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Police riding Harley Davidsons?

By 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?


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35 Responses to
Police riding Harley Davidsons?
Hercsie 3:59 pm 18 Sep 09

Just for info – in the TV show “CHiPs” the bikes were kawasakis

Jivrashia 2:22 pm 18 Sep 09

Photo, or it didn’t happen!

indigoid 2:09 pm 18 Sep 09

mrnamjama said :

There’s nothing wrong with Harleys. They can be manouvered just fine by a trained rider, including doing a controlled u-turn in less space than most supersports riders can manage.

You’ve hit the nail on the head. It has very little to do with the bike being a Harley (or supersport) and far more to do with rider skills. That said, being able to ride a Harley well doesn’t stop it being rubbish!

I am going on memory alone here but I think the big Harleys (at least the models that are typically used as a starting point when building police bikes, eg. Electra Glide) have a greater load capacity than the BMW R1200RT and Yamaha FJR1300A models currently used by the AFP for most of their road-oriented police bikes. This may be part of the reason for the testing of them as police bikes here

It took me quite some time to build the confidence to do really tight U-turns on my BMW K1200GT. At 280kg if I stuff it up and it starts to fall there’s no way I’m going to be able to stop it.

Pommy bastard 1:43 pm 18 Sep 09

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?

Mr Evil 1:32 pm 18 Sep 09

caf said :

I await the purchase of soft-top MX-5s as patrol cars with interest… although, where would you put the flashing lights?

No way – Vespas are next!

Nosey 1:19 pm 18 Sep 09

Pommy said:

“If they are needed for an emergency response.”

LOL.

Avy 12:47 pm 18 Sep 09

Sounds like someone’s been watching too much CHiPs!

caf 12:43 pm 18 Sep 09

I await the purchase of soft-top MX-5s as patrol cars with interest… although, where would you put the flashing lights?

The cat did it 12:25 pm 18 Sep 09

I hope they are only ‘evaluation’ models. ACT police need a proper working bike, not a bike that screams ‘mid-life crisis’.

harley 11:47 am 18 Sep 09

Pommy bastard said :

in fact there is nothing good about Harleys.

HEY!

Pommy bastard 11:16 am 18 Sep 09

I ridden more than a few, horrible machines.

mrnamjama 10:39 am 18 Sep 09

Rad Dave – I think you might be right.

There’s nothing wrong with Harleys. They can be manouvered just fine by a trained rider, including doing a controlled u-turn in less space than most supersports riders can manage.

wishuwell 10:39 am 18 Sep 09

Maybe 20 years or so ago when I was living in Perth the WA police had a fleet of HD’s. Weren’t the best allround performer by all accounts but gee did they get their money back and more when it came to sell them off.

Rad Dave 10:24 am 18 Sep 09

Pommy Bastard- You sound like you’ve never ridden one..

Pommy bastard 10:01 am 18 Sep 09

Good grief! Police would be better off on horses for ceremonial escorts not Harleys.

If they are needed for an emergency response Harleys are awful, slow, cumbersome, heavy, poor steering, poor brakes, abysmal turning circle, in fact there is nothing good about Harleys.

They should be left for middle age men to have as “mid-life crisis” bikes.

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