Dangerous new breed of biker gang seeks Internet glory, taunting police
A new and dangerous breed of motorcycle gang is popping up around the country, say authorities, as packs of young bikers on high-speed “crotch rockets” barrel down crowded highways performing stunts, weaving through traffic and taunting police, all for a few minutes of Internet glory.
These “crotch rocket” gangs film their exploits, which can include altercations with motorists and the law, and then post videos on YouTube. Police in New York City have arrested several men after video surfaced on the Web of a Sunday incident in which bikers surrounded and beat an SUV driver in Manhattan. The bikers had been taking part in an underground event called Hollywood Stuntz, in which bikers assembled en masse on city streets to perform wheelies and other stunts.
It gets better. The article then goes on to describe the new and powerful motorcycles that these men are using. You know, the same kinds of motorcycles that have been around for more than 40 years. Even the "crotch rockets" that they lament in the article have been available for more than 30 years. Motorcycles are, by nature of their size and weight, more maneuverable and generally faster than cars, period.
This is what really got me about this pathetic article, though:
And police say they have trouble stopping the bikers, because their machines are so fast and maneuverable that it’s unsafe to chase them through traffic.
Sgt. Brian Brophy of the New York State Police said that officers will stop pursuits of fast bikes when it’s judged too dangerous. “As a trooper you end up terminating these pursuits a lot yourself, for the safety of the public, yourself and the biker,” he said.
Last time I checked, there were no motorcycles in existence that could outrun a radio. And I have a hard time buying that the cops are afraid to chase bikers because of the danger to the biker. It's much harder for a motorcycle to cause injury to bystanders in other automobiles than it is for another automobile, yet police engage in high speed pursuits of cars.
So, yeah, I have a hard time believing that the police are deliberately avoiding pursuing motorcyclists that put people in danger with their stunts. I suspect there are other reasons, like, say, a common physical trait of the participants. The last thing the NYPD wants is to chase one of these stunt riders, have them get killed in a spectacular crash, and then have all kinds of outsiders cause trouble.
No, this sounds to me like they're looking for another round of "let's blame the inanimate object."
That is all.