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L.A. County Sheriff Completes Police Vehicle Tests

L.A. County Sheriff Completes Police Vehicle Tests

This year, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department evaluated 21 pursuit-rated vehicles — nine sedans, nine motorcycles, and three SUVs — in various categories including acceleration, dynamic handling, braking, and ergonomics.

December 5, 2013

Video: A Guide to Police Motorcycles

Video: A Guide to Police Motorcycles

We're living in a Golden Age for police motorcycles. Law enforcement agencies have plenty of quality options, and more cycles may be on the way. We picked three motor officers in Southern California to profile three widely used cycles.

October 15, 2013

Michigan 2014 Motorcycle Testing Results Released
CHP Adopts Harley-Davidson for Highway Enforcement

CHP Adopts Harley-Davidson for Highway Enforcement

An Oakland Harley-Davidson dealer has begun delivering Harley-Davidson police motorcycles to the California Highway Patrol following a contract with the agency to provide up to 400 new motorcycles.

August 21, 2013

Victory's Stealth Police Motorcycle

Victory's Stealth Police Motorcycle

Stealth motorcycles may be less common, but that could change. Victory Motorcycles has introduced a stealth version of their Commander I police motorcycle. The cycle's black-out paint scheme gives it a smoother, more polished look.

July 17, 2013

Michigan State Police To Test 2014 Patrol Vehicles

Michigan State Police To Test 2014 Patrol Vehicles

The Michigan State Police will test four new police motorcycles and Chrysler's new all-wheel drive Dodge Charger Pursuit this year among the 22 police vehicles evaluated for law enforcement purchasers.

July 3, 2013

2013 Vehicle Tests: Michigan Vs. California

2013 Vehicle Tests: Michigan Vs. California

The Michigan State Police and the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department provided Police Magazine with preliminary results from the vehicle tests conducted in September and October of pursuit-rated patrol vehicles for the 2013 model year.

November 1, 2012

Kawasaki Shelves Concours 14P Motorcycle

Kawasaki Shelves Concours 14P Motorcycle

Kawasaki Motors Corp. has suspended its Concours 14P police motorcycle program, after determining that dealer modifications were causing a blown main fuse, increasing the risk of a crash.

August 14, 2012

Rating the 2012 Police Motorcycles

Rating the 2012 Police Motorcycles

The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department evaluated its largest crop of police motorcycles in the fall, analyzing seven cycles for performance, safety, and comfort.

March 29, 2012

Arizona Troopers Pick Kawasaki for Highway Patrol
Michigan State Police Publish 2012 Test Report

Michigan State Police Publish 2012 Test Report

The MSP Precision Driving Unit tested 19 patrol vehicles for acceleration, braking, high-speed handling, and other tests. Six motorcycles were included in the group.

November 17, 2011

Troopers Test New Police Motorcycles In Michigan

Troopers Test New Police Motorcycles In Michigan

This year, the Michigan State Police tested new offerings from Victory Motorcycles—the Commander I and Vision cruisers—among the six police motorcycles to be offered in the 2012 model year. The state police also tested BMW's R1200-RTP, Harley-Davidson's Road King, and H-D's Electra Glide.

October 4, 2011

Beyond the Crown Vic: MSP Tests 19 Vehicles for 2012

Beyond the Crown Vic: MSP Tests 19 Vehicles for 2012

For the first time in two decades, Ford's mainstay Crown Vic Police Interceptor will be absent from the track, when the Michigan State Police commence their annual test of law enforcement vehicles in September.

August 12, 2011

BMW Considers Sport Bike for Police Market

BMW Considers Sport Bike for Police Market

BMW plans to field-test a sport bike now being used by police agencies in Europe as an off-road option for American law enforcement. BMW is currently selling a civilian version of its F800-GS in the United States, and could easily convert it for police use, the company's law enforcement manager tells POLICE Magazine.

June 30, 2011

Rating the 2011 Police Motorcycles

Rating the 2011 Police Motorcycles

Emergency vehicle operators with the drivers' training divisions of the LASD and LAPD evaluated the Honda ST1300, Kawasaki Concourse 14, BMW R1200 RT-P, Harley-Davidson Electra Glide and Harley-Davidson Road King. The testing regimen includes a 32-lap high-speed course, vehicle dynamics pursuit evaluation, hard-braking test, and ergonomic review.

May 19, 2011