Re: Edmonton, Canada police to use a Ducati 749 (Buckelew)
<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD>Quote, originally posted by Buckelew »</TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">it'd keep all the bikes in the shop - I'm all for that.</TD></TR></TABLE>
<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD>Quote, originally posted by Ian900 »</TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">Have you ever been to Edmonton. If they get 3 months of summer thats a good year. Not exactly riding country if you ask me</TD></TR></TABLE>
Lived there for 6 years.
Depends how you define "summer"
I think they wanted the image of the bike more than anything. It sounds as though its a lure for teenagers to hear their [email protected] message.
Not a bad way to do it but I think we can all agree that it won't be out patrolling the streets.
Last summer I was working up by Edmonton and got Edmonton news all the time. For some reason there was an unusually large amount (8 deaths in 2004 that article says) of motorcycle accidents and deaths, most of them being from younger people (under 25) and because of speed. It seemed like there was an accident every few days.
I remember one in particular where they figured he was doing about 150 km/h in a 60 km/h zone. Hit a sharp corner and went down, splat all over the road.
Another one was a guy got creamed by a car turning left. The person in the car was obviously in the wrong, but he was also going about 100 km/h in a 50 km/h zone. It was a really bad summer up there and I would guess that is why they want to bring up awareness.
<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD>Quote, originally posted by El_Toro »</TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">...It sounds as though its a lure for teenagers to hear their [email protected] message.</TD></TR></TABLE>
That's exactly what the Sheriff's Race Team does, which is run by the L.A. County Sheriff's Dept. The rider is a deputy and races CCS and WSMC events. My shop is one of their sponsors and does the performance tuning and dyno work for them. We had this bike on display at our booth at the Long Beach MC Show as well.
Firstly. Edmonton gets minimum 5 months of good riding summer... I'm a little hardcore and ride from March til October. It's not California, but we get more sunshine than anywhere else in Canada - so not necessarily a bad place to ride.
I feel I need to reply to this. I did a search on Edmonton and this is the only thread I came up with. Anyhow. Edmonton is (per capita) the most heavily policed city in North America. With almost a million people, the police have the most technologically advanced equipment. They run a chopper, photo-radar (to the tune of 15 million a year), laser traps and roaming radar in their endeavors to bust us.
The Ducati they've purchased is for use purely on the track, I have not seen it on the street ever and I spend a lot of time out there. They also have a Tiburon that is modded to the tits, custom paint with all the bells and whistles (as much as a tiburon can)... However, you do not want to live in Edmonton. A trip down the "interstate" will nab you a photoradar ticket if you're not lookin' for 'em. The use of laser destroys the usefullness of your Valentine 1 and anywhere you find twisties you have to do a double run in order to make sure they're clear. I have a friend here that, while he's not a "behaving" rider, was pulled over 16 times last year. They issued tickets only 8 of those 16 times. He fought all of them and was found guilty only 2 of those times. What I'm getting at is that Edmonton is hell for riders... while we did have 8 deaths last year, only 2 of them were rockets, both on the same stretch of road. (A length of s turns in the middle of the city, double direction, double lanes both ways, concrete barrior separating - rider killer)... one was when one guy took his buddy out, the other the guy just lost it. While I understand the need to ride safe and deaths are unnecessary, the EPS makes a habit of chasing sportbikers, something that doesn't increase the safety on the streets for them. In general - young riders are dumb and because they feel secure and "fast", they will run. By pursuit, police departments endanger their lives more than if they left off the pursuit. Anyhow- felt the need to vent! Cheers. (Sorry about bringing an old topic up)
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