Motorcycle Police Can Really Ride
Tuesday, June 2, 2009
These guys were scraping some boards! The motorcycle police officers train hard and take pride in their riding skills.
Seeing this title, you’d probably think that I found this out the hard way. No, I didn’t try to run from the cops and get tracked down by the local fuzz on their Honda ST1300 police motorcycles. That sounds more like our boy Adam, who recently had a pretty hilarious run-in with the Carabinieri (super police) in Italy, a story he recounts in our next issue of MotoUSA Magazine.
I didn’t get pulled over, but I did get to see the skills motorcycle police have first-hand at the recent North American Motor Officer’s Association training conferences held in Medford, Oregon, just a few miles from Motorcycle USA’s HQ. For four days, officers from throughout the Northwest rode through some of the most challenging obstacle courses I’ve seen as they practiced their riding techniques and vied for Best Rider honors amongst their peers.
These officers can ride. Their control and cornering abilities are far-and-above the average riders. And they weren’t doing it on little bikes, either. While some opted for smaller, sharper handling sport-touring Hondas and BMWs, others were muscling around big Harleys like they were sportbikes. I definitely came away with a newfound respect for the skills of motorcycle police officers. Read more about it on Thursday in a full article that Motorcycle USA’s Editorial Director Ken Hutchison and I worked on.
Better yet, be sure to check out the video to see how difficult these courses really are. Ken got to be scapegoat and actually rode the proficiency course on a 2009 Honda ST1300. All I can say is I’m glad it wasn’t me, or else I would have been the one killing all those orange emergency cones.
So to the men and women who help keep the peace that are our brothers and sisters in the saddle, I salute you. Now I’m off to watch Jerry ‘Motorman’ Palladino’s Ride Like a Pro
video again so that I can someday ride like you.
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