Tony Planakis doesn’t scare easily. An Army veteran and retired NYPD detective — who made a name for himself on the job and afterward as “Tony Bees,” the man unafraid of handling swarms of tens of thousands of the little buzzers — he’s been in plenty of sticky situations.
But he did not at all like being crowded in by a group of dirt bikers before dawn on his way to the gym one morning. They too can swarm, but unlike bees they’re not necessarily peaceful unless provoked. And unlike groups of motorcyclists, who are daunting enough to drivers when they travel in packs, dirt bikers show their disrespect for the law just by being out on the roads. No plates, no insurance, no inspection, no turn signals, no brake lights, no horns — their bikes simply aren’t street legal.