I'm seeing more and more of them on the road. Apparently they're safer than their obsolete Kawasaki counterparts.
http://abclocal.go.com/kfsn/news/062204_nw_safer_bikes.htmlSafer Bikes for Fresno Police
Fresno police officials hope a new type of motorcycle keeps officers safer during accidents.
The department is now switching over from the smaller Kawasaki to the larger BMW. Some of the features on the new bikes include lower front end gravity and anti-lock brakes.
Fresno police lieutenant Andy Hall explained the importance of the safer motorcycles, "It's probably one of the most hazardous jobs in law enforcement, and anything we can do to make it safer, like boots we wear, we tend to go that direction."
The Fresno Police Department has 70 motorcycle officers. The force is working on the transition for its whole fleet of bikes.
Right now, there are only 15 of the older Kawasakis remaining on the streets.