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Old 27th December 2014, 11:34   #1
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Default Gujarat Police to ride Harley-Davidsons

It seems the Gujarat Police is getting Harley Davidson Street 750's and Superlow's soon. I hope the cops stick to wearing proper riding gear while riding these Harley's.

Personally I feel its a good move. The cops must have gotten bored of riding TVS Victor's and Pulsar's for decades now.

But the costs incurred would have been substantial too.

Gujarat police ke ache din aa gaye ??



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It’s not just the citizen, but also the law and order protectors who are witnessing some really good days. If these images are to be believed, Gujarat police will soon receive a fleet of Harley-Davidson motorcycles to patrol the city and keep the crime under check. The photographs showcase two Harley-Davidson motorcycles, the Street 750 and the SuperLow, painted in white colour and laden with accessories like a warning light, a siren and a wireless communicator.

The Street 750 is the most affordable Harley-Davidson motorcycle in the Indian market today. The Street 750 also received the prestigious Indian Motorcycle of the Year (IMOTY) award for 2014. The other motorcycle in case in the SuperLow which comes with a slightly more powerful 883cc Air-cooled, Evolution engine. The new motorcycles are likely to join the Gujarat police fleet very soon. Sadly though, these motorcycles will not see much of action and will mainly be used for escorting and piloting of VIP convoys. Currently, 45 countries use Harley-Davidson Police motorcycles.

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I think they are trying to make more people join the force.. I'll wait till they add R1s and CBRs to the arsenal

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Looks like a case of adding more flavour to the Vibrant Gujarat Summit 2015 and less for crime fighting and street patrols.

Source and link - http://dnasyndication.com/showarticl...tQZuooHySQGpM=

Interesting to see the state of the bikes from a use and maintenance standpoint after January.
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Please also post the requirements to join Gujarat Police. Any idea if any state police would be using a Porsche anytime soon?

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A show off move , the part about these being used for only/mainly escort duty says as much .

Wonder will these bikes run baffle less aftermarket pipes
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I think they are trying to make more people join the force.. I'll wait till they add R1s and CBRs to the arsenel
If the move is to attract young people to join the force, then definitely it might work with some.

But need to wait and watch how the bikes work in real-time with most job of the cops on un-polished tarmac.
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Utter waste of tax-payers' hard earned white money.

Can somebody explain how "escorting and piloting of VIP convoys" translates to "keep the crime under check" ?

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Can somebody explain how "escorting and piloting of VIP convoys" translates to "keep the crime under check" ?
Not really meant for crime fighting even post the Summit. People call upon VIP police escorts/security quite often and the force makes a handsome amount by charging fees accordingly. The investment of around Rs 10 lakh for these motorcycles can be recovered in a few months time.

There's never a shortage of VIP's looking to show off.
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The police department has moved from those Mahindra Commander or the Mahindra Jeeps to Scorpios and few sedans like the Hyundi Accent or the Tata Indigo. In terms of bikes they moved from Bullet to Pulsar 200 or the Rtr 160/180. Its good to see them coup up with the modern era.

I have seen instances where police asks to stop a guy in his bike but he dodges the police and sped off. Have seen similar instances with cars too.

So now the whole point is Police department has got the capable machines but to handle them now they need some capable and fit riders. Am sure a normal police guy even with a Harley who got a driving license from the RTO by clearing the normal test cant even chase a young bike enthusiast riding any 200cc bike!

They need training or else mishandling these powerful machines can turn out to be fatal for them! They must be trained how to ride fast, how to lean around the corners or how to stop the bike in the minimum stopping distance. With out all these Haley's will just be a show off machine for them.

With a good pen you cant top the exam or with a good camera you cant take excellent pictures...! What matters is the man behind them!

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I have seen in Istanbul BMW bikes are being used by Police; but their economy is very different, than ours here. I believe its utter waste of tax payers money. I am sure this is not for getting hold of criminals.

Does it really matter what kind of bikes are being used for escorting VIP's?

I thought escort services are for protecting the VIP...
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Actually for the police would it not make sense to go back to RE possibly the cafe racer continental as for city rides of short bursts it does make sense else the duke 390.

This just seems to be for stylish escorting..
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escorting and piloting of VIP convoys
Who proved Enfields or other Indian bikes are insufficient to escort / pilot those "VIPs"? Or how does it add value to escorting / piloting? Many taxpayers (including myself) couldn't afford an HD, but here our hard earned money is being wasted in so many avatars. Ridiculous.

PS: If "those VIPs" need HD to be piloted / escorted, let them pay from their own money, why from the Tax?
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A HD is always good.
But Indian policemen are always associated with thumpers, that is the RE Bullets. I think it would have made a lot of sense if they picked up the new gen Thunderbirds. The discontinuation of RE bikes for the police bought a huge amount of disappointment in the minds of RE enthusiasts and the policemen themselves who had grown an emotion with these bikes.
When my Dad bought his Enfield, an old man in our complex very passinately told us that in older days, criminals would flee away as soon as they could hear the thump of the policemen's Bullets. Such is the emotion attached with Indians about this British piece of art.
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This should be a pilot vehicle for show only. Else they are far better off investing in Duke 390s which can be used as interceptor. Frankly they can get a Chevy Enjoy in almost the same price - I'm still struggling as to the value addition to the police force by these bikes!
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What is the crawling speed (ceremonial escort work) of a 750? Hope we (taxpayers) dont also have to pay for burnt clutches.

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