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There’s one way to channel your inner biker, keep on rockin’ and watch in amazement at Evel Knievel-like stunts: Join about 2,000 motorcyclists for Independence Ride 2007 on June 9.

The event, made possible by a partnership between ING DIRECT and the Eastern Harley-Davidson Dealers Association, will kick off mid-morning, when motorcyclists embark on a 60-mile ride from Philadelphia’s FDR Park to Wilmington’s Riverfront. The party will shift into gear at ride’s end, when daredevil Robbie Knievel, son of the legend himself, will jump his motorcycle over what will look like 4.6 billion dollar bills—the amount ING has doled out in interest since its start six years ago. Then everyone can rock out to ’70s icon Steve Miller and his band at Frawley Stadium.

Independence Ride 2007 is more than black leather, thrill stunts and wicked guitar licks. The event will benefit the ING DIRECT Kids Foundation and the Muscular Dystrophy Association.

Two thousand growling motorcycles and a crowd of about 8,000 will make some serious noise, though Independence Ride 2007 is being touted as a family event, with deejays and a street fair. So rev ’er up.       —Maria Hess

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