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Yakima Police Officers' New Motorcycles will Save Money and Improve Response Time

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YAKIMA, Wash.- Traffic officers traded in their Harley Davidson's for new Honda motorcycles. Saving money is only one of the new perks.

Speed, lightweight, handles easily, all things officers say their new Honda motorcycles provide. When switching to these new rides, money and efficiency also played a big role.

"A few dollars difference one way or the other what we're hoping and looking at is in the future the Honda will be reliable for many more years," said Sergeant Gary Jones.

Riding more than 50,000 miles, officers say, the Harley Davidson's only lasted a few years and maintenance was costly. Agility is a top priority for the way police use motorcycles.

"We have to be able to go over the curb, sidewalk ditches and low ground clearance on Harley got hung up on breaking the stand kicks," said Sgt. Jones.

With these bikes they won't have that problem. In fact, officers say, its lighter weight and shorter wheelbase will help them respond to more situations.

"Working here in the city we are always making tight turning getting through traffic," said Sgt. Jones.

This bike will help them do just that, only faster. Officers are finishing up training Friday and ready to get on the road.
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