Canadian dealers upset that their police force is buying bikes from Arizona

Publish Date: 
Mar 29, 2012

Powersports dealers in Victoria, B.C., Canada are crying foul over the local police department’s decision to buy 10 new police motorcycles from a dealer in Arizona.

The Victoria Police Department chose Victory Police Motorcycles of Tucson for the contract from a field of five bidders. The contract, worth $278,340 before taxes, covers the motorcycles, emergency equipment, multiyear warranty, training, and paint and decals, police Inspector Andy Lacon, the officer in charge of the department's focused enforcement team, which includes motorcycles, told the Victoria Times-Colonist.

Greater Victoria motorcycle dealers say they could have provided equal value and would have kept local funds circulating in the community.

Although bidding procedures kept police from limiting bids to Victoria-based companies, part of the evaluation criteria was that warranty work and servicing had to be done locally, Lacon says. "All of the Victory Motorcycle warranty work and servicing will be done by a local company," although that service provider hasn’t been named.

Victory has said it will train a local firm to work on its bikes.

Posted by Holly Wagner

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