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Seattle Motorcycle Unit Selects Harley-Davidson Electra Glide

The Pope blessed a couple of motorcycle tanks earlier in the month in prep for next years  110th Anniversary ride in Rome and now the Seattle Police department has selected a new ride.

Does it get any better for the motor company?!

As background, the primary duties of the Seattle Motorcycle Unit are traffic complaint enforcement, high congestion traffic control and enforcement, accident reduction enforcement, escorts, and special event traffic control.

Motorcycle officers are assigned to geographic districts throughout the city on a daily rotation. The use of traffic districts is intended to give the motorcycle officers a more thorough knowledge of the traffic problems in the varied City neighborhoods and to provide consistent traffic enforcement citywide.

There were five motorcycles evaluated by the unit: the Kawasaki Concours, the Honda ST1300PA, the Harley-Davidson Electra Glide, the Victory Commander and the Harley-Davidson Road King. Thirty-one officers helped narrow down the selection by riding each one of the five motorcycles for one week and evaluating them.   The department chose to stay with Harley-Davidson, but switched from the Road King to the Electra Glide.

Analysts project that quarterly revenue for the motor company will fall 19% year-over-year and this new purchase can only help earnings.

Photo courtesy of Harley-Davidson, Electra Glide

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President Obama Harley-Davidson Power V 

President Obama Harley-Davidson Power V

I blogged previously on the inauguration and the role of Harley-Davidson motorcycles HERE. As a recap the motorcycles are part of the famous “Power V”, a v-formation that leads the inaugural parade through the streets of Washington, D.C. as folks from around the world watch. 

The bikes are 2009 FLHTP Electra Glides with oversized 103 cu in motors and are the lead bikes in the 50 motorcycle inaugural parade. 

obama_pwrv_highThe bikes are used exclusively for escort and security duty in the DC Metro Police department.

The photos show D.C. policeman Lt. Guy Middleton who led the motorcade down Pennsylvania Avenue.

Photos courtesy of CNN.com LIVE

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inauguration_hdAs you likely know the presidential inauguration is coming up on Tuesday, January 20th.    

Harley-Davidson of Frederick, MD has been busy working for months preparing 12 motorcycles that will lead the parade.  The motorcycles are part of the famous “Power V”, a v-formation that leads the inaugural parade through the streets of Washington, D.C. as folks from around the world watch.  The bikes are 2009 FLHTP Electra Glides with oversized 103 cu in motors and are the lead bikes in the 50 motorcycle inaugural parade.  The bikes are used exclusively for escort and security duty in the DC Metro Police department.

With auto sales on the skid and the ink on the General Motors bail-out loan check barely dry, President-elect Obama will be ridin’ in style with an all new 2009 armored Cadillac Presidential Limousine.  Fitted with an increased viewing area from the completely sealed interior (to ward off chemical attack), it has larger windows and better visibility for the new first family.  But I’ve digressed…

The Harley motorcycles arrived in Frederick last October as white motorcycles and white side crates.  The dealer then added sidecar, decals, lights, fans and a lot of labor to make it all work.  The price tag for the 12 motorcycles was about $26,000 for each vehicle.  They were built at Harley’s largest manufacturing facility – Springettsbury Township Plant – and customized by Frederick’s with unique radio brackets, wiring harnesses and flag brackets.  One unique data and selling point is that Harley is the only maker of police pursuit motorcycles that have sidecar attachments.

Nothing provides a symbol of Americana like a Harley-Davidson “V” formation parade.  Congrats.

Photo taken at Flamingo in Laughlin, NV.

 

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Firefighter Special Edition

Firefighter Special Edition

As a tribute to firefighters after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on the U.S., Harley-Davidson introduced the Firefighter Special Edition motorcycle in 2002. They have extended the bike’s availability into the 2009 model year.

Harley produced a motorcycle designed as a salute to firefighters, many of whom risked their lives aiding victims of the attacks on the World Trade Center in New York City and the Pentagon in Washington, D.C.   

The motorcycle’s design is similar to those manufactured by Harley-Davidson for law enforcement officers, which have been available since 1987.

The Firefighter Special Edition is made in two versions.  The Electra Glide and Road King are both available in Fire Engine Red.

The Sept. 1, 1908 issue of Motorcycle Illustrated offers the earliest documented police department use of a Harley-Davidson motorcycle, in Detroit, Michigan.

I wanted to provide a shout out and thank you on this day of remembrance.

Photo courtsey of HD web site.

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