Join Date: Aug 2005
Location: Gilbert, AZ, USA
RT1200P info Needed
The other day, while on my way to work, I spotted a motor officer next to the school at the end of my street. He was sitting on a Honda 1300 police bike. He was a Chandler AZ PD officer. I asked him how he liked the Honda over the BMW. He stated that he really liked it better. I asked why, he stated that the clutch on the BMW would only last about 17 seconds under hard slipping conditions and it was gone but the Honda had no clutch problems. I will ask him how he likes the Honda this summer when the temps are 105 - 115 in the sun. About two months ago I asked a friend who still works at Phx PD and asked him which bikes they were going to use. He stated that the decision was to buy half HD and the other half Honda. I asked him what the problem was with the BMW. He stated that AZ DPS hated them and even though they are a good high speed bike they were not good at the slow 3-5 mph speeds they are sometimes used during parades and work.
About three weeks ago I was in Tucson at Ironhorse and talking with John, a service manager about the BMW police bike. He mentioned that Tucson had purchased the HD and he had heard that they were having numerous problems one of which was over heating.
I would like to hear from any of our current LEO's riding police RT1200's and get their input so that I have good responses for some of the objections of the RT.
It seems to me that BMW sells a lot of RT's to police agencies all over the world, including those in hot climates and they keep selling them and selling them and selling them.
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