BMW Motorrad is the most experienced manufacturer of police motorcycles in the world, with its ‘authority’ machines on duty in more than 150 countries. The Milipol exhibition in Paris is the most important show in this field and BMW Motorrad representatives are in the French capital from 19 to 22 November to exhibit a range of motorcycles and rider equipment especially developed for authority use.
Held at the Parc des Expositions de Villepinte, the 18th edition of the Milipol show is only open to public and industrial security professionals, and covers areas such as law enforcement, anti-terrorism, the prison service, forensic science, border control, port and airport security, and of course road safety.
With more than 85 years experience, BMW Motorrad has a colourful history in the authorities business, starting at the end of the 1920s when the first motorcycle prepared for authority use was an R 24 with 12 hp, sold in 1928. These days, many of its machines cover the major needs of various groups, including courier services, presidential and dignitary escort duties, highway patrols, etc.
Since 1970, more than 130,000 BMW authority motorcycles have been sold to a variety of institutions in more than 150 countries. Most people are familiar with the ubiquitous authority-specification BMW R 1200 RT flat-twin boxer, used by police forces and other professionals across the world, but this year, BMW Motorrad will also be presenting its F 800 GT and F 700 GS models with parallel-twin engine.
It will also be displaying two models developed in cooperation with BMW Motorrad Netherlands, in the form of the K 1600 GT and the C 600 Sport scooter. The C 600 Sport in authority design is a police vehicle designed for use both in inner city and urban environments and has a special colour scheme with beacon lights at the front and rotating strobe beacons at the rear, as well a siren and additional switch. The sturdy crash bar at the front is designed to withstand the kind of rough riding conditions this type of motorcycle is often subjected to.
BMW Motorrad is taking advantage of the Milipol 2013 to present the visionary BMW C evolution in authority design, and to give an impression of what an electrically powered scooter could look like for those involved in police, rescue or escort activities. BMW Motorrad is currently working on determining the extent to which electric vehicles are suitable for use in authority applications and how such uses can be evaluated.
Based on the new C evolution, which was presented only a few months ago at the IAA Frankfurt Motor Show, this environmentally friendly e-scooter combines high vehicle dynamics with all the benefits of a zero-emission vehicle. Its nominal output is 11 kW (15 hp), while its peak power output reaches 35 kW (47.5 hp). This gives the C evolution a top speed of 120 km/h (electronically limited) and enables rates of acceleration that are at times enough to exceed those of maxi-scooters with combustion engines of 600cc or more. In keeping with BMW Motorrad's ‘Safety 360’ principle, the C evolution comes with ABS as standard, in common with all BMW motorcycles and scooters.
Furthermore, all BMW Motorrad authority vehicles benefit ex works from a range of optional extras and special equipment designed specifically to satisfy the specialist needs of authorities and institutions. Whether for police, customs, technical relief organisations, the fire service, the military, official escorts or for escorting heavy-goods vehicles – BMW Motorrad's decades of experience and development in this field mean that it is always able to supply vehicles configured for a wide range of deployment purposes.
The implementation of these options is fully integrated into the series production processes at the Berlin plant. This ensures maximum process reliability and maintains quality standards at a constantly high level. This is quite unlike the techniques practiced elsewhere, in which authority-specific attachments or conversions – and even custom designs – are incorporated in previously produced vehicles. Authority vehicles from BMW Motorrad are designed as standard to fulfil the stringent EMC requirements that such vehicles are required to satisfy.
As a traditional system supplier of authority vehicles, BMW Motorrad will also be presenting its Airflow and Polizei 5 suits at the Milipol 2013, as well as its Airflow and Allround gloves and boots, plus the System 6 EVO helmet.