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BMW Police motorcycle Portland Oregon
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No: 1526   Contributor: Michael Feldman   Year: 2009   Manufacturer: BMW   Country: United States of America
BMW Police motorcycle Portland Oregon

May 14, 2009. North Park Blocks, Portland, Oregon. BMW RT1150, Portland Police Bureau Traffic Division. I think this motorcycle was new in 2006. BMW police cycles are uncommon in the USA; most police agencies prefer US-built Harley-Davidsons.
Picture added on 16 May 2009 at 09:05
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Hi Michael, I know in California several police departments are using BMW motorcycles. The Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD), LA County Sheriff and the California Highway Patrol (CHP) are using the BMW.

Added by Marcel on 16 May 2009.
Interesting. I've seen the BMW's from other agencies in the Portland area too.

I've seen Japanese police cycles in the US -- as I recall, CHP was using Kawasaki's years ago, and this was even portrayed on the TV show CHiPs in the late 70s.

The Washington, DC police has had a lot of Hondas, but I think these are mostly smaller scooter-type bikes and their big ones are Harleys.

Finally, I saw an article recently that the French Police Nationale and Gendarmerie had switched from BMW to Yamaha. Globalization is definitely with us.

Added by Michael Feldman on 16 May 2009.
I agree with the others comentators. Tulsa, OK has some BMWs and used Kawasakis in the past as well as Harleys. Have seen pictures of quite a few BMW police bikes from around the US.

Added by Jack Jones on 27 January 2013.
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