

Speaking of which, Harley-Davidson has improved their apparel and accessories line for the fairer sex, allowing women to bring style as well as beauty to the open road. The Milwaukee motorcycle manufacturer’s website walks women riders through the different types of apparel and accessories, how to choose them and best of all, how to find the best fit.

The same approach is taken with helping new women riders choose their first ride with Harley detailing, fit, function and style of its different models and how riders can apply it to not only their build but what they want out of riding.

"Research shows the positive impact riding has on women, so we invite all those who dream of the open road to get started on the journey," Harley-Davidson’s Claudia Garber noted at the time of the study’s release.

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