Did You Know that Nearly a Quarter of Motorcycle Riders Are Women?

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11 Oct 2010

Two of our favorite words here at Mustang Motorcycle Seats are “unsolicited testimonial.” And when we get a good one, I like to share it.

What’s real special about this letter — other than the writer goes on and on about our seats — is that it’s written by a woman who has an obvious passion for anything on two wheels. I mean, she had the wherewithal to complete an agonizing Iron Butt endurance challenge without a whine or a whimper. We’re talking a thousand miles in less than a day! Get outta here!

Makes you kind of wonder where the female contingent of the motorcycle-riding public stands in relationship to the menfolk. But we’re getting way ahead of ourselves here. First, the aforementioned letter from rider Darlene B.:

Comfy All the Way

I just completed a 30-day, 7,247-mile, “around the U.S. in 26 states” trip with my Mustang seat with driver back on my VTX1300R. I started my month-long trip doing a 1,000-mile Iron Butt run in just 21 hours — and I was comfy all the way!!

What a comfortable trip. I bought a Mustang seat for my VT750 and drove a total of 6,000 miles on day trips.  Now, with the new one on the 1300, I am sold that Mustang is the best, most comfortable seat!  Thank you!!

— Darlene B., Carson City, Nev.

We appreciate Darlene’s kind words, and we’re especially pleased that her ride was comfy on the Honda VTX1300R. It’s always nice to hear good things about our seats from the metric crew, and Darlene’s note is one of several we’ve received from riders who prefer the modern metric models and sport bikes over the old-school Harley-Davidsons. It just goes to show that riders of both sexes and both sides of the generational fence love our seats.

Which brings us to the purpose of this blog post — the ladies behind the handlebars. The latest findings from the Motorcycle Industry Council Owner Survey show that among the millions of Americans climbing on a bike these days, an increasing percentage are women and young people.

What we found most interesting was the fact that an incredible 25 million people swung their leg over a motorcycle and rode last year, and 5.7 million of them — or 23 percent— were women. If you squint your eyes, that’s just about a quarter of the total.

The industry report goes on to say that the percentage of women who own motorcycles jumped to 12.3 percent in 2008, compared to 9.6 percent five years earlier. And younger females are getting into riding in an even bigger way. About 15 percent of Gen X cycle owners are women, and for Gen Y, it’s 14 percent. Gen X women have more than doubled their presence in the driver’s seat (hopefully a Mustang seat) since 1998.

For more interesting stats on ridership trends, and especially female motorcycle riders, visit: http://www.womenridersnow.com/pages/story_detail.aspx?lid=1221

One Response to “Did You Know that Nearly a Quarter of Motorcycle Riders Are Women?”

  1. Crossover Vehicles January 27, 2011 at 7:52 am #

    It’s so nice to buy that Mustang seat too. I, too experienced that iron butt in my daily trips to my office. It’s a one and a half drive. Sometimes it’s a curse, because I experienced backpain and very uncomfortable. now I heard there’s a mustang seat. It’s like a good news to me.. thanks for posting this article. I hope many of us who suffered could buy one from you.

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