How many residents are there per registered motorcycle in the various states? I have wondered. I found enough data on the internet to calculate it, but then I found a site that already has a nice article.
You can check it out on Motley Fool.
The national average is 36 people per motorcycle.
Iowa is third with 18 people per motorcycle.
New Hampshire is second with 17.
South Dakota is first with only 12 inhabitants per bike. By the way, the Stugis, SD motorcycle rally draws about 1/2 million riders annually from all over the country. Bonafide bike country.
2015 Sturgis, SD Bike Rally Riders
It’s interesting that the warmer states have the least motorcycles per capita. I have no idea why. It should be the other way around but it isn’t. People with cold winters have more bikes.
But I think New Hampshire is too far out of first place for me to help much by buying a second motorcycle. It was a pretty good thought, though.
The old, hardwired part of my brain arrived genetically, a product of millions of years of evolution. It existed before agriculture and was used hunting and gathering. It knows how to carry all my possessions with me, to live light and free. It’s still there, operating in the background. There hasn’t been enough time to change it much.
That’s why a motorcycle feels natural. A minimal machine, carrying my gear down the road to the next good spot.
I can do civilization pretty well, but part of me objects to it and gets angry.
That’s why a regular dose of “the bike” is necessary. Even a photo does wonders.
Ted Simon, Jupiter’s Travels.
Some people drive up from Boston to go skiing at Gunstock. They look over as an old BMW pulls in with a pair of snow shoes strapped on the back. “Whaaaaa?”
It’s alarming. No one rides a motorcycle to a ski area in February.
“What does that guy know that I don’t know?”
For one thing, it’s only 1/4 mile from my house to the ski area. I don’t get cold on a three minute ride.
I disappear into the woods.
Half way up Cobble Mountain, I notice some critters have been sharing this section of the trail. But their tracks veer off towards this shelter:
A warm south facing rock overhang, dry pine needle floor, no mortgage.
Snow-coated Alton Bay in the distance.
Gunstock Downhill Ski Runs
Panorama High Speed Quad running full capacity in the distance.
Back home an hour and a half later. Hot tea. Then, more hot tea.