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What state has the most motorcyclists?

My bud and I always have an ongoing argument, he said California has the most active riders but I cant find any data to prove or disprove his statement...does anyone know an answer to this factoid?

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I don't know about state, but Las Vegas, Nevada has a lot of motorcycle riders. You cannot ride any street without coming up on or getting passed by several other riders. Probably due to the fact that you can ride year round here.

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Per Capita registrations would be good...Idaho rocks it pretty good with that measure (so they tell me).

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Per Capita registrations would be good...Idaho rocks it pretty good with that measure (so they tell me).
I think you need to go per capita. If you measured it on just motorcyclists, I would think California, just based on the fact that they have so many more people.
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I would say Cali, Florida, or Texas due to size and climate


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woot florida for the win
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Don't make me ban you just on the fact that Texas is better


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What State has the most mc riders

It use to be (in order) CA,TX,NY,FL,OH. They contributed the first 30% of registered riders.

Don't have the numbers of each state though.
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I found this tidbit but it looks dated :

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There is considerable state-by-state variation in motorcycle registrations per population. The five states with the highest rates of registrations per 1,000 population in 2000 are Iowa (43.3), New Hampshire (39.4), Wyoming (38.8), South Dakota (38.7), and Vermont (35.7). The five states with the lowest registration rates are New York (5.7), Virginia (8.6), Texas (9.0), Maryland (9.3) and Arkansas (9.4).

While Alpine County (zip code 96120) and its central town of Markleeville is scarcely populated, so many locals ride motorcycles that it ranks as state's highest for the rate of registered bikes, according to a Record analysis of California Highway Patrol data from 2003.
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I would have guessed SD on a per capita basis (Sturgis). Even though North and South Dakota have small total populations, just over a million people combined. We LOVE summer and almost everyone has a camper, boat or motorcycle. Some have all three. We try to wring every ounce of fun out of our short summers that we can!
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I think Pennsylvania used to have the most riders. I don't know if it still holds true, but PA, and even the parts of jersey near the border is big time motorcycle riding people.

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I would have guessed SD on a per capita basis (Sturgis). Even though North and South Dakota have small total populations, just over a million people combined. We LOVE summer and almost everyone has a camper, boat or motorcycle. Some have all three. We try to wring every ounce of fun out of our short summers that we can!
I will agree with this. Dakotan's tear it up while the summer is nice. We deal with way too much snow to not have fun while we can.
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Another interesting question would be which state has the most bikes by category: sport, dirt, cruisers, etc.

Someone said Vegas has a lot of cruisers, and I see a lot of sport bikes in my riding areas here in California. Btw, a great forum for sport bike riders in my area is Check it out for spirited M/C discussions.

Here's an example:


And some of the threads are even better than this!

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I knew NH had to be way up there

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I would say it would have to depend on where the bike week is for that moment lol But really, I think Florida or Cali. However, I wish it was southern Nevada

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Don't make me ban you just on the fact that Texas is better
Something is better in Texas? Oh yeah, the Dallas Cheerleaders. Other than that the best thing to come out of Texas is Interstate 10. (Lets see how serious that banning threat really is.)
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I would usually say that there's more riders where there's less traffic, but then again bikers love to ride in between traffic as well. I've never been to a place like New York City, so I can't judge. Anyone know from experience?
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