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female bike ownership on the rise

Female Motorcycle Ownership On the Rise | RideApart

looks like female motorcycle ownership has doubled in the past decade; currently 14% of bike owners are women.

the most interesting part to me was that the #1 bike of choice among women is cruisers at 34% while scooters came in 2nd at 33%. i would have figured scooters would have easily been the top bike choice of women.

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I think scooters would have been at the top as well, yet this past year I saw more and more women riding medium sized cruisers at some of the poker runs we participated in.

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Just a guess here, but cruisers usually have low seat heights and some of the scooters are pretty tall. My 400 Majesty is tall enough that I have trouble getting both feet flat on the ground while sitting on it, and I am taller than most women at 5'8". If I want to move the Majesty around in the garage or on the driveway, I can "paddle" it backwards with my feet, but have to use engine power to move it forward. There is also the issue of width with the scooter, since it has a floorboard which does not allow me to get my feet straight down, as I can with my Star.
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I think scooters would have been at the top as well, yet this past year I saw more and more women riding medium sized cruisers at some of the poker runs we participated in.

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were i live scooter riders are a menace people ride em like bicycles as if stop lights and traffic signs don't pertain to them. i get extra cautious when i near one of those, then get away from it as soon as possible. they should make scooter riders take the safety coarse before they can legally ride one. i saw one with 3 up this summer, doing like 50mph down a city street just blowing through red lights like it was nothing.
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I've seen them flying thru store parking lots as if they were bicycles. Talk about an accident waiting to happen.

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Austin is a hippy/hipster town that has a lot of cyclists and moped riders. i'd say that women make up about half the bike riders here under 200cc. it's a cheap way to get around and more environmentally friendly than anything else.

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Austin is a hippy/hipster town that has a lot of cyclists and moped riders. i'd say that women make up about half the bike riders here under 200cc. it's a cheap way to get around and more environmentally friendly than anything else.
i don't see how scooters are environmentally friendly, most of em are 2 strokes which have very high emissions. the EPA is trying to end the production of all 2 stroke engines. give em another year or two and they will get the ban passed.

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because they are either electric or get about 80mpg

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because they are either electric or get about 80mpg
just because they get good MPG doesn't make em environmentally friendly. the 2 strokes cause more pollution than a four cylinder car according to the EPA. electrics would be great but the only electric scooters were i live have elderly persons on them and there called rascals....LOL
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well good luck convincing the public that a 2-ton SUV is more environmentally friendly than a moped. i haven't come across such research yet.

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