Feuding motorcycle gangs have made national headlines after Sunday's deadly fight in Waco, Texas. On this edition of Up To Date, reporter Sam Zeff speaks with Steve Cook, who's with the Midwest Outlaw Motorcycle Gang Investigators Association, about motorcycle clubs in the Kansas City area. 

The sound of a motorcycle revving its engine signaled trouble back when the Shangri-Las sang "Leader of the Pack," but the biker image has grown more nuanced since then. This conversation explores the evolving reality of motorcycle culture in Kansas City. 


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The Missouri House has passed legislation that would allow motorcyclists to ride without wearing helmets.

House Bill 555 would lift the mandatory helmet requirement for motorcycle drivers and passenger who are at least 21 years of age or older.  It would remain in effect for those under 21.  The sponsor is Republican Rep. Eric Burlison from Springfield, he says the data he’s seen indicates that most motorcycle deaths are from torso injuries, not head trauma.

Courtesy/Luis Belaustegui

Earlier this year, Luis Belaustegui set off on a long, brutal, exotic journey, in an unprecedented way.

Belaustegui is a motorcycle racer from Argentina who lives in Kansas City. His adventures – and misadventures— in Peru, Chile and his native Argentina, come from racing in the Dakar Rally