Motorway police have slammed young riders who were filmed pulling wheelies on the M6 near St Helens.
Patrols from the north-west unit were forced to step in after several riders were seen weaving in and out of traffic close to junction 24 at Ashton.
One of the riders could be seen pulling a ‘wheelie’ while straddling the hard shoulder and inside lane.
A spokesman for the North West Motorway Police said: “It really isn’t big or clever and you’re putting not only your own life at risk but that of others.”
Police confirmed on Twitter that patrols from their Merseyside detachment had been drafted in to deal with the incident.
No arrests are thought to have been made by the officers at the time.
Several other drivers also reported spotting the off-road bikes in the same area on Sunday afternoon.
Posting on the site, Nicola Richardson said the riders had been causing “mayhem” through Ashton.
And other motorists said the riders had been spotted along the East Lancs Road shortly afterwards.
Alison Bolton said: “They were on the East Lancs as well, going towards Liverpool at Carr Mill.
“There looked to be about 8-10 of them behaving erratically.
“Most of them not wearing helmets and pulling dangerous wheelies.”
David Nicholl said: “It’s like the Wild West in parts of Greater Manchester and Merseyside.
“I’ve been buzzed by these idiots before and its not pleasant, and having one play “dare” doing a wheelie towards me on my side of the road was terrifying.”
Neighbourhood policing units across Wigan have been conducting operations to crack down on riders over the past few months.
Several untaxed and unlicensed bikes have been impounded and crushed.