BMW motorcycles have long served European police forces including Germany’s federal polizei . Since 1997, the California Highway Patrol has deployed hundreds of BMW RTs. Not long after, Beemers with lights a’ blazin’ began appearing in the rear-view mirrors of traffic offenders all across the USA. As the R1100RT-P gained displacement and morphed into the R1150RT-P for 2002 and then the greatly refined R1200RT-P for ’05, these “Oilheads” continuously demonstrated their utility as service vehicles. They out-handle, out-accelerate and out-brake more pedestrian Harley-Davidson and Kawasaki police mounts. Good wind protection and safety features such as ABS further qualified RTs as suitable service bikes. BMW further supported police use by offering special side and hazard lights, radar mounts, a high-output alternator, functional cargo space and other tactical equipment.