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Progressive Insurance Survey Finds That What You Drive Can Give You So Much Passion Youíll Need To Wear A Helmet

How do you find men who can show their emotions, who arenít afraid to show interest in the arts or cry at a good movie? If youíve been asking yourself this question, perhaps all you need to do is camp out in a parking lot.

According to a survey from Progressive Insurance, motorcyclists were five times as likely to cry during a romantic movie than men who donít ride motorcycles. The top movie that motorcyclists reported made them cry was The Lion King. To the question of "How romantic are you?" on a scale of 1 to 10 (ten being very romantic) people who rode their bikes everyday reported an average score of 8, while people who rode weekends reported an average of 6.

The survey was designed to compare the ability of men from all walks of life to display and feel passion. It consisted of responses from more than 1,100 men (motorcyclists and non-motorcyclists) who live throughout the country.

"Men motorcyclists are not who you may think," explains Ben Sheridan, Motorcycle Insurance General Manager, Progressive, the largest insurer of motorcycles in the country. "On average they are older (studies show approximately 40) and usually in the mid-to-upper income levels. But what is fascinating is that they are as romantic as any group you can name. We always knew that they were passionate about their bikes, but what we are finding is that they are as passionate about many other things." 

In addition to The Lion King, motorcyclists are also moved by the power of words. 62% of motorcyclists said that they are moved by poetry, while only 23% of men who do not ride a bike said that they are moved by poetry. Interestingly, accountants who ride motorcycles were seven times as likely to be moved by poetry compared to those who donít ride a bike.

Perhaps the most surprising responses came when asked what celebrities or characters men would most like to be like. Non-motorcyclists gave Bill Gates the nod over Michael Jordan, Tiger Woods, Wall Street character Gordon Gecko, and, in a tie for fifth, Bill Clinton and Jean-Claude Van Damme.

Motorcyclists, on the other hand, most wish to be like Paul Newman, followed by mob character Tony Soprano (of the HBO series The Sopranos) and Itís A Wonderful Life character George Bailey. Numbers six and seven on the cyclistsí list were Oprah Winfrey and Judge Judy.

Other interesting findings include: lawyers who ride motorcycles dedicated four times as many days to charity compared to lawyers who donít drive motorcycles. And motorcyclists reported giving flowers more often than non-cyclists. 

Progressive, in business since 1937, is the largest insurer of motorcyclists and their bikes. The company has a long history of innovation, providing consumers with such services as 24 hour comparison rates and Immediate Responseâ claims service. Information on Progressiveís motorcycle insurance products can be found at http://motorcycle.progressive.com.

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Ben Sheridan is available for interview.

Did You Know...

According to the Progressive Insurance Motorcycle Survey...

Keep the red roses; give me a man with a kickstand

Asked to rate themselves on a scale on 1 to 10 people who ride motorcycles on average said that they are more romantic than people who do not ride a motorcycle (7 was the average for motorcyclists, 5 for non-cyclists). People who rode their bike every day reported an average score of 8, while people who rode weekends reported an average of 6.
A pocket protector, a programmers guide and pure heat
Since the beginning of time people have been in search of two things; The Holy Grail, and a computer programmer who can make anyoneís search engine hummmm. Computer programmers who ride motorcycles rated themselves three times more romantic compared to those programmers who do not ride a motorcycle. (9 for motorcyclists, 3 for non-cyclists) 
So youíre looking for a doctor who cares
Doctors who ride motorcycles rated themselves twice as romantic (average rating: 8) than those doctors who donít ride a motorcycle (average rating: 4)
Whatís wrong big, rough tough motorcycle man, did you just watch Casablanca?
Howís this for an image buster? Motorcyclists were five times as likely to cry during romantic movies than those folks who have never ridden a bike. However, the most reported movie that made motorcyclists cry was The Lion King.
A rose by any other name would still smell as sweet as gasoline
62% of men who ride motorcycles said that they are moved by poetry, while only 23% of men who donít ride motorcycles were moved by the words of poetry. Accountants who ride motorcycles were seven times as likely to be moved by poetry than accountants who donít ride a bike.
Speaking of flowers...
The average number of days in a year motorcyclists reported giving flowers was 5. The average number for non-cyclists was 2.
Even accountants
Accountants who ride motorcycles were seven times as likely to say that they are moved by poetry than those who donít ride a bike. (77% of motorcyclists versus 11% of non-bikers)
Riding the Web
69% of motorcyclists said that they regularly use the Internet. The number one thing that they are most often doing on the Web - visiting chat rooms.
Lifes Biggest Thrill
64% of motorcyclists said that their biggest thrill in life was their kids -- compared to only 23% of those who don't ride a motorcycle. The number one answer for those people who didnít ride a motorcycle was personal success.
Charity
In general, motorcycle riders reported giving more time to charity than those who do not ride a motorcycle. In addition, lawyers who ride motorcycles reported doing something for charity an average of 8 days a year, compared to 2 days a year for non-cyclists. 
What Makes People Happy
55% of motorcyclists said that money was not essential to happiness compared to 13% of those who do not ride a motorcycle. Surprisingly, lawyers who ride motorcycles were the group least likely to answer that they needed money for happiness.
Opie and Crying
Motorcyclists were four times as likely to admit to having cried during an episode of Andy Griffith than those who donít ride a motorcycle. Accountants who ride motorcycles were the number one group to have cried during an Andy Griffith episode.
Dream Vacation
Venice and the Redwoods were the top dream destinations of motorcyclists, followed by Disney World. Those who do not ride a motorcycle picked Las Vegas as their number one vacation spot.
TV
Motorcyclists show a clear pension for dramatic television, especially when compared to the favorites of men who do not ride motorcycles.
 
Favorite TV Shows of Cyclists Favorite TV Shows of Non-cyclists
1. Melrose Place 1. 60 Minutes
2. Ally McBeal 2. Friends
3. NYPD Blue 3. Everybody Loves Raymond
4. ER 4. Monday Night Football
5. Felicity 5. The Drew Carey Show
The Passion of Entertainment

Movies

Saving Private Ryan just canít beat Shakespeare in Love, even among men on bikes. By the way, if a man is going to take you to a chick-flick, make sure he takes you on a bike.
 
Favorite Movies of Motorcyclists Favorite Movies of Non-Cyclists
1. Shakespeare In Love 1. Terminator II
2. Itís A Wonderful Life 2. Star Wars
3. Jerry McGuire 3. Saving Private Ryan
4. Prince of Tides 4. The Godfather
5. Titanic 5. Airplane
*28. Easy Rider was ranked 21st among cyclists.
Heroes
 
Cyclists Would Like To Be Non-Cyclists Would Like To Be
1. Paul Newman 1. Bill Gates
2. Tony Soprano (HBO Show) 2. Michael Jordan
3. George Bailey (Itís A Wonderful Life) 3. Tiger Woods
4. Clint Eastwood 4. Gordon Gecko
5. David Wells 5. Bill Clinton /Jean-Claude Van Damme
6. Oprah Winfrey*
7. Judge Judy
*Surprisingly, of those motorcyclists choosing Oprah, 75% of them were doctors.


 





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