NICB: National Motorcycle Thefts Increasing

National Motorcycle Thefts Increase according to the NICB

Motorcycle thefts rose slightly in 2016 compared to 2015, but the crime rate is still way down from where it was 10 years ago. So says the National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB), which just released its annual report on motorcycle thefts in the United States. In 2016, 46,467 motorcycles were reported stolen, compared to 45,555 in 2015 – an increase of 2 percent. “Although 2016 delivered another slight increase in…

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Two Bikes Stolen from Irv Seaver BMW

Brazen Heist of Two BMW bikes from Irv Seaver

Authorities in Southern California had their hands full Thursday night with a series of brazen and risky motorcycle-related incidents, including the late-night heist of two pricey bikes from a BMW Dealership. The first incident started just after 9 p.m. when authorities tried to stop a motorcycle rider who they said was speeding on the 605 Freeway in El Monte. The rider raced through multiple cities — at one point reaching…

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Police Warn about String of Motorcycle Thefts

Orlando Police Warn of string of motorcycle thefts

Orlando police are investigating a string of motorcycle thefts from downtown apartment complexes, and detectives think two separate groups are responsible. One group, police said, stole a Suzuki GSX-R from the Nora complex on North Orange Ave on Feb. 2, then left it outside a hotel down the street with its starter system and seat missing. Those suspects also may be responsible for the March 18 theft of a Suzuki…

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Man Recovers Stolen Bike After Anonymous Tip

Man Recovers Motorcycle and uncovers theft ring

An anonymous tip led a Riverside man to recovers his World War II-era motorcycle that had been stolen a month ago. After Mike Dunn posted to social media and went on local TV news reporting the theft from his driveway Feb. 27, he received a tip that his box trailer containing the 1941 BMW R12 German motorcycle was at a home in Rialto. Dunn said in an interview that he…

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Nine Arrested in Bronx Motorcycle Theft Ring

Nine Arrested in New York Motorcycle Theft Ring

Nine men from across New York were charged Wednesday for carrying out a series of luxury motorcycle heists and getting rid of the evidence by shipping the choppers to the Dominican Republic, authorities said. The self-proclaimed “Steal Crew” allegedly canvassed the city for high-end bikes, such as Ducatis, and then broke the steering wheels and shoved the motorcycles into getaway trucks, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said. The group…

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BMW & KTM to Use New Bosch Technology

KTM & BMW to utilize new Bosch Technology on 2017 Motorcycles

Both BMW and KTM will utilize Bosch instrumentation for 2017. Since the features will require more use of the screen, Bosch also updated the manufacturing process for the TFT. Previously, the LCD and the glass of the screen were separate pieces. Now, the LCD is bonded directly to the glass. This has two benefits. First, it improves usability by reducing reflections. Second, the life of the unit is increased. Previously,…

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1300 Vintage Bikes at Las Vegas Auctions

Mecum Vintage Motorcycle Auction in Las Vegas

The world’s largest antique and vintage motorcycle auction convenes today in Las Vegas, as the first gavels fall on the 26th annual Mecum Las Vegas Motorcycle Auction. The four-day sale is likely to be a record-setter. Last year’s three-day Mecum event, which saw an 80% sell-through rate on the 646 bikes offered, generated $9 million in total sales. This year’s offerings total more than 1,000 bikes. The event will be…

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BMW S1000RR Rear Shock Mount Recall

2016-2017 BMW S1000RR Rear Shock Recall

BMW North America, LLC (BMW) is recalling certain model year 2016-2017 S1000RR motorcycles manufactured June 8, 2016, to November 16, 2016, and 2017 S 1000 R motorcycles manufactured on October 12, 2016. One of the bolts on the rear suspension deflection lever may loosen and adversely affect the handling of the motorcycle. CONSEQUENCE: If the bolt loosens and affects the motorcycle’s handling, there may be an increased risk of a…

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USTR Proposes 100% Tax on Imported Bikes

USTR Proposes 100% Tax on Imported Bikes

Motorcycles and Bikes with 500 cc or smaller engines are caught in the crossfire of an international trade policy standoff, which could see their prices double due to a newly proposed tax. The dispute, which involves the Office of United States Trade Representative and European Union, stems from ongoing disagreements over meat products. During the late Nineties, the World Trade Organization requested the E.U. lift its standing ban on U.S….

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Honda’s Autonomous Self Balancing Motorcycle

Honda Unveils Autonomous Self-Balancing Motorcycle

For years, Honda has shown off its Uni-Cub, a kind of motorized unicycle that balances itself, as a personal mobility device. At CES 2017 Honda showed how it leveraged that technology to make a self-balancing, semi autonomous motorcycle, something likely more relevant in the real world. During Honda’s press conference, a riderless Uni-Cub rolled out from backstage, followed by a motorcycle, which accomplished the same self-balancing trick while free of…

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