Motorcycles

For What?: A recent crackdown on illegal dirt bikes leaves the community embattled, while talk of a legal track gains momentum

For What?: A recent crackdown on illegal dirt bikes leaves the community embattled, while talk of a legal track gains momentum

A group of veteran dirt bikers gather in the parking lot of the Gulf station on Gwynns Falls Parkway near Mondawmin Mall, while Foxtrot, the Baltimore Police Department's helicopter, hovers nearby and police linger in the median.

"The bird . . . ," one dirt biker mutters. "Bitch ain't got enough gas to stay up there all day."

He is in his early 30s and he's been riding since he was a teen. His four sons, all middle school aged, also ride. All his bikes are legal.

He is shot out of a cannon today. He had plans to ride. Moments earlier, the police stopped a cluster of youths on bicycles who had gathered to watch a group of dirt bikers traverse a large...

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