I guess you can only wear real gear if you're assigned to ride a DR650 for the SFPD. I recently spotted another officer on a DR, wearing what appeared to be an Arai XD helmet. Hope this means more protective gear for our police officers. Generally speaking, the gear requirements seem to be mandated from long standing rules and regulations which apparently have taken a long time to get changed.
Although, for officers riding BMWs or Harleys, they still appear to be stuck wearing the same outfits they were wearing 20-30 years ago. Let's Protect our police force, come on SFPD!
Show off those kicks, guys.