Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

Police Superbike on the Beat

Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

Police Superbike on the Beat

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Byline: Jonathan Reichard Jonathan.Reichard@dailymercury.com.au

MACKAY road police have a new tool at their disposal to help keep the region's roads safe.

The unmarked police motorcycle is a black Suzuki GSX1300R Hayabusa.

The Hayabusa is the fastest production motorcycle on the market, with Suzuki claiming a top speed of 312km/h.

Hayabusa is the Japanese word for a peregrine falcon, a bird that often serves as a metaphor for speed due to its vertical hunting dive speed of 290 to 325 kmh, the fastest of any bird.

Motorcycling website Motorbike Writer said there are four unmarked police bikes in Queensland.

The Hayabusa, two BMW R1200 RS models, one blue and silver and the other black and grey. The fourth bike is allegedly a dark blue Kawasaki Ninja ZX-14R.

Motorbike Writer quoted rider Sergeant Dave Nelson saying he can scan a motorist's speed up to 1km away.

"So I can see you before you see me and by the time you realise that I'm not just a normal motorcycle, but a police motorcyclist, it's too late," Sgt Nelson said. …

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