Over 400,000 motorcyclists invade Galveston for Lone Star Bike Rally

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GALVESTON, Texas — Get'cha motors running; more than 400,000 bikes are invading Galveston Island this weekend for the 15th Annual Lone Star Rally.

"We've got a lot of great stuff going on," organizer Mark Gray said. "We've got Harley Davidson here this year as a corporate sponsor, and we're super excited about that."

Tanner Pruett of Harley Davidson said the iconic motorcycle manufacture will be showcasing it's 2017 models.

"We're giving customers a chance to swing their leg over the product and get out and ride it," Purett said.

Bikers from all over the country flock to the beach-side city each year to show off their choppers and even their crazy custom-made helmets.

"It's alligator, armadillo, horse hair and elk skin," Curtis Paskey said, describing his unique headgear.

Many bikers said it's an experience few would want to miss.

"Everybody has to come once to experience the Lonestar Rally," Annie Morales said. "Believe me, it's a blast."

However, with all the fun, it's easy to forget the rules of the road. Two pedestrians were killed last night after being struck by a motorcycle while crossing an unprotected area on Seawall Boulevard, investigators said. The incident left many rally attendees concerned about safety.

"We do encourage people to cross at crosswalks, or cross where there's a light," Gray said. "And look out for motorcycles, and motorcycles look out for pedestrians."

If you're born to be wild, cruise on down to the rally this weekend. Just be safe while you're burning rubber.


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