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Police Motorcycle Rodeo - Dan the Serene
September 20th, 2008
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Police Motorcycle Rodeo

September 18-20 was the The Mid-Atlantic Police Motorcycle Rodeo, hosted by the Pentagon Police and Arlington County Police in one of the annex lots of the Pentagon. Conveniently, that lot is about 200 yards from my office. Thursday was a practice day, so I wandered over and watched for a few minutes while some of the early arrivals ran through the courses. Friday I came back with my camera and watched some of the practice in the morning, then some of the Challenge course work in the afternoon.

The bikes are divided into three Divisions (plus Over 50) based on type. Division I is Harleys with solid fairings (Electra Glides). Division II is Harleys with clear windshields (Road Kings). Division III is everyone else. Division III was about four BMWs and that's it. Division II was about a dozen Road Kings, and Division I was the overwhelming majority.

The whole event is like one big Harley commercial. Watching these guys drag their floor boards like it was no big deal is very impressive. Those things weigh in the neighborhood of 800+ pounds. On the other hand, the nature of the Challenge course meant it was almost unfair to put them up against the BMWs because the latter had too much of an advantage in speed and maneuverability. It might be a different story in events like the slow-ride. I look forward to seeing the results of the event posted.

All these guys (there was one female, about my height but longer legged) seem to have 36 inch inseams or more. Considering your legs are your stabilizers when necessary as well as your reverse, this makes some sense.

The emphasis is on riding the same way they do on the street, which means everyone had all of the belt stuff like guns, and tasers, and handcuffs, and collapsible batons, and even had their normal stuff in their saddlebags. Bag inspection was part of the course.

I had never seen one of these events in real life before, but I will be on the lookout for the next one.


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From:daddygod
Date:September 20th, 2008 11:56 pm (UTC)
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The DART cops (Dallas Area Rapid Transit) rode Honda Valkyries for a while, they may even still use them for all I know.
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From:dantheserene
Date:September 21st, 2008 01:26 am (UTC)
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Hondas were the other bikes I expected to see in Division III, but there weren't any. I know they are reasonably popular in other places.
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From:daddygod
Date:September 21st, 2008 01:34 am (UTC)
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The town next to me rode Kawasakis until the Harley dealer that lived there got tired of seeing the Japanese bikes in livery and gave the PD a contract to lease Harleys for $1 per year.
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From:dantheserene
Date:September 21st, 2008 01:36 am (UTC)
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I tend to believe that sort of subsidy is a big part of why Harleys are ubiquitous as police bikes.
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From:daddygod
Date:September 21st, 2008 01:40 am (UTC)
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The kicker is he gets them back after a year and sells them as used but still turns a nice profit.
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From:shadowbody
Date:September 22nd, 2008 01:22 pm (UTC)
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He needs alot more speed if he is going to jump all those cones! The Fonz could give him some lessons.
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From:dantheserene
Date:September 22nd, 2008 09:24 pm (UTC)
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The Fonz was conspicuously absent. No doubt he would have whooped everybody while standing in the saddle and blowing kisses to the Hooper triplets.
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From:altruisticd
Date:September 27th, 2008 04:13 pm (UTC)
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I was at th PEntagon that morning when they were setting up. It was pretting interesting to watch. Hey did you see my other post about the Laptops? hit me back when you have a minute.

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From:dantheserene
Date:September 27th, 2008 04:37 pm (UTC)
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I saw that email. I've asked around, and the usual suspects seem to be covered. What's the price range on this batch?
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From:altruisticd
Date:October 4th, 2008 09:32 pm (UTC)
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same price range 2 of them (275) the 3rd is 375-400. ITs a higher end one.

I will talk with you this evening at jays.

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