- The Washington Times - Monday, March 14, 2005


You can tell a lot about a person by the kind of motorcycle they ride, a new survey reports.

Those who ride Harley-Davidsons are three times more likely than the riders of sport bikes to own clothing or artwork featuring their favorite bike brand, according to a recent survey by the Progressive Group of Insurance Companies.

Riders of sport bikes — the racing-style machines known among motorcyclists as “road rippers” — are less likely to have tattoos or piercings than Harley riders, according to Progressive, which is the nation’s largest insurer of motorcycles.

The online survey also found that Harley riders are more likely than those who ride sport bikes to plan rides around where they’ll eat (32 percent versus 23 percent). Sport bike riders are three times more likely to eat at fast-food restaurants (18 percent versus 6 percent), while riders of Harleys are nearly four times more likely to pick restaurants with the nicest looking waiters or waitresses (11 percent versus 3 percent).

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