Motorbike security

Some new bikes are 6 times less likely to be stolen

New motorbikes covered by the MASTER Security scheme are six times less likely to be stolen according to data from the Motorcycle Industry Association.

Whether it’s down to owners of expensive Ducatis and BMWs spending more to increase their overall protection or genuinely that a MASTER Security Scheme sticker deters bike thieves, the MCIA reports that new motorcycles that are protected by the scheme are much less likely to be stolen than other new bikes.

According to data released today, 66,423 new motorcycles and scooters were registered in the UK from the beginning of this year to the end of July 2017. 42,254 were marked with the MASTER system, of which only 78 have been reported stolen. Of the 24,169 motorcycles and scooters which were not protected by MASTER, 285 have been stolen.

Thieves walk away from protected bikes

As it is virtually impossible for a thief to remove all traces of the MASTER Scheme technologies from all parts, its thought this makes protected bikes far less attractive to them.

All new bikes sold under the scheme, which stands for Motorcycle and Scooter Tagged Equipment Register, are marked, tagged, registered and traceable.

The scheme is run by Datatag and includes the same technology that can be fitted to older bikes – a transponder tag, Datadots® and etching on major panels.


Which motorbikes are covered by the MASTER Security Scheme?

All of the following manufacturers’ new motorcycles are covered by the MASTER Security scheme:

Harley Davidson
Indian (where you can still buy them)

You’ll notice the absence of Honda and Yamaha. Nearly, but not all, of their bikes are covered.

Honda, for example, don’t use the MASTER Scheme on bikes under 126cc – So all those CB125’s, PCX’s and so on are not protected. Likewise, Yamaha only include bikes over 126cc in the scheme. So sexy learner favourites like the YZF-125R’s and the YBR125 are not covered.

Commenting on the success of the scheme, which was launched back in 2013 and now covers more than 250,000 motorbikes, Steve Kenward, CEO of the MCIA commented, “This data is very encouraging and hopefully will persuade those manufacturers not yet marking bikes to reconsider the MASTER Scheme as a significant benefit to their customers.”

Get yourself sorted:

If your bike isn’t tagged take a look at both Datatag and a similar system from SelectaDNA.


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