Progressive ranks best motorcycle riding states

Progressive Insurance has announced its list of the best states for motorcycle riding, and the news isn't good for California, home to a sizeable percentage of the powersports industry.

While California ranks in the top 10 for number of good riding days, The Golden State didn't make the Progressive's overall Top 20 States list due to higher accident frequency, population density, and gas prices; and low percentage of smoother riding roadways.

Progressive's list of best states to ride: Florida (1), Georgia (2), Arizona (3), South Carolina (4), Kansas (5), Mississippi (6), Oklahoma (7), Arkansas (8), North Carolina (9), Iowa (10), Alabama (11), Texas (12), New Mexico/West Virginia (tied for 13), Nebraska (14), Tennessee (15), Hawaii (16), Kentucky (17), Louisiana (18), Ohio (19), Utah (20).

"American riding is as diverse as American riders from the city rider to the country cruiser," said Dan Kamionkowski, motorcycle product manager at Progressive. "Some states that you may consider obvious good places to ride were not included in the top 20 when all data were taken into account but they're still great options."

While the weather in Hawaii offers bikers the highest number of good riding days, it was edged out of the top 10 in part due to its low percentage of smoother riding roadways and high population density.

New York has many great rides, but one reason it's not in the overall top 20 is because of New York City's high population density. New York makes it into the top 10 (No. 6, up from  No. 44) if New York City is removed from the population density data.

"Based on our experience, we pulled together what we consider to be important data to help bikers make better riding decisions. It's not the end-all-be-all list of variables, for sure, since preferences vary from rider to rider, but we hope it will help riders plan their next road trip," continued Kamionkowski.

Progressive looked at the following data to determine its list of best states to ride: number of good riding days (based on temperature and precipitation), likelihood of getting into a motorcycle accident, percentage of smoother roadways, population density and average price per gallon of regular gasoline.

Here's how states rank by each data set, in descending order::

  • Most number of good riding days: Hawaii, Florida, Arizona, Texas, Louisiana
  • Lowest likelihood of getting into a motorcycle crash: Hawaii, Mississippi, Florida, Arizona, South Carolina
  • Highest percentage of smoother roadways: North Dakota, Georgia, Florida, Alaska, Kansas
  • Lowest average price for a gallon of regular gasoline: Wyoming, Montana, Colorado, Utah, South Carolina
  • Lowest population density: Alaska, Wyoming, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota

"We want to help bikers get the most out of their time on the road," said Kamionkowski. "We hope this list offers them insight before they go full throttle on their next excursion."

Progressive is the sponsor of the International Motorcycle Shows, which is owned by Advanstar Communications, parent of Dealernews.

From a press release. Posted by Mary Slepicka