The Toronto police force has begun a
year-long test period with BMW R1200RT motorcycles.
The BMWs will be evaluated for several
properties, including acceleration, heat, comfort, and something
called "risk management."
Deputy chief Tony Warr set up the
evaluation after seeing the BMW. He spent the first four years of his
police career in the saddle of a Harley-Davidson.
Toronto’s police department has used Harleys, BMWs, Hondas, Nortons, Triumphs, and Hendersons.
Motorcycle cops in Toronto have also
moved into a better uniform in fluorescent yellow, with ballistic
nylon and armour, as well as flip-up full-face helmets that offer
better protection than the half-helmets traditionally worn by police
but allow cops to easily talk with people.
One of the motorcycle cops is Const.
Alex Harley, who happens to own a Harley-Davidson, but says the BMW
has "great handling" and good feedback.