Sunday, May 19, 2013

Twisted Throttle Open House

               With some extra cash in my pocket these days, I’m looking to upgrade my riding wardrobe and replace a few items on the motorcycle. So when I noticed Whitehorse Press and Twisted Throttle were both holding open houses, I was excited. I read more closely I noticed they were both on the same day. We had to choose; north or south? Having never visited Twisted Throttle, it seemed a no brainer. Off we headed to Rhode Island.  We arrived late morning, and already the lot was full and the place was jumping.  After checking in, getting our wrist bands and raffle tickets, we set off to see what all the commotion was about at the opposite end of the lot.

                What we found were the trials club* doing their stunts around and over the obstacles.  I get vertigo just watching them do their thing. It was amazing to watch. We got a little education too. These trials bikes cost $8000. These bikes are not street legal, so you have to be really into trials to invest eight grand. Also, the gas tank holds a grand total of one quart of gas. The bonus was when the announcer asked if anyone would like to try to balance one of these trials bikes.  I was standing right in front of the rider, so I raised my hand. It was surprising how much they do weigh as these riders move them around like they are feathers. I didn't manage to balance too long, but had a sense that if I could get 10 minutes I’d be doing OK. It was fun!

                After our free lunch and a bit of browsing, we headed back to watch more stunts. This time, it was Chris “Teach” McNeil performing incredible stunts on stock motorcycles. He clowned around at the start, and I cracked up at his rendition of a novice biker trying to tame the motorcycle. It was a hoot!  Check out the video I've posted on YouTube* to see for yourself the talent this guy has on a motorcycle.

                While I didn't find any new apparel for myself, I did get a 25% discount on a new rear tire that will ship Monday to my home; no shipping charge. I was pleased with the personal service the Michelin rep gave me, even walking out to visit Blaze. I did suffer a bit of scolding when he saw her though, as Blaze is in dire need of new sneakers.  

                With clouds gathering and Blaze with treadles tires, we decided to head home mid-afternoon.  I didn't want to take more risks than necessary. I had a great time at Twisted Throttle and hope to visit again in the future.  

*Videos embedded 


Trobairitz said...

You are so lucky to live close enough for that event. I love looking through the Twisted Throttle catalogue.

And trials riders, geez I bow to them. I am always amazed watching those competitions. Good on you for trying to balance one.

Willie aka NomadWillie said...

Sorry we missed you guys there. Place is pretty impressive from where it started.


PatnWilton said...

Trobairitz, I did have a great time. I like trying bikes of all types, and I don't get as much opportunity as I'd like.

PatnWilton said...

Willie, I have been watching the NER visit there from time to time and it's been on my to do list. I did want to see Magilla's new ride though so I'm sorry I missed that.

Kevin Nixon said...

Thanks for coming down. We had perfect weather and a wonderful crowd. The date has been set for May 10, 2014 so that it will not cause a conflict with the Whitehorse Press Open House next year.

Kevin from Twisted Throttle

PatnWilton said...

Kevin, We had a good time and enjoyed the stunts and trials riders. My reaction to different open house dates....SWEET!