Wondering what that “P” in the model name is all about? Well, law enforcement officers certainly don’t as these bikes address specifically to them.
For 2009 Honda also produces Police models of the notorious ST1300/ABS. Easy to handle, a top performer and very reliable, the ST may not feature any upgrades, but it surely won’t pass unnoticed when the lights and sirens are turned on. Ouch, that never sounds good!
Usually, we come across videos showing police officers in full manifestation their skills on Harley-Davidson motorcycles, but that happens mostly in the United States. When you are in Rome, you act like the Romans do so here is a video in which the Japanese motorcycle patrol is going through their amazing routine.
The show takes place on public roads and they use Honda motorcycles in order to give an example of both perfect timing and slow-speed maneuvering. And, by the way, it isn’t as short as the other videos you’ve seen.
Ever wanted one of the motorcycle used by the Police force? Now is your chance. The United Kingdom Police is getting rid of their Honda ST1300 motorcycles.
There have been problems with these motorcycle in the past, due mostly to the heavy load carried by the cops. Communication gear, emergency gear, you name it added to much weight and made the Pan wobble at high speeds. After the death of one Police Officer, it was decided to take the Pan-European motorcycles off the Force, and sell them.
There are no problems for “normal” people riding them (honest). The center of gravity problem that made them unstable does not affect these bikes under normal circumstances.
Some of the motorcycles being sold are close to new, and have a low price, often 25% below list price.
The motorcycles are full Police spec: ABS, heated grips, electric screens, panniers and rear rack. The Police Service History is available for each bike.
They don’t mention if the coloring scheme has changed, but I think they will have. One thing is for sure, they will have removed the Police lights and sirens.
Interested? Access their sales site: http://www.forcemotorcycles.com/products.asp?show=0