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Motorcyclists are planning a protest ride through Hull in opposition to an undercover police operation against speeding bikers.
It comes as traffic officers unveiled their latest weapon in the battle to cut motorcyclist deaths – a 186mph superbike.
The Suzuki GSX 1300R Hayabusa is fitted with a video camera and speed detection equipment.
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From today, Humberside Police traffic officers on Operation Achilles will be using the bike, along with a helicopter, to take video footage to secure convictions of speeding motorcyclists and car drivers.
However, members of a motorbike group have said they plan to stage a protest ride through Hull on May 1 to oppose what they believe are unnecessary undercover tactics - saying high visibility policing would be better.
East Yorkshire Motorcycle Action Group chairman Jolyon Lawson said: "The bike is unmarked and black and the chap riding it wears black and is on the radio to another vehicle who stops the speeding rider.
"That means you've got three speeding vehicles. It only takes a rabbit to jump out in front of either bike. I'd say that was dangerous."
PC Glen Dennis, East Riding casualty reduction officer, said the safety message was aimed at all motorists, not just bikers.
He said: "We're targeting routes with a high incidence of motorcycle casualties. There are people out there riding dangerously.
"Having the bike is the equivalent of having an unmarked Lamborghini, but it's not used for pursuit, just for gathering evidence. "There are strict guidelines. There are five officers on the force who can ride the bike. We're sensitive to allegations that we're no better than the people we're trying to stop."
As part of the operation, police have also released footage of dangerous motorists in East Yorkshire.
Humberside Police say the campaign is vital to cut the number of motorcycle accidents.
Bikers make up just one per cent of motorists. But last year in the force area they accounted for 18 per cent of those killed or seriously injured.