The Kolkata Police department has bought 5 Harley Davidson Street 750 bikes, reports CarandBike.
The American cruisers will be used only on special occasions like carnivals, parades and on Presidential visits.
V. Solomon Nesakumar, Deputy Commissioner of Police, Traffic Department, spoke to the media regarding the new addition. He said:
We have 5 Harley-Davidson Street 750s and they were bought around two months ago by the Kolkata Police Department for INR 5.5 lakh each. The bikes will primarily be used for ceremonial purposes and they were first showcased on the streets for the first time on the 15th of August which marked our Independence Day celebrations. We are happy that we are getting a lot of attention thanks to these bikes and there are a lot of people now talking about it.
The Street 750 gets hard panniers on both sides, rear antenna, special police livery and a pillion seat cowl. The bikes get twin sirens and loudspeakers mounted on the crash guard. Nesakumar also said that since the bikes will occasionally be used they have made a roster for its maintenance. The department will retain the Royal Enfield police bikes for regular patrols.
The mechanical underpinnings of the bike are stock. It draws power from the 749cc V-twin Revolution-X engine with liquid cooling. The powerplant punches out 59 Nm of torque at 3,750 rpm. A six-speed gearbox transfers power via a belt drive.
The bike employs telescopic forks at the front and twin shocks at the rear. For braking, it uses discs on both ends, with standard ABS.
Two years ago, the Gujarat Police also received the Street 750. The customised bikes were intended for "quick response actions", and were a part of the national disaster response team.
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