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MSP Police Bike Test Results

The Michigan State Police regularly puts current police motorcycles through a number of objective tests.  The results of the most recent test are now available, and they don’t look good for Harley-Davidson.  The MSP tested the BMW R1200RT-P, Kawasaki Concours14 ABS Police, and the Harley-Davidson Road King and Electra Glide police models.

Here’s a taste of the results:

Simply put, nothing that Harley-Davidson makes can match the performance of modern motorcycles in the police role.  That’s not an opinion.  That’s the objective result.

The Los Angeles Sheriff’s Office just finished a round of similar tests, and the full report is shown below. In this case, the Kawi is not tested, but the Honda ST1300-P is.  Results are similar, when considering the rather different testing methodologies. That report is shown below, in full.

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One Response to MSP Police Bike Test Results

  • It’s a shame HD is lagging behind everyone in performance, but you have to admit the HD police cruisers are probably more for show than actual chasing someone.
    Personally I’m a fan of the Triumph Tiger 1050, the police in Poland are lucky enough to use them.