Seen Today At The Daytona 500

Daytona-VPM-2016There is a new look today at this year’s NASCAR Daytona 500 as both the Daytona Beach Police Department and the Port Orange Police Department are providing motor patrol service on Victory Police Motorcycles (VPM). The officers on the specially equipped VPM bikes are getting a lot of attention as race fans at the speedway and around town take photos and ask questions about these police bikes…(photos @ Michael Dapper)

8 Responses to “Seen Today At The Daytona 500”


  1. 1 Roscoe Feb 21st, 2016 at 2:46 pm

    Good looking bikes but I question their performance for Police duty. Seattle tried them out and didn’t like them.

  2. 2 Zenaldo Feb 21st, 2016 at 6:58 pm

    Any idea what SEA didn’t like about these ?

  3. 3 Roscoe Feb 21st, 2016 at 10:12 pm

    I don’t know. I saw one out on patrol then later I asked one of the officers why I hadn’t seen it around lately and he replied that it had too many problems. I am not positive whether it was Seattle or King County.
    I don’t hear many complaints about Victory.

  4. 4 Reyn Mansson Feb 22nd, 2016 at 9:26 am

    If you go to Motor Patrol events, you’ll see a few Victory Police bikes there, but they can’t compete with the HD Road King or the BMW R1200RT-P because their turning radius is about 4 feet greater than the two others and are slower to accelerate on tight courses.

    Michigan State Police test LE vehicles and those tests are used by many departments to evaluate their purchases I have a copy of their results of the tests of the Vic Commander, their LE vehicle. They are slower, take longer to brake and handle less well than the BMW or HD offerings. If PD’s were looking for best, and many are, they would be on the R1200RT-P.

    Vic’s are in the 2014 reports.

  5. 5 Blackmax Feb 22nd, 2016 at 7:06 pm

    Lots of YouTube vids on how good their Police bikes are ???
    Guess not so much ???

  6. 6 william juniors Feb 23rd, 2016 at 7:06 pm

    I want to exercise caution and not beguile any department. However, relating to the aforementioned post, there must be some underlying challenges that are not readily visible. My first question to Seattle would be to ask them if they exercised the benefit of the “Transitional Training” offered by VPM Corporate. We found this training to be tantamount during our transitional period and very instrumental in getting us familiar with new technology. After spending almost 15 years on a Harley, I believe I am somewhat of an expert when it comes to authority motorcycles. My departments interest was piqued not only by the Victory demonstrations (which are excellent by the way) but by the outstanding back provided by the multitude of departments we ed as we did out due diligence regarding Victory. These motorcycles are superior in performance, have diminished our cost of ownership by incredible margins and most importantly, have provided our officer’s with new safety and comfort features that frankly cannot be found on any other motorcycle. Ironically, the intelligent officers that have set their pride aside (as it relates to Haley Davidson) have found the Victory platform to be the most innovative, safe and comfortable motorcycles available. Initially, I thought if “riding a Victory is work, then bring on the overtime was just a catchy marketing phrase But I actually believe that now. If you haven’t ridden a Victory, I’d certainly them and get on their demonstration list.

  7. 7 william juniors Feb 23rd, 2016 at 9:13 pm

    I believe Mr. Masson is incorrect about the aforementioned turning radius because I know for a fact that Oro Valley PD Arizona, has four of their eight officers running the BMW course on their Victory’s 2 – 3 seconds faster than their BMW’s they were on for 10 years and they have only been on the Victory’s for one year. Further, he doesn’t mention the many features of the Victory that clearly demonstrates why the new Victory is leading the industry in officer safety and comfort features. I promise I’ll support his R1200RT-P and Harley position the next time I’m on a call and have to negotiate cones on the way.

  8. 8 William Juniors Feb 23rd, 2016 at 9:20 pm

    I believe Mr. Masson is incorrect about the turning radius as I know for a fact that Oro Valley PD Arizona has four of their eight officers running the BMW course on their Victory’s 2 – 3 seconds faster than their BMW’s and they have only been on the Victory’s for one year. – and he doesn’t mention the many features of the Victory that clearly demonstrates why the new Victory is leading the industry in officer safety and comfort features. I promise I’ll support his R1200RT-P and Harley position the next time I’m on a call and have to negotiate cones on the way. And I just got a copy of this:

    “Hi Mike,

    I believe you know about the collision Manny was in last week. (He was rear-ended while stopped at a traffic light and pushed into the car in front of him.)

    The motor held up remarkably well and I have no doubt that Manny would have received worse injury than he did if he was still on the BMW. I am thankful he was on a Victory!

    Sincerely,

    Sgt. Troy Kranz
    Traffic Section Supervisor
    Oro Valley Police Department
    Phone: (520) 229-4954
    Email: [email protected]

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