What model do they use these days? Is it still a Kawasaki? Do Harleys even pass Cali smog and noise laws?
They use BMW's--at least the ones I have seen lately. The 1200cc touring ones...I can't remember the specific model....KRT 1200??? something like that....They look a lot like the "civilian" editions other than being black and white.
I was going to Fry's electronics riding on business 80 east yesterday ( this is in sacramento,ca )and I was in the middle lane on the L side of the lane. In the fast lane was a ford p/u and ther was no one else around for at least 500 feet around us. It was a little after 9 in the morning and I looked in my left mirror just caught a glimpse of a CHP motorcycle as he guns it and decides to lane split between me and the truck. No lights or sirens on at all. I felt his bike Graze my elbow that is how close he got. He just kept on speeding down the freeway like it was a normal thing to do. I just held my speed and course and made it thru the incident more pissed then scared.
So I made a phone call and they said they will look into it and get back to me. It's nice to know the CHP sets a fine example for other motorcycle riders.
I had a similar experience about a week ago....
I was splitting lanes in thick stop and go traffic on the 215/91 near Riverside (Ca.) during rush-hour. If you know that area, it's a pretty tricky area to be splitting--tight lanes, some curves, lots of on/off ramps, plenty of grumpy cage commuters, etc.... Well, as I am making my way along at what I deemed a safe pace, with my full concentration on what what happening in front of me, I hear a "beep, beep." I check my mirrors and see another bike behind me. As soon as an opening in traffic came up, I pulled over to let them by. Sure enough it was a "CHiPper," and he sped by me. Now, I have lived in California my whole life and have been splitting lanes since I was a teenager, so I have a pretty good idea of what a safe pace is. This guy was NOT
going at a safe pace! He was just blasting by cars assuming they were going to stay put (I, on the other hand, assume they are trying to kill me....). This didn't appear to be an emergency situation either--no lights, sirens, etc. I usually like to follow CHP motor officers (or any other rider for that matter--it's better to not be the first bike through IMO) in this situation, but this guy just walked away from me--he seemed to be riding with a sense of invincibility.
I was just not willing to take the chances he was taking to keep up. I have had similar experiences with "youngins" on sportbikes--If I don't see them coming, they usually come up on you and then bounce their bikes off the rev-limiter putting their Yoshi's on full song to let you know they are there before speeding by recklessly. But never a CHP officer on a huge "Beem."