The videos are at the bottom of this article.
Police Motorcycle Officers or in the trade known merely as “Motor Officers” are near and dear to my heart. They should be because I was one for 5 years on the police department. I started off on a 1985 Kawasaki KZ1000P that was a hand me down from a Sergeant who got a new “motor” the year I went to the squad. Then in 1988 I got a brand new Harley Davidson FXRP. In both of those motorcycles you can guess what the “P” means.
In the 1980’s motor officers actually started going through training to ride in their unique environment. Out of this grew Police Motorcycle Rodeos which are competitions on courses lined with cones. There are individual and team competitions. The competition can get fierce!
The internet and You Tube are full of videos of these rodeos. But one thing I’ve noticed is that they’re all shot by someone standing on the ground in one spot. The motorcycle is moving through the course and you just see a bunch of cones the rider goes though that looks like a maze and you never see the course. The video is often grainy and has loud music playing.
Here’s two high quality videos done by BMW Motorrad USA of Officers from the Albuquerque, NM Police Department at the Southwestern Police Motorcycle Competition in 2010. What’s really different is that BMW shot the video from overhead, allowing you to see the course and follow the officers. You really get to see their maneuvers. Of course, since BMW released this, the officers are on the BMW R1200RTP (again, guess what the “P” means). The first video is of Officer Andrew Drexler of the Albuquerque Police Department and he was the overall winner. The second video is of the Albuquerque Police Department in the team competition. Imagine if you had to ride like this to pass your motorcycle license test.
Officer Drexler and his BMW R1200RTP
(you can see the team competition in the background)
Albuquerque Police Department in Team Competition
I happen to ride a BMW. But if these high quality videos were put out by Harley Davidson, Kawasaki, or Honda I would’ve still written this!