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Motorcycle Theft Has Skyrocketed. Here’s How to Keep Your Bike Safe.

 It’s “the Wild West” out there, but you can help prevent theft from happening to you. 

Motorcycle theft in New York City has risen 63% in 2021.

Motorcycle theft in New York City has risen 63% in 2021.

Photographer: Rosley Majid / EyeEm/EyeEm

For motorcycle enthusiasts nationwide, the coronavirus pandemic has been both a boon and a hardship.

In the United States, motorcycle sales were up 33% for the first quarter over the same period last year. More riders are taking advantage of surplus time and energy to purse a socially distanced outdoor hobby and a cheaper, quicker way to get around town than driving a car. New motorcycle clubs are opening. Electric motorcycles are surging in proficiency and variety. But since Covid-19 arrived, motorcycle thefts have risen, too.