Plan to buy police motorcycles in U.S. upsets Victoria retailers By Carla Wilson, Victoria Times Colonist March 24, 2012 Victoria Police Department's current fleet of motorcycles came from a local supplier, Action Motorcycles, in 2003 Capital region motorcycle dealers are unhappy that the Victoria Police Department has picked a U.S. company to replace its fleet of aging bikes. "Our taxpayers' dollars are being spent elsewhere," said Andy White, general manager of SG Power of Hillside Ave. "As a motorcycle community, we are very disappointed." The Victoria Police Department issued a tender this year to replace its 10 Hondas. A total of five bids came in, four from local dealers and one from the U.S., White said Friday. A police department spokesperson could not be reached Friday. SG received an email from the department dated March 14 stating that its bid evaluation team unanimously agreed on Victory Police Motorcycles, of Tucson, Arizona. SG Power submitted a bid to supply Kawasaki Concours, priced at $24,000 each, White said. The company has 28 staff and has been in business nearly 50 years. White is concerned that no local company, SG or another, was successful. Other local bidders were in a similar ballpark, he said. Each of the four capital regional firms bid independently, representing reliable, well-established brands featuring the latest technology. "They are all great motorcycles." The Kawasakis have traction control and anti-lock braking systems. Victory does not have a local service facility, White said. A Victory official said the company will train employees of a Victoria firm, to be chosen by the police department, to work on the bikes. Kerry Wilk, owner of Action Motorcyles, supplier of the current fleet in 2003, said the Hondas have performed exceptionally well over the years. He echoed White, saying: "It does not matter to me what dealership got it. What matters to me is that the money stayed local." A total of 16 families rely on Action Motorcyles, of Esquimalt Road, he said. Action bid with 2012 Hondas, which are reliable and have fast braking because they are lightweight, Wilk said. Victoria will be the third police department in Canada to buy Victory's police motorcycles, following Lethbridge, Alberta, and Windsor, Ont., said sales manager Mike Schultz. In the U.S., 22 departments use Victory motorcycles. The company's focus is safety, he said. The bike is designed to protect a rider's legs and feet, commonly injured, if it tips. One safety feature limits it falling to a maximum of 34 degrees and no more. The bikes are also comfortable for riders, who do not have to hunch over, he said. Bikes comes with a fiveyear warranty over everything and unlimited mileage, Schultz said. As far as the value of the contract, Schultz was speaking from Texas and did not have information at hand. The Victory motorcycles will be black-and-white and delivered toward the end of April, he said. ----- Maybe these local retailers will realize that it is way cheaper to buy a bike in the US and import to Canada - even after paying all the duties, GST, HST, and whatever other costs... WAKE UP CANADIAN RETAILERS! I hope all the local retailers bitch to their Canadian head offices... hate to see local people get screwed; but I hate to get screwed myself. Karma's a bitch, hey?