It seems it isn’t just average Canadians who are cross-border shopping for motorcycles. The cops are considering the idea as well.
According to the Times Colonist newspaper, the Victoria Police Department has local retailers up in arms over a plan to buy their new fleet motorcycles in the U.S.; their current rides are Honda ST1300s.
Like many other cop shops, though, the Victoria department seems to be moving away from sport tourers to cruisers, and it seems that they’re considering purchasing bikes from Arizona. They had five bids for their motorcycle contract, four from local dealers and one from Victory Police Motorcycles in Tucson. The bid evaluation team unanimously chose the U.S. bid.
That doesn’t sit well with Victoria-area dealers, who are saying regardless of which one landed the contract, the money should have stayed local, instead of buying the bikes down south.
This deal will make Victoria the third Canadian police department to buy Victory motorcycles, after Lethbridge, Alberta and Windsor, Ontario. There are 22 police departments in the U.S. riding Victory motorcycles. The bikes will come with a five-year unlimited mileage warranty on everything.
Some local dealers groused that their machines should have been picked due to safety features like ABS and traction control, but the article quotes Victory’s sales manager as saying the company’s bikes are designed with safety in mind – they’re supposed to protect a rider’s feet and legs in a tipover, allowing it to fall to a maximum angle of 34 degrees.
Because Victory doesn’t have a local service facility in Victoria to work on the police bikes, they’ll train a staff members at a local dealer to service the machines, as part of the deal.