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Washington Troopers Get Honda ST1300 for Highway Enforcement

April 25, 2011  | 

Photo: Washington State Patrol.

The Washington State Patrol has begun adopting the Honda ST1300PA motorcycle and shifting away from BMW motorcycles for highway enforcement. There are currently 43 full-time troopers on motorcycles across the state and 12 have just completed the transition, according to the law enforcement agency.

"Throughout the patrol's history motorcycles have proven to be an effective tool for traffic enforcement. This transition reduces cost and will still provide the safety and performance necessary for our motor officers," says Chief John Batiste.

The Honda ST1300PA, which was specifically manufactured for law enforcement use, was chosen because of the balance, maneuverability, acceleration, overall performance, availability of service, and lower purchase and maintenance costs, according to the Washington State Patrol.

To see a video on troopers making this transition, you can visit the Washington State Patrol YouTube site. This video is part of the State Patrol's "Good to Know" series designed to help educate the public about various aspects of the Washington State Patrol.

The State Patrol was formed in 1921 with six troopers on Indian motorcycles.

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Comments (4)

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Morning Eagle @ 4/25/2011 11:38 PM

As a proud former WSP Trooper it does my heart good to see that the department is continuing to upgrade their equipment including attention to the safety of Troopers.

Nick Gerol @ 4/26/2011 2:45 PM

Buy American!

Wayne Hargreaves @ 6/20/2012 11:57 PM

I notice you dont have a matrix board on yours. We no longer use the ST 1300 back in the uk due to a few stability issus. I however ride my own and love them so enjoy riding them lads and take care

chad mathis @ 5/28/2013 11:37 PM

I love the look and feel of the Honda st1300. But gonna go with the Yamaha fjr 1300. Both outstanding and stable bikes

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