Females Bikers Are Happier

A recent study commissioned by Harley Davidson found that females who ride motorbikes tend to possess higher self-esteem and are more contented with their lives. The study, which included 1013 bikers and 1016 non-bikers, discovered that the riders were twice more likely to feel ‘confident’ and felt ‘extremely satisfied’ appearance-wise. They were also twice more likely to ‘usually feel good’ with regards to their sexual appeal. Not only that, the bikers were found to be more satisfied with their careers, friendships, home and sex lives.

Of course the study was contracted by one of the largest luxury bike manufacturers and one can argue whether the bike truly maketh the rider or the woman-that-is came before the biker. The same riders from the study also said that the experience of the ride made them feel free and independent.

According to 2012 statistics from the Motorcycle Industry Council in the US, 12% of bikers in the States are of the fairer sex, a 2.5% increase from 2009. The numbers are small, but the potential is immense. In recent years, since the recession, Harley has been trying to tap into the female demographic by devising a special division for women, bringing bike models with lower seats to their attention and hosting garage parties, which the company’s website describe as events “designed for women looking for hands-on demos and tips before getting behind the handlebars for the first time”.

Some time ago, we wrote about successful, attractive women who could race cars. Now, women who can handle a hog are much more a rarity and, hence, even more deserving of our admiration. Here’s just a few of them to whet your appetite:

Leslie Porterfield

Porterfield is not just any biker chick. Her name was entered into the Guinness Book of World Records as the Fastest Woman in the World on a Motorcycle in 2008, when she accelerated to 232.522 mph on her 2002 2000cc turbo-charged Suzuki Hayabusa at the Bonneville salt flats. In the same year, she was selected as the American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) Racing Female Rider of the year. The following year, she returned to Bonneville to clinch the Top of the Meet Award (man or woman) with an astounding 240 mph pass.

Marisa Miller

Miller (above) is known for strutting down the runways of Victoria Secret’s fashion shows and for gracing the pages of Sports Illustrated Swimsuit (since 2004, and was on the cover of the 2008 edition, in case you’re interested). So it may surprise many that this lithe supermodel is a bikergirl at heart. Harley signed her on as their spokeswoman in 2010 and she has since been spotted riding around town on her own Nightster.

Elena Myers

Myers is barely out of her teens (only 21 this year!) but she already holds the title to several firsts. When she was 17, she became the first female to win an AMA Pro Road Racing sprint race and when she was 19, became the first woman to win a professional motorsport at the Daytona International Speedway. If these are her achievements at 21, how much more will she achieve when her talent fully matures.

Brigitte Bardot

Back in the fifties, Bardot was the stuff that dreams of men and boys were made of. She acted, she sang, she strutted; the French sex symbol exuded confidence and sensuality. Oh, and she also rode bikes. In fact, she loved Harleys so much that she even recorded a song about it:

Ah, how many of us would love to trade places with that Harley.

By the way, if you are a man interested to date a female biker, an online dating website specifically for riders, Bikerkiss.com, found that 34.51% of the female respondents to its survey were interested in men who bravely seek out adventures. That’s a statistic-backed tip for you.

image: asphaltandrubber.com, marisamiller.com, vebidoo.de

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