Yamaha tops UK's stolen motorcycles list

Insurance company's top 10 most stolen motorcycles is predictably full of sportsbikes

Posted: 28 January 2013
by Ben Cope

Yamaha's Thundercat ... thieves love these

YAMAHA'S Thundercat has topped the chart of most stolen motorcycles in the UK, according to insurer Swinton Bikes.

The list was compiled from data of over 200,000 insurance quotes and the top ten list heavily features sportsbikes.

While Yamaha take the least-wanted accolade of the top two spots with the Thundercat and YZF-R125, they can also lay claim to the least stolen motorcycle, the Yamaha DT125R. According to Swinton's data, 822 are on their books with none reported stolen.

UK's Top 10 most stolen motorcycles in the UK according to Swinton Bikes: 

  1. Yamaha YSF 600 R Thunder Cat 
  2. Yamaha YZF-R125
  3. Triumph Daytona 675
  4. Kawasaki ZX-6R
  5. Honda CBF 125
  6. Yamaha YZF-R1
  7. Suzuki SV 650 S
  8. Suzuki GSX-R 600
  9. Honda CBR 600 F (M-W)
  10. Suzuki GSF 600 Bandit

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never heard one of them YSF thundercats....they related to the YZF? :p

Posted: 28/01/2013 at 16:40

Are thieves afraid of big bikes?

Posted: 28/01/2013 at 17:10

Wonder does this reflect better security as standard on Hondas?

Posted: 28/01/2013 at 18:13

Every time an insurer comes up with these lists, the bikes are different, because they can only tell us about the bikes that people have insured with them. This says more about Swinton are quoting for those particular bikes than about what scrotes are nicking.

Posted: 29/01/2013 at 09:36

They weren't too afraid of my CBR1000RR7 that they had away in December. Shower of barstewards!

Posted: 29/01/2013 at 13:24

Where can we see the full list? Or the least stolen list?

Posted: 29/01/2013 at 14:20

Is this based on the total amount of stolen bikes or as a percentage of ownership? i.e. are these bikes stolen more often because there is more of them?

Posted: 29/01/2013 at 14:29

Hey, morepower! You've nicked my avatar! :-)

Posted: 29/01/2013 at 14:47

Speaks volumes about the crap security on bikes really.

Many years ago I spoke to a Suzuki rep in the UK regarding the shit ignition locks, Nippondenso - natch, on bikes, referring to the fact that this was my SECOND GSX-R750 and my THIRD ignition barrel replacement on the new one (thank god for DataTool alarms). He said the Japanese have no concept of bike theft in Japan and that's why they wouldn't change the type of lock.

A 'friend' explained how easy it was to break these with nothing more than a screwdriver, a claw hammer and a wood screw. About 10 seconds he reckoned What made me laugh was that to replace the broken barrel you have to first take off half the front end, THEN you have to drill out the security screws holding the barrel in place! Are they having a laugh!

Surely a new secure key plus factory fitted alarm/immobiliser isn't going to break the bank?

While I'm on a rant - I also complained about the stupid f***ing parking light option on the ignition. So easy to accidentally turn on and then come back to a flat battery.... Grrr.... But don't get me started!

Posted: 29/01/2013 at 16:35

Hey sander I did nick it but not off you lol

Posted: 30/01/2013 at 00:09

Surely they have got the YZF600R Thundercat mixed up with the YZF600 R6. I cant believe there are that many Thundercats left on the road for them to top the poll. After selling one to buy a Daytona 675 (Number 3) i am glad it lives in a garage overnight.

Posted: 30/01/2013 at 20:31

I got my triumph street triple r stolen last night from a parking bay in central London. i'm gutted! it happened in the space of 15-20 min. and it's my first bike. being a woman, i spent last night crying over it because i can't believe that it is gone. i know that these bikes are quite desirable but you think it'll never happen to you. had a chain on it and it didn't stop the bastards. i just wish more can be done to protect bikes being stolen so often. police won't do anything about it. i can only hope someone finds its somewhere around uk but i know that the reality is that it's most probably on its way to europe.

Posted: 31/01/2013 at 16:46

Whoa! My Street Triple R got stolen last night in central London as well! Somebody must be on a STR stealing spree. Mine got stolen from St James's Square. SO beware.

Posted: 05/02/2013 at 20:07

Sorry to here ya bikes are gon. What a sad world we live in to day

Posted: 09/02/2013 at 17:01


Sorry to hear about your bike :-(. I too have a Street Triple R and reading this make me worry too much to bring the bike to central London.

Could you please share which bay and what time this happened. Just trying to understand with so many people in the city - and the have the nerve to do this.

Posted: 05/12/2014 at 09:50

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