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post #1 of 60 Old 09-28-2011, 04:46 PM Thread Starter
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I wonder if any of the police forces around the world will be using the K1600 as a police bike seeing that some forces are useing the GTR 1400 , R1200 RT . FJR 1300 , ST1300 and more different bikes .
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A bit off-topic, but my dealer gave me a R1200 RT police bike trade-in as a loaner overnight. No lights or siren, but all the right black and white markings. I dug out my old white helmet and decided to have some fun on the expressway. Remarkable responses when you get on a speeder's tail; one kid almost lost control trying to brake and pull over at the same time.

As far as BMW police bikes in the States, I don't think so. Motor officers I talk to say the Midwest States prefer Harleys for political reasons and everyone is paranoid of higher maintenance costs over the Japanese brands.
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I don't know what the GTR14 can be had for in the UK, but in the US, some dealers are selling them for around $12000. It makes no economical sense to spend tax payer $$ on a K16.. but common sense and politicians sometimes don't mix.
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The GTR and K16 are a similar price for the base models in the UK, as is the FJR which is just ridicules.
Here the police use a mixture of RTs FJRs and Pan Europeans (honda STs) for their patrols. They also use unmarked K1300S in a police spec when they require something high speed, plus various other exotic unmarked bikes for catching speeders or surveillance.
I've said this before, but the K16GT would be perfect , offering the all day comfort and utilitarian properties of the R12RT mixed with the high speed capabilities of the K13S

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I don't know what the GTR14 can be had for in the UK, but in the US, some dealers are selling them for around $12000. It makes no economical sense to spend tax payer $$ on a K16.. but common sense and politicians sometimes don't mix.

C'mon, be fair, there's no need for that "sometimes".
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post #6 of 60 Old 09-29-2011, 01:24 AM
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The department I work for in Arizona has 6 BMW's. I think it is very unlikely they will go to the K1600. Mainly because of the cost.
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Our State Police (VicPol) have BMW's only for their solo fleet, about 30 1200RTP's and a bunch of unmarked K1300GTs plus a couple of K1300S to throw into the mix.

If BMW produce a police version of the K16 they'll buy them, without a doubt. The RT is just too slow in the top end to make it a proper pursuit bike
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common sense and politicians have yet to mix. Those dingleberrys fair to remember that it is my money they are spending. I vote, therefore I can complain.
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I wonder if any of the police forces around the world will be using the K1600 as a police bike seeing that some forces are useing the GTR 1400 , R1200 RT . FJR 1300 , ST1300 and more different bikes .
I bet you that bmw have produced a batch for the police Authorities to try out .We will see .
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The RTP is a great Police bike butmany departments are going the more traditional HD route because of cost. HD has offered very low cost plans to agencies just to keep them on the road. In these economic times the cost of the GT would be prohibative.

Another consideration is that many departments are not allowing motor units to pursue. The liabilaty far outweighs the gains. Thats another reason the HDs are popular. The highspeed wobble is not an issue in most traffic situations. They just have the cool factor of the traditional Police Bike.
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