The history of the use of motorcycles by police has more than a hundred years. The first police motorcycle was purchased for the needs of the New York Police Department back in 1907, and two-wheeled vehicles began to be used in California since 1911 as the official motorcycle patrol. Since then, motorcycle technology has more than once proved its advantages in the fight against crime in general and, as an option, is widely used for rapid response to traffic accidents.
Motorcycle traffic police officers
In addition to efficiency, maneuverability and compactness are also undoubted advantages in the use of these two-wheeled vehicles by the police. And lower fuel consumption compared to cars will also save. The only drawback of such patrols in Russia is the seasonality of use. You can’t drive a motorcycle in the cold. Although in countries with hot climates the possibility of using such technology remains year-round.
Popular brands of police motorcycles
Many motorcycle companies created special cars for the police, which were in great demand at the time, for example, Indian from the beginning of the 20th century to 1953 or Kawasaki from 1975 to 2005. But for various reasons, they could not stand the competition in this niche and left the race. The most famous police motorcycle brands today are BMW, Harley-Davidson, Honda and Yamaha. Road, tourist and sports varieties of motorbikes are used for police service.
The motorcycle was first made available to the police precisely in America and continues to serve it faithfully to this day. There have been ups and downs in the company’s history, but today, as in the 20s of the last century, 3,800 police departments in the United States go out to patrol the streets at Harley-Davidson. In addition, the police of another 45 states order motorcycles of this brand for road patrols and other needs. For comparison, in the 80s, only 400 police departments in America drove a Harley-Davidson.
Harley-Davidson FLHTP Electra Glide
Today, the American manufacturer offers three modern models for police services: Harley-Davidson FLHTP Electra Glide, Harley-Davidson FLHP Road King and Harley-Davidson XL 883L Sportster. The first two bikes belong to the Touring line of models and are heavy cruisers designed for long trips, which makes them just perfect for patrolling the streets. The XL 883L is more likely a classic motorcycle, not a cruiser, and therefore can be used for different purposes.
The Electra Glide and Road King boast a six-speed gearbox. An anti-lock braking system is available for all three models when braking ABS, the use of which increases driving safety.
BMW police motorcycles are perhaps the most popular in the world. The manufacturer claims that its motorcycle equipment for law enforcement agencies is supplied to 150 countries and the brand’s total fleet of two-wheeled vehicles with police functions has long exceeded the figure of 100,000 units. BMW Motorrad products are currently represented by special police motorcycles R1200RT-P and R900RT-P. These motorbikes are lighter, have better handling, and the braking system is softer than Harley-Davidson.
BMW Motorrad R1200RT-P
The R1200RT-P is based on the standard version with an 1170 cc engine. see, however, with the addition of stainless steel safety bars. The R900RT-P has a smaller 878 cc engine. see and in the civilian version is not issued.
The most widely used motorcycle for police use is the Honda ST1300PA. Use a motobike police forces in the UK, USA. Powerful, secretive, fast and reliable – this can be described as one of the best Japanese cruisers. Japanese cars are more affordable and cheaper than their American counterparts and are equipped with standard police equipment. Japanese law enforcement officers move on the same motorcycles.
The FJR1300 model is used to equip police units of different countries. After doubts about the safety of the Honda ST1300PA that arose as a result of an accident with a UK police officer, the British police began to buy a Yamaha FJR1300. Police on motorcycles of this brand go on patrol in such countries as France, Belgium, the Netherlands, Australia, Denmark.
A distinctive feature of the model is an aluminum frame of a diagonal type. The 1.3-liter four-cylinder engine is equipped with a modern D-Mode electronic system for three power modes, has an adjustable YCC-T throttle and an exhaust control valve. The presence of a cardan shaft instead of a chain drive, massive fairings also highlight the car.