- Not all BMW dealers are created equal. IIRC only certain dealers work within the BMW Police MC program for bidding and supplying.
- Any dealer can service. WA had BMWs in 2003. Some of them were serviced in Oregon.
- CHP does its own maintenance. Its mechanics are certified by the manufacturers that supply them. Therefore it does not make any difference to them where the supplying dealer is located.
My independent BMW mechanic always has three or four WSP RTPs in the shop at any given time. I love seeing my RTP next to "real" RTPs, and I enjoy comparing and contrasting the subtle and not so subtle differences between the bikes.
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Any body know if any LEOs are riding the new Cam-head RTs?
Motorcycle Consumer News had a feature on police bikes a while back. Maintenance was a big issue. As I recall, where HD, Honda, and Kawasaki machines could be maintained in the police garage, BMWs had to be taken to a BMW dealer, where they were put in line with the other bikes awaiting service. That takes the cop bikes out of service, and requires getting the machines to and from the dealership.
For years, H-D supported police departments with deals that were a lot like giving them free bikes. And I've seen the H-D service trailer at events such as the Law Ride. Obviously, H-D liked having cops on H-D machines--even though most cop bikes have Screaming Eagle everything in an attempt to get performance. I think H-D considered LEO bikes as good advertizing.
Both the H-D and Kawasaki 1,000 police bikes had a deserved reputation for spleed wobbles. That's why the radio packs on the "old" Kz1,000s were spring loaded to slide sideways. It's not uncommon for an H-D mounted LEO to crash while in hot pursuit.
I have to assume that BMW AG and BMW Motorrad NA don't see much value in getting USA LEOs on BMW bikes. If they do want officers on BMWs, they don't seem to appreciate what's needed to beat the competition.
Don't forget, California used the Kawasaki for years, and the reviews of the new Connie rate it as an excellent ride. However, it's a little heavy for my likes. A good friend of mine has one and I can see the benefits.
Please, let's not start talking like we are the "Destination Brand," or I'll suggest this thread be moved to the Harley Davidson Forum.
In some Morning Reads a long time ago is where I think I posted the info related to BMW and the CHP deal when it started. There were memos about CHP mechanics getting certified the time table for conversion to BMWs and adjustments agreed on by BMW to bring their maintenance intervals and oil recommendations in line with CHP fleet guidelines. I based my comments on that. Things may have changed with CA's fiscal issues or something moving maintenance back to BMW dealers.
The Motorcycle Consumers News series on police bikes was discussed in another thread. BMW did take a pounding in print but some questioned the methodology of the test.
What does it take to compete for police department business? BMW is one of the largest if not the largest supplier of police motorcycles in the world. It has never been the leader in the US. Other companies have donated bikes to forces to get them on their bikes. Moto Guzzi has been doing that of late and H-D has done it for years. Perhaps they donÔÇÖt see a $2000/bike advertising benefit in having CHP on BMWs instead of a Kawasaki. A deal only happens when both parties to the transaction are satisfied with the numbers.
While at his shop I have met and talked to local CHPS cops who love their beemers and love Ozzie's even more. That is one great little shop. Hopefully they keep the current bikes on the road since that is a large part of their business. I bet the CHPS officers are not going to be too happy with the change. Of course no one probably asked them.
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