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CHP Adopts Kawasaki's Concours 14 P Motorcycle

September 30, 2010

SACRAMENTO, CA - The California Highway Patrol is adopting the Kawasaki Concors 14 ABS P as its primary enforcement motorcycle, following the state's awarding of a contact to Beaudry Motorsports Inc., to supply the bikes, according to POLICE magazine.

The two-year contract that commenced Aug. 23 allows Beaudry to supply the bikes to CHP for highway enforcement, and includes a piggyback clause that allows other local law enforcement agencies to purchase the bikes without a lengthy open-bid process, Timothy Smith, a state procurement official, told the magazine.

If piggybacking a purchase, local agencies would pay the state's Department of General Services an administrative charge and small percentage of licensing fees to the Department of Motor Vehicles.

Five local police and sheriff's departments in northern and southern California have placed orders for the bikes, according to Steve Beaudry, owner of Beaudry Motorsports of Post Falls, Idaho.

"The state of California contract is the sole contract used by the California Highway Patrol when ordering enforcement motorcycles," Beaudry wrote in an email.

In a report presented as part of the state's open-bid process, CHP estimated it would cost about $6 million to replace 336 of its motor units. The highway patrol is currently using BMW R1200 RTP motorcycles and has more than 400 of those bikes now in active service in its fleet.

As the agency purchases Kawasaki bikes, the BMWs would likely be gradually phased out.

The law enforcement agency tested the performance specifications of the Kawasaki bike prior to recommending its use. The bikes will be purchased at a unit price of $16,977, according to the California contract, reported the magazine.

Comments

  1. 1. Jim Bragg [ January 06, 2012 @ 07:06AM ]

    Wow, that would be just about $17,800 per unit! That seems pretty high for such a large order. You would think that they would give them a considerable discount. When the public sees Police Officers riding Kawasaki's then the public also buys them.

  2. 2. Chuck Diaz [ January 06, 2012 @ 07:17AM ]

    Whatever happened to buy American. No wonder why this country is failing. Just keep shipping our dollars overseas.

  3. 3. Nick Gerol [ February 12, 2012 @ 06:39AM ]

    Why not Harley or Victory?
    Hey Arnold, buy American!

  4. 4. Bob Duffey [ February 14, 2012 @ 05:58PM ]

    Ok so you guys aren't up on whats what ! Kawasaki has been making there big motorcycles in the Lincoln Nebraska since 1974 !! (Look it up) or ask Cycle World ? The Concours is so much better suited for the intended purpose of catching vehicles quick it is not funny. It doesn't get any better, just ask the El Paso TX. Police Dept. how well the Kawasakis work for them !!

  5. 5. BCMC [ February 16, 2012 @ 04:51PM ]

    I, unfortunately, have to ride a HD as a Motor cop. Although its not a bad Sunday drive cruise bike, it sucks as a police bike. It's too slow, it's too heavy. Can't go off a 4 inch curb without breaking the sidestand spring. And Maintenance costs are just overboard. It's aircooled so the heat coming off the engine is unbearable during summer. The exhaust pipes crack at the welds. The bike is so noisey that we have to turn the bike off at red lights to talk to each other. ETC, ETC... Hey, I get paid to ride a bike, that's great, but buying american isn't going to work for police bikes until they stop thinking of the past and build a better police bike.

  6. 6. Robert [ June 04, 2012 @ 02:23AM ]

    I heard that LAPD that health concerns resulting from the clutch on the Harley, I say bring back the KZ1000P!!!

  7. 7. JJ [ December 04, 2012 @ 04:37AM ]

    Good choice.............. Glad and not surpised that HD got the deserved boot. HD is junk and the people - culture who ride them even worse. When out on the road it's the scum-ridden and arrogant (and stinking) HD riders who never wave (back) unless you are on a HD yourself. No other rider on any other unit does this.

  8. 8. Leo A. Wilcox Jr Ret. CH [ March 22, 2013 @ 02:53PM ]

    Wow! What a decision. I spent many years riding different makes of bikes for the CHP and the Kawi was, by far, my favorite. Don't misunderstand that statement. I am a long time Harley fan and have owned a few but the Kawi always cut the mustard no matter the circumstance. The Harleys that I rode were great and so were the Moto Guzzis and Hondas. But there was absolutely nothing that you could ask of the Kawi that it couldn't do and come back for more. Day or night, dry or nasty rain the Kawi was always ready to go. Climbing curbs, pushing cars, splitting through blocked traffic or tricky pursuits were no problem......and the bike was quick for the time period. Makes me wish that I could take my old worn out self back for more adventure with that great organization. I know that today's officers will have as many great times and as much excitement as I did. Be safe boys and girls.

  9. 9. chuck [ March 23, 2013 @ 01:34PM ]

    for those guys that say buy american, if harley built i performance bike with all the capabilities of the metrics, fine go buy them, but the fact of the matter is kawasaki is just a better bike, I recently bought a connie and traded in my 1978 KZ1000, miss my KZ bike still had original motor and pipes and got compliments everywhere i rode and that 30 year old bike would still out run almost any stock harley made, and the new concours, is twice as fast and better handling,

 

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