The Oshkosh Police Department just got a distinctive new ride … a brand-new 2017 Harley-Davidson® FLHTP Electra Glide®.
Oshkosh Police Chief Dean Smith and Officers Mark Lehman and Grant Wilson were on hand to pick up their new patrol motorcycle from Open Road Harley-Davidson® of Fond du Lac April 20. The motorcycle will be used by the Oshkosh Police Department for traffic enforcement at many areas that are a concern for the citizens of Oshkosh, especially at roundabouts. A motorcycle has the ability to go where cars cannot. In addition, a patrol officer on a bike is not closed off from the crowd, making this a great option for the department during public events.
Funding for the unit was secured as a lease agreement through a partnership with the city of Oshkosh and Open Road Harley Davidson®. The stock model was fitted out with lights, sirens and accessories by Open Road’s master technician Erik Johnson. It was his first such project, so he was happy to have help from the Fond du Lac Police Department. They allowed him to take measurements and make notes using their bike to ensure that the Oshkosh PD bike was outfitted correctly.
Oshkosh PD fleet manager Scott Footit was on hand at the dealership to learn about the new ride. He stated, “Regular maintenance for all the department’s vehicles is based on mileage, and the motorcycle will be no different.” Services and checks will be scheduled as the bike is used at which time it will come back to Open Road Harley-Davidson® to complete required maintenance. Smith says, “This is a great partnership between Oshkosh PD and Open Road Harley-Davidson®”.
Open Road Harley-Davidson is a full service Harley-Davidson dealership at 24 S. Rolling Meadows Drive in Fond du Lac. For more information, call 920-921-2344 or visit the company’s website at: openroadhd.com.