Riders of Harley Davidson motorcycles have good reason to feel proud of the Milwaukee based manufacturer today. The company has announced that, along with its customers and dealers, it has raised $4.5 million for the fight against Muscular Dystrophy in 2009 alone – bringing the total raised for this cause since 1980 to over $73 million.
Fundraising activities organised by Harley Davidson riders, dealers and employees include pledge rides, motorcycle raffles, dinners, and commemorative pin sales. Harley Davidson is one of the leading corporate sponsors of the Muscular Dystrophy Association.
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According to a report from the National Insurance Crime Bureau, motorcycle thefts in the US fell to 60,763 in 2008, a drop of 2.3 percent over the previous year and 4.8 percent on 2006. The report also highlighted the fact that motorcycle theft is a seasonal crime, with the most thefts taking place in July and August, compared to December, January and February having the lowest number.
California, Florida, Texas, North Carolina and Indiana had the most thefts of the entire nation, with those states suffering almost 40 percent of all thefts. Over 680 different motorcycle makes were listed in the report, but over 80 percent of the total thefts were accounted for by the most well known motorcycle manufacturers: Honda, Yamaha, Suzuki, Kawasaki, and Harley Davidson.
Sadly, recoveries of stolen motorcycles are also falling, although if you live in California, Florida, Texas, North Carolina or Maryland, you’ll be glad to know that those states enjoy the highest rate of recovery.
You can get hold of a full copy of the report from www.nicb.org.