BMW G 650 Xchallenge offers off-road patrol benefits to Bakersfield, Ca Police Department
Bakersfield, CA police officers are now patrolling the bikeway along the Kern River with greater ease and safety, thanks to two new BMW G 650 Xchallenge motorcycles recently delivered to the department by Valley Cycle and Motorsports in Bakersfield.
According to Frank Stevens, Authority Program Manager for BMW Motorrad USA, the Bakersfield Police Department is the first law enforcement agency to purchase the G 650 Xchallenge for patrol purposes.
“We have sold the F 650 GS-P — also an agile, multi-terrain motor — to law enforcement agencies for many years,” commented Mr. Stevens, “but the G 650 Xchallenge offers greater off-road capabilities with longer suspension travel and higher ground clearance for more aggressive off-road riding.”
“Officers will be patrolling the entire Kern River bottom on motorcycles equipped with patrol lights, anti-lock brakes and radios,” said Bill Abshier, owner and general manager of Valley Cycle and Motorcycles. “We hope to be successful adding R 1200 RT-P models to the Bakersfield Police Department’s street bike fleet in the near future.”
The BMW G 650 Xchallenge - a runner-up in the "Best Dirtbike" category for Motorcyclist magazine’s 2007 Motorcycle of the Year Award – is BMW’s most modern and aggressive dual sport bike, distinguished by its outstanding off-road riding performance and its air damping system.
BMW police motorcycles are currently used by more than 400 agencies throughout the United States, including the State of Washington, Oregon, California, Arizona, New Mexico, Nevada and Idaho to name a few.