“A faster, safer, better-performing motorcycle that’s cheaper.” That’s how Officer Chris Dye from the Lake Mary Police Department described his new Honda ST1300 to a local news station. His department worked out that not only were the Honda’s $2,500 cheaper than the rival from Milwaukee, but that the servicing costs for each bike per year would drop from $2,700 with Harley to $520 with Honda.
The department also cites fuel consumption: Officers’ Hondas are averaging 42mpg, as opposed to Harley’s 30.
>It blows our mind that police departments nationwide persist in their
use of Harley patrol bikes. Surely they, of all people, need things
like brakes, performance and comfort from their all-day-everyday rides.
Of course, we can’t understand bike cops’ aversion to real protective
The news station contacted both the Orlando Police Department and the
Florida Highway Patrol, both of which are sticking with their Hogs. The
FHP defends its decision to cost taxpayers money by stating that
Harleys are “safer.”