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Spring in Harlem Means Loud, Obnoxious Dirt Bikes

By Gustavo Solis | April 24, 2015 9:22am | Updated on April 24, 2015 2:21pm

HARLEM — Trees are blooming, sidewalk cafes are open and loud dirt bikes are riding up and down Lenox Avenue. It’s springtime in Harlem.

The obnoxiously loud bikes have become a sign that winter is over for Uptown neighborhoods and parts of the Bronx.

The bikes weave in and out of traffic and perform stunts like wheelies on city streets. Here’s a video of one splitting a bus and cab.

Not everyone is a fan of the bikes. 

Dirt bikes are certified for off-road use and are not legal for street use because they do not have the proper equipment such as headlights, brake lights or turn signals, according to the state's Department of Motor Vehicles.

Riders can be arrested for riding the illegal dirt bikes on the street, according to the DMV's website.

At least some of them wait for the red lights to turn: