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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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gazket 1:53 pm 08 Oct 12
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 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 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 1:45 pm 21 Sep 09

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

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 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 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 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 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 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 8:15 am 19 Sep 09

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

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 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 8:54 pm 18 Sep 09

very cool though

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