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Motorcycle Thefts On The Decline, But Not For Harleys

By June 11, 2014General Posts


The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports that motorcycle thefts are on the decline, and of five major brands, only Harley-Davidson owners saw an uptick in the number of stolen bikes in 2013, according to the National Insurance Crime Bureau.

It’s hard to say why more Harleys continue to be stolen, but some speculate the riders are too trusting — leaving their bikes unlocked and unattended because most fellow riders won’t mess with them.

Still, there were 3,907 Harley-Davidsons stolen in the U.S. last year, up 4% from 2012, while the percentage of stolen Honda, Yamaha, Kawasaki and Suzuki motorcycles fell 2.1% (Kawasaki) to 9.1% (Suzuki), according to data from the trade association based in Des Plaines, Ill.

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