More people chose motorcycles in 2012 than in 2011, according to the Motorcycle Industry Council (MIC).
The MIC released the numbers in a report on Wednesday, February 6, showing that motorcycle sales increased by 2.6 percent in 2012 compared to 2011. There were 452,386 motorcycles sold in 2012. In 2011, Americans bought 440,899 motorcycles.
The report analyzed sales from 19 major retailers and tracked four different kinds of bikes: scooters, on highway motorcycles, dual purpose and off road motorcycles. Sales increased for all four types (which has not happened since 2002), but scooters experienced the largest increase (7.7 percent).
Most people (318,105 in 2012) bought on highway motorcycles.
The Danger of More Motorcycles on the Road
We are glad to see that more people bought motorcycles last year. They are cheaper than cars, they are more fuel-efficient and there is a certain thrill about them that cannot be described.
However, an increased amount of motorcycles can pose certain dangers to traffic safety. As we saw last year, more riders on the road can lead to more accidents. Summer came earlier and lasted longer, leading to more riders enjoying the nice weather and higher accident numbers for colder months.
We encourage riders who recently bought their first motorcycles to ride defensively. Years of litigating motorcycle accident lawsuits have shown us that distracted or unfocused drivers are a leading cause of fatal bike crashes. If you lost a motorcycle rider in a fatal accident, feel free to explore your legal options with us by calling (866) 377-3800.
Metier Law Firm, LLC – Wyoming and Colorado accident lawyers
[Tom’s Tips: For new riders, consider a motorcycle safety course. It is an excellent way to learn basic skills and earn your motorcycle endorsement.]