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CHP Adopts Kawasaki's Concours 14P Motorcycle

September 27, 2010  | 

Kawasaki's Concours 14 ABS P will become the primary enforcement motorcycle of the California Highway Patrol. Photo courtesy of Beaudry Motorsports.

The California Highway Patrol is adopting the Kawasaki Concors 14 ABS P as its primary enforcement motorcycle, following the state's awarding of a contact to Beaudry Motorsports Inc. to supply the bikes.

The two-year contract that commenced Aug. 23 allows Beaudry to supply the bikes to CHP for highway enforcement, and includes a "piggyback" clause that allows other local law enforcement agencies to purchase the bikes without a lengthy open-bid process, Timothy Smith, a state procurement official, told POLICE Magazine.

The piggyback clause allows local agencies to purchase the bikes under the auspices of the state contract without having to complete their own bid process. Local agencies pay the state's Department of General Services an administrative charge and small percentage of licensing fees to the Department of Motor Vehicles when making the purchase.

Five local police and sheriff's departments in northern and southern California have placed orders for the bikes, according to Steve Beaudry, owner of Beaudry Motorsports of Post Falls, Idaho.

"We have won the state of California contract for enforcement motorcycles," Beaudry wrote in an e-mail to POLICE. "The state of California contract is the sole contract used by the California Highway Patrol when ordering enforcement motorcycles."

In a report presented as part of the state's open-bid process, the CHP estimated it would cost about $6 million to replace 336 of its motor units. The highway patrol is currently using BMW R1200 RTP motorcycles and has more than 400 of those bikes now in active service in its fleet.

As the agency purchases Kawasaki bikes, the BMWs would likely be gradually phased out.

The law enforcement agency tested the performance specifications of the Kawasaki bike prior to recommending its use. The bikes will be purchased at a unit price of $16,977, according to the California contract.


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Comments (3)

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[email protected] @ 1/2/2012 7:11 PM

I really am sorry to see the RTP's phased out, however it is also a good opportunity to nab a nice RT-p 1200 at auction. My 2002 RTP1150 is going strong at 110,000 miles, so by the time these units start moving out into the public domain, I'll be ready for a 1200!

Douglas Martin @ 3/31/2013 8:45 PM

I live in the Phx. AZ area. I am looking for a used police motorcycle for sale in this area buy any police or Sheriff Department too. Please e-mail any sites or any way to find out for help buying one. Thank You all Douglas Martin

Joseph N. Enyinnaya @ 10/3/2013 11:50 AM

Hi, I am interested in knowing how to go about the state police 14-P kawasaki motorcycle ( New) for supply to the police in my state. (1) The motorcycle must have red and green light,(2) I need Police helmets,(3) Police long Boots. Please pictures and prices important, Every information about police motorcycle is needed.
I look forward for reply.
Joe N E.

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