KTM Canada has been hit by a massive motorcycle theft, with 57 2022-model motorcycles stolen from the company’s off-site warehouse in Montreal.

The Canadian subsidiary of the Austrian moto manufacturer posted the news to its social media channels on Wednesday, October 20, and also sent out an internal communication to its dealer network, alerting them of the theft. The email said that on October 17 there was a break-in at KTM’s off-site storage warehouse in Montreal, with KTM, Husqvarna and GasGas motorcycles stolen (remember, all three brands are under the Pierer Group umbrella now). The list of stolen bikes includes several Factory Edition KTMs and Rockstar Edition Husqvarnas, which means the thieves really hit a major score, as those bikes are worth far more than your average dirt bike.

See a list of VINs for stolen bikes below:

As you can see in that social media post, KTM is asking anyone who comes across these VINs to contact the company with details. Obviously, police are investigating the incident as well, along with the warehouse staff, as there’s a big dollar amount on this crime.

It’s bad news for KTM Canada, although the company should receive a hefty insurance payout, and 57 bikes is only a portion of the Husqvarna/KTM/GasGas sales plan for the year. It’s also very bad news for the warehouse involved, as this storage unit is also responsible for storing bikes for other importers bringing motorcycles into the Canadian market. At this point, we haven’t heard of any other manufacturers being affected, though.

Where will the bikes end up?

Given the high-profile nature of this theft, it seems unlikely these stolen motorcycles will be sold to the public in North America. As soon as they need parts (and what MX bike doesn’t, eventually?), the thieves would be tracked down. Plus, it’s pretty hard to hide a Factory Edition or Rockstar Edition machine; these high-spec bikes are rare, and no doubt KTM’s employees will be on the lookout for months to come.

The reality is that with current supply chain woes, these bikes are worth mega-bucks stripped down for parts, and it’s possible that will be their ultimate fate. Or maybe they’re already in a shipping container headed back to Europe, to be sold to mafiosos in countries less worried about law and order? Either way, if someone offers you a screaming deal on a new 2022 KTM in the next few months, you might want to check that VIN …

 

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