Oakland police department says motorcycles are heard before they are seen | The Rider’s Perspective

While the AMA President is committing political suicide, the Oakland Police Department has put their money where it matters. After complaints from most of their motorcycle officers, the department has reversed a decision to equip their Harley-Davidson fleet with quiet exhaust.

“There’s an old motorcycle adage that you are heard before you are seen,” said Deputy Chief Dave Kozicki, explaining the department’s decision to toss the bikes’ muted factory-issued mufflers in favor of the more high-volume pipes.

Recently, an Oakland officer was struck by a vehicle who’s driver said he didn’t hear the police motorcycle approaching.

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