More than 1,200 European riders took part in a study commissioned by Moto-tyres.co.uk that asked three universal motorcycle questions; about their longest trip, their destination and the frequency of their motorcycle rides in the summer in the summer of 2015.
Titled ‘Bikers’ Summer 2015’, the survey was carried out by Delticom AG, Europe’s leading internet tire dealer and its online shops with motorcycle tires and accessories in nine European countries. Aside from sharing their motorcycle adventures, there were prizes worth 1,500 Euro at stake which included vouchers for motorcycle tires, a motorcycle satellite navigation system and a GoPro camera including a helmet holder.
A look at the trips of 2015 shows bikers are never at a loss for ideas, no goal is too far for them, and they don’t avoid exotic places. All in all, the participants rode more than a 662,000 miles, which averaged out to 500 miles per person.
According to the study, the most popular destination in the biker summer 2015 was France with 12% of respondents taking a trip to the country. While there, European bikers rode along the Côte d’Azur, also called the French Riviera and is the Mediterranean coastline of the southeast corner of France. Aside from the famous Cannes film festival, many celebrities such as Elton John and Brigitte Bardot have homes in the region.
A ride through the Pyrenees - Source IMT Bike
Other French destinations included the French Alps or the Pyrenees, a range of mountains that forms a natural border between France and Spain.
France was closely followed by Germany and Italy which weighed in with 11% each as well as Spain which enjoyed 10% of respondent’s destinations. On the list of places visited were the Black Forest, a large forested mountain range southwestern Germany or the Harz, the highest mountain range in Northern Germany which features the legendary Brocken with a height of 3,744 ft. above sea level.
Other popular spots, the Dolomites, a mountain range located in northeastern Italy, Lake Garda, the country’s largest lake or Andalusia, the only European region with both Mediterranean and Atlantic coastlines.
The study found cross-country trips or even trips across several countries were extremely popular, some taking motorcycle enthusiasts around the world. A quarter of responding bikers mentioned exotic destinations such as Kenya, Tanzania, Malaysia or Australia.
Finally, the results showed that it’s not where bikers rode, but how often they found themselves in the saddle. Almost half of those who took part in the survey said they enjoyed saddle time more than 30 times in the summer.
“The survey has brought interesting findings with excellent examples. This demonstrates that for passionate bikers the journey itself is the reward and that’s why they tend to get very creative”, summarizes Oliver Pflaum motorcycle specialist from Moto-tyres.co.uk. “The results also confirm the motorcyclists’ demand for equipment for various occasions, riding styles and conditions. For this reason we stock suitable tires and accessories for every occasion and every biker.”