Seems like the police in Montgomery, Alabama is switching to BMW's. Of course to me, the first sentence seems to read like the BMW motorcycles are somehow like the cars - who knows.... Still good news for the police there....
Here's the link to the article (shown below):
Police switch to BMW bikes
By Kirsten J. Barnes
The Montgomery Police Department is stepping up in class. At least it's motorcycle officers are.
The department has decided to gradually phase out its cheaper Harley-Davidson and Kawasaki motorcycles in favor of more-expensive German-made BMW bikes.
The Police Department bought five BMWs last year and plans to purchase 10 this year, said Maj. Bobby Briscoe, commander of the traffic division.
The department has decided to switch to BMWs because of safety and added features that come standard on the BMWs, said Briscoe.
On average, the BMW motorcycles cost about $18,000 each and come fully equipped with sirens and blue lights. The Kawasakis and Harley-Davidsons cost the department about $17,000, but don't come with lights or sirens. The BMWs also come standard with heated handles and adjustable seats.
"They last longer and we've determined they're safer," said Briscoe. "The maintenance is also cheaper and the parts are supposed to last longer."
In addition, spare parts are available for BMWs for up to 15 years after the end of a model's production.
Officers who have ridden the BMWs say there is no comparison to the Harley-Davidson and Kawasaki models used by most of the motorcycle officers.
Sgt. D. F. Phillips, a traffic supervisor who has ridden a motorcycle for the police department for 13 years, was one of the first to receive a BMW.
"We got them in March of last year," Phillips said.
Over the years, he's ridden a Kawasaki, a Harley-Davidson and a Yamaha.
"Ain't no comparison to the comfort," Phillips said. "The suspension system doesn't beat up your back. I haven't had my back hurt once on this bike."
The Kawasakis and Harley-Davidsons require maintenance every 4,000 miles, while the BMWs require maintenance every 6,000 miles.
"They have the anti-lock braking system, which makes it easier for the officers to stop and brake to avoid danger," Briscoe said.
Phillips said having anti-lock brakes is a huge plus.
"It takes the human error out of braking. You can stop that bike on a dime," Phillips said.
Cpl. Matt Barrett, a certified motorcycle trainer, has ridden all three types of motorcycles in the department's fleet of 30.
"For police work, the BMW motorcycle is the best motorcycle out there," he said.
BMW has been manufacturing motorcycles for police work since 1928, according to its Web site.
Since 1970, more than 100,000 police departments in 146 countries have purchased BMWs, with France, Germany, Spain and Great Britain being the biggest customers.