Nothing says "big city" like a presidential motorcade led by a dozen gleaming Harley Davidson Police motorcycles.
Trouble is Charlotte doesn't have a dozen Harley Davidson motorcycles and a presidential motorcade led by two "dirt bikes" followed by four BMW's motorcycles would look just odd.
So what is a police chief to do?
Why buy some new motorcycles of course, Harley Davidson motorcycles.
Since the BMW 1200's don't present the required diplomatic image, Chief Monroe has apparently decided that he'll just park the BMW's and continue to pay on the lease which won't run out for another 3 years.
Train some more officers to ride the Harleys and poof "proper image".
Never mind that the Mecklenburg County Sheriff has six Harley Davidson motorcycles because after all they wouldn't match.
Don't get me wrong I'm a big fan of the CMPD Motor Unit. It takes some real skill to handle a heavy fully loaded Harley Davidson. The job might just be the most dangerous assignment CMPD has. Forget the terrorist threat to the president, just worry about idiot drivers. No doubt these guys will earn their paychecks during the DNC 2012 event.
But do we really need to buy some more motorcycles? I think Charlotte and Mecklenburg County taxpayers have enough motorcycles to open a dealership.