Associated Press - August 7, 2010 7:14 PM ET
OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (AP) - Johnson County authorities say there's been a rash of recent thefts of sports motorcycles.
The bikes are aerodynamic machines known for their hunched-over seating position. Stunt riders like them because they're light and easy to perform tricks. They can reach speeds up to 165 mph, and cost from $8,000 to more than $12,000.
In the last five months, Overland Park police say thieves took 29 sports motorcyles, compared with 19 thefts in all of 2009. In Lenexa, police report a dozen sports bikes stolen since April 15. And a section of Kansas City has reported 7 of the bikes stolen in the last three weeks.
The Kansas City Star reports that nationwide, only about 30% for the sleek machines known as "crotch rockets" are ever recovered.
Information from: The Kansas City Star, http://www.kcstar.com