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post #1 of 23 (permalink) Old 11-19-2003, 10:39 AM Thread Starter
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Sportbike rider ages

Anyone have any statistical evidence of who sportbike riders are by age? I've been having a "discussion" with a Harley rider and I made the statement, "Most sportbikes are puchased by kids", by which I meant those under the age of 22. Now I'm trying to figure out how to back that up.

Was I right in my assumption, or was it baseless?

EDIT: I suppose this poll tells me something, if I assume we have a simple random sample of the population here, but I'm not sure that's a good assumption.

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post #2 of 23 (permalink) Old 11-19-2003, 12:06 PM
 
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kan: I was going to put on the old poll an update that went like this: well sort of only only copied & dropped it on to here with some modifications.

Man that poll started out in '01 & here it is almost the end of '03. Like Hammer said he was amazed the poll was still going along.

Interesting factor is 75% of the names are no longer on this board which tells one some might have stopped riding or are on different boards YET I am also on different boards & some of the names are simply not there either. Ages since start have gone up 1 to 2 yrs since the start of the poll.
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That is pretty interesting. I've read a lot about ages and motorcycles today, and US studies show a significant increase in the number of over 40 riders out there. By prejudice, I'm leaning toward the opinion that they're mostly riding cruisers, and not sportbikes.

I did find a study in Australia that concluded, based on statistical data, that a majority of sportbike riders were "young", but I'm not sure if its valid to draw an inference about the US based on that or not. Since they have stricter licensing than we do, I'd actually suspect their data to be skewed toward the OLDER crowd, since more mature folks are likely to put up with the bureaucracy and kids aren't.

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My subjective response is that the largest percentage of sportbike riders are in their 20s, another significant percentage are in their 30s or late teens, and then the percentages shrink dramatically from the 40s on up in age.

I ride with a sportbike club here in Phoenix. The vast majority of the club is in their 20s and 30s. We have a couple of teenagers. And their are a few of us (me included) in our 40s and older.
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This is quite subjective, but I'll throw in my anyway. While I and the guys I ride with are in our mid to late 30's, most of the guys I see riding are obviously in their late teens or early 20's. I don't see too many women on sportbikes around here unless they are on the back; the neighbor's 20yo and his GF, for instance. Although I did see one on a hot-pink CBR a couple of months ago, and she was in her 20's as well.
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1: where is the pole you were talking about? I would cast a vote, and I would like to see where it stands. I guess I have misses it. I will look.

Here: I would estemate an even number of >40 and <40, the difference is All the <40 are on cruisers. I have to say myself that I plan to make the change over at around 35 - 40. Just because I would imagine my knees will make me. I don't have any illusions about keeping my eyes and reflexes forever either. I figure after retirement, cruiser for local and goldwing for cross country. If I make it to retirement. There are several of those that have made it pulling out in front of me. I will say this though. The numbers for <25 and 25><40 are pretty similar until you look at accidents. I can definatley see the riding maturity in the later group.
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1: where is the pole you were talking about?
http://sbw.sportbikes.com/showthread...threadid=12400


When i voted on the pole i was in the "below 20" catagory. Now if i were to vote again i'd have to vote 21-30. Ah how time fly's.

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http://sbw.sportbikes.com/showthread...threadid=12400


When i voted on the pole i was in the "below 20" catagory. Now if i were to vote again i'd have to vote 21-30. Ah how time fly's.
Pretty soon your voice will start changing, you'll get hair in funny places, and maybe even start liking girls. ewww.....

I'd guess it'd be hard to get anything more specific than just "motorcycles" in anything. Maybe not though, any luck so far?

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1: where is the pole you were talking about?
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EDIT: Oh, sorry, the poll is linked in my original post about it. What's linked here is the Australian study I found. So, sh, yeah, I got some info, but its not US-based, which would be ideal. And I actually find that incredibly surprising. What I really need is a marketing contact with one of the makers (H,Y,S,K); surely they know their target markets!

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Lets consider the looks of a sportbike, and who they appeal to the most..They are race replica's for the most part, young people are usually atracted by race anything, be it cars, bikes..so they tend to select a race replica rather than a crusier, for the most part..all ya have to do is look at the sale figures..But, here where I live, you can go to the Rock Store, on any given Sat. morning, and see quit a few of us older riders on some slick sportbikes, everything from Aprilla RSV's to Duc 999's, gixxers, Honda's, Yam's and even a few Kawi's in there, they are usually modded for spirted riding...prolly a bunch of older X racers... with ground down knee pucks, ect..If you went by the #'s at the above mentioned hang out, I'd say that the over 40 crowd would likely be in the 20, to 30 % catagory...prolly closer to 20, but as a whole, I doubt, it would be even that high, as you get older, and depending on your situation, priority's become changed...usually $$$ is very high, along with family, and business...Most younger people, place Fun as a high priority..

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