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Rush Hour - Rush Riders in full rev

Friday, March 22, 2013    

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MONTEGO Bay-based Rush Riders have taken the world of extreme stunts by storm, pushing themselves beyond what most think is possible with high-powered, two-wheeled excitement.

Though not officially registered as a club, the team of riders initially came together as a way to practise doing tricks. They were partly inspired by the release of the 2003 film Biker Boyz. And as the popularity of 'stunting' in Jamaica grew, so too did the demand for performances at events.

In order to meet this demand, the crew merged with another local group of young bikers, and what started as a handful of riders is now a squad of nearly 30 thrill-seekers and adrenaline junkies.

Among Jamaica's best 'stunters', the group's more popular members include Damion 'Dunga' Hughes, Shayan 'Shagga' Ferguson, Charles 'Oney' Reid, Ricardo 'RP' Parkinson, Patrick 'Bling' Beckford, and Romond Gichie.

Gichie, a founding member, has an impressive career which has taken him on tours across the Caribbean in Red Bull-sponsored competitions.

He explained to Auto what drives the group.

"One of the main things about the group is that we practise a lot and we're all very dedicated to riding. We're really just like a family, probably a little dysfunctional at times, but a family nonetheless. We try to help each other along the way, to improve our skills, to encourage each other and to push each other to do better," he said.

Among their repertoire of stunts are the crowd-pleasing burn-outs, wheelies, endos, and high chairs.

Gichie revealed that he is currently working on perfecting 'high chair circles' which involves the rider sitting on the motorcycle's handlebar while it is in motion.

The group's unofficial president is Damion 'Dunga' Hughes.

He is known for his death-defying acrobatic stunts which have won him several stunting competitions islandwide.

Dunga says they intend to register as a club so membership can be opened as well as to attract more corporate sponsors.

"We plan to do it as soon as possible. There is no way we can bypass it. It's the best way to keep things in order and to keep the group together, because we have been a bit scattered up to this point," said Dunga.

The Rush Riders will be one of the crews in action at Pizza Hut Full Tilt Motorcycle Stunt Show at the National Stadium

in St Andrew on Sunday.

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