Sacto 9-1-1
October 8, 2012
Honda is most stolen motorcycle in U.S.

Motorcycle thefts were down last year in the U.S., despite increased sales, according to an insurance industry group.

A report by the National Insurance Crime Bureau released today said 2011 motorcycle thefts are down six percent from the year before. A total of 46,667 motorcycles were reported stolen in 2011, compared with 49,791 in 2010.

The decrease in thefts came as sales were slightly up. Sales increased to 440,899 motorbikes in 2011 from 439,678 in 2010, according to the Motorcycle Industry Council.

The states with the most thefts:

• California, 5,927

• Texas, 3,950

• Florida, 3,927

• North Carolina, 2,466

• Indiana, 2,114

The most frequently stolen motorcycles:

• Honda, 11,014

• Yamaha, 8,880

• Suzuki, 7,281

• Kawasaki, 5,009

• Harley-Davidson, 3,120

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