Richmond County Sheriff's Office requesting 2 replacement motorcycles

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The Richmond County Sheriff’s Office hopes to replace two battered motorcycles in order to have its traffic deputies riding easy again, and the Augusta Commission will have a chance to green-light the purchases next week.

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This Honda ST1300PA is similar to one that was totaled in a May 31 accident on Walton Way. The Richmond County Sheriff's Office is hoping to purchase a replacement motorcycle.  TRAVIS HIGHFIELD/STAFF
TRAVIS HIGHFIELD/STAFF
This Honda ST1300PA is similar to one that was totaled in a May 31 accident on Walton Way. The Richmond County Sheriff's Office is hoping to purchase a replacement motorcycle.

Augusta Fleet Manager Ron Crowden is seeking approval to purchase two 2014 Honda ST1300PA Police Motorcycles at a total cost of $44,800. Should the commission approve his request, the bikes could be available to the Road Patrol Division in less than 60 days.

“The commission has been supportive for police vehicles of any kind, and I have no reason to believe they won’t be supportive of this,” Crowden said.

According to a submittal form attached to Monday’s Finance Committee meeting agenda, one of the motorcycles to be replaced is a 2003 Harley-Davidson with more than 86,000 miles, among the oldest of 16 bikes in the fleet.

In 2004, Crowden said, the commission established its vehicle replacement policy, which requires the fleet manager to score vehicles on their condition.

Vehicles are evaluated in a variety of categories, including age, the type of service they are used for and the accumulated cost of maintenance.

Vehicles scoring fewer than 18 points are considered in excellent shape, those that score 18 to 22 are in good condition, 23 to 27 points qualifies for replacement, and 28 and above needs immediate consideration.

Though police cars have a service life of about four years, motorcycles can last about five to six. The motorcycle in question is nearly double that age and scored 31 on its July 24 evaluation.

“It serves no purpose for a deputy to be called to an emergency and he gives it the gas and the thing sputters to the side,” Crowden said. “That’s what we’re trying to prevent.”

Money for the motorcycle would come from revenue generated by Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax funds.

The second motorcycle up for replacement is a totaled 2013 Honda STL1300PA.

According to a March 31 accident report, it sustained extensive front-end damage after a 1994 Nissan Frontier made an improper left turn off Walton Way onto St. Sebastian Way, cutting off a motorcycle deputy.

Because the officer was found not at fault and it was an unscheduled loss, the city’s Risk Management Department has agreed to release recovery money for the replacement, with the commission’s approval.

Though the Honda motorcycles burn through tires quicker, Crowden said, deputies have been open to the idea of phasing out the aging Harley-Davidsons.

“The officers actually like them better,” he said. “It’s a smoother ride for them. The Harley-Davidson has a lot of vibration, and for the older guys that hurts their backs and kidneys.”

The bikes would be supplied by GJ & L, Inc., of Augusta, the only company to place a bid.

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itsanotherday1
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itsanotherday1 08/13/14 - 08:55 am
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"The Harley-Davidson has a

"The Harley-Davidson has a lot of vibration, and for the older guys that hurts their backs and kidneys.”

Probably overall more expensive to operate than the Honda as well, not to mention, less acceleration and top end. ( I own a Harley, but the truth is what it is)

bdouglas
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bdouglas 08/13/14 - 12:36 pm
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So for this bike that was

So for this bike that was less than a year old when it was totaled by someone who broke the law, why isn't the person's insurance covering the cost of that replacement? The original AC article about the wreck stated "The driver of the Nissan, who has not been identified, was cited for failure to yield while turning left." No citation for lack of proper insurance means that they had insurance. So why are taxpayers footing the bill for one of the replacements?

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dichotomy 08/13/14 - 03:01 pm
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"No citation for lack of

"No citation for lack of proper insurance means that they had insurance. So why are taxpayers footing the bill for one of the replacements?"

Yep, I'd like to know that too.

And $44,800 for two Honda ST1300PAs? Is that with lights, radios, and everything? I mean they are available everywhere for $18,600 retail with all of the pre-mounted brackets for antennae, radios, and siren...so for a $7600+ markup they ought to come with everything from radios to rocket launchers. Must be a helluva expensive siren.

http://tinyurl.com/pxoeqhw

Oh, I forgot....."city" of Augusta contract.

bdouglas
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bdouglas 08/13/14 - 03:53 pm
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"GJ & L, Inc." is actually

"GJ & L, Inc." is actually Augusta Turf & Tractor behind the Augusta Mall on Wylds Rd. Not a Honda dealer...nothing to do with motorcycles. Sounds to me like someone accepted the liability and signed the paperwork to be able to get gov't contracts and is passing on a nice upcharge to ARC. In 2013, they did nearly $235,000 in gov't contracts, and since 2000 they have done $4.19 MILLION in gov't contracts.

WalterBradfordCannon
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WalterBradfordCannon 08/13/14 - 09:00 pm
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Police bikes have enormous

Police bikes have enormous add-on packages to support their electronics. It is likely an $18k bike with $4k in add-ons. Like an enormous alternator and battery pack. Like a high end communications package and GPS. Like a datalink to run plates in near real time. Come on - an extra $4k for the men and women in uniform - that is a bargain.

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