An Escorts Workhorse
Triumph Speed Twin 5T
Originally designed in 1937, the 500cc Speed Twin was a sporty and nimble motorcycle. Popular with both civilians and police, the SEG selected the distinct amaranth red body paint, and combined with gleaming chrome and polished steel metalwork, the bike was a spectacular sight.
Produced in many variations, the SEG employed the 650cc motorcycle with great success. The group had the panniers, unsightly radio and double headlight fairing removed to improve its overall elegance and agility.
Triumph TR6 Trophy - Saint
Fondly known in police circles as the 'Saint' (Stop Anything In No Time), the TR6 was based on the popular Thunderbird. Easily maneuvered at low speeds, and impressive acceleration, the bike was an ideal workhorse for police duties.
The first of a series of BMW motorcycles employed by the SEG. The R80, with its powerful 800cc boxer twin engine, produced a useful 50bhp. Unlike the Triumphs, the BMW didn't leak oil, and was generally considered to be a very reliable motorcycle.
As the collaboration between BMW and the SEG matured, a motorcycle tailored to the specific needs of the group was developed. Many former members of the group will say that the K100 was the best of the escort bikes. The author agrees!
An award winning sports tourer, the BMW was fitted with a powerful 1000cc engine. Packed with modifications specially designed for the SEG, the bike was very popular with many members of the group. President Bush Snr is said to have been a big fan of the R1100RS.
With its ability to accelerate at a heart stopping 0-60mph in under three seconds, and boasting a top speed of 157mph, the Honda is the quickest motorcycle ever employed by the SEG. Dressed in black and white livery, the bike has magnificent road presence.