Biker madness takes over city tabloids
Big Apple bikers have a new scourge to reckon with: the New York tabloids.
Ever since the assault on 33-year-old Manhattan resident Alexian Lien by a group of motorcyclists (or "MOTOR PSYCHOS," as the New York Post dubbed them on its Oct. 1 front page), the two papers have been chasing bikers-gone-wild stories down to the ends of the earth.
This is the stuff tabloids are made of: Exposing the menace of criminal hooliganism in all of its innovative new forms.
"Bronx motorcycle gang thug guilty in pee-shooting," reads an Oct. 11 Post headline about a "Bronx motorcycle-club boss ... convicted of attempted murder ... for shooting a man who relieved himself near a buddy’s bike" outside a bar on East Tremont Ave.
Then, in today's Post, in an article titled "New bikers are hell" on page 17 of the print edition:
New York City’s biker woes will get worse unless cops increase enforcement — because arch rivals of the Hells Angels are moving in and violence is likely to follow, the nation’s top expert on motorcycle gangs told The Post.
“It’s a powder keg,” warned Steve Cook, a Kansas City-area cop who has trained peers on how to deal with biker gangs and has worked with the NYPD.
Late this afternoon, nypost.com and nydailynews.com were leading with the dramatic caught-on-camera tale of a "would-be motorcycle thief in Brazil who tried to pull off a daring heist" when he jumped off his buddy's bike and tried to steal another one at gunpoint while stopped at a traffic light.
And minutes later, there were yet two more cycle shockers—separate ones!—simultaneously splashed across both homepages.
At least 40 riders were seen doing wild wheelies and recklessly endangering motorists near Columbus Circle on Sunday night, but it's not clear if it's the same group accused of terrorizing and beating up a driver last month.
"They came past like maniacs," a witness told the Daily News on Monday.