Crazy Bikerz revs up thrills
FOR Kingston-based 'Crazy Bikerz', what began as a group of 'stunters' has developed into a full-fledged motorcycle club, inviting all motorcycle enthusiasts to join.
"It takes about four hours to learn to ride a motorcycle. But to become a serious stunt rider, it takes a lot of practice and a lot of what we call 'seat time'. Hours spent on the motorcyle over time are very important as there needs to be more trial than error," said Marlon 'Crazy Cutter' Fletcher, president and co-founder.
"You can't just become a serious stunt ride in a matter of weeks. You'll end up with a lot of cuts and bruises and broken bones. This is something that you have to take slowly if you want to do it properly or professionally," he continued.
Fletcher and Uzander 'Macky' McFarlane officially registered the club in 2002. McFarlane, however, has since left the organisation. According to Fletcher, the club now has 25 members — four of whom are women — and is comprised of several professionals including pilots, doctors, policemen, coast guards, an IT specialist and a radio personality.
Crazy Bikerz are often contracted to perform daring stunts at major events islandwide. These stunts include: the 'high chair', which involves the rider sitting on the handlebar; and the 'surf' which the rider simulates surfing.
Burnouts are also popular at biking events.
"My personal favourite stunt is the no-hands wheelie," said Fletcher.
Despite the evident daredevil streak, there is an emphasis on both safety and reckless is not tolerated in the club.
According to Fletcher, recruits are carefully selected and subject to a screening and probationary period to ensure they are safe motorists before becoming club members. In addition to this, members have strictly enforced rules to adhere to.
"We might be called 'Crazy Bikerz', but we're only crazy in a safe, controlled environment. Outside of that we are probably the safest bikers on the road. Our stunt bikes are modified for safety. We cannot stress enough the need for that," said Fletcher.