Kris headed to the 2019 Throttle Roll to check out the cafe racers, custom retro bikes, food stalls and more... Words & Pics: Kris & Sam Hodgson
One of our favourite events in Sydney is Throttle Roll, offering a retro and custom bike themed party style event featured a variety of bikes plus live entertainment, great food stalls and an epic atmosphere.
This year The Commune hosted the ‘warehouse party’ with an all-new location that brought much of the event inside, where in comparison in the past its relied on good weather.
That meant a slightly more organised and flowing layout, split up by the central lane between buildings.
The building nearest the entrance featured live music and the majority of the food stalls, with the smoked meats stall outside to provide somewhere for that smoke to go. There were drinks available, so while this is a family friendly event you can also get a bevvy.
The live music was a bit on the country side but there were plenty of people enjoying it when we arrived and the occasional person bursting into dance by the time we left. Throttle Roll runs till late, so you can make a real day and late arvo of it.
Past the food stalls in the next building over, there was a big display of bikes on the bottom floor. This consisted of all those bikes from owners that got in fast enough for parking inside the event, plus a huge variety of custom machines on display and even a Ninja H2.
This area also included a Ural stand, as well as one for Harley-Davidson including a range of their gear, and Gasoline Motor Co with apparel and custom bikes on display.
Heading upstairs was where all the magic was happening though with the best of the best on display, with some truly spectacular custom machines.
Upstairs also included the Royal Enfield stand showing off the new 650 twins, while a Himalayan Heroes stall was also spruiking the travel experience, for those so inclined.
Yamaha was there showing off their XSR700 and XSR900 models as you’d expect at a retro event, including a couple of their custom builds, with a raffle going for an XSR900 at Throttle Roll this year.
Mutt Motorcycles also had a mini-theatre set up, with free popcorn and a place to take a seat and have a look at their specially prepared video, which was a nice touch to get off your feet between ogling all the custom machines.
Then there were the custom machines: from racebikes through to cruisers, more on the cafe racer/hipster retro side than traditional performance customs from the peak of the custom era a decade ago, still, there were some amazing builds. We do miss the old Rapid days though, when the custom industry and scene here in OZ was in full swing…
There was also an aerodynamic BMW, custom Honda CBX1000 Six we featured years ago in Rapid Bikes and Retrobike, plus some very tasty Ducatis and much more. Check them all out below: