Motorcycle theft rose just 1% in 2015 to 8205, after dropping slightly the previous year.
Short-term thefts, usually for joy rides, were down 6% to 3556, while profit-motivated thefts, usually by organised gangs, rose a whopping 8% to 4649, according to National Motor Vehicle Theft Reduction Council figures.
While Western Australia remains the worst state for motorcycle theft, with 2306 representing 28.1% of all motorcycles stolen, it was down 7.5%.
However, Victoria was up 18.7% to 2135 and South Australia was up 18.4% to 573.
South-East Queensland remains the hotspot for motorcycle theft with Brisbane and the Gold Coast first and second with Logan City fourth.
The most common brand stolen was again Honda, which is understandable as it’s also the most common on the road.
Meanwhile Harley-Davidson, which has now become the most popular road motorcycle in Australia, has leap-frogged from eighth place on the most stolen list to sixth with 213 thefts.
That’s a whopping 43% rise; the price of being popular!
Most vehicles were stolen late Saturday night and early Sunday morning.