My first bike was a 100cc two-stroke Japanese something or other until I passed my full licence, then a 400cc Suzuki, a 500cc Yamaha, and a 660cc BMW. Then I got married… All saw good use in not just Scotland but also France, Germany and Austria.
I’m a sensible rider, so Japan doesn’t actually appeal to me much for riding; it’s too hot for about half the year as I don’t ride without protective gear, then it gets too dark too early, and commuting to work looks like not much fun, especially compared to Edinburgh where I could faff about round the back of Arthur’s Seat on the way home to let off a little steam after work.
On the questionnaire itself, a Harley being a good bike for beginners? Really? Or the third-best thing being a small turning circle? Pillion should grab your shoulders or arms? Sounds downright dangerous!
Q1: Do you have a motorcycle? (Sample size=337)
Yes 42.9% Used to have 29.7% Plan to buy within the next three months 2.6% Never had one 24.8%
It expressly says that it was motorcycle licence holders that answered the question, so I’m not really sure why someone would get a licence but not a bike. Perhaps some of the 24.8% only used one for work, or perhaps scooter or moped owning was excluded?
Interestingly, the fifties age group was the largest ownership group, with 67% (from what looks like a sample of 9, however) owning one. Next was 57% of those in their twenties.
Q2: What make of bike would you recommend for a beginner? (Sample size=337, top five)
Honda 22.7% Yamaha 8.8% Kawasaki 8.8% Suzuki 3.8% Harley-Davidson 1.3%
Q3: What is the biggest charm of riding? (Sample size=337, top five)
Feeling the wind in your hair, close to nature 32.8% Avoiding traffic jams 7.8% Small turning circle 7.0% Just feels good 6.6% Simple, cheerful, nimble 6.6%
Q4: What would you like a pillion passenger of the opposite sex to hold on to? (Sample size=337)
Waist 65.6% Shoulders 8.6% Seat 7.4% Arms 6.5% Belt 0.6% Other 11.3%
Between the 4th of July and the 5th of August 2016 337 riders of both sexes from all over Japan aged between 16 and 59 completed an internet-based questionnaire. No further demographics were given.