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CHP switching to Harley Davidson motorcycles

OAKLAND, Calif. — The California Highway Patrol will have some of its Bay Area officers riding Harley Davidson motorcycles as soon as next week, thanks to a dealership in Oakland.

The CHP recently finalized a deal to purchase 121 Harley Davidson Electra Glide motorcycles from Oakland Harley-Davidson. 

The Highway Patrol says it will pay $28,381 per motorcycle. 

Hayward CHP Officer Tim Moore said Monday that he planned to go to Sacramento next Monday to trade out his BMW motorcycle and begin training on a new Harley.

“I'm excited,” said Moore. “I've had this bike since 2009 and I've logged about 97-thousand miles on it.”

Wear and tear was one of the reasons the CHP it's making the switch, officials said Monday, adding that over 20 percent of its 450 motorcycles have more than 100,000 miles, making them expensive to maintain.

The CHP most recently purchased 2009 BMW's for $23,887 each -- a much cheaper deal, but the higher price tag that comes with the new Harley Davidson motorcycles also comes with a three-year, 60,000 mile warranty.

Oakland Harley-Davidson owner Mike Genthner told KTVU that his business had to compete with Kawasaki, BMW, and other companies for the new contract with the state.

In February, Genthner said the CHP asked his company to build a “test bike” and agreed to award the contract to Harley Davidson after testing the motorcycle.

“To watch them put the bike through its paces was just breathtaking,” said Genthner.

 Harley Davidson will begin delivering the motorcycles to Sacramento next week.

Genthner said Monday that Bay Area CHP officers could be among some of the first to take new motorcycles out on the road.

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