There is a video that went viral recently of a motorcycle cruise gone VERY wrong in New York. For those of you who haven’t seen the video, be warned, it is a bit graphic.
The original video is below, an Instagram showing just the highlights was recently removed from the user’s account.
The media of course quickly labels the incident as a motorcycle gang “terrorizing” a family, immediately vilifying bikers, as usual.
While I personally prefer going fast on four wheels, I have family and friends who ride on two. I’ve been in the midst of (much smaller) cruises like this when I was racing my car, but never anything that turned violent.
It is impossible to predict what happened before the cameras started rolling, but a few things are clear:
There is absolutely no reason for a man in a Range Rover driving with his wife and young child, to try to start trouble with literally hundreds of bikers.
In the video, from 20 to 27 seconds you can clearly see one of the bikers slow down directly in front of the SUV while looking back at it – either to force him to slow down to let the group pass, or to deliberately get hit – which is what happened.
After this incident, the next shot is of countless motorcycles swarming around the Range Rover. There is some visible commotion near the SUV, and then without warning – it plows through the crowd of bikes, running over multiple riders, and speeding off. Without hesitation, a chase ensues. At one point, the Range is forced to come to a stop. One biker runs over and pulls the SUV’s door open – prompting him to immediately speed off again.
Eventually, the bikers catch up to the family in stopped traffic, and use their helmets to smash the windows of the truck. What’s not shown on video, is that the driver was pulled onto the ground and beaten by the bikers in front of his family, needing to be hospitalized.
While nobody deserves to be injured or killed over a traffic dispute, my position is that this man was fearing for the lives of himself and his family, and did the only thing he could have done at the time – ran.
I know if it were me in that SUV with my family, I would have done anything it took to protect them.
We may never know exactly what caused this incident in the first place, but it doesn’t matter if you’re a Hell’s Angel or if you drive a minivan – my guess is you’d have a hard time finding someone on two wheels here who actually did the right thing.
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