Why Choosing Harleys as Police Bikes Is So Funny

The image of an officer on an Electra Glide or BMW boxer is probably one of the first things that come to mind when the term "motorized cop" is brought into the discussion.
Bad boys, what you gonna do when the cop is riding a dual-sport bike chasing you? 1 photo
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Fair enough, we'd say, because such motorcycles and other models similar to those seem to be the most common choices among police departments that also field two-wheeled officers. However, choosing such bikes for official escorts is one thing, and using them for patrolling is an entirely different story.

Escorting a politician or some other fellow who might use such state services may require a dash of aesthetics, too, to make things look a bit more impressive. So choosing fat cruisers or touring machines with some modifications that transform them in authority bikes is, probably, the way to go.

Speed is also low during most such rides and no radical maneuvers are needed unless something goes terribly wrong. This makes big, heavy bikes that look impressive a decent choice for escorts.

However, patrolling and chasing runaway suspects, especially those who use a motorbike as a getaway vehicle is NOT a job for a fat cow. It may sound a bit too harsh for the Harley fans, but what they'll watch after clicking play on the video after the jump should be more than explanatory.

Putting things bluntly, fat, heavy bikes are worthless anywhere else than on the highway. Could you picture a Harley-Davidson in any of these pursuits? We tried, and the result was hysterically funny.

A police motorcycle should be fast, exceptionally maneuverable, and it should also be a dual-sport model. Being able to pass from asphalt to dirt, jump curbs, steer confidently on tarmac, hard packed or even on rocky surfaces are a must.

Suspects that decide to try their hand and lose the cops will not care if the suspensions of their getaway bikes may take a beating when riding fast on bad roads. Most of these bikes and scooters are stolen, anyway, so it really doesn't matter.

Still, with a policeman with solid motorcycle training, a firm hand and a determined state of mind riding a 450cc-ish dual sport or supermoto bike, pursuits won't last for too long.

We've also seen more footage from the Brazilian police and these fellows could certainly lecture for the forces in many countries around the world. Would you make a run for it if there were such a cop behind you riding a half-liter supermotard?

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