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Indiana State Police bring back cycle patrols...

ISP hasn't used bikes since 1939....

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State police bring back motorcycle patrols

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October 3, 2004 1:51 PM

FORT WAYNE, IND. -- Indiana State Police are patrolling on motorcycles again for the first time in 65 years.

Mobility, cost, and even gas mileage have factored into a decision to try four new Harley-Davidsons as patrol vehicles. They began patrols over the weekend.

"In congested traffic areas, or when the crash is in a construction zone, they can get to the scene fast and open the roadway for the squad cars," Lt. Scott Beamon said. "Such mobility is very useful. And the amount of road travel has been increasing over the years."

Motorcycles cost thousands of dollars less than a patrol car and they get 42 miles to a gallon of gas, compared with 21 miles for a squad car, Beamon said.

Harley-Davidson provided the four motorcycles used in the pilot program for free.

More than a dozen officers completed two weeks of training at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Experts from Harley-Davidson and the Northwestern University Traffic Institute taught the classes.

In the pilot program, the motorcycle troopers will cruise the central part of the state, particularly in high-traffic areas around Indianapolis, said Beamon, a state police spokesman.

The state police will evaluate the pilot program in four to six months. If it's found effective, the program will be expanded, Beamon said.

"We did a lot of research and concluded that motorcycles are effective, safe and comfortable enough for our use," he said. "We are optimistic that we'll do well."

The last time the state police patrolled on motorcycles was 1939.

Local police agencies have had motorcycle units in place for years, but how they use them varies by department.

The Fort Wayne Police Department has eight Harley-Davidsons that it regularly uses for patrolling. It uses motorcycle officers primarily for traffic enforcement, they respond to any type of calls, Deputy Chief Marty Bender said.

"The biggest drawback in this part of the country is the weather," Bender said. "But they have the capability to get in and around the traffic. They also cost less for fuel and initial purchase."

Each motorcycle costs about $14,000, plus an additional $4,000 to $5,000 for equipment, Bender said. A squad car costs about $34,000.

The Indianapolis Police Department has 50 motorcycles, including some Harleys.

"We have used motorcycles as long as they have been a viable form of transportation," said IPD spokesman Steve Staletovich.

Information from: The Journal-Gazette

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Thats pretty cool.

They have some undercover bikes around here that I saw one time.. FJR's or something like that with saddle bags.. I was bugged out when I saw them
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Evaluation in 4-6 months? Wouldn't that put it dead into the middle of winter?
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Evaluation in 4-6 months? Wouldn't that put it dead into the middle of winter?
Not only that, but their 65 years behind the times still by using the Harley's!!
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Not only that, but their 65 years behind the times still by using the Harley's!!
Objectively, I'm not sure you can make a case that any other bike besides the Kawi is a better choice...

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Objectively, I'm not sure you can make a case that any other bike besides the Kawi is a better choice...
I would think these bikes are up for the job!!

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I would think these bikes are up for the job!!
Sure, they would work....but how would they be better?

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Sure, they would work....but how would they be better?
Power, weight, handling, reliability, fuel economy, etc.
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Power, weight, handling, reliability, fuel economy, etc.
Arguable issues for a police bike, especially the handling. I would bet the Harley would beat that Beamer in a blind test specifically aimed at LEO use...

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Re: Indiana State Police bring back cycle patrols...

College Station Texas PD uses Harleys. Cost is 15 or 16k I cant remember, but the big thing is H-D has a guaranteed buyback of 13.5k. Can't beat that with a stick.
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Re: Indiana State Police bring back cycle patrols...

Another thing is that Harleys are incredibly stable even with lots of weight.

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Re: Indiana State Police bring back cycle patrols...

The Harleys would get smoked by those Beemers. Beemers are used over here and as any sane rider over here will tell you, dont try and do a runner from 1. They are putting out about 130ps at the back wheel. Combine this with a skilled rider and the fact that the bike isnt his and you arent going to get away. Not even a decent rider on a new thou would try and do the runner from one down here. There damn fast.

I thought Harleys are used over there because of union influence. The police union has said US made bikes only, and well there isnt a big choice.

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Re: Indiana State Police bring back cycle patrols...

Honda had an ST 1100 police bike available in the US last year. I believe the ST 1300 is available now.

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The Harleys would get smoked by those Beemers. Beemers are used over here and as any sane rider over here will tell you, dont try and do a runner from 1. They are putting out about 130ps at the back wheel. Combine this with a skilled rider and the fact that the bike isnt his and you arent going to get away. Not even a decent rider on a new thou would try and do the runner from one down here. There damn fast.

I thought Harleys are used over there because of union influence. The police union has said US made bikes only, and well there isnt a big choice.

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And the oil unions have teamed up with the Police unions to demand that they burn raw crude oil in everything from the cruisers to bikes - even to make the electricity for the Police Station!!!.
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