The thrill of the open road. The danger of being exposed.
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Motorcyclists face constant threat from adverse riding conditions and negligent drivers.
Now the threat of malicious targeting against riders has leaders of Honolulu's motorcycle community taking action.
The roar of the motorcycle is hard to mistake. Even harder to miss is when biker buds embark on a group ride.
But recently there have been reports of riders getting the wrong kind of attention from drivers of other vehicles on the highway.
Jack Hughes, founder of Watch Out, a non-profit organization focused on raising awareness for drivers and riders, says one of his friends was recently involved in a crash where she was apparently targeted by a motorist.
"I know that the crash that my friend was involved with was malicious," said Hughes."The guy was driving erratic in front of her, swerving back and forth. Pumping his brakes."
Hughes says the friend was hospitalized after the driver of a white van appeared to have targeted her on an Ewa Beach roadway, causing her to crash.
Even more disturbing was that this apparently wasn't the first time it had happened.
"One of the things I found out was several motorcyclists were having incidents but they weren't reporting it," Hughes said. "Because it wasn't being reported, it wasn't being linked together."
That prompted Hughes to coordinate a meeting with different motorcycle clubs and Honolulu Police in order to find out how many people have been affected by these kind of incidents, and what can be done to avoid more in the future.
That meeting is scheduled for Thursday April 17 at 7 p.m. at the Fleet Reserve Association off Nimitz.
"I don't know if they realize it, but in the vehicle they're protected," explained Ronnie Senters, a 14-year motorcycle rider. "Us out here on two wheels, we don't have the security of an aluminum or steel frame around us. So if you just tap out tire and we lay our bike down that could be the end of our life."
Despite the increased danger of being targeted by a particular motorist, statistically the beginning of this year has been much safer for motorcyclists.
According to the Honolulu Police Department, as of mid-April of 2014 there has been only one fatal motorcycle crash.
That is substantially down from 2013 when there were five crashes, and 2012 when there were six at this point in the year.
Still the need for safety on the streets remains paramount, and Hughes says the road to awareness begins with other drivers helping to report dangerous conditions.
"We don't have time to stop and try to dig out a phone and call 9-1-1. If you see something in your car, your phone is right there, you can pick it up and call 9-1-1," said Hughes.
Despite the hazards of the road, and the added danger of unsafe drivers, riders say they'll continue to roll on.
"High risk, high reward. Riding a motorcycle is like nothing else in the world," said Greg Massaro who has been riding motorcycles for 14-years. "Nothing else will ever compare to it. So is it worth the risk? 100 percent."
This story was filmed, written and edited by Nathan Serota.