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post #11 of 26 (permalink) Old 04-24-2019, 08:23 AM
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I can 100% say that police are hard on bikes! I know from experience... Lots of Idle time and lots of rapid acceleration and if they are from a larger city frequent high speed operation. I would say be cautious in the purchase of a used Vic police bike, and never ever consider buying a police Harley! 4yr old Police bike repair costs start to exponentially increase.
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If you buy a used XC police bike, mighty be a good candidate for a complete Lloydz workup. Big bore, cams, all the goodies. Last I knew, Lloydz has engines in stock, ready for modifications...



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Yeah buying a police bike is like buying a rental car. Lot of abuse in a short period of time. Doesn't mean it can't give you years of enjoyment but I would not give the same money for a police bike as a normal bike. The abused life should be reflected in the price in my opinion.
Lot of used cross bikes out there with plenty of goodies for same money.
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Yeah buying a police bike is like buying a rental car. Lot of abuse in a short period of time. Doesn't mean it can't give you years of enjoyment but I would not give the same money for a police bike as a normal bike. The abused life should be reflected in the price in my opinion.
Lot of used cross bikes out there with plenty of goodies for same money.
arkiebiker is selling his CCT for a very reasonable price and the miles are better taken care of miles than the shorter miles of the PD bike. This would be a better purchase than the PD bike.

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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.

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arkiebiker is selling his CCT for a very reasonable price and the miles are better taken care of miles than the shorter miles of the PD bike. This would be a better purchase than the PD bike.

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I agree. Another thing to consider when buying any vehicle is highway miles are 10-20% as hard on a vehicle as around town miles. So 100k highway miles would be like 10-20k around town miles. This is partially why big rig trucks usually go a million miles before needing a rebuild.
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I agree. Another thing to consider when buying any vehicle is highway miles are 10-20% as hard on a vehicle as around town miles. So 100k highway miles would be like 10-20k around town miles. This is partially why big rig trucks usually go a million miles before needing a rebuild.
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Most police vehicles (actual patrol/pursuit) vehicles usually came with upgraded goodies like heavy duty suspension, up graded bigger brakes, heavy duty alternator systems.
Does anyone know if the police Vics were offered/shipped with such possible upgrades? I would think any cop bike cross country would have to have upgraded electrics, possibly bigger oil cooling system? Pulling speeders over and having the bike idle with lights going and such, they must have up graded electrics at least right?

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Most police vehicles (actual patrol/pursuit) vehicles usually came with upgraded goodies like heavy duty suspension, up graded bigger brakes, heavy duty alternator systems.
Does anyone know if the police Vics were offered/shipped with such possible upgrades? I would think any cop bike cross country would have to have upgraded electrics, possibly bigger oil cooling system? Pulling speeders over and having the bike idle with lights going and such, they must have up graded electrics at least right?
Doubt it. They upgrade the Harleys when the cops complain they can't catch any Vics, but the Vics... probably all stock plus police lights / radios.
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You can look here. The guy has a listing for the "commander" which was the Cross based bike. If I remember correct, part of the reason city's went with the Vics was because they didnt have to pay for a bunch of mods to bring it into spec for use. I had not realized they had a King pin version too.
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