Milwaukee -- The big Harley reunion doesn't officially get under way until Labor Day weekend. But lots of bikers have arrived early. And after two deadly accidents in less than 24 hours, Harley is out with a word of caution for area riders and motorists.
"Thousands of riders will be coming to our city," Harley representative Katie Almquist said.
As in 130,000 to 150,000 estimated people coming for the Harley celebration.
"Be careful. Watch out. Really be aware that there's going to be a lot of people in town celebrating our anniversary at all of these great events."
Even though it's nine days away, some have already made their way to Milwaukee. Karl Nedved came from Northern Iowa.
"There's a thrill."
And with extra bikers on the road - drivers and bikers need to be aware.
"There's a lot more things involved when you're on a motorcycle," Nedved said. "You don't get a lot of second chances. We have to be extra careful and we just appreciate everybody on the road if they'd keep their eyes open for us."
Two people died in motorcycle crashes in the last 24 hours. The most recent happening on I-43/94 this morning, killing a 19-year-old David Dang of Oak Creek.
"Take that extra look," Michael Pyritz from the DOT said. "Make sure there isn't a motorcycle coming up that could be in your blind spot."
D-o-t will complete or suspend most construction work for the weekend.
"It is incumbent upon themselves to make sure they realize they are in a construction zone," Pyritz said. "Make sure you keep the extra spacing so you can see what's on the road.
Dot will also use its electronic signs as far away as northwestern Wisconsin to alert drivers heading this way.
"There are going to be more motorcycles than normal. Be mindful when you're merging that there might be motorcycles coming up. There may be different patterns and different expectations that you would be used to on a particular roadway.