Interestingly, Branson, MO PD just placed 2 Can Am Spyders into service. Considering the slow moving bumper to bumper traffic they have to deal with, that would seem like a good choice. That being said, I think most highway patrols would be best served by BMW RTPs and their high speed pursuit capabilities. Clutches shouldn't be a problem on the open road! Save the Harleys for official parade duties.
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The NC Highway patrol uses the RTP
309 N. 3rd. Ave.
Kure Beach, NC 28449
1996 R1100RT main bike & 1985 K100RS...too fast to believe.
What we really need is a K1600GT-P. That would be a machine
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FWIW: BMW's participation in this segment of the US market has always seemed a matter of logistics and support rather than the motorcycle. Where they have dealer presence and interest at that level combined with their own resources they have a presence. The wethead is a wildcard in the logistics and support strategy. As the new model rolls out into the BMW system perhaps BMW and its dealer network will become more active in the segment.
The US involvement in this segment has always comes off as a major contradiction to the fact they remain main the largest supplier of police motorcycles world wide. On that stage they face challenges from a variety of contenders. On their home turf Berlin changed to Moto Guzzi in 2008 when Piaggio supplied 35 Norges to the force to try and crack the police market with the then new model.
Some police motorcycle information I found while digging on the web.
Harely-Davidson Police-Fire-Rescue Division
Victory Police Motorcycles
Honda ST1300PA Police Motorcycle
policemag.com: Kawasaki shelves Concourse 14P motorcycle
As fun as the debate about which is better - wet v dry clutch, BMW v all the rest, I am far more curious about what is the future role of motorcycles in the authority market in general. Is it a RTP type motorcycle? BMW has been selling police versions of the F 650 and F 800 GS. What about electrics? Zero is pushing a police version and a military version of their bike. BMW had good police reception to the C1, will their new scooters be part of the authority market segment plan?
If you were king of the BMW Motorrad Authority segment what would you be developing for the world market and to expand the presence in the US?
Branson is a tourist town, pure and simple. The powers that be wanted the motor officerrs for public image, you know, approachable and open to the public, but two wheeled cycles would be very difficult in this town, hence the Spyder. I think it is perfect for Branson.
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Just so no one gets the wrong idea and calls BMW to order one, those K1600 police bikes are outfitted by a 3rd party and are not supplied that way by BMW.