Hundreds of Motorcyclist Stop Traffic on July 14, 2007 to perform Dangerous Stunts on Major Southern California Freeways?

California Motorcycle Lawyer Norman Gregory Fernandez discusses Sideshows on California Freeways **** Update July 16, 2007, 2:55pm P.S.T. – We have Video of the Event! See Below.

When I received word of the newspaper article I am referencing in this article, and read the article, I basically did not believe the story. There is a link to the article at the bottom of my opinion editorial.

The article states that “hundreds of motorcyclist” tied up or stopped traffic on the busy Interstate 15, 215, 91, 10, and 60 freeways so that they could do crazy stunts on the freeways. This happened in the Inland Empire, Southern California, and the freeways where the incident’s allegedly occurred are amongst the busiest freeways in the world, especially during weekday traffic. The incident described in this article occurred on Saturday, July 14, 2007, a non-weekday.

According to the article these bikers were doing wheelies, riding on their handle bars, standing on their seats and tanks, etc., while riding at very high speeds.

Apparently, as it was written, many of these bikers were filming their antics. The California Highway Patrol received hundreds of reports of these incidents from 9:00am to 4:30pm, but were unable to catch any of the alleged offenders.

There are several witness accounts of what happened contained in the article, which gives the article credibility. I myself have not fact checked the article, but I am referencing the article and giving an opinion on the same.

Apparently, there is a new type of thing going on with a minority of sport motorcycles riders called “Sideshows.” Actually I have witnessed these antics for years, but did not know that there is a name for it until I read the article.

These so called Sideshows are giving bikers and motorcyclist a bad name in general because we are all being lumped in with the bad apples.

What allegedly happened this last Saturday blows my mind. The article states that the bikers doing these antics are usually in their teens or twenties, and that they are riding imported racing bikes rather than Harley Davidson motorcycles which are preferred by older riders.

What these so called Sideshow riders are doing is not only illegal, and endangering the lives of themselves and others on the road, but they are now giving all bikers and motorcyclist a bad name. Unless this activity is stopped, you mark my words that laws will be enacted, that will adversely affect all bikers and motorcyclist, even the so-called older generation that prefer Harley Davidson motorcycles.

All I can say is this; I repeat my call for all bikers and motorcyclist to assert peer pressure on the idiots that are ruining it for the rest of us, to stop this sideshow activity on public roads.

These idiots do not realize that they do not mess around here in California. The freeways are too busy, and too many people are in danger. A weekend of lawlessness, could result in years of rousting of bikers by law enforcement, and numerous new laws and penalties which will affect all of us, just because a bunch of young bikers on sport motorcycles want to perform stunts on the freeways of Southern California.

I again call for the guys that are doing this to take it off the public roads, and especially freeways.

As I write this article I kind of feel like the Zair’s (A 70’s San Fernando Valley Term for Parent) who wrote about the first Hollister Independence day rally and the supposed shenanigans that took place their.

This is different, these antic’s allegedly happened on major Southern California Freeways, by Hundred’s of bikers, and were witnessed by Hundreds of non bikers. I sure the hell do not want to suffer because of the antics of a few bad apples, and I am sure that my fellow law abiding bikers feel the same way.

CLICK HERE to read the article that I am referring to that was put out by the Press Enterprise and tell me what you think. I would really like to hear from anyone that actually saw what happened.

*** Update 7-16-07, 2:55pm, PST. Well, there is video of what happened this weekend. I guess the word allegedly should be taken out of the mix. It really happened. I am posting the video here, not to give these guys free publicity, but to show how screwed up things got this weekend. It is crap like this that is going to hurt other bikers, motorcyclist, and motorcycle clubs. Why should we all suffer because of this crap?

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By Norman Gregory Fernandez, Esq., © 2007

11 Responses to Hundreds of Motorcyclist Stop Traffic on July 14, 2007 to perform Dangerous Stunts on Major Southern California Freeways?

  1. Right when I think I have “read it all”, I read something that trumps it!!! We all pay for a few bad apples. By the way, have you “ever” popped a wheelie on your Harley??? I haven’t!!! Don’t want to try either!!

  2. Wait a minute now, how can it be, the Highway Patrol wasn’t able to catch not a one of them? what is wrong here? they didn’t have any cars ahead? and in spite of hundreds of calls they got?

    And on the other hand, enforcement in Hollister had everything on hand to handle a mass terrorist attack?

    There is something terribly wrong happening to this country.

    Gary

  3. It’s obvious its an MC in California. Since they displayed the videos on Utube, why couldn’t the cops go after the MC and they have visual descriptions of the motorcycles…I’m sure if they really tried they could get some license plates numbers and tag those guys?

    This is really upsetting, becuase only a couple of weeks ago, some group in Dallas,TX did the same thing. This group went so far as to smashing in doors and such to cars trying to pass the group. From my understanding the police did go after a few of them, because the highway center had recorded their license plates and recordings from the highway cameras. As it is there, the rice rockets seem to be the culprits. I know people get bored and want to show off, but jeez…why don’t they do so where it doesn’t effect other motorcycle riders? I guess the problem is they think of themselves before anyone else. Basically, their PUNKS.

    Later guys,
    James

  4. what a bunch of stupic ass holes! I’m sick of these guys ruining it for the law abiding riders! And they wonder why they are picked out and scrutinized by law enforcement officers?…..duh…..

  5. That would be the Ruff Ryders for you. I’m not sure how much trouble they cause in California but they have put an extremely large thorn in many Las Vegas MC rear-ends. Stunting is very popular, and while I myself stunt, my club and I keep it off the public streets. Those videos are just completely insane.

  6. I have popped wheelies on dirt bikes while racing motocross in the seventies; never intentionally on a public highway.

    You watch, the guys that are pulling these stunts are going to screw it for everyone. Cagers tend to lump all bikers into one category. This does not help our cause.

    Norm

  7. All these sport bike riders give bikers a bad name. They’re just a bunch of punks that need to have a good ass-whoopin’. They need to take there antics to a race track and not the public streets. That’s the problem with kids now days, they never got there butts whipped as a child (because of stupid laws on the books)and now they have no respect for anyone or anything. Parents need to take back the law and start raising their kids right. nuff said….

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