From Arizona’s Grand Canyon to New York’s Catskill Mountains, all 50 states offer unique, great places to ride. And more riders are hitting the road to take advantage of those scenic and thrilling rides: motorcycle and scooter sales rose 10.5 percent through the first quarter of 2011, according to the Motorcycle Industry Council. A recent Progressive Motorcycle Insurance report says the following states are the best states to ride in the U.S.:
4. South Carolina
9. North Carolina
13. New Mexico/West Virginia (tie)
“American riding is as diverse as American riders from the city rider to the country cruiser,” said Dan Kamionkowski, motorcycle product manager at Progressive. “Some states that you may consider obvious good places to ride were not included in the top 20 when all data were taken into account but they’re still great options.”
While California ranks in the top 10 (#6) for number of good riding days, The Golden State didn’t make the top 20 due to higher accident frequency, population density, and gas prices; and its low percentage of smoother riding roadways.
The weather in Hawaii offers bikers the highest number of good riding days, it’s edged out of the top 10 in part due to its low percentage of smoother riding roadways and high population density.
New York has many great rides but one reason it’s not in the overall top 20 is because of New York City’s high population density. New York makes it into the top 10 (#6, up from #44) if New York City is removed from the population density data.
“Based on our experience, we pulled together what we consider to be important data to help bikers make better riding decisions. It’s not the end-all-be-all list of variables, for sure, since preferences vary from rider to rider, but we hope it will help riders plan their next road trip,” continued Kamionkowski.
Progressive looked at the following data to determine its list of best states to ride:
Number of good riding days (based on temperature and precipitation)
Likelihood of getting into a motorcycle crash
Percentage of smoother riding roadways
Average price for a gallon of regular gasoline
For more information about Progressive Motorcycle Insurance, visit www.progressive.com/motorcycle.