Yes, you read that headline right. So,what do you think would look more dashing than a man in uniform and discipline meeting hard-edged style? It would be a deadly combination, I bet. And, it looks like this fantasy from Hollywood has come true for the badass cops of Kolkata. Even though the Kolkata Police have not replaced their line of Royal Enfields, they have added their foreign counterparts, the Harley Davidson Cruisers to give our old thumpers some tough competition. This wasn’t some random move either. The Kolkata Police had good reason to add these kickass bikes to their line up.
Though the reason seems obvious, there is always a need for speed. The Street 750 is much quicker and faster than Royal Enfield motorcycles. While the RE’s would propel to 100 kph in 16 seconds, the Street 750 can do it in about 6.17 seconds with a top speed of 160 kph.
The Street 750’s are well customised and have built-in radios to communicate with the control room and other Harley riding cops. They have saddlebags and flashers to sirens, new graphics, and stickers, including a Kolkata Police emblem on the windscreen.
As per V Solomon Nesakumar, Deputy Commissioner of Police, Traffic Department, they have 5 Harley Davidson Street 750s and these high-end bikes were bought around two months ago by the Kolkata Police Department for Rs 5.5 lakh each. They have planned to use them during VIP visits and for other ceremonial purposes, for now. They were first introduced to the public on August 15th as part of the Independence Day celebrations.
Obviously, the Street 750 will not be used for routine rounds but might be used for police chases, considering it is a powerful machine.
On the other hand, the police force is in talks to also include TVS Apaches in their fleet which is seen as a step down from the RE’s.