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Are more women riding motorcycles?

The UK has undoubtedly seen a dramatic rise in female motorcyclists in recent years.

A recent survey collected information from ‘The Bike Insurer’ shows that more and more women are purchasing motorcycles. Many believe that this is partially down to manufacturers starting to consider the needs of female riders when it comes to designing bikes.

The has seen an 8% increase in female riders in the UK.

The data presented in the survey demonstrated a clear upwards trend of women taking up motorcycling, notably, by analysing its policy database, specifically the data on female motorcyclists, the insurance aggregator refined over 23,000 insurance quotes between 1st May 2017 and 31st October 2018. Interestingly this makes up 8% of the total quotes taken on this site during that period. Although this may not necessarily be an accurate representation of the increase, it certainly demonstrates an increase in interest in the spot.

The average female motorcyclists in the UK

So what exactly does the average female rider look like? Well, the most common name of female riders in the UK is Sarah. In addition to this, we can see that female rider are more likely to be residing in the West or East Sussex area. The most common motorcycle ridden by female riders is the Honda CB125F, and often the average biker will cover around 3,000 miles per year.

Motorcycles which are commonly ridden by female motorcyclists

The top three most popular motorcycles are

  • Honda’s CB125F
  • Honda’s CBR125R; and
  • Yamaha’s YBR125.

The top 10 motorcycles ridden by female motorcyclists are all 125cc or below except for Triumph’s Bonneville T100 which sits in 6th place as well as the Kawasaki’s ZX-6R in 7th place.

Honda continues to be the most popular motorcycle amongst women

Interestingly enough, this isn’t the first time that data has shown women to have a preference for Honda motorcycles. In fact, did you know, Honda bikers actually make up six of the top ten most popular motorcycles with women?

Andy Mineyko is Honda UK’s Business Planning Department manager for motorcycles. He says that it’s great to see that Honda is the leading manufacturer on the minds of female motorcyclists. He goes on to say that they’re proud to offer a broad range of models which women enjoy riding. Further to this, they hope to play a part in growing the female rider community moving forward through ‘Just Ride’ and the Honda School of Motorcycling.

The top five motorcycles above the 125cc ridden by female motorcyclists

  • Triumph Bonneville T100
  • Kawasaki ZX-6R
  • Suzuki SV650S
  • Kawasaki ER-6F; and
  • Triumph Street Triple R.

Young woman driving motorcycle
Young biker woman riding chopper motorbike on forest road

The age data of female motorcyclists in the UK

The average age of a female motorcyclist in all the regions of the UK is 35. For example, 40 years old is the average age of a female motorcyclist in Leicestershire, Rutland and Northamptonshire. Greater Manchester’s average female motorcyclist is 33 years old.

The information which was gathered shows the preference for motorcycles can be linked to different age groups. For example, we can see that:

  • Women riders aged 17 to 24 tend to ride 124cc motorcycles
  • Women riders aged 45 to 54 seemingly prefer the Bonneville T100.
  • Women riders aged 55-65 tend to ride Honda’s CB500x
  • Women riders aged 17-24 aged 65+ tend to prefer the Honda C90 Super Cub.

Biker Woman on motorcycle
Biker Woman Girl ridding a chopper motorcycle on an empty city road

Different parts of the UK affect which motorcycle you’re more likely to ride

Female motorcyclists in different parts of the UK also seem to have different preferences when it comes to their motorcycles. With Surrey being the most popular location of female motorcyclists.

The top locations where more female riders are located are:

  • Surrey
  • East Sussex
  • West Sussex
  • East Anglia
  • Gloucestershire
  • Wiltshire; and
  • The Bath/Bristol area.

The most common job of female motorcyclists

We can also attain the most popular professions of female motorcyclists from the information we collected in the survey. The top three are

  • Student,
  • Housewife; and
  • Unemployed.

So why are more women taking up motorcycling?

Manufacturers are implementing design features that make their motorcycles more accessible to the female motorcyclist audience. This is undoubtedly a critical factor in the high rise of female motorcyclists on the road. The Bike Insurer’s commercial Director Jade Isabelle says that they are interested in looking at who these women are and how they can help them achieve their cheapest insurance price in the easiest way possible, as more and more women take up motorcycle riding. They welcome them all into the two-wheel world. 

Conclusion

In an arguably male-dominated world of motorcycling, it’s nice to see that more women are gaining an interest in motorcycles. With manufacturers adapting to accommodate the needs and demands of female motorcyclists, there is almost certainly going to be a rise in female motorcyclists in the coming years. It’s safe to say that women are finally arriving on the biking scene, and they’re here to stay.

 

Saffy Sprockethttps://www.SaffySprocket.com
Alongside her ever-growing coffee addiction, Saffron is well versed in the art of waffle and text jargon. She can often be found behind the screen of a computer grumbling about the youth of today.
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