A report by the National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB) shows that motorcycle thefts decreased nationwide by 13% in 2009. In 2008, a total of 64,492 motorcycles were reported stolen; in 2009, this number dropped to 56,093. Contributing to the decline, however, was a reduction in the number of motorcycles available to steal: new motorcycle sales dropped by 40% in 2009.
The top five brands targeted for theft were Honda, Yamaha, Suzuki, Kawasaki and Harley-Davidson; combined, these brands accounted for over 77% of the motorcycle thefts in 2009. The states with the highest incidence of theft were California, Texas, Florida, North Carolina and Georgia; clearly, there’s a correlation between length of riding season and the likelihood of having a bike stolen.