1963 Harley-Davidson
FL-DUO- Glide, 1200 C.C.



This Pennsylvania State Police Motorcycle is equipped with a panhead engine with a mouse-trap clutch for a 4-speed transmission with a heel and toe shift lever. The Motorcycle is started with a kick start lever. A 6 volt electrical system allows the use of auxiliary emergency lighting. The hand clutch and accelerator grips are reversed on the handlebars to allow a Police rider to use his sidearm while operating the motorcycle. The siren is manually operated with the left foot lever near the left rear wheel.

This Motorcycle was used by the Pennsylvania State Police Rodeo Drill Team from 1963 to its end in 1974.

These motorcycles have been used for undercover surveillance, security and crowd control. They have escorted Presidents and astronauts. President Lyndon B. Johnson was escorted by Troopers on motorcycle from Harrisburg International Airport to Dallastown, Pennsylvania. Astronaut Scott Carpenter was also provided a motorcycle escort when he toured the Harrisburg area. During the 1972 Altemose labor strike in Norristown, Pennsylvania, the motorcycles were dispatched to assist both Municipal and State Police. In 1986, the motorcycles were again used during Centennial celebrations at Gettysburg National Military Park. In 1988, the Pennsylvania State Police re-introduced the use of motorcycles for patrol and special events. The motorcycles were assigned to Philadelphia, Harrisburg, Pittsburg and Bethlehem barracks. The motorcycles have provided assistance at the Pocono International Raceway, the Tour de Trump Interstate Bicycle Race and the Valley Forge Boy Scout Jamboree.

To this day motorcycles continue as an integral part of the Pennsylvania State Police and serve to remind the citizens of the Commonwealth of our past an commitment to service in the future.