Why Florida Is A Popular State For Motorcycles

Why Florida Is A Popular State For Motorcycles
No other US state outside of California has more motorcycles in it than Florida – which has a much lower population than does California. There are over 600,000 total motorcycles owned by Floridians, and those who own them tend to use them frequently for trips both long and short.
This is in sharp contrast to some other states where motorcycle ownership is low and where those who own them use them only occasionally or seasonally. So what makes the big difference here in Florida?

Year Round Sunshine
Florida is not called The Sunshine State for nothing: our state receives an astounding 2,400 to 3,200 hours of sunshine annually, depending on which part of the state you live in. That dwarfs the figures of many states and makes it practical to ride your motorcycle most days year round.

Other climatic factors also come into play. July highs average in the 90s, while January highs hover in the 60s or 70s, making it possible to ride comfortably in all seasons if you dress appropriately. Wind is moderate most of the time in Florida, while snow and ice are normally nonexistent.

There is a rainy season and a hurricane season, of course, but these do not mean constant storms or downpour even while they’re “on.” And the rest of the year is rather clear and calm weather wise.

The Attractions
Florida’s status as a prime tourist state, along with its natural fishing and boating dominance and its many state parks and historic sites – are good news for locals too!

You can’t hardly travel 10 miles anywhere in the state without finding an abundance of things to do and places to see and explore. And bike trips of 50 or 100 miles aren’t anything out of the ordinary, and that brings hundreds of worthy attractions within scope of your travels.

It’s an obvious fact that the more things to do there are in a smaller space, the easier it is to get the most out of your biking excursions. Florida certainly scores high in that regard.

Friendly Motorcycle Legislation
Florida is also a “motorcycle friendly” state to live in. There are relatively few restriction on owning and riding a bike, though of course you need a license and should have a good motorcycle insurance policy.

You can just get a motorcycle endorsement if you already have a driver’s license, or you can get a motorcycle-only driver’s license. You have to have $10,000 PIP (personal injury protection), but you can technically get that through health insurance if you wish (but it’s better to get motorcycle insurance for added protection.) You have to have headlights even during the daytime, but helmets are not even required by law if you are an insured rider – but again, helmets are obviously a wise choice.

As accidents are far more common and more extreme with motorcycles than with ordinary passengers vehicles, it always pays to take a motorcycle driver safety course and drive with care. And being a well trained and experienced motorcycle driver can also save you money on your motorcycle insurance premiums.

If you own or are thinking of buying a new motorcycle (or insuring one you already own), be sure to get the best possible protection at an affordable rate. Contact Flagler County (FL) Insurance Agency today to customize your policy or get a free quote!