Motorcycle industry in the United States

Pavel Prikhodko, Ph.D. Machine Learning

In the past few decades, there has been a significant increase in the number of motorcycle sales and registrations in the United States. Motorcycle registrations in the United States have grown by 75 percent, from 3,826,373 in 1997 to 6,678,958 in 2006 (according to the United States Department of Transportation). If we examine the information showing the number of registered motorcycles (including private, commercial and publicly owned) published at in 2013, we see that California had the highest number of registered motorcycles (799,990). Florida came in second with 545,452 registered motorcycles. In 2013, there were 443,856 motorcycles registered in Texas. In Ohio and Pennsylvania, the numbers of registered motorcycles amounted to 402,264 and 400,908 motorcycles respectively.


Now let’s analyze the main manufacturers in the industry. Wisconsin-based Harley-Davidson held 55 percent of the heavyweight motorcycle market and 35 percent of major motorcycle manufacturing in the United States in 2014. This American company, with a large reach and successful history that survived the Great Depression, has outperformed the motorcycle market in the last few years. The Japanese brand Honda came in second with 15 percent of the market share. In 2014, Yamaha reached a market share of 13 percent, while Kawasaki made up 9 percent of the motorcycle market. The market share of Polaris and Suzuki amounted to 5 percent in 2014.


Despite the atmosphere of fast highways and the feeling of freedom that is so loved by motorcycle riders, there is also a downside. According to, more than 4,500 motorcyclists were killed in crashes on American roads in 2014. The year before, the number of fatalities in motorcycle crashes was even greater: 4,692. In 2012, around 4,986 motorcyclists were killed in crashes in the United States. The highest number of fatalities was recorded in 2008, when 5,312 motorcyclists died as the result of crashes.


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About Pavel Prikhodko

Pavel Prikhodko, Ph.D. Machine Learning

Pavel has worked for many years as a researcher and developer on a wide range of applications (varying from mechanics and manufacturing to social data, finance and advertising), building predictive systems and trying to find stories that data can tell.

In his free time, he enjoys being with his family.

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