Toronto police are having a European fling.

After 20 years of riding macho Harley-Davidsons, five officers are test driving svelte BMW motorcycles this year.

Sgt. Tim Burrows of Traffic Service said police are simply shopping around for the benefit of the taxpayer and their officers. After this season, police brass will determine if the BMWs have a future in the fleet.

“There’s no way we’d turn over the fleet,” he said. “There’s nothing wrong with the Harleys.

We’re just trying something new. We want the best equipment possible.”

All 81 bikes have been on the road for the last two weeks, and there are already a few advantages with the five BMWs: The new bikes have power windshields; a more advanced cooling system; and a back rest for those long rides.

One thing they do not have, said Const. Gordon Fowlds, is that unmistakable Harley roar.

“That’s too noisy,” joked Const. Brian Horton, one of the lucky few to ride the BMWs.

“Sorry, I can’t hear you,” Fowlds replied, astride his Harley.