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    Default LHC - Coming for your Wallet / MOTO COP STYLE

    MotoCop takes to the streets of Havasu


    By Tony Raap
    Saturday, January 26, 2008 9:44 PM MST


    Remember the movie “RoboCop”? Lake Havasu City now has its very own MotoCop.

    Dressed in motorcycle boots and a black helmet, Officer Clint Wilcox has been patrolling the city’s streets on a new $30,000 Honda motorcycle, the Police Department’s first such vehicle in more than 10 years.

    “I love it. It’s awesome,” Wilcox said of the motorcycle, a 2007 ST1300PA. “It’s a lot of fun.”

    For the past two weeks, Wilcox has patrolled high-complaint, accident-prone areas, focusing not only on congested thoroughfares but also on busy residential streets, a constant source of griping among disgruntled motorists.

    “During our public forums and other contacts with citizen groups, the No. 1 concern expressed by citizens is traffic-related issues,” police Chief Dan Doyle said.

    That’s why he lobbied City Council this past spring to earmark more than $60,000 for two police motorcycles, one for Wilcox and another for a second MotoCop, who will come on board in April.

    The bikes themselves cost $18,765 per unit. They each had about $12,000 worth of police equipment - sirens, radar, blue-and-red flashing lights - installed, city spokesman Charlie Cassens said.

    All the parts on the motorcycles are weather-resistant. The bikes also are equipped with anti-lock brakes and an adjustable windshield. Wilcox says he is still feeling his way around the machine, adding that it has taken a while to get use to its maneuverability.

    “It’s very challenging. I have buttons all over the place, so I have to multimanage. That’s the hardest part for me,” he said.

    Patrolling on a motorcycle does have its advantages. Most notably, it’s more inconspicuous than a squad car, making it easier to catch unsuspecting speeders.

    “It’s hard to hide a big patrol car. Motorcycles will give us an advantage in that area,” Wilcox said.

    There are drawbacks, though. Namely, having to deal with the elements such as blustery wind gusts and rain-slicked streets, the latter of which Wilcox battled on Thursday morning.

    Lt. Rich Sloma said the Police Department had motorcycles twice before, most recently in 1997, but they eventually became budget casualties.

    “When it was time to replace them, it wasn’t cost effective,” Sloma said.

    You may contact the reporter at raap@havasunews.com.

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    varoom varoom.

    they should work great inn the channel...

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    Quote Originally Posted by rick32 View Post
    “I love it. It’s awesome,” Wilcox said of the motorcycle, a 2007 ST1300PA. “It’s a lot of fun.”
    We'll see how much fun he's having when its 120 degrees.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mblaster View Post
    We'll see how much fun he's having when its 120 degrees.
    But, it's a "Dry Heat"

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    Quote Originally Posted by rick32 View Post
    MotoCop takes to the streets of Havasu


    By Tony Raap
    Saturday, January 26, 2008 9:44 PM MST


    Remember the movie “RoboCop”? Lake Havasu City now has its very own MotoCop.

    Dressed in motorcycle boots and a black helmet, Officer Clint Wilcox has been patrolling the city’s streets on a new $30,000 Honda motorcycle, the Police Department’s first such vehicle in more than 10 years.

    “I love it. It’s awesome,” Wilcox said of the motorcycle, a 2007 ST1300PA. “It’s a lot of fun.”

    For the past two weeks, Wilcox has patrolled high-complaint, accident-prone areas, focusing not only on congested thoroughfares but also on busy residential streets, a constant source of griping among disgruntled motorists.

    “During our public forums and other contacts with citizen groups, the No. 1 concern expressed by citizens is traffic-related issues,” police Chief Dan Doyle said.

    That’s why he lobbied City Council this past spring to earmark more than $60,000 for two police motorcycles, one for Wilcox and another for a second MotoCop, who will come on board in April.

    The bikes themselves cost $18,765 per unit. They each had about $12,000 worth of police equipment - sirens, radar, blue-and-red flashing lights - installed, city spokesman Charlie Cassens said.

    All the parts on the motorcycles are weather-resistant. The bikes also are equipped with anti-lock brakes and an adjustable windshield. Wilcox says he is still feeling his way around the machine, adding that it has taken a while to get use to its maneuverability.

    “It’s very challenging. I have buttons all over the place, so I have to multimanage. That’s the hardest part for me,” he said.

    Patrolling on a motorcycle does have its advantages. Most notably, it’s more inconspicuous than a squad car, making it easier to catch unsuspecting speeders.

    “It’s hard to hide a big patrol car. Motorcycles will give us an advantage in that area,” Wilcox said.

    There are drawbacks, though. Namely, having to deal with the elements such as blustery wind gusts and rain-slicked streets, the latter of which Wilcox battled on Thursday morning.

    Lt. Rich Sloma said the Police Department had motorcycles twice before, most recently in 1997, but they eventually became budget casualties.

    “When it was time to replace them, it wasn’t cost effective,” Sloma said.

    You may contact the reporter at raap@havasunews.com.
    Yea, right, the public came in and said, lets hire motor cops and buy bikes, that do absolutely nothing to fight crime, but its a money maker...

    Would all the fine citizens that wanted bike cops to harass us please stand up!!!

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    I saw him about a week ago and it's a great looking bike--for what it's worth.
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    He will wright a few tickets

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    Quote Originally Posted by rick32 View Post
    .....That’s why he lobbied City Council this past spring to earmark more than $60,000 for two police motorcycles, one for Wilcox and another for a second MotoCop, who will come on board in April.......
    Kilrtoy?

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    I seriously can not see a motor working May through Sept in Havasu. I can barely walk from the car to the hotel in Aug. I almost passed out from heat stroke getting a beer out of the cooler another time in Aug. basically, I'll never be in Havasu around Aug.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rick32 View Post

    The bikes themselves cost $18,765 per unit. They each had about $12,000 worth of police equipment - sirens, radar, blue-and-red flashing lights - installed, city spokesman Charlie Cassens said.
    Are you kidding me...
    The bikes fully loaded ar 18K.......13K unloaded
    Boy did that vendor see an idiot and stick it to them....

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    Quote Originally Posted by kilrtoy View Post
    Are you kidding me...
    The bikes fully loaded ar 18K.......13K unloaded
    Boy did that vendor see an idiot and stick it to them....
    don't forget the $5000 A/C option with full enclosure for summer time
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    Quote Originally Posted by rick32
    All the parts on the motorcycles are weather-resistant.
    I love my wife, my wife loves me! What a great world!

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    Quote Originally Posted by kilrtoy View Post
    Are you kidding me...
    The bikes fully loaded ar 18K.......13K unloaded
    Boy did that vendor see an idiot and stick it to them....
    Kilrtoy, I'm gonna come right out and ask it.. Are you the 2nd motocop coming on board when they get the 2nd bike?

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    Quote Originally Posted by RiverDave View Post
    Kilrtoy, I'm gonna come right out and ask it.. Are you the 2nd motocop coming on board when they get the 2nd bike?

    RD
    I possess a thing called ethics and was disqualified for having them...
    So the answer is hell no......

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