Women Who Ride: Statistics on Female Motorcyclists
So you think women just wash motorcycles at Harley Davidson rallies? Think again!
How Many Women Riders Are There?
- In 2003, 9.6% of bikers in America were women.
- By 2015, that number was 14%.
- By 2018, that number was 19%.
- Among Millennials, women make up 26% of riders.
- Among Gen Xers, women make up 22% of riders.
How Safe Are Women Riders?
- In 2017, 446 women died on a motorcycle. 59% of those—263—were passengers. That leaves just
- 183 total deaths among female drivers…
- compared to
- 4,724 total deaths among male drivers.
- Though to be perfectly fair, 33% of women are riding scooters (less than 250cc), which brings the risk factor down.
What Makes Women Riders Safer?
- 71% of motorcycle owners state that they have taken at least one motorcycle training course during their lifetime.
- 60 percent of women regularly undergo rider safety courses, as of 2013 (compared to just 42 percent of men)
- While the true efficacy of safety courses remains undetermined, this stat shows that women are at least actively trying to be as safe as possible.
What Are Women Riding?
- Here’s how the female two-wheel community breaks down:
- 34% on cruisers
- 33% on scooters
- 10% on sports bikes
- But before you smirk at scooters (which are topping out these days at 850cc!), consider this:
- 49% of women prefer to work on their own bikes rather than taking it into a shop
Women Are Moving Motorcycling Forward
Women on motorcycles aren’t “biker babes”—they’re equally as knowledgeable and talented as any man on a motorcycle. Let’s show them the respect they deserve.