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Motorcylcle deaths top 2008 pace

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So far this year, 27 motorcycle riders have died on Minnesota roads, compared to 25 at this time in 2009.

There were 72 motorcyclist fatalities in 2008, the most since 1985.

Motorcycles make up less than 5 percent of all registered vehicles, but represented nearly 16 percent of the 455 motor vehicle fatalities last year. There are nearly 225,000 registered motorcycles in Minnesota, a record high.

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