Arizona Highway Patrol Equips Its Kawasaki Police Bikes for Safety, Comfort and Better Handling with Helibars Handlebars
The Arizona Highway Patrol has chosen to improve the safety, comfort and maneuverability of its Kawasaki police motorcycles with HeliBars' new Horizon ST14 Multi-Adjustable Handlebars. Arizona Highway Patrol Officer Jake Pruet: "I also was pleasantly surprised to find the seating position perfect for our line of work. My back was completely straight, my arms were bent at the elbow and my shoulders and wrists were relaxed."
"We really enjoy the Concours, however, its seating position was somewhat uncomfortable for police officers using the motorcycle for 10 hours a day,” reports Arizona Highway Patrol Officer Jake Pruet, a veteran of the force who rides his Kawasaki Concours ABS Police Edition daily and is one of the agency's motorcycle instructors. “We were forced to lean forward on the bike with our arms locked and all of our weight on our wrists and lower back. This created a problem with not only rider comfort, but officer safety as well.”
Helibars’ Horizon handlebars allow a personalized fit by offering four ergonomic adjustments, giving motor officers unequaled riding comfort and improved bike control. They transform the Concours with a more natural seating position that helps take weight off a rider's lower back and wrists. In addition to providing superior comfort and minimizing upper-body fatigue, these Helibars improve field of vision in rearview mirrors and make the bike more nimble.
Pruet continues: "Once the handlebars were installed, I could immediately tell that the motorcycle handled very differently. It was almost effortless to turn during slow maneuvers. I also was pleasantly surprised to find the seating position perfect for our line of work. My back was completely straight, my arms were bent at the elbow and my shoulders and wrists were relaxed. The Kawasaki is now my new favorite police motorcycle.
"I completed several rigorous tests. In slow, tight maneuvers, I was able to complete a 16-ft. U-turn with almost no effort. The motorcycle now makes quick left-to-right and right-to-left transitions. At freeway speeds, the Helibars actually make the ride even smoother. At higher speeds, the bike is 100% stable. I also tested the Helibars under extreme braking and felt no movement or handlebar flex.
"I've shown the Helibars setup to numerous motor officers in the Phoenix area that are either riding the new Kawasakis or their departments were purchasing them soon. The guys were amazed, just like I was, how drastically different the seating position is. With these new Helibars, the Kawasaki C14P is in the running to become the best police motorcycle on the market. The Helibars system is a must for anyone who rides a Concours, for civilian or police duty."
Harry Eddy, Heli Modified Founder, President and Design Engineer, feels that the Horizon ST14 bars are a perfect fit for law enforcement: "We're proud of our affiliation with the Arizona Highway Patrol and thrilled to provide America's motor officers with products that make their jobs easier and safer."
Based in Cornish, Maine, Heli Modified, Inc. designs and manufactures more than 70 different HeliBars motorcycle handlebars and handlebar riser systems in the U.S. It has 25 years of experience improving the ergonomics of sportbikes, sport tourers, touring bikes and cruisers.
Please visit HeliBars.com for more information about Helibars' innovative product line. Additional company-related news is available on its Facebook page and YouTube channel.
About Heli Modified, Inc.
Celebrating 25 years of handcrafted excellence, Heli Modified, Inc. is based in Cornish, Maine. The company designs and manufactures more than 70 different HeliBars motorcycle handlebars and handlebar riser systems in the United States that greatly improve the ergonomics of sportbikes, sport tourers, touring bikes and cruisers, allowing riders to venture further and more often in greater comfort.
Please visit HeliBars.com for more information about Helibars' innovative product line or call 800-859-4642. Additional company-related news is available on its Facebook page and YouTube channel.
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