Sometimes people wake up one day and have the brilliant idea to run through the woods slathered in honey and carrying a few raw T-bone steaks in their hands, just to see what will happen. Of course it’s no shock when there is a bear mauling, because that’s what doing such foolish things will get pretty much anyone. On the same level of stupidity is drag racing a cop on a public road, because that is the very definition of stupid. Even worse is when a cop decides to drag race a citizen, especially in this day and age when so many vehicles are outfitted with cameras to capture all of the action, and then within minutes upload the escapade onto YouTube for the whole world to see.
Okay, that may be a bit harsh. I mean who wouldn’t want to watch a Harley Davidson piloted by the police drag race a daring citizen riding a Honda CBR600RR on the open road? That was precisely what happened to a police officer in Montgomery, Alabama. The officer, whose identity is apparently still a mystery, was traveling on Eastern Boulevard. In the video he tells Lawrence Lee Spillers at a red light that his motorcycle is turbocharged, apparently bragging about its ability to accelerate quickly. Spillers asks if he wants to race him. When the light turns green the cop takes off and Spillers gives chase.
The cop was on a police Harley Davidson that looks like a Fire FLHTP Electra Glide. In stock form, they come with an air-cooled, High Output Twin Cam 103 engine that has an integrated oil cooler and pushrods. In stock form, the bore measures 3.87 inches, the stroke 4.374 inches, the compression ratio is 9.7:1, and the displacement is exactly 103.1 cubic inches.
Torque output measures about 104 lb.-ft. Rounding out the setup is Electronic Sequential Port Fuel Injection. The bike itself weighs 842 pounds, without the rider and his gear. Spillers was on his Honda CBR 600RR, which isn’t exactly the most legendary bike out there, but it still packs a little bit of a punch. The engine is a 599cc liquid-cooled inline four-cylinder with a 67 millimeter bore and 42.5 millimeter stroke.
The unknown factor with the police Harley Davidson is the claim that it’s turbocharged. There are some aftermarket options for adding forced induction to these motorcycles. If the bike indeed had such a setup, it might have only been enough to offset all the extra equipment required for police duty (we’re not going to make any jokes about donut-eating cops, because the guy in the video seems genuinely nice).
Fired And Rehired!
As one can imagine, the video didn’t exactly make the police chief in Montgomery happy. The police officer in the video was encouraged to resign shortly after the footage went public, and was at one point at risk for being charged for this supposed crime. The good news is that after the department examined the video more closely, the police officer was actually reinstated to the force. Do you feel a punishment was needed OR can we just chalk this one up to just having some good ole’ fun?