According to the Iowa Department of Transportation, the end of summer is a peak period for motorcycle fatalities.
Preliminary DOT data shows that nine motorcyclists were killed in August this year.
In 2012, 11 died and in 2011, 10 people were killed in motorcycle accidents.
Every year, August deaths nearly double the number recorded in July but riders like Tim Cummings say that won’t keep them off their bikes.
“It’s more of a personal freedom. It’s therapy. For me, it’s therapy,” Cummings said.
There is also a spike in the spring, as riders get back on the roads.