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I got a speeding ticket last week. :cussing: First one in 15 years. Usual morning commute affair. Took a route I don't normally take, MC cop speed trap. Got ahead of traffic at a stop light, took off quick on the 650 and bingo!

Anyway, I start looking over the cops bike while he's writing the ticket, a Harley, and I said I liked the BMW better. He agreed. Then he proceeds to tell me how the LAPD, in their infinite wisdom, decided the Harley was the better bike because the brass thought the Honda ST1300 was too powerful, that they were afraid their officers would hurt themselves in various imaginable ways. In effect, they chose a de-tuned bike. The cop wasn't happy about it either. I could tell from his speech.

Well, if you want a cop bike that has everything a MC offers, but not quite the big performance, why not a b650? The cop was impressed when I told him the bike was capable of 100+ mph (not that I knew personally, of course. Hehe) He said the Harley wasn't that fast. And it's automatic; That's got to help during a pursuit.

I doubt any US agency would use a Burgman because we're so hung up on MCs and displacement here. So to our foreign friends, are there any Burgman cop bikes out there? Do you have any pictures? I couldn't find any.
 

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When in New York City about 3 yrs ago I saw the police using small scooters to navigate through the traffic/congestion. Think that they were on Kymco's.
 

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I believe I saw the police escorts for the Tour de France riding scooters - looked like Burgmans. RRon
I didn't see any of the TdF this year, but for the past five or six years the Race Marshals have been riding BMW RS bikes and the Press Corps has been riding the new Kawasaki Concours. I had the chance to ride pillion on a press bike once. Up until that point, I had believed that the Motor Police were the best riders out there. After that point I realized that the riders who escort the pro peloton actually had an edge. Their control is simply exquisite.
 

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Bellevue WA MC police use the ST1300 which has some type of instability around 110mph I hear (friend of my riding buddy is a Bellevue MC copper). Not that they can ever get to that speed in SUV-congested, stop-light-saturated yuppieville.
 

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Haven't seen any Burgman cop bikes but have seen some Victory's being used. My son has a 8ball Vision which I have ridden and it's nice on the open road!
 

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here is the drill down over here:

highways police use BMW RT1200


city wise, Honda XR300 for men and


Honda Lead or Piaggio EVO and recently are using a Honda Foresight 250CC for women.
 

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Houston PD has several Burgman 650s. They are used mostly in the downtown areas, but I see them around.
That's cool. Take a picture next time you're there. Interested to see what they added: bags, shotgun, engine bars, lights, etc.

I wonder if Suzuki actively markets them to police depts.
 

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My favorite :D TheReaper!

 

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One major thing Burgmans lack that you can get for Harleys, BMWs and ST1300s is an essential feature for a police bike: Crash bars. They're actually built in on the Hondas.

If you have to get off the bike to chase a fleeing suspect or run into a crisis situation, you might not have the time or attention to spare to put down the sidestand before dismounting -- in fact, coming to a full and complete stop may take too long...

Try that on a Burgman and the consequences aren't cheap.
 

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One major thing Burgmans lack that you can get for Harleys, BMWs and ST1300s is an essential feature for a police bike: Crash bars. They're actually built in on the Hondas.

If you have to get off the bike to chase a fleeing suspect or run into a crisis situation, you might not have the time or attention to spare to put down the sidestand before dismounting -- in fact, coming to a full and complete stop may take too long...

Try that on a Burgman and the consequences aren't cheap.
That's a good point. Suzuki would have to re-engineer the Burgman 650 to allow Crash bars and provide fitment items for police lights, sirens, etc. The Tupperware would probably look completely different. After reading this thread I'm convinced that many police departments would opt for a "specialty" Burgman for their departments. Betcha some scooter manufacturer will soon wise up and recognize that world-wide market and beat everybody else to the punch.
 

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One month ago i saw Honda silver wing with crash bars integrated in a way made me think it most by special order from Honda, the bike panels that the bars are going through them into the chassis are quality made, and i assume they where OEM by Honda.
There most be Silver wings designed for police. Sorry for not having pictures.
 
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