Have to say even though the ST is old design it looks very modern compared to Harley or BMW. Probably handles much better than both of them. Nice attractive and effective vehicle. If Honda was smart they would give these suckers away. Bet CHP and WSP would quickly convert and never go back.. Good job Honda and SLO PD well worth the extra cost
Back when I was in England 6 years ago I think I saw the police riding these.. I didn't ride back then so I wasn't up to speed on motorcycle brands and models
P.S. Modern bike but same old terrible obsolete helmet and gear.
My bad, I knew something was odd looking. Boy that uniform and helmet is totally worthless. I saw some cool looking mesh police gear on the net the other day and a flip up helmet. "Hey SLO PD get some new gear! Have you heard of this thing called the internet"
Re: P.S. Modern bike but same old terrible obsolete helmet and gear.
New gear!? Outrageous I say, outrageous! Besides that would take funds away from the gel seats, heated handgrips and the coffee cup holders. ;-)
You can change the motorcycle under the cop, but not the cop in the uniform. Anyhow, if they went Joe Rocket, ICON or some such they'd look like rejects from the set of Judge Dredd -- not sure they want that. Personally, I think they like the old school '1960s-70s moto cop motif even if it is dated.
I vote for a vintage PBY, FW-190 or Spitfire if we're going the airplane metaphor. I'd take any of 'em over an F-16 or Piper Cub for patrol duty... even though they leak oil like a mother. Besides their cannons would be great on red light runners.
They are just the ST1300P models. have been around for years in Europe, and used in other parts of the US. The ST1100P is still being used in the UK and Australia, just can't kill them. The police base model is about the same as the normal civilian one, as all the extra gear is added after purchase.
The ST13P has had some bad press because of a possible high speed instability problem. Due to the weight carried on the P version. AS Honda will not warrant the bike as good for high speed with all the extra gear on, this has hurt sales. If you are still running harley cop bikes in the US I suppose high speeds are not much of an issue!!
Yes, but this will cost the taxpayers also due to the fact that the Police have ordered special reduced-circumference nightsticks to fit the diameter of the donut hole. The other option is to order special Police model donuts that are larger and have an increased-circumference hole.