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Erik Estrada turns 70 today :grin2: The intro theme is catchy as heck :smile2:


This show was on TV in Germany in the early 90s, along with Airwolf, A-Team and Knight Rider.
 

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My dad was the General Manager of a large Tuna Cannery in Terminal Island in Southern California. He once rented part of the the facility to the CHiPs producers for filming on a weekend. He was a bit disappointed when he discovered that many of the scenes of them riding side by side were filmed using a trailer with two motorcycle chassis mounted to it.
 

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That show always makes me think of Moto Guzzi.
The CHP decided to award the contract to Guzzi and the idiot factory workers were involved in some sort of labor dispute up there at the shores of beautiful Lake Como.
What do they do? Send the CHP a motorcycle without any piston rings in it.
That was the end of that, CHP dumped them and went with Kawasaki.

What could have been.
 

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After using Kawasaki for a while, CHP turned to BMW, but they started going with Harley Davidson (electra glide) again in 2014. I still see CHP with BMWs a lot though.

There are so many Moto cops here in California, almost all brands are represented. It would be cool to see some Guzzis. I assume it was going to be some form of their California cruiser model.

Police bikes are always ridiculously large.

Oh, and happy birthday to Erik
 

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I had two of the reported five, 1967 Moto Guzzi V700 specials in Australia .I had documentation supporting their delivery to Premier motors California, on the 10/10/1967 for the police . I believe this is the model used in the first Chips series and have seen a promo with this bike featured. The engine and frame serial numbers were not matching and only four digits and less than 2000 were made I have been told.
Very stable and easy to ride from 3 MPH to 105 MPH that's why the police wanted them they could go from escort to pursuit with four gears.
I sold them both to a guzzi fanatic and they have a better home than I could supply. I see them at rallys sometimes looking resplendent.
Peter H.
 

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My experience with a Moto Guzzi police bike:


I was 12 years old, lived in Puerto Rico, and rode a new 1969 Benelli Mini Enduro similar to this one: https://cybermotorcycle.com/gallery/benelli-1972/images/Benelli-1972-Mini-Enduro.jpg. I was only supposed to ride on the dirt, but I regularly ignored this and rode all over the neighborhood on the street.



One day I stopped at an intersection and was surprised to see a cop on a Moto Guzzi about a block away. I panicked and took off while the cop gave chase. He was quickly gaining on me when I came to a huge empty lot that was being prepared for a housing development. I turned into the lot and figured that he wasn't going to chase me on the dirt. As I looked back I was surprised to see that he was still on my tail, albeit a bit further back. At the far end of the property there was a large hill. I made a beeline for it, climbed to the top and turned perpendicular to the face to ride on the ridge. I thought that I'd gotten away, but much to my astonishment, I saw him starting up the hill. He got about 3/4 of the way up, lost traction, laid the bike on its side, and slid down the hill. I seized the opportunity and took off.


I got home, and quickly put the bike away. I was so afraid that I did not ride for over a month.
 

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My experience with a Moto Guzzi police bike:


I was 12 years old, lived in Puerto Rico, and rode a new 1969 Benelli Mini Enduro similar to this one: https://cybermotorcycle.com/gallery/benelli-1972/images/Benelli-1972-Mini-Enduro.jpg. I was only supposed to ride on the dirt, but I regularly ignored this and rode all over the neighborhood on the street.



One day I stopped at an intersection and was surprised to see a cop on a Moto Guzzi about a block away. I panicked and took off while the cop gave chase. He was quickly gaining on me when I came to a huge empty lot that was being prepared for a housing development. I turned into the lot and figured that he wasn't going to chase me on the dirt. As I looked back I was surprised to see that he was still on my tail, albeit a bit further back. At the far end of the property there was a large hill. I made a beeline for it, climbed to the top and turned perpendicular to the face to ride on the ridge. I thought that I'd gotten away, but much to my astonishment, I saw him starting up the hill. He got about 3/4 of the way up, lost traction, laid the bike on its side, and slid down the hill. I seized the opportunity and took off.


I got home, and quickly put the bike away. I was so afraid that I did not ride for over a month.
I bet he was having a good time right up until he laid the bike down. :wink2:
 

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I bet he was having a good time right up until he laid the bike down. :wink2:
and the sliding down the hill part.... i bet he didn't enjoy that part either.

Happy Birthday Eric.
 

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Or what they said to him when he got back to the Police Station...
lol, it probably went something like this..

Did you get a good look at him? No, he had a helmet on. It was a big guy, definitely not a 12 year old.

What kind of bike? Not sure, but it was big and powerful, definitely not a mini bike.
 

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My dad was the General Manager of a large Tuna Cannery in Terminal Island in Southern California. He once rented part of the the facility to the CHiPs producers for filming on a weekend. He was a bit disappointed when he discovered that many of the scenes of them riding side by side were filmed using a trailer with two motorcycle chassis mounted to it.

You mean your dad didn't know?

Why would he? My dad was not a technically minded person, nor did he ride motorcycles.
 

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I’ve met Erik several times at police events. I’m not the type to be drawn to celebs - in fact whenever I encounter them I usually turn and walk the other way. But Erik is a truly, genuinely nice guy, always smiling and willing to sign an autograph or take a photo with the fans.

Many happy returns, Erik! :beerchug
 

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Being a So.Cal native, I always thought that show was a bit "corny". All sunshine and palm trees. Kind of like "Baywatch" on motorcycles. No wonder the rest of the country has a rather warped view of life in California, but I guess it played well in the rest of the country. ...J.D.
 
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