There are over 46,000 motorcycles, on average, stolen every year. This number is spread across most brands, but the one brand that leads the pack is Honda, 20% of all motorcycle thefts are Honda's.
Of course, that still leaves a lot of other motorcycle brands. Here is how some other popular brands fared in the theft category:
- Yamaha over 7,500
- Suzuki over 7,000
- Harley Davidson almost 4,000
- Kawasaki Almost 4,000
Motorcycles do make an easy target for thieves since they are so easy to move, relatively speaking. But there is hope, there are some easy ways to protect a motorcycle from theft.
The first safeguard is obvious but also frequently overlooked -- lock your bike and take the key with you.
Always try to park your bike in a heavily traveled and well lit area.
Talk to your dealer about anti-theft devices for your make and model. You may even get a discount on your insurance if you install one. These can range from something as simple as a chain to attach the bike to something solid, to a way to lock the wheels so they won't move.
Even something as simple as a cover may help. Thieves are often looking for specific makes and models, so covering your bike will make it harder to identify and may protect it from theft. Not to mention the fact that a cover will protect if from the weather too.
Installing a tracking system, if it's available in your area, is a good idea too. This will allow law enforcement to quickly locate your motorcycle if it is ever stolen.
While motorcycle theft is common, it can also be avoided. Make sure you take all the precautions you can, and make sure you have the right insurance coverage so if something does happen, you're covered.