The inside scoop on stolen motorcycles.
Make sure your motorcycle insurance premiums are paid up if you own a Honda and live in California, as you’re statistically more likely than anyone else in the nation to have it stolen, according to the National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB) in Des Plaines, Ill.
The NICB says 46,667 motorcycles were reported stolen last year (a six percent decrease), which amounts to one bike pilfered in the U.S. every 11 minutes.
As one might imagine, motorcycle thieves were most active in the summer months, with the most bikes stolen during July (5,544) and August (5,397); the fewest were stolen during February (2,147) and December (2,475), when they’re typically garaged for the winter in roughly half the nation. - Jim Gorzelany
The top five motorcycle brands reported stolen during 2011 were:
1. Honda (11,014)
2. Yamaha (8,880)
3. Suzuki (7,281)
4. Kawasaki (5,009)
5. Harley-Davidson (3,120)
The states reporting the most motorcycle thefts last year were:
1. California (5,927)
2. Texas (3,950)
3. Florida (3,927)
4. North Carolina (2,466)
5. Indiana (2,114)