Motorcycle Sales Up, Many Buyers Are Women

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) - Motorcycle sales are up dramatically as
gasoline prices spiral upward.

Dealers told the Lexington Herald-Leader many of their buyers
are women.

State registration statistics show 74,412 motorcycles were
registered in Kentucky in 2004. The number increased each
succeeding year to 96,522 in 2007.

Kentucky Transportation Cabinet spokesman David Devers said the
impact of higher gasoline prices will be evident in the 2008
statistics.

General manager Jason Hunter of Lexington Motorsports said his
dealership's sales are up by half and the signal event seems to be
$4-per-gallon fuel prices.

Hunter said women who came in earlier and didn't buy are now
coming back and purchasing motorcycles.

Motorcycle safety classes are also training many female riders.


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