Summertime is a peak season for motorcycle riding. Unfortunately, motorcycle thieves get revved up this time of year, too.
Most motorcycle thefts occur during the summer, according to the National Insurance Crime Bureau. In 2013, July was the peak month for reported thefts, with more than 5,300 bikes disappearing nationwide.
Motorcycles tend to be easier to steal than today's cars. Since criminals often disassemble motorcycles to resell the parts, the odds of getting your bike back in good shape are low.
Want to keep enjoying your motorcycle this summer? Here's how to make it harder to steal:
Make your motorcycle less visible
According to claims data from the Progressive insurance company, Harleys, Hondas and Suzukis are the most likely motorcycles to be stolen during the summer. Along with the brand of the motorcycle, expensive paint jobs and flashy modifications can also catch thieves' attention. Make your bike less visible by:
Make your bike hard to get
You can use a variety of clever methods to make your motorcycle more difficult for a stranger to grab.
Also be sure to carry insurance on your motorcycle and accessories to cover your loss if a thief does strike, the AMA urged. Need motorcycle insurance? Check out CoverHound, your quick, easy way to compare insurance rates.