After reports of a lawless group ride in Mississauga on the weekend which ended with two bikes destroyed in a crash, it’s looking like two-wheeled hooliganism that makes headlines in major US cities might be coming to Canada.
Several news outlets (CBC, Global, Toronto Star) are running stories of a pack of motorcyclists (supposedly 100 strong) that allegedly tore down Mississauga’s streets Sunday afternoon, breaking traffic laws and stunting. The video above seems to show some of this illegal activity. The Star article says two motorcycles were also involved in a collision with each other that ended up with both riders fleeing the scene, and one bike bursting into flame.
Over the years, we’ve seen several stories like this from the US, including this recent rampage in Chicago that ended up with a pickup running into motorcyclists to escape the pack of riders. Lawless activity by mobs of motorcyclists is definitely “a thing” in the States; it’s a cultural norm in some cities, with the most famous incident probably being the Hollywood Stuntz incident in 2013.
However, while motorcyclists have been speeding, pulling wheelies, and doing other stunts in Canada as long as we’ve had riders here, we haven’t seen this sort of en masse sportbike hooliganism in the Great White North — yet. It’s no surprise to see it in southern Ontario first, as you need a major urban centre to attract enough riders to pull this off.
Let’s hope it doesn’t become the norm. We already have enough trouble with government rules, regulations, taxation, and insurance costs in Canada. We do not need a few dozen sportbike riders ruining the fun for the rest of us, especially when that fun is already in a precarious position in so many jurisdictions.