After Ahmedabad, cops in Kolkata also get Harley Davidson Street 750
Around 45 countries use customised Harley Davidson motorcycles for police duty, including India. Yes. Police from Gujarat have been using Harley Davidson to escort VIPs since 2015. Now another state has also followed suite.
Winner of 2015 Indian Motorcycle of the Year, the Harley Davidson Street 750 is now the official VIP escort vehicle in two Indian states. First state in India to purchase Harley Davidson Street 750 motorcycles for their Police was Gujarat. The second state to have followed the suite, is West Bengal.
CM of West Bengal Mamata Banerjee saw Harley Davidson motorcycles being used to escort her when she was in Germany a few months ago. This impressed her enough to have set the ball rolling for Kolkata Police procuring their first ever Harley Davidson motorcycles. After weeks of negotiations, and talks, Kolkata Police have now included a fleet of Harley Davidson Street 750 motorcycles in their line-up.
As of now, Kolkata Police have taken delivery of 5 units of 2017 Harley Davidson Street 750 motorcycles. As per the officials, these will be strictly used for escorting VIPs through the streets of West Bengal. A few cops from Kolkata have been specially trained to handle this motorcycle, as it is going to be the most powerful motorcycle they have ever ridden till date.
Powered by a 750 cc twin cylinder engine, Harley Street 750 is made in India at the company plant in Bawal, Haryana. Mated to a 6 speed transmission, this engine delivers 65 Nm @ 4,000 rpm. Weighing 218 kgs, the Street 750 can sprint from 0 to 100 kmph in about 6.2 seconds and has a top speed of over 180 kmph. Price of Harley Street 750 starts from about INR 6+ lakh on road. It is the most affordable Harley Davidson on sale in India.
Depending on the success of this attempt, the state of West Bengal might add more units of Harley Davidson motorcycles to their line-up.