In the past 21 years the number of motorcycle fatalities in Nebraska has nearly quadrupled, and injury numbers were third highest in 2011 with over 500 reported.
Even though winter is practically here, motorcyclists are still hitting the road and events like the Hastings motorcycle show are gaining in popularity, partially due to high gas prices.
Bikers are smaller targets, and as more share the road, seasoned riders say awareness is crucial for everyone.
"It's always in the back of our minds. We as a rule try to be safety oriented because we're a lot smaller target," said Hastings Bike Show promoter Jeff Allen. "We don't have the protection around us, so you always have to be aware of your surroundings."
"My dad told me an awful long time ago that if you're going to ride, you might as well consider yourself invisible," said seasoned rider Gary Kluch. "People are not going to see you and you've got to watch out for everybody."
Seasoned riders encourage new bikers to take a safety course, and motorists to always be on the lookout for motorcycles sharing the road.