Spring is officially upon us, and numerous outdoor adventures are kicking into high gear. And it’s a perfect time of year for riding motorcycles. Let’s take a look at where Tampa ranked in AutoInsurance.org‘s recently published best city for motorcyclists report. Of all the major metros across the country, Tampa ranked as the second best city for motorcyclists along with Key West, Florida. Examining the local weather was a key factor in what AutoInsurance.org looked at in order to determine the best cities to ride. They found Tampa typically has 107 annual days of precipitation on per year. The average temperature in Tampa is 70.7 degrees.
Safety was the second most important data point examined in this report. AutoInsurance.org found that there are 26.21 motorcycle related deaths per one million residents. It’s important to note that helmet laws are not the same in every state. The state of Florida requires you to wear a helmet if you are under the age of 21.
Where To Ride
“Open roads, little traffic, great curves, and inspiring views. They’re all a big part of what makes heading out on two wheels so appealing,” AutoInsurance.org states about what they look for physically in each greater city area. “Whether it’s a well-traveled favorite or a brand-new route, finding the best places for motorcycle riders is an ongoing adventure,” they conclude.
Statista reports, that their last public compilation showed Florida had 637,448 motorcycle registrations in a year.
So where do they go to ride? Heading out of the city, there are a lot of great motorcycle adventures to embark on. You can head down the south coast or west across state. AutoInsurance.org points out the North Tampa Circuit is a must-ride. It starts just north of Tampa in Land O’ Lakes. It then winds thru the county of north Tampa, going through orange groves and ranches before taking you back west to Land O’ Lakes.
If your looking for more hills, pastures, and acres of ranchland Von Hoak Loop is another popular trip out of Tampa. It can be done in a day and consists of a one-lane road that you may share with horseback riders.
Tampa ranked second out of the 51 markets examined to determine the best city for motorcyclists. Much of that has to do with the great year-around weather. Tampa also has designated permit parking areas for motorcycles and scooters within various garages. These spaces are striped and signed as motorcycle and scooter parking only.