At 9am on a Saturday morning, unless you’re buying a strong coffee and holding your ten tonne head in your hands, there’s really only one thing left to do – fill up your motorcycle and go riding with a group of like minded friends. This Saturday however, was slightly different. This Saturday was Throttle Roll, the long awaited event of the year on the custom motorcycle calendar, where a small ride with a group of friends becomes 300+ people on some of the best looking bikes in Australia.
Throttle Roll, 2015
There were enough people on the ride that no matter your taste, there was something there for you to enjoy – and that’s just from fellow riders, before you even get to the real showcase back at HQ.
Harry’s Café has probably never been so busy!
After a bit of a show & shine, directions, a few basic road rules and polite reminder not to ride like a ‘total dick’, we were on our way.
The route takes you south, departing from Harry’s Café, through the twisties of the National Park and back up the highway, finishing up at the actual event at The Vic, Enmore. For the few locals who haven’t ridden this route, go and do it. Now. As for the readers further afield, tough break, you’re missing out.
There’s no discrimination at Throttle Roll, any make, any model, any style – it doesn’t matter so long as it’s not stock. It’s amazing to see the different direction that people take their customs – granted they’re not the same model, but just take the above and below Harleys for example.
Then set those beside the Rising Sun Workshop’s Harley Forty Eight (below) and you can really see the creativity that is evident throughout the weekend.
Arriving at Stanwell Tops Lookout allowed everyone to regroup, giving us a chance to check out more of the bikes that the wall of humans at Harry’s Pies had previously made inaccessible. Again there were so many awesome motorcycles on show, too many to put in a blog post, but the full set of images will see the ninetynineco Facebook in the next couple of days.
For the less familiar, the Throttle Roll event itself is a perfect blend of custom motorcycle culture, held on a backdrop of street art in the heart of the more up and coming, creative side of Sydney. A three story scaffolding structure lines the walls of the venue’s courtyard, lifting the exhibition above the crowd. You can travel far and wide, but dozens of custom motorcycles meeting a blue sky filled with low flying jet planes is probably the best horizon line that you’ll ever see.
The display during the morning ride was impressive, but the exhibition featured everything from ratted out Bobbers to Café Racers, V-Twin Trackers, Postie bikes to the wildly obscure “Brass Cock” (below) taking ‘something for everyone’ to a whole new level.
The air was filled with the rich sounds of local musical talent, Skyscraper Stan was a personal favourite with a solo set of juicy acoustic numbers.
Levi’s were a main sponsor of Throttle Roll this year, and as a nice touch, you could have your denim jackets sewn up with a sweet ‘Throttle Roll’ back patch by some guys at the merch tables. Here’s a dude going at one, and whilst it may look like he has got ‘SHIT’ tattooed on his knuckles, we can confirm that it’s the angle of the photograph and it does in fact say ‘SWIM’. Either way the jackets looked awesome and the cuts fit really well.
During the build up to the event, Sol Invictus and Rising Sun Workshop teamed up to offer a custom Mercury that some lucky so-and-so won and took home with them. For entry level bikes, that’s a pretty cool looking ride to nip around the city on.
Another year, another phenomenal turnout. A huge thumbs up from us to the event organisers and sponsors for the hard work they put in to make such a great event. Here’s to next year!