The Edmond Sun

June 10, 2013

New motorcycles rev up Edmond officers

Mark Schlachtenhaufen
The Edmond Sun

EDMOND — New police motorcycles have made a big impression on some traffic officers who said they are like riding on a cloud around Edmond.

Police Sgt. Acey Hopper said the Edmond Police Department evaluated motorcycle models from BMW, Harley-Davidson and Kawasaki. Hopper said the 2013 BMW R1200-RTP withstood the process of elimination and seven of the $25,000 motorcycles were bought using city funds budgeted for the expense.

Hopper said the older Harley-Davidsons, which had 6,000-7,000 “hard miles” on them, were out of warranty and the department was having cost issues with maintenance.

In addition to performance, BMW was most willing to work with the department to make sure officer needs were met, Hopper said. The motorcycles can be easily altered for warm or cold weather conditions, Hopper said. They have superior safety features that include traction control and excellent rider comfort, he said.

“It’s like riding a little cloud around town,” Hopper said.

Regarding riding comfort Police Officer CJ Nelson agreed, and said he has been pleased with the motorcycle from top to bottom. Nelson, who has been a part of the traffic unit for about a year, said the BMW R1200-RTP has all the features an officer needs to help do the job.

Hopper said the Edmond Police Department motorcycle unit has six officers and a supervisor.

In October 2012, the Michigan State Police tested the BMW R1200-RTP, the Harley Davidson Road King, the Harley Davidson Electra Glide and the Victory Commander I, according to POLICE Magazine. The agency evaluated motorcycle acceleration, top speed, braking and vehicle dynamics. In every category, the BMW R1200-RTP was rated tops.

The BMW R1200-RTP came in first place for speed, with a top speed of 128 mph, the magazine reported. It also had the fastest 0-60 mph time at 4.38 seconds and the lowest 0-100 mph time at 10.90 seconds.

For the brake tests, the BMW R1200-RTP had the shortest stopping distance, going from 60 mph, at 143.9 feet. The vehicle dynamics testing, which involves an average of how long it takes each vehicle to go through each of five laps, saw the BMW R1200-RTP again as the lead, at an average lap time of 1 minute, 41 seconds. | 341-2121, ext. 108