[5] Bmw Cycles In This Month Talks

The New BMW R1200 RTP motorcycles Cape Coral police will be using.(Photo: Michael Media nearly a year of no motorcycle police in Cape Coral, city streets will again see officers on two wheels — but now on state-of-the art BMW versions.

The Cape Coral Police Department is one of the first departments in the U.S. to roll out the new $24,000 machines. Four of them were displayed Wednesday morning before they hit the streets with a fifth cycle to be delivered by the week's end.

Detective Sgt. Dana Coston, public information officer for the department, said it will deploy five BMW R-1200-RT-P Authority motorcycles.

Coston said the bikes are an important part of the Cape Coral Traffic Unit's initiative to thwart aggressive driving, reduce traffic crashes, curtail traffic homicides and keep citizens safe.

Traffic Officer Cpl. Ray Schilke was anxious to get back on the road after having been off cycles since May 2014 when a lease program ended for the department's former Harley-Davidson models.

Schilke said he preferred the BMWs, which are lighter and cooler than the Harleys.

"In the summer, sitting at a red light at Del Prado you'd have 300 degrees of heat coming up at you and the bike is shaking," he said of the old models. "You could not even see behind you because the mirror was shaking."

Officer safety was a big part of the change, as was financial savings.

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Cpl. Patrick Taylor of the Cape Coral Police Department describes the features on the department’s new BMW motorcycles Wednesday in Cape Coral. (Photo: Amanda Inscore/The News-Press)

Joey Gallo, general manager at Gulf Coast Motorcycles in Cape Coral, where the bikes were bought, said this model was safer on the road than the Harley with wireless communications and ticket printing, tire pressure monitoring, smart brakes and more.

"It's the number one benefit of these bikes," he said. "And it saves the department money at the same time."

Coston said the department will save $20,000 over five years via a partnership with BMW.

Cape police used to lease the Harley-Davidson models for two years and turn them back to the leasing agent. At the start and end of each lease, the department would have to pay to have police equipment installed and uninstalled and then reinstalled on the new motorcycle.

This would cost about $700-$1,000 per motorcycle. Also, at the end of the lease, the department would not have anything left but lease payment receipts.

Now, the bikes will belong to the Cape Coral Police Department at the end of the five years.

Four of the motorcycles will be used immediately, Traffic Unit Sgt. Jon Kulko said, with a fifth deployed when a fifth traffic officer is hired.

Kulko said the bikes were the culmination of almost three years of testing and evaluation. Several different brands were tested and the unanimous choice was the BMW, he said.

"BMW came in No. 1 for a lot of aspects," Kulko said, including being smaller, lighter, more maneuverable, cooler and packed with the newest technology to keep officers safe.

"These motorcycles will be an important part of our ongoing efforts to increase safety on the roads in Cape Coral," Coston said.

Advantages of new motorcycles

Major benefits of the 2015 BMW R-1200-RT-P Authority police cycles are:

•Better fuel economy (40-60 mpg / competitor 28-32 mpg)

•Less required maintenance (every 6,000 miles / competitor every 2,500 miles)

•Lighter overall weight (approx. 250 lb.)

•Traction Control (prevents tire slippage)

•Tire pressure monitoring (safety to rider)

•Integrated ABS brakes

•Comfortable riding position

•Cooler running engine (water cooled) – will keep rider cooler during summer months

Emergency lighting and comfort:

•Lights at driver's eye level

•LED – visible over 0.9 miles away

•Take down lights

•Alley lights

•Running lights

•Wireless headsets

•Heated grips and seats – for those cool winter mornings.

Source: Cape Coral Police Department

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