West Bengal’s police force has added Harley Davidson bikes to its fleet of bikes that is dominated by Royal Enfield. The customised Harley bikes already adorn the Gujarat police’s bike fleet.
A report in News 18’s website said that the Kolkata police have acquired five Harley Davidson’s Street 750 models. The models will be used predominantly for ceremonial purposes.
The customised bikes will be able to seat only the driver. Saddle bags, sirens and flashers have been added to the bikes. It is also been provided with new graphics and stickers along with the police emblem on the windscreen. The bikes also have built-in radios for direct communications with the control room.
According to Solomon Nesakumar, DCP (Traffic) the new models which can go from 0 to 100 in 6.7 seconds are a lot faster than the existing Royal Enfields that take 16 seconds to do the same. “We have bought five ‘Harley Davidson Street 750’ for ceremonial and piloting purpose. On Tuesday, during Independence Day’s ceremonial parade, we exhibited them for the first time on Red Road in Kolkata,” he further added.
The bikes are at present stationed at the police headquarters at Lalbazaar. Rajeev Kumar, city police commissioner said the new procurement will aid in the infrastructure development in the future. “This is a welcome move from our department and in future there are other plans to improve our infrastructure to serve people with utmost care. Initially, we have decided to use these bikes for VIP patrolling and ceremonial purpose,” he said.