US Police’s vehicular fleet will get a facelift soon with the cruisers on duty replaced by the excellent Yamaha FJR1300 Sport Tourer. With the induction of the motorcycles complete, the force will join a long list of European and South American country police forces who use the big Yamaha.
US Police has used Harleys and Indians since the beginning of time, with an occasional Kawasaki, BMW or Honda thrown in to break the monotony. But now the law enforcement officials are upgrading their fleet with Yamaha’s custom FJR1300P. Yamaha calls the machine: “The epitome of performance and reliability, wrapped in the features essential in the line of duty.”
The government ordered bikes have a variety of bespoke modifications onboard. There are electrical connectors for easy installation of flashing lights, sirens, and speakers. There is also a compartment containing prewired electrical connectors for an auxiliary battery, as well as a prewired handlebar control switch. Barkbusters are built into the mirrors, and the bike gets a near 5.5 inch (140 mm) electrically adjustable windscreen. The rider also gets the benefit of leg and foot wind deflectors while the bike gets crash bars and protection. There is also a radio unit mounted on the tail.
The 2018 Yamaha FJR1300 Police is powered by a 1298cc, 16-valve DOHC, liquid-cooled inline-4 engine that makes a maximum of 145.5 hp at 8,000 RPM and 138 Nm torque at 7,000 RPM. That’s a minor gain over the stock FJR’s 141 hp and 134 Nm. Handling all this power is a six-speed gearbox with a slip-and-assist clutch. Final drive is by shaft. However, the FJR-P loses out on the electronically controlled suspension of the standard bike.
Law enforcement agencies around the globe have been using the Yamaha FJR1300 for years together, in countries like UK, Australia, Spain, France, and Belgium. Trinidad & Tobago Police use it to escort dignitaries, showcase in parades and so on.
Michigan State Police tested the FJR against a variety of contenders like Harley-Davidson, BMW, and Zero Motorcycles. The Yamaha bested all its rivals across all parameters, except for braking, where it required quite a length of road to come to a stop. It recorded 230 kph in a top speed run, hit 100 kph under four seconds, and 160 kph in 9.2 seconds.
Expect more of these big bad FJR1300P bikes on the road in white livery, directing traffic or pulling people over on US roads very soon.