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Safety a topic among enthusiasts at Las Vegas' Bike Fest

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Riders try out motorcycles in an undated image. (FOX5) Riders try out motorcycles in an undated image. (FOX5)

Bike Fest brought thousands of motorcyclists to downtown Las Vegas for the latest trends, entertainment, competition, and rider safety.

The festival comes after a few riders lost their lives in Las Vegas.

Most people attending the 16th annual Bike Fest share the same passion for bikes, but agree riding comes with great risks and rewards.

“We are smaller to see, nobody likes to look twice for us,” said Emily Zervas, of Leather Headquarters of Las Vegas.

This past week, Las Vegas saw three motorcycle-related deaths.

On Wednesday, witnesses said they saw a biker riding recklessly before crashing into a guardrail at  Decatur Boulevard and Wagon Trail Avenue, near the 215 Southern Beltway.

On Saturday, a motorcyclist checking his brakes lost control of his bike before crashing into a garage near Mojave Road and Sahara Avenue.

On Sunday, a rider was hit on Interstate 15 near Russell Road by a suspected drunk driver.

“You have to be a defensive driver. You have to think, ‘oh, this person is going to come and hit me,’” said Zervas.

Zervas is a long time bike enthusiast and said on top of being vigilant, the right gear goes a long way too.

“We try to get them in a helmet, jacket, boots, and gloves just to make sure they’re protected when they go on the road,” Zervas said.

Police said they see a spike in deadly motorcycle and car crashes in the fall because of the cooler weather.

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