Harley Drill Team Wows Arizona Bike Week Crowd

Apr 11, 2015 View Comments by

Harley Drill Team Wows Arizona Bike Week Crowd Like most gatherings of its kind, Arizona Bike Week is a festival of the visceral. Thumping motorcycles, loud bands, flaming burnouts, insane stunt shows, and over-the-top tattoos are the rule of the week. However, the AZ Bike Week organizers do a nice job of sprinkling in, almost covertly, a healthy dose of biker education and displays of advanced motorcycle handling skills.

This year, the Harley-Davidson of Scottsdale Drill Team delighted the substantial crowd with an entertaining show of synchronized riding prowess. The team of a dozen riders showed that massive touring motorcycles can be almost scalpel-like in their handling when guided by practiced and professional hands. The drill team members use radio communication and certainly countless hours of choreography and practice to steer, brake, and accelerate through an impressive series of close-proximity maneuvers.

The Harley-Davidson of Scottsdale Drill Team is a relatively new motorcycling entity. However, the popularity of the seven shows the group performed at AZ Bike Week was a testament to the team’s unitiy and production value. Of course, it is always the hope that riders in the audience will use the deft demonstration of bike maneuvering as inspiration to enhance and refine their own skills. While the drill team’s performance was designed to entertain, there is a powerful, if subtle, lesson. Training, practice, and an intimate knowledge of one’s motorcycle are keys to safety on the street.

I shot the first video at ground level to show the communication and interaction between the riders. The second is shot from an elevated view to show the choreography. Enjoy!

Harley Davidson of Scottsdale Drill Team Website: www.hdosdrillteam.com

By Tim Kessel

 

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