Most Stolen Motorcycles of 2009

According to the National Insurance Crime Bureau, motorcycle thefts decreased 13% from 2008 to 2009 in the US.  However, that data must be juxtaposed to an important correlating factor:  sales and production of new motorcycles was hugely down (-41% for sales, -47% for production). That means there were fewer new bikes on the street for thieves to target. 

Most Stolen Motorcycle Makes

Many people assume that Harley-Davidsons are the most stolen motorcycles, given the high values (especially abroad) of both the bikes and their aftermarket accessories. However, that is not the case. Bikes from the Japanese manufacturers are stolen much more often than Harleys. Let’s look at the number of motorcycles stolen last year from each of the leading manufacturers:

  1. Honda:  13,688
  2. Yamaha:  11,148
  3. Suzuki:  9,154
  4. Kawasaki:  5,911
  5. Harley-Davidson:  3,529

As you can see, H-D hardly broke the top five makes for total bikes stolen. Together, these 5 companies accounted for more than 77% of total thefts. It’s generally known among industry insiders that sport bikes from the Japanese OEMs are the most coveted bikes for thieves. For instance, studies have shown that the Honda CBR liter bikes (CBR 1000RR, CBR 929, etc) are more than 10 times more likely to be stolen than the average motorcycle.