I would dearly love to get the training these officers get, just not at the expense of dropping my own bike. It certainly takes dedication and skill:
Man.. watching guy #1 over and over through this video I kept saying to myself "head and eyes! More speed! More throttle! Use a little rear brake!". He doesn't seem to have a good feel, he's timid/scared and keeps going too slow so he loses it.
My Dad's last ride for the LAPD was the Kawasaki 1000. I remember he was really looking forward to getting that bike. Before that, it was Harley and Moto Guzzi. He used to pull a rolling U in our driveway and back into the garage. The driveway is short, narrow and sloped. I can turn around easily on an empty 2-lane highway, but can't imagine trying in that little driveway. Maybe the bikes were smaller. Ya, that's it.Yeap these guys have skill, still learning stuff from my brother. He's still a motor officer. I do remember when he went through the course it was on the Kawasaki 1000's I think, what stuck out to me was the requirement to lay the bike down in a skid at 55 mph on the crash bar. This was to show them that once you slid the back end and low sided you kept the brake locked so you wouldn't high side. One of his buddies didn't and got thrown over the bike and broke his collar bone. After healing up he did successfully complete the course. From what I know this isn't done anymore, abs brakes and liability concerns have done away with it.
Every few years the Southwest competition is held right near my house, my family and I love going to watch.A gentleman in my motorcycle club is a motor officer. He rides like you can't imagine and always wins slow ride competitions. He can ride his bike slower than molasses dripping. It is something to watch. Not just corners and speeds. If you can get to a police motor officer competition do it. These guys have some skills.
The trick is to keep your momentum and not stop with the front wheel/fork turned. As long as you are rolling, you will not drop it (unless you lean it too far). Mentally this is an adjustment but once you learn the limits of your bike, you will gain confidence......just not at the expense of dropping my own bike.
You just said the magic words! Comparing yourself trying to learn with the Motorcops learning is not a fair comparison.
The cops don't have to pay to fix their bikes when the damage occurs with dropping them 100 times while in the class. We DO have to pay for the damage we do to our bikes. That complicates learning for us. Do you need to lean it more? Do you need to look behind you farther into a U-turn(with the possibility of losing balance while doing so)?
Plus, those bikes in the videos are Harley Davidsons, with crash bars that limit damage(not completely though) to the bikes. The BMW's you guys ride don't have that protection. Heck, some of them don't have ANY protection!
Great tip!Take old tennis balls and cut in half.