Male bikers more sensitive than nonriders, survey says

They cry over `Lion King,' enjoy poetry, envy Oprah

May 25, 1999|By LOS ANGELES TIMES

Bikers are wimps.

At least, that's the gist of a new national survey of motorcycle riders that says male bikers are five times as likely to cry during movies -- especially "The Lion King" -- as men who don't ride.

They also enjoy poetry more, and some wish they could be Oprah Winfrey.

"Men motorcyclists are not who you may think," said a spokesman for Progressive Insurance, which sponsored the survey.

Their average age is about 40, and they tend to be in mid- to upper-income levels. Other findings from the survey of 1,100 men:

Male bikers reported giving flowers more often than noncyclists.

The most popular movie titles named by hog riders were "Shakespeare in Love," "It's a Wonderful Life," "Jerry Maguire," "Prince of Tides" and "Titanic." "Easy Rider" ranked 21st.

Motorcyclists are four times as likely to have wept during an episode of "Andy Griffith" as their nonmotorcyclist counterparts.

69 percent of motorcyclists regularly use the Internet.

62 percent of motorcyclists said they are moved by poetry, vs. 23 percent of nonbikers.

When asked which celebrity they most want to be like, the No. 1 choice of male motorcyclists was Paul Newman. Nos. 6 and 7 were Winfrey and Judge Judy.

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