WE GO to lots of bike shows of various types, but without a doubt, we do not see the same bikes we see at Throttle Roll. There are lots of Harleys around but it’s not a Harley show. What you will see is a lot of backyard builders showcasing their homebuilt creations no matter what the brand, with live music and a party atmosphere as a backdrop.
If you’re into old classic bikes, or home-built modified British and Japanese bobbers and cafe racers, then Throttle Roll is a feast for the old eyeballs.
For most people, Throttle Roll starts around lunchtime at Marrickville—but not for everyone—around 300 riders start earlier—they gather at 8.30 am in Tempe for a ride to Stanwell Tops via the old Princess Highway through the National Park. Wouldn’t miss it for the world. The ride is a hoot.
The ride kinda breaks up after an hour of checking out the really neat bikes and everybody makes their way back to Marrickville in smaller groups.
Back at the Street Party, most of the bikes on the ride are ushered into the reserved on-site parking inside the show.
Now if you thought the bikes on the ride were a treat, you’re into one hell of candy floss surprise once you’re through the gate. Every spare space of the Street Party is breaming with really original motorcycle artwork. One big attraction is the Great Wall of Motorcycles with more than 60 of Australia’s most outstanding custom bikes on three levels of scaffolding. Truely awesome!
Throttle Roll is also pet and kid friendly with live Rockabilly music, DJ’s, food trucks and boutique beer stalls. There were attractions for the kids and even a bucking bull for the young at heart.
Throttle Roll has become Sydney’s most unique custom bike event. It’s well supported by both the industry and the general biking public. This is a must-do event. See you there next year.
photos by George