San Luis Obispo PD testing Zero Motorcycles

Publish Date: 
Jun 24, 2014

SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. - The San Luis Obispo Police Department is testing Zero motorcycles for possible addition to the city fleet.

The department is looking to Zero to let officers navigate off-road areas that heavier street motorcycles cannot, Sgt. Fred Mickel, head of the department’s Traffic Safety Unit, told the Tribune.

The bike is on loan to the department from a Clovis-based dealer.

“It wouldn’t be tomorrow that we’d be buying one if the city chooses to go that route,” Mickel said. “We’re testing it out to see if it meets the needs of our department.”

That test includes an evaluation of the bike’s strengths and limitations, which the department will determine following the weeklong test run. Mickel said officers have already found that the smaller motorcycles are harder to see on the road, but the quiet motors offer an upside.

“We’re not looking at these thinking they would replace our entire fleet, but they may be something we can use in specialized situations,” he said.

From the Dealernews wires