Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: Chesapeake, VA, USA
Last weekend, several local law enforcement agencies and emergency response services held an Operation Hand-Shake at the local shopping mall to meet and great the public and promote law enforcement careers. The public could talk with police officers and check out their vehicles including the police motorcycles. As expected, they had a few BMW Boxers on hand but what caught my eye was a brand new Honda ST1300 police bike. So I talked with the officer, asking him why the Portland, OR police department purchased the Honda. His answer surprised me. He said that while the BMWs are great machines, it was difficult to get them serviced in a timely manner and that the cost of maintenance was too expensive. On-the-other hand, the Honda ST1300 costs less than the BMW, Honda dealers are more abundant so you can get the bike in for service and repairs and back on the road again quickly and the cost to service the Honda was less too.
So it would appear that the Honda ST1300 police motorcycle is more than alive and well at least in the Northwest USA and that BMW may be once again losing favor with law enforcement agencies.
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