I went to the store the other day. I was only in there for about 5 minutes, and when I came out there was a motorcycle cop writing a parking ticket. So I went up to him and said, "Come on, buddy, how about giving a guy a break?"
He ignored me and continued writing the ticket. So I called him a pencil-necked-geek.
He glared at me and started writing another ticket for having bald tires! So I called him a horse's behind.
He finished the second ticket and put it on the car with the first... then started writing a third ticket!
This went on for about 20 minutes. The more I abused him, the more tickets he wrote. I didn't care, my car was parked around the corner.
"Enemy fighters at 2 o'clock!...Roger, What should i do until then?"
2010 r1200r, 2009 harley crossbones, 2008 triumph/sidecar, 1970 norton commando 750
My 2002 was such a bike. Beaudry Motorsports (formerly in Post Falls, Idaho, now in Spokane, Washington building Kawasaki C-14 cop bikes) used my R1150RTP as their demo model, and trailered it around from police department to police department trying to sell motorcycles. When the twin-spark engine came out in 2004, my bike was yesterday's newspaper, and so it was sold to a private party with 3,000 miles on the odometer.
He rode it for 15,000 miles and in the process converted it from a cop bike to a Iron Butt Rally bike. He sold it with 18,000 miles to a guy who had a bunch of sport bikes. At some point, the front ABS ring got dented and the ABS brakes became "grabby". Prior owner never figured it out and sold the bike to me at 23,500 miles because he hated the "grabby" brakes.
She now has 79,000 miles on the odometer.
Not every RTP was beat to crap by a motor officer for 30-60,000 miles.
Not all cop bikes are in day-in day-out patrol use. Sure, there are plenty ex-CHP available with 107,000 miles on the odometer, but I bought a former police RT-P that was retired with 29,000 miles and I had every service record from that bike's city and the dealer they used. The only maintenance issues were tires and brakes and a coil or two. And just before selling it off, they put in a new clutch, so I figured that any risk to me was lessened quite a bit.
Also, I've ridden Harley and BMW police bikes. The Harleys always seemed to be real close to poterntial engine damage temps when at idle. I would never buy a Harley police bike without expecting to do major service and repair to it. It would have to be priced like a steal for me to consider it.
"The two most important days in your life are the day you were born, and the day you find out why" -- Mark Twain
Not only did I have a chance to see these bikes get prepped at the local dealer but I saw one in operation shortly thereafter. The patrolman had pulled off onto the shoulder of Northbound I-275 near the I-696 exchange and was creeping along as he was coming upon some nimrod that was riding his 12-speed bicycle on said shoulder. The MSP's captive was clearly not the brightest bulb unless he had a death wish as this was around rush hour!