Every year millions of used motorcycles are sold in the US. Some of these motorcycles despite being stolen, still get sold because some negligent buyers out there, fail to run a motorcycle VIN check. While the good news is that the number of motorcycle thefts has gone down considerably (by around 30 percent as compared to what it was 10 years ago, as reported by the National Insurance Crime Bureau) – the fact is that still a whopping 46,467 motorcycles were reported stolen in 2016. Here are some other interesting statistics about motorcycle thefts in the US.
2016 Motorcycle Theft Statistics
1. American Honda Motor Company’s bikes are reportedly the ‘most stolen’ bikes in the US. In 2016 alone, the number of Honda bikes reported stolen was 9052. Honda was closely followed by Yamaha in the second position and Suzuki in the third position. The fourth, fifth, sixth, seventh and eighth position are taken by Kawasaki, Harley-Davidson, TaoTao, KTM and Ducati.
2. BMW bikes are one of the least stolen bikes. BMW bikes rank 11th in the list of most stolen bikes in 2016.
3. California topped the list of US states that reported the highest number of motorcycle thefts. There were 7506 motorcycle theft cases reported in California in 2016. California is closely followed by US states – Florida, Texas, North Carolina, Georgia, Missouri, South Carolina, New York, Indiana, and Nevada.
4. While California topped the list with 7506 incidents of bike thefts, the US state Vermont reported only 24 motorcycle theft incidents in 2016.
5. The state of Texas witnessed the largest increase in motorcycle theft cases in 2016, as compared to that in 2015.
6. An interesting fact is that according to statistics, motorcycle theft is a seasonal crime. Most motorcycle thefts are reported in June, July, August and September, with August topping the list.
7. The good news is that 40 percent of the motorcycles stolen in 2016 were recovered by the end of February 2017. The exact number of motorcycles stolen in 2016 was 464647, out of which 17463 motorcycles were reported ‘recovered’ by the end of February 2017.
Planning to Buy a Used Motorcycle?
If you are planning to buy a used motorcycle, a great idea is to run a motorcycle VIN Lookup to find out the motorcycle’s history. VIN (Vehicle Identification Number) is a unique code given to every vehicle that helps find out important information about a vehicle such as its manufacturer, model, year of manufacturing, past ownership, service track record, and more. At ClearVIN, we retrieve information from multiple sources, including the National Automobile Dealers Association, National Traffic Safety Administration, and the National Vehicle Service, when running a free VIN number check. It’s all to help you get unbiased, comprehensive, and accurate information to help you make your buying decision.