More Motorcyclists on Roads This Summer

Fuel price is one motivator

As summer days approach, motorcycle enthusiasts expect to use their Harleys, Kawasakis and Hondas more often and for longer periods of time than they did a year ago. Gas prices and a strong passion for riding are two of the main driving factors behind the increased desire to ride, according to a new survey by Nationwide Mutual Insurance.

The high price of gas and a passion for riding will keep more riders on the road this summer.

According to the survey, 35 percent of motorcyclists said they will ride their bikes more over the next year as a result of fuel prices. Enthusiasts are also turning their hobby into an everyday form of transportation. Survey respondents reported they spent 26 percent of their total riding time last year commuting to work. While most riders have insurance, one in three indicated they are unsure if they have adequate coverage.

“Motorcyclists know that riding is more than a hobby its also one of the most efficient means of transportation available,” said American Motorcyclist Association Chief Executive Officer Patricia DiPietro. “As more Americans discover both the joys and the cost-effectiveness of motorcycling, were sure to see more motorists dedicating their time, and their financial resources, to the passion of riding. But before hitting the road, its important all riders make sure their insurance is up-to-date.”

The survey conducted by Brandware of 2,544 motorcycle owners shows that male motorcyclists expect to ride 172 hours over the next year, while female riders expect to ride 146 hours. Motorcyclists are so passionate about their fuel-efficient bikes they indicated they will pay $3 to $4 more per gallon before they stop riding.

Male riders spent more than $7,000 in accessories and improvements over the last five years, more than any other powersports group owner.

According to the survey, both male and female motorcyclists committed more than half of their total money spent on leisure activities to accessories and improvements to their motorcycle over the past five years. Male riders invested more than $7,000 on their bikes over this time period, more than any other group of powersport enthusiast.

As motorcyclists invest more financial resources and increasingly rely on their bikes as a form of daily transportation, the question of adequate financial protection becomes a concern. While most motorcyclists are insured, more than one in 10 surveyed indicated they are not. And even those who have insurance may not have enough. Among insured riders, one in five said they are not covered for liability and one-third are not covered for collision or medical payments. More than 30 percent of motorcyclists surveyed dont believe they have enough insurance to cover the replacement value of their bikes and 14 percent said they would rather take their chances than pay to fully insure it.

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