What is the "police bike"in your area?

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

  1. Gone in 60

    Gone in 60 Been here awhile

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    You gotta know somebody's already come up with that. We've had some tagging and gang issues near me, hopefully this will help, unless officers try it out and don't think its' much more than a toy
    . The Zero salesman said that this is the first bespoke Zero showroom in the country, so giving a bike to the local PD is a good public relations move. They are very liberal with test rides, and since I rode up on a motorcycle, he was very insistent that I take one of their demo bikes out for a ride. Tooling around the neighborhood nearly silent, I started thinking that if I could kill all the lights on it, if I were a burglar, this would be perfect.
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  2. SenorCollin

    SenorCollin Been here awhile

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    Good to know, I live right by that showroom!

    On another note... the level of protection provided for motor officers is appalling, around me at least. I'm not sure if they're even allowed to wear proper gear if they wanted to, which is insane for people who literally spend all day on their bike for a living. There isn't exactly room for protection under their tight uniforms, open faced helmets obviously leave a lot to be desired, and their boots and gloves definitely don't seem to offer much protection. I know that CHP and local PD are big on appearance and tradition yadayadayada, but proper gear should certainly be considered PPE to anyone who isn't mentally deficient and provided for any officer who wants it.
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  3. Gone in 60

    Gone in 60 Been here awhile

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    SenorCollin, the guy who runs the Zero showroom is pretty cool, but I went in February, right before the world crashed. Not sure if they're open now, so I'd call first. Weird how some local dealers never closed, some are still closed, and some are starting to open back up.

    I am intrigued by a job that lets you ride a motorcycle all day, and talk with motor officers any chance I get about their rides and what they like or don't like. Guys in Huntington Beach shrug about their aging ST1300s. "Eh, they just won't die." In San Diego, I spoke with two guys sitting on their bikes during a road closure. One was on a BMW, the other on a Kawasaki. Each joked that he loved his bike, and wouldn't want to trade for the other.

    Before I bought an R12OO years back, I spoke with some Highway Patrol guys who said they were indestructible, and would go over 80k miles without anything major breaking down. That was a great endorsement. Until I spoke with some LAPD guys, who complained that they were always out of service for long periods of time because the clutch replacement was so complicated. That made sense to me - a Highway Patrol officer droning away on the freeway is probably spending a lot less time on and off the clutch than a city cop who's going light-to-light-to light.

    The comments about motorcycle officers clearing the way for lane splitters rings true with me. I am not a fast splitter, and glance down at the mirror a lot. When I see someone coming up behind, I do the polite thing and move over to give him room to get by. I love it when the passing bike is an officer. I keep a respectable distance, but I know I'll have a nice wide opening!
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  4. Tall Man

    Tall Man 129% of people exaggerate.

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    Low beam cut harnesses are already available (I've one installed on my bike). Wiring an inline switch for the taillight would be easy, too. Done.
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  5. High Country Herb

    High Country Herb Adventure Connoiseur

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    Central California Highway Patrol seems to be all BMWs. The local branch comes up to Sonora a couple times a year for training meetings. They have lunch in town, with about 20 bikes lined up on the street, then presumably ride up Sonora Pass. I've never seen them in large numbers up there, but if I was them that's what I'd do. :D

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    Some cities have small fleets of dual sport bikes, such as these DR650s in Oakland.

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    And this single Zero that belongs to the Escalon Police Department. I think they use it for special events, traffic enforcement, and rural patrol.

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    Bar None Long timer Supporter

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    Just stumbled on this thread. I have not seen a LEO on a motorcycle in months here in Fort Myers,FL. When I was on the Sheriff Dept part time they were all Harley. I never was on motor but was on mounted , bicycle, marine, and auto. Bicycle at the beach was my favorite duty.
    I have owned a FLHTP and Honda CX500 police bike.
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    I was in Jerusalem last year and the police bikes were fascinating, at least to me. Teams of cops on dual sports, cops on those three wheeled scooters, zipping around, cops on bicycles... There was a lot to take photos of but one night a couple of cops pulled up right under our balcony on a d/s. I really didn't look that close at it, sort of assumed it was a BMW.
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    I also found their gear to be interesting. For all I know they were IDF and not police.
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    Not sure about the local cops here where I live. Probably HD.
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  9. Sneeze Juice

    Sneeze Juice Been here awhile

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    Charlotte has these

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  10. neanderthal

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    To be fair, even without aux lights, they are ... more visible I guess, than regular lights. Just as you can tell the Police Interceptor Crown Victoria lights from afar, you're conditioned to be on the lookout for police vehicles. Even if you ain't doing nothing wrong.

    Note to self; buy white R1200RT or ex police bike for long tours.
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  11. b76

    b76 Need more adventures

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    Mostly bmw 1200.
    Occasionally I see a big Kawasaki concours
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  12. Gone in 60

    Gone in 60 Been here awhile

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    Funny how we all learned that two white squares with two jeweled orange inboard lights meant "Crown Vic! Cop!" One night, I forgot that our town had switched to Chargers. Just as I thought "Why is this dude with two round headlights riding my butt?" the red and blues came on. Doh!

    Here are some recent California Highway Patrol Harleys parked near Staples Center in downtown L.A. I chatted with the officers, who were going to be providing an escort for the Lakers later that day. IMG_0226.jpg
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  13. Big John Sny

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    Around the metroplex it is all Harleys. There were a few cities that had moved to BMW , but I think they are all back to Harleys.

    I actually own a Guzzi police bike and a Harley police bike. My sons room mate has a KZ1000P that he has let me ride.
    I would have to say, the Harley is definitely the most capable of the group.
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  15. e rock

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    I’ve seen HD, Kawasaki and lately, BMW.
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    When I was a kid the meter maids had Cushmans.
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  17. kev b

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    I live near Cadwell Park and police motorcycles are few and far between but on big race days there are plenty about.
    Usually BMWs and Hondas I think but the ones you need to look out for are the unmarked bikes equipped with cameras and radar etc.

    A couple of times I have caught up with a group of riders and wondered why they were so slow until I spotted the extra aerial and equipment on the hindmost bike.

    One of these Q bikes was reputed to be a Yam R1 but I stay away from race and holiday traffic now and mostly ride on quiet evenings.
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    kneeslider Insufficient privileges!

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    after all the defunding the number one police bike will be either Huffy with a banana seat or a Schwin!
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    Some BMW somethingorother.
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  20. FMFDOC

    FMFDOC IBA #63181 Super Supporter

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    Lots and lots and lots of police-bike pr0n here:

    https://aws-p-app1.bmwcenternet.com/bmw_mc_police/gallery/gallery.aspx

    All sorts of things like photos, brochures, testing videos, maintenance costs, etc. (WARNING!!! Once you go down the police bike rabbit hole, you may be there for a couple hours.)

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    I really like that OD green and black together.