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Buell Releases the Ulysses Police Model

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The new Buell Ulysses® Police XB12XP offers government agencies and private security firms a quick and very nimble “special duty” patrol vehicle that is capable of travel over a variety of terrain, from open highways to city streets to unpaved back-country roads.

Based on the versatile Buell Ulysses adventure sportbike, the Ulysses Police features long-travel suspension, generous ground clearance and aggressive tires that allow it to tackle roads too rough or narrow for confident travel in an automobile or on a traditional police motorcycle. On smooth pavement, the Ulysses Police is an agile sport motorcycle. The Ulysses Police can also accommodate a passenger. Available for order through Buell dealers as of Tuesday, May 27 2008, production of the 2009 Ulysses Police is scheduled to begin in August 2008.

Special features of the Ulysses Police include hard-shell top and side cases, each removable and lockable. The side cases are narrower than the standard Ulysses accessory side cases, allowing for more clearance in tight situations. On the Ulysses Police model, the Buell Triple Tail system functions as a luggage rack with tie-down hooks over the rear seat position, or as a cushioned passenger backrest with grab rails. A tall windshield, heated hand grips, and handlebar deflectors are also standard equipment. An available emergency response kit provides a siren and an LED lighting package in three different color configurations (Red/Blue, Red/Red, or Blue/Blue).

The Ulysses Police is powered by an air/oil/fan-cooled, fuel-injected Buell Thunderstorm 1203cc V-Twin engine that delivers 103 peak horsepower. This engine’s broad powerband and abundant torque gives the Ulysses the ability to proceed at lower speeds over uneven or unpaved roads with less gear shifting, and to deliver instant bursts of acceleration. The Ulysses Police has an EPA fuel mileage rating of 51 mpg urban/64 mpg highway*. A Goodyear Hibrex final drive belt with Flexten Plus technology is durable and never needs adjustment or lubrication.

Premium Showa front and rear suspension is fully adjustable. Rear spring preload can be adjusted for passenger and gear weight simply by turning a dial located below the left side of the seat. Suspension travel is 6.5 inches in front and 6.4 inches at the rear. Ground clearance is 6.75 inches.

The Ulysses Police features a 4.4-gallon fuel reservoir integrated into the aluminum frame. The lower center of mass achieved by carrying fuel in the frame, rather than in a tank located high on top of the frame, enhances rider confidence on and off pavement. The muffler is located below the engine to further lower the center of gravity and centralize mass for improved handling in all situations. Low unsprung weight helps keep the tires in contact with uneven road surfaces for improved control. The 17-inch, six-spoke, reinforced cast-aluminum wheels feature a durable rim design, and Pirelli Scorpion Sync tires deliver good traction on paved and unpaved roads. A dual front fender system provides debris protection for the rider and the bike.

The Ulysses Police will be offered in two color choices: Birch White and Midnight Black.

or more information about ordering special duty vehicles, please visit the Harley-Davidson Police and Fire/Rescue Division.

*Based on tests conducted under lab conditions per U.S. EPA test procedures. Mileage will vary depending on personal riding habits, weather conditions, trip length and vehicle condition.

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· Buell Thunderstorm 1203 V-Twin engine

· 103 peak hp @ 6800 rpm (per SAE J607)

· 84 ft. lbs. peak torque @ 6000 rpm (per SAE J607)

· Buell InterActive Exhaust

· DDFI 3 Electronic Fuel Injection ECM

· Eight-row oil cooler with Jiffy-tite fittings

· Dry Weight: 480 pounds fully up-fitted with Emergency Lighting Kit

· Wheelbase: 54 inches (unladen)

· Pirelli Scorpion Sync tires

· Fully adjustable 47mm Showa inverted fork

· Fully adjustable Showa rear shock absorber with remote reservoir

· Buell ZTL front brake

· Double front fender design

· Goodyear Hibrex drive belt with Flexten Plus technology

· Quick-release tall windscreen

· Frame pucks

· Handlebar deflectors

· Triple Tail System (tailrack/backrest)

· 4.4 gallon fuel capacity

· Functional tool kit

· 2 x 12v. power outlets

· Heated hand grips

· Police-specific wiring harness

· Siren and LED pursuit light package (LED lighting options include Red/Red, Red/Blue, and Blue/Blue)

· Removable top and side cases

· Birch White and Midnight Black

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Dodge Charger – The Woes of the Police Interface

Note: See the revised modifiers guide link at the bottom of this article

by: Staff Writer, 2008 (C) EEN

Over the past year Dodge has be on a quest to show us all they are willing to do what it takes to take on the demanding police marketplace. With many changes to the Charger, the now retirement of the Magnum and all in all a pretty decent idea of what needs to be in a police car, nothing comes without a handful of problems and growing pains.

The issues we are speaking of the illustrious and illusive Dodge police/taxi interface. Over the model years this interface has had many problems and revisions. Some issues specific only to a handful of cars and others plagued all models and all years.

The true question here is why is it so hard to get this part of a police vehicle right the first time. And by no means is Dodge alone in the world of interfaces that just seem like they were designed in the last minutes of final production.

Over the past 10 years installers the world over have asked for an interface much like what the Dodge interface is really trying to be and hopefully will one day be polished into as the years go by… but we still ask WHY? why make an interface that offers so much but truly does not give you the simple functionality you need in an easy to install package?

Is it over engineering?
Is it regulations or system limitations that the consumers are just not aware of?
Should a Police interface require another interface module just to make it work?
Should a Police interface require a park kill module to make the park kill circuit operate correctly with all the major brands of siren systems?
Should an interface require the consumer to purchase special parts to make the connections needed to use the interface?
Should all this not just be a lot simpler?

These are questions I am not sure we will ever get answers too. And by no means are we asking for answers, but we do ask that all the manufacturers truly look at the customers they serve, the installers that build their vehicles and the people that use them for those answers.

In the police install marketplace there are many different level of installer and user, there are those that are in the loop and those that are not, there are those that understand the advancing technology and there are those that could care less. By increasing the understanding of all involved we can make this niche marketplace a much more friendly place to get your vehicles, built, serviced, speced out, and eventually into the hands of the people that use them as their office on a daily basis.

Safety is paramount, ease of install is very important and end user functionality will make every fleet manager a much happier camper. We can all work to make this happen but lets get started with the small stuff first. Here are some suggestions for the future interface engineers.

  • Please build us an interface that is self contained. There is no need to attach interfaces to interfaces. With the limited space we have in these vehicles these days its a must to reduce the amount of clutter in the center console region.
  • Use standard input and output voltages. 12v in and 12v out – Its all we ask. Why require relays or additional items to make these work in the real world? Less wires, less bulk equals a much cleaner install and less potential down time.
  • Give us CAN BUS – We have to commend Dodge for this forward thinking but can we use it? Please say we can…..? One plug, one port = all options? That will be a great day. How about laptop programmability?
  • This is a question to all that read this… Do we really need 22 options in an interface. We do say thank you Dodge for thinking we need know most of what is offered but the real question lies in the real world interfacing of equipment that will actually utilize these inputs. We do fully understand the reasoning and the need for the elimination of tapping into vehicle circuits so in the big picture Dodge is right on the money offering more than less to try to eliminate the installer with a test light and a pair of wire cutters. Are we complaining, No? Can it be improved? Maybe? You be the judge and submit your opinions.

We can go on for hours about the trials an tribulations of the police vehicle offerings in the marketplace today. The real problems lie with the incredible diversity in how police vehicles are built, and the needs of the users based on the type of situations they are utilizing the vehicles for and the wear they place upon those vehicles.

Do you have an opinion? Please share it with us and we will post them or incorporate them into future articles. info@emergencyequipmentnews.com

In conclusion we offer our readers a very positive note from the Dodge Police Division. They many times have said they are very willing to work with the Police marketplace to make their vehicles the best police car it can be and all we ask is they continue to leave their door open to both criticism and praise and hopefully use it to further their police vehicle offerings.

With that we offer you the latest version of the Dodge Police Modifiers Guide – This is the update to the 2006 version with all the latest most up to date changes, including the interesting changes to the Police Interface that many have no idea occurred.

Click to download – 2.89mb .pdf

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