Sheriff’s Motorcycle Unit Shifts From Harleys To BMWs For $115,000
FlaglerLive | March 7, 2015
The Flagler County Sheriff’s Office recently purchased five new BMW R-1200 RT-P motorcycles to be used by the traffic/motor unit, the sheriff’s office announced Friday. The change to the BMW motorcycle came after the office was approaching the end of the lease period with Harley Davidson.
Each of the BMW motorcycles, including all equipment, cost $22,927.33, for a total of just under $115,000.
The 110-horesepower, 1200-cc motorcycle is a model especially modified for police use. “For the highway this bike is ideal,” California Highway Patrol Officer Saul Gomez explains in a brief video about the bike. (See below.) “For starters, it has an adjustable windshield that really helps us on the highway at high speeds. When we’re patrolling the streets, that windshield can easily be lowered. It allows us better visibility, and on hot days, it allows us to cool down just a little bit.”
The saddle is 33 to 37 inches off the ground, allowing patrolling cops to get a better visual of traffic and to look into vehicles. The motorcycles are also equipped with crash bars to protect cops should they go down in a collision–or to enable a cop in a hurry to get off the bike and let it roll on the bars without damaging the body of the bike. The saddle bags can be accessed while the cop is in the seat. The integrated speakers allow cops to hear dispatch even when their communications radios are off.
“The Sheriff’s Office was looking for a motorcycle that could perform to our expectations,” said Sheriff James L. Manfre. “We were also looking to decrease maintenance costs and wanted a motorcycle that is durable.”
Aside from being more cost effective than the Harley Davidson, the BMW is overall a better motorcycle for law enforcement use. The BMW is more fuel efficient, weighs less, has a more effective ABS brake system, is equipped with a dual battery system, and more.
“As our agency advances in our daily use of up-to-date equipment and technology, this vehicle has proven to be the best choice to serve the citizens of Flagler County,” said Sergeant Michael Van Buren, Motorcycle Operations Supervisor.
From Officer.com: “The new low-maintenance engine utilizes a single spark plug per cylinder, combined engine-gearbox lubrication, keeping operational costs to a minimum. New e-gas electronic throttle control provides precise throttle management, reduced throttle twist rotation to 70 degrees with no wear or adjustment needed due to electronic throttle actuator system. The new BMW emergency lighting system provides four times the forward intensity of the prior model, focused in the primary zone where motorists are most likely to left turn / pull-out in your path (pattern shows most intense area). Enclosed take-down lights and alley lights provide exceptional illumination plus an alternating wig-wag function to maximize visibility. […] The 2015 R 1200 RT-P provides the most modern, integrated lighting system available on a police motor. The new auxiliary rear emergency light unit provides high-intensity visibility in all situations, plus provides additional benefit if the radio box lid is opened during the violator stop.”
Residents and visitors can expect to see the BMW motorcycles throughout Flagler County beginning this weekend, which coincides with Bike Week in Daytona Beach.
The BMW Explained:
Watch a Pursuit Using The Bike: