Harley Davidson FXRP Pursuit Glide (Police Motorcycle)

  • By George
  • August 30, 2017
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Harley Davidson FXRP

The Harley Davidson FXR motorcycle debuted in 1981 as a 1982 model. Its debut was not long after Harley Davidson separated from AMF, and was an improvement in Harley Davidson motorcycle design and performance, and an attempt to reverse damage done to Harley Davidson in the late 60’s and 70’s by foreign competition while Harley Davidson was under AMF control.  The new FXR featured a new chassis and 5 speed transmission and was powered by a shovelhead engine. The engine and transmission mounted to the frame using elastomer tri mounts, which helped to isolate engine and drive train vibration from the rider. Previous to 1980, all Harley Davidson motorcycles used solid drive train mounts, so this was a major change and improvement for Harley Davidson motorcycles.

Throughout the 1970’s, AMF Harley Davidson police motorcycle sales had suffered considerable damage due largely from internal problems and from competition from Kawasaki’s KZ900 and KZ1000 police motorcycles. Realizing how important it is for the public to see police officers riding your brand, Harley Davidson created the 1984 FXRP Pursuit Glide and set out to deliver a major blow to Kawasaki police sales. Armed with the FXRP, Harley Davidson approached the California Highway Patrol in 1984 and underbid Kawasaki by $256 per motorcycle ($4393 to $4649), earning Harley Davidson a 131 unit contract with the CHP. The CHP is one of the largest, if not the largest, motor patrol units in the country. Their stringent vehicle evalution process/purchasing means many smaller PD’s will follow their lead, so this was a major score for Harley Davidson and the new FXRP Pursuit Glide model.

The 1984 FXRP Pursuit Glide was powered by Harley Davidson’s new Evolution engine. It was fitted with a frame mounted fairing originally designed for V4 and V6 Harley Davidson Nova motorcycles, which never saw the light of day due to lack of funds. The FXRP was fitted with hard saddle bags, spring loaded single seat, crash bars, floor boards and all the flashing lights and sirens motor cops need. The CHP required motorcycles to be able to turn 180 degrees within a 13 foot diameter circle, so the FXRP steering stops and windshield were modified to give it a tighter turning radius, which is why you see cutouts on each side of the windshield. The Harley Davidson FXRP was manufactured from 1984 to 1994.


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CHP officer on a Harley Davidson FXRP. I believe this is a 1984 model.

1990 Harley Davidson FXRP

Harley Davidson police motorcycles biggest competition came from Kawasaki in the 70’s and 80’s. The Kawasaki KZ police motorcycles were made famous by the hit television show, Chips, and it aired from 1977 to 1983. There were so many Kawasaki KZ900 and KZ1000 police motorcycles in service in Southern California in the 1970’s and 80’s that I remember seeing a converted Unocal 76 Station in the San Fernando Vally in the late 1990’s with every square inch of the place packed so tightly with used Kawasaki police motorcycles that there was barely room to walk through the place. This went on for years. The inside and outside of the gas station was just covered with used Kawasaki police motorcycles, and the border of the property was fence off to keep people out

CHP officer on a Harley Davidson FXRP.

Harley Davidson FXRP

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