More than 300 riders recently participated in the ‘Safety Rally Thane 2018’, an event that was part of the Thane Traffic Department and Regional Transport Office’s road safety week. Here’s a video that shows the recently conducted event in great detail. The motorcycles that participated in this rally comprised of offerings from Honda, Kawasaki, Benelli, Royal Enfield, and the likes. The highlight, however, was a BMW S1000 RR superbike that was being ridden by a cop!
It’s indeed quite a shocker to see a cop riding a litre-class motorcycle. Mostly, cops are associated with the Government-issued Royal Enfield Bullet motorcycles that they use on a regular basis. While our police forces are gradually shifting to more modern bikes such as the Bajaj Pulsar and the TVS Apache, it’s no less than a huge surprise to see a cop riding a BMW S1000 RR.
Like we said, the recently conducted bike rally was organized by the Thane Traffic Department and the Regional Transport Office. Hence, the presence of cops was a given. But we’re not sure if the BMW S1000RR motorcycle that was ridden by the cop belonged to him. That said, we are happy to see a cop being enthusiastic about participating in a bike rally that promoted safe riding.
Of course, his choice of wheels must have grabbed many eyeballs on the road. While the cop who rode the mighty BMW did wear a helmet, we would have liked to see him using complete riding gear. Strangely, this is in stark contrast to a comment made by an officer from the traffic department. He said,
“People possessing only superbikes or sports bikes will be able to be part of the rally if they ensure that they wear all the proper gears like jackets, boots, helmet, knee and leg guard, etc. The reason to conduct this rally is that the youngsters could get inspired by these motorists and see how one can even look cool by wearing the adequate safety gears and do the same in the future.”
Nevertheless, we are happy that efforts are being made to encourage people to ride safely and responsibly.