The Oshkosh Police Department just got a distinctive new ride... a brand-new 2017 Harley-Davidson FLHTP Electra Glide.
Oshkosh Police Chief Dean Smith and Officers Mark Lehman and Grant Wilson were on hand to pick up their new patrol motorcycle from Open Road Harley-Davidson® of Fond du Lac on April 20th. The motorcycle will be used by the Oshkosh Police Department for traffic enforcement, especially at traffic circles and during high-traffic events. A motorcycle has the ability to go where cars cannot. In addition, a patrol officer on a bike is not closed off from the crowd, making this a great option for the department during public events.
Chief Smith got funding and approval for the bike from the city of Oshkosh this past January. He contacted Open Road Harley-Davidson® to order the bike and make the required modifications to get it ready to ride.
The bike came to us in early March, and our Service team began the process of turning it into a fully-functioning ride for our friends in blue. The stock model was fitted out with lights, sirens, and accessories by Open Road’s master technician Erik Johnson. It was his first such project, so he was happy to have help from the Fond du Lac Police Department. They allowed him to take measurements and make notes using their bike to ensure that the Oshkosh PD bike got fitted up correctly.
Left to right: "G" poses with the stock bike fresh off the truck; Master Tech Erik turns wrenches to get the bike ready to roll; Erik poses with the finished bike
Officers Lehman and Wilson will be the primary users of the patrol bike. Officer Wilson is no stranger to Harley-Davidson® motorcycles – he rides a Road King in his spare time. Officer Lehman used to ride more frequently and was happy to use his skills for this unique opportunity. He even got a chance to fire up the bike for the first time Thursday while talking over the features and functions with technician Erik Johnson and salesman Parker.
Oshkosh PD Fleet Manager Scott Footit also came to the dealership to learn about the new ride. He says regular maintenance for all the department’s vehicles are based on mileage and the motorcycle will be no different. Services and checks will be scheduled as the bike is used at which time it will come back to Open Road Harley-Davidson® to complete required maintenance. Chief Dean Smith says, “this is a great partnership between Oshkosh PD and Open Road Harley-Davidson®”.