Cops Buy BMW G 650 Xchallenge

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Police officers in Bakersfield, Calif. now patrol the bikeway along the Kern River with greater ease and safety, thanks to two new BMW G 650 Xchallenge motorcycles recently delivered to the department by Valley Cycle and Motorsports in Bakersfield.

The Bakersfield Police Department is the first law enforcement agency to purchase the G 650 Xchallenge for patrol purposes, says Frank Stevens, Authority Program Manager for BMW Motorrad USA.

"We have sold the F 650 GS-P — also an agile, multi-terrain motor — to law enforcement agencies for many years, but the G 650 Xchallenge offers greater off-road capabilities with longer suspension travel and higher ground clearance for more aggressive off-road riding," Stevens says.

"Officers will be patrolling the entire Kern River bottom on motorcycles equipped with patrol lights, anti-lock brakes and radios," says Bill Abshier, owner and general manager of Valley Cycle and Motorcycles. "We hope to be successful adding R 1200 RT-P models to the Bakersfield Police Department?s street bike fleet in the near future."

For more information about the features and benefits of BMW police motorcycles, visit BMW's exclusive police motors Web site.