What is the "police bike"in your area?

Discussion in 'The Perfect Line and Other Riding Myths' started by richrd, May 11, 2020.

  1. CCitis

    CCitis Been here awhile

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    I don't see alot of Police Bikes (not complaining) around this year. Different departments vary, but I see HDs, BMW RTs, and Concours 14s.
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  2. foxtrapper

    foxtrapper Long timer

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    Schwin.

    There’s a lot more bicycle riding cops than motorcycle riding cops here. By a huge margin.

    The rare times I see a motorcycle with blue lights, it’s a Harley.

    And actually, I don’t know the bicycle brand(s) they ride.
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  3. kwthom

    kwthom NOT CV-19 infected! >:0

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    Tucson PD, Pima Co. Sheriff , Sahuarita PD & Unif of AZ PD: Honda ST1300's
    Pima Community College: Zero SR, I believe
    Marana PD: Victory Police Motorcycles, but not sure I've seen them in the last year or so.

    Las Vegas: H-D Road King, I believe

    Every two or three years, there's a regional police moto rodeo that'll be here locally in April. Fun times to scope out what the boys in blue are riding.
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  4. Otis the Sasquatch

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    Mostly HD.

    Here's some pics from the STL area Ride For Kids, over various years.
    They get volunteers from the whole area, and St. Charles Country Motor Patrol runs the show.

    The 'wing is a friend of one of the officers, just stopped for a chat.
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    Webster Groves is a Collage Town. "Hip" as you can be 'round here. :lol3
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  5. Otis the Sasquatch

    Otis the Sasquatch Long timer

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    The Trike is piloted by an OLD (for a Cop, much less a Motor officer) Motor Patrol Sargent.

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    With back to camera.
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    IIRC: Seems he was in an on-duty accident,(not at fault) and messed one of his legs up quite a bit. Was told he needed to hang up his spurs & get in a cage.
    A few months, and several dozen "Not gonna happen!" 's later, strings were pulled. He was a Legend. And it was MC or SeeYa!
    So the Trike was ordered up.


    His office.
    You know he's an old-time Cop. Note the pack of Marble Lights in the cupholder. [lights! what a pussy. (duck :lol3)]

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  6. Otis the Sasquatch

    Otis the Sasquatch Long timer

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    Oh, and I've seen these guys in action (and having fun doing it) for many years.

    They can flat out ride.

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  7. CRHaden

    CRHaden Adventurer

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    Missouri HP still using HD's
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    They had a couple or three for sale/auction a few years ago. Really wanted one but just couldn't afford it at the time.
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  8. avster

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    The vast majority ride BMW RTs over here, though some use FJRs. For a while the ST1300 was used, but taken out of service when they found that in police trim they were unstable at high speed (~120mph - an officer I ride with complained that the BMWs they replaced them with didn't have that problem because they wouldn't go that fast! He rides an ex-police ST1300 as his main personal bike).

    The Special Escort Group (armed officers that do VIP escort duties) rode VFR1200s for a while, apparently they are back on BMWs now. Their bikes are unusual because they don't have the usual battenberg yellow/blue squares, they are plain white with the blue word "POLICE" written on them. They have blue lights but they use whistles instead of sirens.

    I ride pretty regularly with the police, doing a long A-road ride where we are "making progress" to get somewhere is a joy. Totally smooth and predictable, yet not hanging around.

    Typical UK BMW
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    And SEG
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    The Met police (London) also have F700s to chase stolen motorbikes and scooters over rough areas
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    A couple of SEG videos - notice how there is a total lack of drama on this escort from Parliamant (compared to say a POTUS outing)



    This one is very impressive, getting a car from Heathrow into central London. Note that there is minimal impact to the public - if you aren't next to the bubble you'd never know it was happening - and they never stop.
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  9. davenowherejones

    davenowherejones short old guy

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    It looks like the UK police also have decent riding gear and are not nearly naked like the USA police I see. Real helmets and not the novelty ones the Americans favour.

    I was beside a BC motorcycle police officer one day and we both had on Olympia (?) lime green outfits.
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  10. CrustyAPO

    CrustyAPO Long timer Super Supporter

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    I have been wanting one of these for over here in the States.
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  11. avster

    avster Been here awhile

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    Yes. It varies by force, but many have high end custom fitted leather suits to wear under their high viz (which is typically goretex) - an ex-copper I know still rides in his old suit, just with the patches removed, because it is so good. Others wear textiles or have a choice. All have proper helmets, gloves and boots. It's a legal requirement in the UK for employers to provide suitable personal protective equipment, and this includes the Police for their motorcycle riders.

    Leathers - https://www.bksleather.co.uk/information/police-emergency-services
    Gloves - https://www.motolegends.com/reviews/Police-motorcycle-gloves-review
    Boots - https://www.altberg.co.uk/boots/police-motorcycle-boots10
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  12. fonztheyeti

    fonztheyeti king of all i survey

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    BMW RTs in Raleigh and highway patrol, my nephew is a deputy sheriff and rides a connie 14. I think the RTs are a state contract that locals can piggy back on, most cops I see around are on RTs.
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  13. slartidbartfast

    slartidbartfast Life is for good friends and great adventures Supporter

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    They certainly look as if they have a well-rehearsed and well thought-out strategy. Interesting they were riding with face-shields up and sun glasses. Obviously hard to see their mouths but it did not look as if there was a lot of chatter going on - further enhancing the appearance of them just knowing what they were supposed to be doing.
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  14. Reduxalicious

    Reduxalicious Or is it?!

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    HD's, RT's and Honda F6B's
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  15. WillieJ

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    Rode an HD FLHTP. We had a mix of Kawasaki KZ 1000 and HD. Now my old dept Has BMW R1250RTP.
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  16. phillyrube

    phillyrube Leading Chief

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    Heres the latest issue:

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  17. slartidbartfast

    slartidbartfast Life is for good friends and great adventures Supporter

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    ...and you thought the Honda 250s were slow :lol3
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  18. Gone in 60

    Gone in 60 Been here awhile

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    I see R1200RTPs in City of Orange, doesn't hurt that the BMW dealer is less than a mile from the police station. But, across the street from the BMW dealer is a new Zero showroom. For grins, I ducked in to check it out, and they were outfitting one of their electric bikes for local police duty, in black and white with racks and boxes. Just the thing for sneaking up on the bad guys in the dark.
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  19. rosmoe

    rosmoe Been here awhile

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    Thailand uses the Honda CBR 300 R for its 2 man patrol motorcycle. received_1836895719786289.jpeg
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  20. Tall Man

    Tall Man Winter is coming.

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    With sneaking in mind, I wonder if electric police cars will be exempt from the Federal regulation that requires electric vehicles to emit a warning sound, at least at speeds below X mph, to warn pedestrians of their presence. Said exemption could exist in the form of the warning sound being a switchable feature on relevant LE vehicles.

    It's only a matter of time before an enterprising vendor or three creates a warning sound Off switch for the rest of us. For off road use only, of course. Ahem.
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