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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Ducati Multistrada Enduro Rear Shock Recall

Ducati Multistrada 1200 Enduro Rear Shock Absorber Recall Notice

Ducati North America (Ducati) is recalling certain 2016-2017 Multistrada 1200 Enduro motorcycles. The motorcycle’s rear shock absorber lower shock-end eyelet may crack and possibly detach from the swingarm. CONSEQUENCE: If the rear shock absorber detaches from the swingarm, the motorcycle’s handling would be affected, increasing the risk of a crash. REMEDY: Ducati will notify owners, and dealers will replace the rear shock absorber assembly, free of charge. The recall is…

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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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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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Two Alarm Fire Destroys Ducati Dealership

2 Alarm Fire Destroys Southern California Import Motorcycle Dealer

A two-alarm fire at an Escondido European motorcycle dealership may have caused as much as $2.5 million in damage, a fire battalion chief said. It was still unclear Sunday what led to the fire, first reported about 10:30 p.m. Saturday. The building — home to a Ducati and Italian Motorcycle dealership — was still too unstable to allow investigators inside. Battalion Chief Art Holcomb said no one would be allowed into Moto Forza until the…

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Biker Arrested for Motorcycle Heist Video

Biker Caught After Posting Video of Motorcycle Heist on Facebook

It was Martin Luther King Jr. Day in Miami and the city’s tow truck drivers were about as busy as the hundreds of biker racing through the streets — sometimes in the wrong direction, more often than not, popping wheelies, during the annual “Bikes Up, Guns Down” rally. So when the Molina Towing driver was making his way down Northwest 68th Street near 12th Avenue with his haul of two…

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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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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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Rare Ducati Bikes to be Auctioned at Bonhams

38 Ducati's to be Auction at Bonhams Las Vegas in January 2017

For Ducati collectors, the seventh-annual Bonhams Las Vegas Motorcycle Auction may cause serious heart palpitations. The event, set for Thursday, January 26, at the Rio Casino & Hotel, will offer 38 of the rarest Ducati bikes built from 1948 through 2001, including 125 GP singles, Scramblers,  Supersports, and Works Racers. Included in this collection, which should bring in over $1 million, are 15 Ducati motorcycles from the Silverman Museum Racing…

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Burglars Try to Rob Honda Motorcycle Dealer

Burglars Hit Honda Motorcycle Dealership

On Sunday, Police arrested two burglars who they said were seen breaking into a Honda motorcycle and off-road vehicle dealership before leading police on a pursuit. The Melbourne Police Department said officers were called to Honda of Melbourne at 1240 S. Harbor City Blvd. after two men were reported seen using a sledgehammer to try to knock out a wall to the dealership. “Crime is probably not a a good…

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