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Bikers crank up for Sizzla

Saturday, May 06, 2017

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SEVERAL of Jamaica's top bike crews were on show at Crank Up bike festival held at Gee Wee Restaurant & Lounge on South Camp Road in Kingston, on Sunday.The event, sponsored by Superior Parts Limited, was the brainchild of entertainer Sizzla.

He said the event was twofold in its objective.

“It's all about youths showcasing their talents within the motorcycle world in a controlled environment. They've mastered the art of stunt riding in a realm which is much safer than the on the roads... It's an occasion which motorcycle enthusiasts and their family can come and watch the youths doing stunts. Also, it acts as a revenue [earner] for some youths whose bikes need cables, parts, etc,” Sizzla told Jamaica Observer.

On show were Montego Bay's Ruff Riders, One Life crew, Bike Life, Kingston's Finest, St Thomas Riders, and West Riders.

The entertainer said he has hosted several motorcycle events before.

“I done this two times before, I kept the Jamaica Bike Festival in Trelawny Multi-Purpose Stadium, and I brought it to Kingston as well,” he said.

Sizzla said he has been riding as early as nine years old.

“I grew up in the garage with my father. I grew up with motor vehicles; fixing cars, auto body work, and duco work. We grew up around the machine, so it is not by chance,” he said.

“My favourite bike is a Yamaha 1000 or Yamaha 600 – R6.”

What word of advice do you have to say to the motorcycle riders on the roads today?

“All roads uses must observe traffic signs and must be more courteous... we're all using the same road. Some of us riding don't even want to read the road codes; some don't want to practise to ride the bikes properly. Some of us just want to go out drink alcohol and ride and drive; that's dangerous! That is why we have shows like these, where people can come and see and know that you got to be in charge of your machine,” Sizzla added.

— Brian Bonitto

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