Police riding Harley Davidsons?

Serendipity 18 September 2009 35

Whats this I see?

Two leather clad motorcycle cops, both of a more mature age, riding two brand new looking white Harley Davidson motorcycles sedately down Northbourne Avenue this week.

The bikes had blue and red lights and police signs on the panniers so they must be real police bikes and the riders were in police uniform. So whats happening here?

With the current interest in bikie gangs have the local coppers decided that the best way to catch a Harley Davidson riding bikie is to ride Harleys themselves? Has anyone else seen them around?

Maybe they are getting new bikes for those VIP escorts they do.

For mine, I don’t really care what sort of motorbikes they ride as long as they are doing their bit to keep our roads safe.


What's Your Opinion?


Please login to post your comments, or connect with
35 Responses to Police riding Harley Davidsons?
Filter
Order
gazket gazket 1:53 pm 08 Oct 12
Gutter Gutter 9:42 am 16 Oct 09

I have owned 5 Harleys and apart from some minor issues with my 1975 Ironhead sporty they have all run with no major mechanical issues at all including my 1945 WLA. Those ‘bikes’ lined up out the front of the shop in Fyshwick (Robbo’s) are for sale NOT there to be fixed you goose, the repair shop is out the back and cannot be seen from the street.

Harleys are definately the worlds fastest tractors but having said are quite capable of running in excess of 180klms P/H which I think you find is quite quick enough to catch the average ‘P’ plater drag racing with his mates. You want to see what the police Beemers are like? go over to mick Owens in Fyshwick he has the contract to fix em and out the front of his shop are alway at least 10 broken one’s not bad considering there are only 20 bike cops in Canberra.

Maxxiz Maxxiz 2:17 pm 02 Oct 09

Hey, sorry to dig up an old thread, I work at a servo and one of these bikes came in yesterday, snapped a pic if anyone doesnt believe me.. They have the police add on’s just no ‘Police’ markings or anything. Asked the cop and he said that yeah they are just testing them out to see if they can give HD some buisness.

Ozi Ozi 4:32 pm 22 Sep 09

astrojax said :

agree, v – anyway, as old chinese proverb notes: radio is faster than japanese bike!

Yeah but using radio to call ahead and get spike strips put down for bikes tends to be frowned apon. 😉 And the Yamaha 1300s which are currently being phased in to replace the Beemers go like the clappers: I doubt a Ducati sports bike could support the amount of kit (weight and amperage) required for a cop bike.

astrojax astrojax 1:45 pm 21 Sep 09

agree, v – anyway, as old chinese proverb notes: radio is faster than japanese bike!

V twin venom V twin venom 9:09 am 21 Sep 09

quote comment=”234326″]I had another thought today. How come the highway patrol cars get V8’s etc, and the bike cops get stuck with something pretty ordinary? Surely the AFP should spring for some new Ducatis…

After seeing a HIGH speed pursuit on Tidbinbilla Road yesterday involving a 2 wheeled flash of black Japanese technology and 2 of those fancy looking high vis and black Police cars, it has to be said that nothing the Police have or are looking at should be used in a way that requires the full performance of the machine. It’s just too f#@cking scarey. Harley, Ducati, Beemer or Vespa it really doesn’t matter what they use.

Disclaimer: no it wasn’t me. My bike is red and we were going the other direction.

indigoid indigoid 4:16 pm 20 Sep 09

cranky said :

Did they convert them to left hand drive before sending them over?

Actually they probably do make some changes. Some bikes (my F650GS for example) have adjustment dials to turn the headlight a tiny bit to the left or right. The instruction manual says to use this when entering a country that drives on the other side of the road

p1 p1 3:52 pm 20 Sep 09

I had another thought today. How come the highway patrol cars get V8’s etc, and the bike cops get stuck with something pretty ordinary? Surely the AFP should spring for some new Ducatis…

p1 p1 12:12 am 20 Sep 09

When you look at the cost of HD parts, and the number of cop bikes lined up outside the bike shop in fyshwick waiting to be fixed, I don’t think the AFP can afford to use them.

astrojax astrojax 1:54 pm 19 Sep 09

maybe they were some how associated with the exhibition that simon corbell opened at cmag last night, on the history of criminal justice in canberra… http://www.museumsandgalleries.act.gov.au/cmag/CaughtACT.html

but maybe not…

indigoid indigoid 8:59 am 19 Sep 09

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=prJnJWW2JII

Cruisers can certainly turn. I had a Honda VT750 for a day loaner last time our CB400 went in for service and had little trouble turning on it. It did feel pretty weird having my feet all that way in front of me, especially in U-turns.

I really like the BMW boxers but I don’t think the Harleys should be written off that flippantly

cranky cranky 8:15 am 19 Sep 09

Did they convert them to left hand drive before sending them over?

Pommy bastard Pommy bastard 7:45 am 19 Sep 09

Serendipity said :

2. Harley have provided two USA factory built police specials, one a Electra Glide and the other a Road King. These bikes come from the factory with most of the police add ons like flashing lights, sirens, crash bars, police signs, radio boxes etc as standard fittings for police use. They also come fitted with a larger and more powerful motor than standard (103 cubic inch which is about 1700cc), upgraded brakes/ABS, increased ground clearance, fly by wire technology, upgraded suspension and a air suspension seat.

1700cc??? My god that’s a lump. I’ll bet my left one they still wont be as powerful, quick, maneuverable and as easy to ride as the average Japanese or European 1000cc

Serendipity said :

3. Harley Davidson reckoned their bikes are as good as anything else available so they were asked to put up or shut ut. They supplied the two bikes for a month or so evidently and have to undergo a pretty intense evaluation process.

They are either very brave or delusional.

old canberran old canberran 9:35 pm 18 Sep 09

The coppers in Washington DC ride Harleys. At least they did in 1988 when I was there.
Canberra coppers rode Harleys years ago, and Aerials, Triumphs and Nortons plus a few others I can’t remember.

Tas Tas 8:54 pm 18 Sep 09

very cool though

Bassman Bassman 7:59 pm 18 Sep 09

Have to agree with Pommy Bastard here. Has anyone ever tried to corner a Harley, or any other cruiser for that matter?? Your pegs are scraping VERY, very early. Which really restricts how fast you can corner.

Crusiers are nice for just that. Cruising. Using them as cop bikes is ludicrous! Unless it’s a parade or similar.

Serendipity Serendipity 7:47 pm 18 Sep 09

Just to add to my original post, I thought I would follow up the Harleys thing. Well this is what I found out.
1. ACT Police have an ongoing program of testing cars and motorcyles to establish what is best for their multitude of uses. Usually these vehicles are not marked up as police cars when they test them so the general public is not necessarily aware that the car or bike is being assessed.
2. Harley have provided two USA factory built police specials, one a Electra Glide and the other a Road King. These bikes come from the factory with most of the police add ons like flashing lights, sirens, crash bars, police signs, radio boxes etc as standard fittings for police use. They also come fitted with a larger and more powerful motor than standard (103 cubic inch which is about 1700cc), upgraded brakes/ABS, increased ground clearance, fly by wire technology, upgraded suspension and a air suspension seat.
3. Harley Davidson reckoned their bikes are as good as anything else available so they were asked to put up or shut ut. They supplied the two bikes for a month or so evidently and have to undergo a pretty intense evaluation process.

I was also told that the bikes have suprised a few of the coppers already as being much better than they thought they would be. Evidently they stop, turn and go much better than expected. I was also told that as a result of testing bikes last year that the coppers went from BMW to Yamahas with their road bikes and Suzuki to KTMs with their trail bikes. My mate said that they tested half a dozen different road bikes and about ten different trail bikes before they made their decision to buy what they did.

So thats the update.

Fisho Fisho 6:48 pm 18 Sep 09

Maybe it’s just to do with the amount of gear to be carried/fitted? Evaluation models?

joshka joshka 4:47 pm 18 Sep 09

Wasn’t there a law passed recently disallowing bikies such as these uniformed officers on harleys from consorting?

indigoid indigoid 4:08 pm 18 Sep 09

Pommy bastard said :

Would anyone care to post the performance figures for a Harley (top speed, torque, 0-60, turning circle, weight, braking,)against a bike of similar displacement, cost, or style?

http://www.harley-davidson.com/wcm/Content/Pages/Specs/full_specs/full_specs_09_popup.jsp?model=flhtcu&market=US&measureCheck=Metric&locale=en_US&dwp=

At 125Nm it is actually worse for torque than my 1.2L/four-cylinder BMW, and only marginally better than the 1.2L/boxer-twin BMW I had before it.

I would speculate that the Electra Glide would also have inferior acceleration, especially considering that on the traction-control-equipped BMWs you can snap and hold the throttle wide open in any gear and not only will it try hard to prevent the rear wheel breaking traction, but it will also keep the front wheel on the ground. I tested this recently in torrential rain on my 112kW/130Nm K1200GT. It works [i]very[/i] well indeed.

There aren’t many 1.6L bikes out there. Honda have their 1.8L Goldwing, and the Big Four have a big cruiser or two each. Triumph have their 2.3L Rocket III. The wet weight of these big Harleys makes my 280kg BMW (or indeed the R1200RT police bikes AFP have now) look like a skinny gymnast, and that’s [i]before[/i] they install the crashbars, lights, sirens, aerials, communications gear, radar and extra battery that the police bikes do generally have.

Search Youtube for “Ride Like a Pro.” US motorcycle cops seem to have pretty good bike skills

CBR Tweets

Sign up to our newsletter

Top

Search across the site