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Honda Donates Two Africa Twin Adventure Bikes to Police

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(From left) Redondo Beach Police Department Sergeant John Bruce, Sergeant Steve Sprengel, Captain Joe Hoffman, Chief Keith Kauffman, Officer Bill Turner, Officer Andrew Lewis

Yesterday Honda donated two Africa Twin adventure motorcycles to the Redondo Beach Police Department, as part of a ceremony at the automaker’s offices in Torrance, California.

The gift was made in support of the new City of Redondo Beach Police Foundation, which funds new technologies to help advance the vision of the police department. American Honda Community Relations had already acted as a founding sponsor of the foundation, donating a pair of Pioneer 700 side-by-side vehicles which are now being used by beach and community units.

Officers have also been considering transitioning from their current police motorcycles to an adventure-bike platform, since the latter option’s relative agility, lighter weight, and increased suspension travel would be ideal for police work. Police Chief Keith Kauffman came to Honda with the idea, and Honda went ahead with the donation after officers successfully tested a pair of units at a Ride For Kids event.

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The gifted Africa Twins come with automatic Dual Clutch Transmission (DCT), and have been equipped with a number of Honda Accessories, including hard luggage and a top box. Famed bike customizer Roland Sands is also going to help the police department make a number of additional modifications for added law-enforcement functionality.

“One of the things that the police department is really focused on is our new vision statement: ‘We are the community, leading the way in law enforcement,’” Chief Kauffman said. “That’s why when we look at partnering, we’re going out to the experts. If we want to be one of the most innovative law-enforcement departments in the country, we have to push the needle, and Honda’s generous donation of these Africa Twins will help us to take a big step toward that objective.”

“We’re pleased to provide the Redondo Beach Police Department with these Africa Twin models,” said Chuck Boderman, American Honda Vice President, Motorcycle Division. “Redondo Beach is a neighbor of our home city of Torrance, and we support the City of Redondo Beach Police Foundation’s work to develop and incorporate technologies not typically used for police duties. We hope that these motorcycles will help the department’s officers to carry out the important work they do for our community.”

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