Which State Has The Highest Percentage Of Motorcycle Ownership? Surprise…

rank4Counting the total number of motorcycle registrations in the US is only one way to evaluate ownership (in 2011, DOT stated a total of 8,410,255 registered motorcycles, or about 1 motorcycle for 36 habitants) Ranking each state for its specific number of registrations is also useful for manufacturers and vendors. But if you correlate the state number of registrations to the population of said state, results are even more useful… and are quite surprising.

rank5Instead of looking at the number of motorcycles in each 50 states, let’s look at the number of people per motorcycle. The lowest the number, highest is the density of motorcycles in each state.

Ranked number 1 is South Dakota with 12 people for 1 motorcycle (beating the national average by 66%), although the state represents only 0.82% of the US motorcycle registrations. Ranked number 2 is New Hampshire with 17 people for 1 motorcycle (beating the national average by 50%) although representing only 0.94% of all motorcycles in America). Ranked number 3 is Iowa with with 18 people for every motorcycle registered (beating the national average by 55%) although representing only 2.1% of all motorcycles in America. Complete ranking of all US 50 states after the jump.


13 Responses to “Which State Has The Highest Percentage Of Motorcycle Ownership? Surprise…”

  1. 1 takehikes Feb 19th, 2014 at 9:36 am

    I wonder how many in SD sit in a trailer/barn/garage until Sturgis Week?

  2. 2 Joe Mielke Feb 19th, 2014 at 10:03 am

    Hey Takehikes,

    Proud South Dakota native right here. I ride my 91 FXR every Friday. My streak right now is 59 weeks in a row. Google FXR Friday.

    Damn right South Dakota has the highest percentage of owners!!!


  3. 3 Rod Feb 19th, 2014 at 10:24 am

    Ca is #43 and they get to lane split.

  4. 4 Jusmecuz Feb 19th, 2014 at 10:48 am

    Those are surprising numbers.

  5. 5 Doug Feb 19th, 2014 at 10:55 am

    Damn right SD has very low population.

  6. 6 Gary Princeton Feb 19th, 2014 at 12:05 pm

    Very interesting stats. Put things in perspective,

  7. 7 Brock Feb 19th, 2014 at 12:07 pm

    South Dakota has beautiful scenery and fantastic roads, seems like a damn shame not to own a bike… makes sense to me!

  8. 8 burnout Feb 19th, 2014 at 1:48 pm

    I am not surprised at these numbers. Having been to both states I noticed all the license plates on bikes. peace

  9. 9 Blackmax Feb 19th, 2014 at 7:46 pm

    Wow !!! did not know my home state & neighbors had fallen so far down the list
    Good information & thank you

  10. 10 Sportster Mike Feb 20th, 2014 at 5:40 am

    What other states can you lane split in other than California? asks this English rider…

    Am fed up with all the water here… would like somewhere warm, dry and motorcycle friendly


  11. 11 BigAlyts Feb 20th, 2014 at 9:45 am

    Just think, if everyone in S. Dakota left their State and all of the Bikers left California and moved to S. Dakota then the entire State would be Bikers and every Law would be inspired by Motorcyclists. Wow, just think STURGIS would be all year round …….

  12. 12 Dr Robert Harms Feb 20th, 2014 at 6:55 pm

    Who is the author of these absurd voodoo statistics ?? What was their grade in Statistics 101 ??

    The information posted is (sorry but true) insanely wrong and stupid.

    The appropriate statistic is the per capita percentage of motorcycle registrations where the universe of registrations is privately registered cars , trucks and motorcycles.In that comparison the impact of motorcycles to all private transport can be assessed .

    Why in the world would you compare registered motorcycles to the population ? Do 7 year olds own motorcycles ? Is the percentage of children to adults the same in all states ??


    Recalculating just the “first 3 states” yields a far different and more accurate result.

    South Dakota has 979325 total car, truck and motorcycle registrations with .07 % of all registrations being motorcycles

    In New Hampshire the motorcycle percentage is reduced to .063 %, while Iowa tallies only .023 %

    I have not calculated each and every state (Im no longer getting paid to do this type of analysis) but the proof in the pudding is an example like Callifornia with 28064487 total registrations and 818,650 motorcycles with a 2.85% penetration. Of course these are percentages so numbers of cases is irrelevant .

  13. 13 ShempSanford Feb 21st, 2014 at 4:50 am

    Gotta love 2.85% penetration. God Bless California.

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