Anyone Ever Bought an Ex-Ploice Bike ?

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  1. BrianDamage

    BrianDamage YouTalkin'ToMe?

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    A Harley dealer here in 'bama always seems to have a bunch of used police bikes (Road Kings & Electra-Glides).

    Anyone ever bought one and fixed it up ?

    Most seem to have 7500 or fewer miles on them.

    I read an article years ago that listed the + 's and - 's of used police bikes...about the only thing I can remember is that the rims are differant than regular bikes (The tire is not supposed to be able to come off if it goes flat ? or something like that )

    any thoughts ?

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    I don't need to hear about it if you don't like Harley's..I"ve been wanting one since I was 12.
     
  2. William

    William Mostly Lurking Millennium Member

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    If the condition looks good and the price is right.. why not..

    I've seen lots of retired BMW 1150s come through an auction house here in So Cal. 70,000+ miles on the odo and the chrome crash bars are starting to rust. The auction house couldn't get rid of them. I know a local dealer brought one and trust me, they're trying to turn it around for a "LARGE" margin. It's probably still in their showroom right now.
     

  3. blackopsglock

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    You might want to post this over on www.cycleworld.com
     
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    7500 seems like really low miles to retire a bike from service.

    Only issue I can see is possible overheating of the rear cylinder from low speed escort type operation.
     
  5. DaisyCutter

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    Yeah, I put 750 miles on my bike in a month just playing around. A police bike probably goes 7,500 miles in no time.

    Are you sure the odo didn't read 75,000 miles?

    Here in AZ, I see a lot of cops riding KZ1000s. Once at the Kawasaki dealer, I was dropping off my parents "farm quad" for service. When I went around behind the shop to the service department, I saw 3 or 4 police KZ1000s that had been wrecked. The damage ranged from moderate to severe. I recall looking at a couple and having major shrinkage as a result from seeing that kinda damage.

    The police bikes tend to have a lot of "stuff" hanging off 'em. So while the damage initially looked bad, I'd bet a good inspection would reveal that the damage is mostly cosmetic.

    No doubt many of these bikes have been "patched-up" numerous times.

    I'd post this same question in the "cop" forum. I'm sure they see and hear things, even if they aren't bikers.
     
  6. BrianDamage

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    I bought a 2004 Road Kind Police, 2130 miles. I talked with the service manager before buying it. With such low mileage the bike still had a lot of warranty left.
    The difference is not in the rims on my bike its the police dunlop run flat tires. The tires are great the only draw back is they only allow for one up riding, so you cant have a passenger on the bike unless you change out the tires due to the load rating on the tires.
    I have changed out the seat to a full two passenger seat. Just took everything off, got it painted to match my truck and hope to have it all back together in a few weeks.
    Runs great and saved a ton over buying a new Road King. I went into the dealer to do just that (buy a new road king), but the savings was so great I could not pass it up.
    Hope this helps.
     
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    The info on the run flats is correct. they are also a super soft tire that will not last long but they do grip. Harley has been trying to woo our dept to harleys. They have a deal that the dept gets a new bike every two years. The officer gets first chance to buy his bike then they put it up for resale. They also provide traning and all services. With the high resale of harleys I guess they don't lose any money. On a side note Kawaski no longer makes a police bike. So the main choices are 1) BMW RT anti lock brakes partialy intergrated Most officers want this one 2) Honda ST1300 anti lock brakes fully intergrated New model hard to get a demo bike on the west coast 3) Harley. anti lock brakes takes up 1/2 of right saddle bag, New system not intergrated. Little ground clearance. Best deal do to harleys program. Officers hated them and will fight to keep from getting them. Any way a low mileage harley police bike is not out of the question depending on the deal the agency got to buy them.
     
  9. Bullman

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    I think the reason the mileage is so low on the HD bikes is because of the trade in deals they make with departments. While our department is too small to run a motor, I have talked with a lot of Motor Officers about what they ride and why. A lot of HD dealers make deals where the department will ride a police motor for 12 to 18 months and then trade it in for a new bike, so the dealer can then sell the "Police Bike" to the public. Road Kings are pretty popular bikes, I don't know what the waiting list situation is like for Harley's these days, but it gives a dealer a way to move a few more Road Kings, and it is a heck of a deal for the PD's, who never run into maintenance issues because they keep their fleet relatively new.
     
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    And as far as the mileage is concerned, a motor is going to be working traffic. I have a car issued to me and I average about 10,000 to 11,000 miles per year running around town and patroling the city, I don't sit still much, if I am out of the office (patrol sergeant) I am driving around patroling and I get traffic while I am moving for the most part. If it is really boring, I will sit in a hot spot and try my luck. A motor cop (in my opinion, since I am not one and never have been) works traffic for the most part, that is what being on a motorcycle excels at. They may sit in one spot working stationary radar a bunch, which keeps the miles per shift down, so.... that may explain the low miles, it may not, it is just speculation on my part.
     
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    Just came across this thread searching the net for something else.

    I have a 2000 FLHTPI with the Dunlop run flats. Have almost 30,000 miles on them, and still have some tread life left. Currently putting about 5000 miles per month on the bike since I got it.
     
  12. WellArmedSheep

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    I bought an ex-police bike from Riders a couple of years ago. It was from the Hoover PD (they trade up every year) and only had 7400 miles on it when I bought it. It was a great bike, and well-maintained, as Hoover has an HD certified tech on staff. I loved that bike, I'm still kicking myself for selling it. Here's a picture of it after I added a little (HA!) chrome to it:

    ETA: See Ricky Horn and tell him Alex Stephenson sent you. If he doesn't know me by my name, tell him I'm the one that sold my police Road King recently, and that I'll be in to buy my Electra Glide at the end of this month. :)

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  13. DaveGT

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    The mileage on that police bike mentioned at the start of this thread is probably correct, and here's why:

    Most departments do not purchase their Harleys anymore. They lease them. Harley-Davidson offers a great low cost purchase price to the local dealer, who in turn leases them to the local police department. The department chooses a one year or two year lease, depending on how much they want to pay per month.... shorter leases are usually more per month. During the lease, the dealer takes care of setup, mounting emergency equipment (except radios) does all the maintenance, and makes other money on the sale of accessories, clothing and misc. equipment.

    Department turns them in 12 or 24 months later, picks up brand new ones. Dealer sells the used ones 'as is' for a profit of about $4,000.00 to $6,000.00 over what he first paid Harley for them.... and that is after the police department has paid the dealer monthly payments for 12 or 24 months. It's a win - win situation for Harley, the participating dealers, the police departments, and for the H-D riders who purchase the used bikes at a lower cost than a comparable year 'civilian' model Road King or Electra Glide Classic.

    They are perfect project bikes. To find the best ones, just ask the mechanics at the supplying dealership where they did the maintenance, they will tell you pretty quick if an officer is unusually hard on his machine. In most departments it is one officer assigned to a Harley, so they usually tend to take pretty good care of their rides.

    I have purchased them before, would not hesitate to do so again if I was in the market.

    On the other hand, bikes that are purchased by the departments are usually worn out because they are run until it is no longer cost feasible for the department to keep them on the road any longer.... such as the case with the California Highway Patrol used Beemers. I almost bought one a few years back, but upon real close inspection, changed my mind. It was well maintained by the CHP, but it showed its age and use.

    Hope this helps.