One of the largest motorcycle rallies in the United States kicks off in less than two weeks in Lake George. In the shadow of a huge biker brawl that killed nine in Waco, Texas, organizers of Americade are dispelling worries over safety.

Two men were killed after losing control of their motorcycles in separate accidents in Litchfield and Bethel, Connecticut.

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Thousands of motorcycles have been rumbling across roads and highways leading to Lake George over the past week. The annual Americade draws vendors, motorcyclists and money to the region.