Island ride runs smoothly, police report

| 26/11/2018 | 74 Comments
Cayman News Service

A biker performs stunts at the end of the island-wide motorbike ride

(CNS): There was just one arrest and no collisions or other issues on Sunday to upset what turned out to be a legal and smooth island-wide ride across Grand Cayman by local motorbike enthusiasts, which ended with an impressive display in West Bay during a skills session of largely off-road bikes. Police said they were pleased with the Ride Out Cayman event, in which around 40 bikers took part in the group ride from George Town to East End, and only two riders on bikes with expired licences were refused entry into the procession. The ride ended in West Bay, where riders were able to show off stunts and skills on the closed-off link road from the Esterley Tibbetts Highway to Willie Farrington.

Cayman News Service

Onlookers watch the stunt riders

A police spokesperson said that shutting off the stretch of roadway in West Bay gave the riders on bikes that are not licensed for road use an opportunity to show what they can do in a relatively safe environment.

Friends and family came out to watch the riders pull off tricks and stunts, without endangering other road users, for several hours after the ride-out.

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  1. Anonymous says:

    Always the un educated trying to make educated decisions. Or put their worthless 2 cents in.

  2. true caymanian says:

    People unna wake up for Gods sake…this ride out only happens 1 time a year and after reading some of these comments that sounds so stupid unna should be deleted from this site immediately..To hear such good news that no one got hurt there are still youngsters out there that conducted their MATURITY AT A YOUNG AGE SO NICE..BRAVO AND THUMBS UP TO THE ORGANIZERS FOR DOING SUCH A GREAT JOB..EVERYONE DID ENJOY THEMSELVES AND AGAIN NO ONE GOT HURT..!!!!

  3. Anonymous says:

    This is so cool! A place to contain the people engaged in illegal activity. Bryant strikes again with some good Ole Caymanian GT wisdom

    • Anonymous says:

      The wisdom off the backs of other commentators. That is caymanian.

    • Anonymous says:

      Great. When can we add designated zones for drug taking and prostitution? Perhaps a gun show for illegal firearms. Oh, and cockfighting displays. All illegal. All anti social. Once the police tolerate illegal activities by “containing it” where exactly do you draw the line?

      • Anonymous says:

        Sometimes I have to wonder. How the stupidest people think they are so smart. Always the most ignorant and un thought out remarks being written on this page. What does this have to do with designated drug taking spots. Instead of finding yourself on here commenting fart go educate yourself a bit.

  4. satirony says:

    There’s still a feral pack of about 12 dirt-bike riders that frequent Savannah. They ride after dark with no lights, black clothing and wearing masks. They weave in and out of the traffic doing wheelies. I’ve encountered them twice in the past two months.

    Last year, at night, a rider on a dirt bike did a 40mph wheelie past my exit. It was just good fortune that neither of us was killed. I had wound my window down to use my ears, just in case, when he whistled by, wearing black with no lights. What really annoys me is he must think he’s ‘The Man’, but in this case the only reason he’s alive is because of my driving experience, and as far as he’s concerned nothing dangerous ever happened.

  5. Anonymous says:

    Despite all of these police resources mobilized to supervise peak attendence of 40 riders; the chopper overhead all afternoon, banking and whirring in pursuit of packs of renegade speeding bikers, only one arrest and I’m going to guess, no charges…and they call this a success.

  6. Anonymous says:

    what a complete waste of govs money! The fuel cost of the helicopter alone along with all the cops on the side a the road. Thats alot of moeny to baby sit bikers, Commissioner are you serious…

    • west bay Champion says:

      I agree, the Cops should be ramping up there efforts waiting for drunk drivers on Friday and Saturady nights

    • Anonymous says:

      Government doesn’t HAVE any money. That comes from you and me, and I support what they did. The event could have gone one of two ways: ( 1) it could have been unsponsored,and resulted in crashes and upset citizens and dangerous circumstances for the public ………… or (2) how it was run. Police informed the public, approved the route, then followed through. Only one arrest, can you imagine??

      File this in the WIN column

  7. FH says:

    what a stink turnout 40 Damn what happen to the other 300+ ( what a joke , this was)

    just goes to show you how many illegal bikes they are.

  8. west bay Champion says:

    While having a police escort was good in this case to please the ever so conservative population . The law breakers are still out there still riding and so are our drunk car users.
    What the police should have done was to have undercover police riders while filming the entire ride and then apprehend the law breakers during and after the ride.
    Same as those drunk drivers on Friday and Saturady nights, the police need to station themselves outside of the popular bars and wait for those drivers to start their cars and then make arrest.

  9. Anonymous says:

    Please non Caymanian don’t say a dam thing

  10. Anonymous says:

    Weeeee, look mommy, no hands. Its not like I need them for a job with the free rent living with you mommy. I’m so cool, but you have to watch me.

  11. Anonymous says:

    Bravo to the RCIPS Commissioner. He had the common sense to “arrange” an opportunity for the bikers to ride without being chased or breaking the law. He realized that the past problem of illegal riding was caused by the morons running various Gov’t departments who didn’t realize that they were allowing a man to bring a trail bike or ATV into the island, STEAL his money by charging duty and then telling him he can’t license it!! Those morons didn’t see the cause of the problem, only that they had to chase a man when he’s riding the bike they allowed him to import but won’t license! Chase a man, endanger his life and others on the road, waste RCIPS resources, blah, blah.

    So, it wasn’t rocket science for Commish to see that but it seems like he was the only one of the “powers that be”, so big up to him. The ride was a success but only once a year event, so far. What is the long term answer? A man won’t wait once a year to ride!!

    • Anonymous says:

      The illegal ones ride up and down Seaview road at night with no lights , no license or helmets

    • Anonymous says:

      I’m a furiner and have owned off road bikes in various countries. Just because I can buy them doesn’t mean I can get a street license but I can use them off road as they were designed for.
      Stop blaming government and take some responsibility.

    • Sense of entitlement says:

      I bought a non road legal bike either knowing it wasnt road legal or cause I am too damn dumb to check first. Then I lie to customs to tell them it’s for legal off road use only. Now it’s the governments fault that I can’t use it on the roads. It’s so unfair that I can’t use it for my own enjoyment whilst endangering myself and others. They should shut the roads every weekend so I can enjoy my toy.

  12. Anonymous says:

    Can anyone say what was the cost of this “event”? I saw some bikers assemble at the gas station, however, it appear as if the police presence of officers, police motorbikes, police cars, even the helicopter overhead and police stationed at other points along the road was
    incredibly high, look like a waste of resources. You do not see anything like that anywhere else, in any other country you see many, many bikers riding without any police escort!!!

    • Anonymous says:

      Well its a backwards force in a backwards country. Hahaha HMBF

    • Anonymous says:

      You are right. I was in Costa Rica a few weeks back and I saw hundreds of bikers on the road and they certantly did not have police escort or protection. What is the reason for all these resources to be allocated to a few bikers.

  13. Anonymous says:

    Regardless of your views on the bikers, this event was going to happen either way. It was far better for the police to do what they did.

    There were no issues, and no delays.

    What I did see was a positive interaction between some of the people generally being publicly chastised, and for good reason – and the police.

    The event was a success. Like others have pointed out, there are professional moaners here, who need no reason to complain about anything and everything, but this really isn’t one.

    • Anonymous says:

      With participation around 10% of past ROC’s, it didn’t exactly win over the hearts and minds of that community. Not a success in those terms and not in the sense that the problem “bikers” are still out there operating with impunity.

  14. Anonymous says:

    So a lot less than last year? Most the criminals stayed home till next week when RCIPS will be back to ignoring them and they can wheelie down the road in their stolen bike again.

    • Anonymous says:

      They don’t ignore them, it’s just that they’re really difficult to stop. Suggestions on a postcard on how to stop them.

      Before some idiot suggests “shoot them”, consider that this is a massive issue in the USA, the police are armed, yet it doesn’t solve the problem.

      The police should consider the approach in the news in the UK, allow themselves to just bump them off the bikes using their cars. Unfortunately, the scumbags would sue, so it needs to be carefully done.

  15. Isaiah says:

    lol this trash of a “Ride out” was like watching a raccoon rubbing his paws together with a evil grin.

    Let me break it down completely – for those that were there, did you all notice officers using a device to record the riders? – In conjunction with the massive traffic bill that went before the cabinet only one seems to push though as priority with effect Nov 1 that will allow police to seize bikes? coincidence?

    & no they weren’t recording for “personal archive”.

    smh well done RCIPS well done

    • Anonymous says:

      They were recording so they could prosecute if you got out of hand. Duh.

      • Anonymous says:

        Just read and think abt your comment bo

        Should we now record swimmers to see if they drown? I mean, why not, as it seems to be a prevelent enough incident here…

        Legitimate logic and real reasoning appear absent from west to east on this rich planet.

  16. Anonymous says:

    I am not surprised they are able to show off their ‘skills’. They practice a lot along Fairbanks road where police presence is non existant.

  17. Mikey says:

    No Ambulances tho! Hmm..?

  18. Anonymous says:

    What will the sad little manchildren do this weekend? What is the plural of “manchild” anyway?

  19. Anonymous says:

    How did the unlicensed stunt bikes get to the stunt show?

  20. Anonymous says:

    I saw all the overwhelming police presence during the “run” on Sunday. Glad to see they have their priorities straight. Since there is no crime on this island it gives the fuzz something to do in all their down time.

  21. Anonymous says:

    ‘skills’…. of what use are these skills?

  22. Anonymous says:

    How many of these ‘bike life riders’ or ‘supporters’ are on social services handouts and/or deadbeats not paying child support but have the money for this expensive hobby?

    • Anonymous says:

      In other words: the event was successful so you have to find something else to complain about

    • Anonymous says:

      It’s not an expensive hobby. Someone came to my house with bolt cutters and got their bike for free.

      • Anonymous says:

        LMFAOOOOO You win the internet today!

        • Anonymous says:

          His name is XXXX and he used to live on Watercourse Road. Police found what was left of my bike in his yard when they went there for something else but didn’t bother to charge him with the theft of my motorcycle.

          He is currently trying out some new digs at Northward because the PoPo picked him up “going equipped for stealing” with a head full of the collie weed.

          Once he is released, I expect he will borrow another pair of bolt cutters and once again exercise the only talent he seems to have been blessed with.

      • Anonymous says:

        Have you seen the price of bolt cutters these days!?

      • Stuart says:

        Yep. Same here. Police failed (or refused) to prosecute despite catching the suspects on the stolen bikes, on a public highway. Then had the bikes stolen again from the police compound. ??

    • Anonymous says:

      Well if you took the time to come down and see for yourself!!!
      You would see that folks like myself work for a living and yes its a hobby which you cant afford as you call it.
      Thanks for being positive input 😉

      • Anonymous says:

        Lots of deadbeats work for a living. Doesn’t deter from the fact that deadbeats don’t pay child maintenance. Not does it change the perception of bikers being of lower class. Not all are but it is a general image.

        If you are not a deadbeat or of lower class then you are the minority. Btw low class does not insinuate a low bank balance.

    • Anonymous says:

      It’s surprisingly affordable if you are part of the community that can steal bikes, or other valuable things, from secure police impound lots and evidence lockers. Among a long list of other things that community are not doing is: scouring ecay for licensed dirt bike trailers and haul vehicles.

  23. Anonymous says:

    Contrary to the claims made by the old conservative farts that heavily opposed and said it would be a disaster:

    I experienced no delays or inconveniences.
    No one was seriously injured.
    A lot of innocent fun was had.
    No tourists were outraged because it was thanksgiving.

    Stop hating change. Stop trying to prevent adult freedom.

    • Anonymous says:

      One of the best rides I had on island and also met allot of great folks. Saw allot of support from folks on the side of the road which was very positive. After the ride the guys on the stunt bikes put on a great show.

    • Anonymous says:

      Evidently the other 200+ dejected vlog riders of previous seasons decided not to tarnish their feed by associating with RCIPS delusion and aggrandisement. Alas, predictably, the chopper was up there banking sharply, and thumping law-abiding neighbourhoods, to track several who just couldn’t abide the silence – all on our dime. If anything, it really makes the public wonder more than ever, what the policy objectives, resource allocations, and performance yard sticks look like at a senior level. Can they really be this far out of touch with what the public want them to be doing?

      • Anonymous says:

        Do you also complain like this when we have 50 officers supervising drunk people completely filling west bay road stretch so that they can drink and dry hump in the middle of the road?

        Get a life.

      • Anonymous says:

        I hope by “the public” you’re not referring to a few professional complainers on CNS

    • Anonymous says:

      Since licensed motorcyclists are always allowed to enjoy “adult freedom” anytime they wish within the Traffic Law, you must be referring to the only unusual aspect of this event which was the sanctioned amateur MadMax/Evel Knievel closed-track wheelie track. How does limited RCIPS validation normally prohibited road activities, and development of dangerous, antisocial skills, improve compliance or quality of life for all of the other road users after this event? This is a matter of fact-based concern, not hate. Discuss.

      • Anonymous says:

        Trying to ban or stop it is futile along with many other things. Adults do what they want, legal or not.

        Supervising the event ensured we didn’t have a repeat of last year and was a fair compromise that promoted safety of not only the riders but non-participating drivers.

      • Anonymous says:

        They cant handle someone like you and will never respond with a real discussion.

        You are dealing with “low” or “no” lifes.

        They rep their delusioned set in everything they do – “Bike life”, yo.

    • Anonymous says:

      Chopper was hovering like south central LA. Not relaxing for the greater law-abiding community.

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