Washington State Patrol updates motorcycle fleet

April 23, 2011

By Staff

NEW — 8 a.m. April 23, 2011

Motorists should watch road shoulders soon for state troopers on sleek rides.

The state patrol has started the transition from BMW motorcycles to the Honda ST 1300 PA. The agency has 43 full-time troopers on motorcycles across the state. So far, 12 have completed the transition.

The state patrol formed in 1921 with a half dozen troopers on Indian Motorcycles.

“Throughout the patrol’s history motorcycles have proven to be an effective tool for traffic enforcement. This transition reduces cost and will still provide the safety and performance necessary for our motor officers,” WSP Chief John Batiste said in a release.

The agency said the Honda ST 1300 PA is specifically manufactured for law enforcement use. Officials picked the Honda over other models because of the balance, maneuverability, acceleration, overall performance, availability of service, and lower purchase and maintenance costs.

The state patrol produced a YouTube video of troopers making the transition from the BMW to the Honda motorcycles.

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