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Offline Dan

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Hey Design Flaw, You Can be a Michigan Moto-Cop Now
« on: February 16, 2018, 09:41:46 AM »
Michigan State Police are testing Yamaha's new FJR's as police bikes.  Get some lights and stickers on yours and join the fun.


"The Michigan State Police tested the FJR1300P back in October, where it achieved a top-speed of 143 miles-per-hour, a 0-60mph time of under four-seconds, and a 0-100mph time of 9.2-seconds. The big two-wheeler also had a 60-0mph braking distance of 142.9 feet. Among other bikes being tested were models from Harley, BMW, and, interestingly enough, Zero Motorcycles. The FJR actually beat all other police-spec bikes tested in the speed and acceleration runs, though didn’t do quite as hot in the braking distance department."



https://rideapart.com/articles/yamaha-fjr1300-american-police-motorcycle

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Re: Hey Design Flaw, You Can be a Michigan Moto-Cop Now
« Reply #1 on: February 16, 2018, 01:30:04 PM »
Awww, it was better when they were on the Harleys and I could outrun them.

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Re: Hey Design Flaw, You Can be a Michigan Moto-Cop Now
« Reply #2 on: February 17, 2018, 08:27:05 AM »
MSP does a regular (maybe annually?) assessment of law enforcement vehicles, and their report is a resource that many agencies use for determining which vehicles they want to add to their fleets. I suspect their connection with Detroit, at least initially, had something to do with that.


A couple of years back I read that year's report; at that time they tested several HD models, a Victory (RIP), BMW's R1200RT-P, and the Kawasaki Concours. IIRC, the top-rated bike was the BMW. I thought the Victory was an interesting inclusion, as I don't think I've ever seen a Victory on the road as a police bike.


In my LEO career, I had the chance to get certified to ride a departmental MC. I didn't do it for 2 reasons:
1. The bike was a 900-lb. HD. At the time, my only experience riding was on my NH 550, and that Harley felt like way too much bike for me.
2. I would have had to purchase all my own police MC gear, which probably would have run me $2k, all-in. I just didn't have that kind of scratch laying around at the time (not like I do now).


I'll soon be moving to a new department that has a dedicated moto unit. They also ride HDs (find me a police department in WI that doesn't) but, once I'm eligible, I may consider giving it a try. If chosen, they'd send me to the official HD police riding academy and pay for all of my gear.



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Re: Hey Design Flaw, You Can be a Michigan Moto-Cop Now
« Reply #3 on: February 18, 2018, 10:56:10 AM »
Hmm..
I'm thinking it might take "just a bit" more than "lights and stickers" to "join the fun"...
Well, maybe not to join the fun, but to be able to walk away without restraints and an armed escort afterwards...
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