COPY-Johnson County sees hike in motorcycle thefts

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,

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