Join Date: Jan 2015
Location: Cairns area. Far North Queensland, Australia.
I would be very careful about buying any ex-police vehicle, and I say that with 30 years of inside experience.
Police cars and bikes are viewed by their operators as simply as a piece of equipment to get the job done. Unlike a personally owned vehicle, there is absolutely no sense of ownership, let alone any emotional attachment.
They get their services and they get washed, but they also get driven and ridden hard in daily use.
All that aside though, I'm not saying I would never consider buying one. You just need to go into negotiations with your eyes wide open and in the knowledge that the machine has been ridden in a way that you would probably not consider as normal usage! Cop bikes tend to be pretty adept at jumping gutters and so on, so have a really good look underneath for any possible damage.
As has already been alluded to in this thread, Vic resale has pretty much tanked since the closure so have a good look at what 'civilian' XC's are going for (what they're selling for - not what's being asked!) and base your estimate on that. You'd need to go in lower than your estimate for an ex police bike.
I know a couple of cops who have bought ex-police bikes and are entirely happy with them. As long as you're thorough in your inspection, realistic as to what sort of service the bike has performed in its previous role, and you are prepared to negotiate hard, you could come away with a bargain.
Good luck with it all and let us know how you go.
2014 XCT in Bronze Mist
2000 H-D Road King
2003 Suzuki SV1000
2003 Aprilia SL1000R
1977 Honda CB750K7
Plus a few others in the shed