Harleys Gone Wild At Twisted Throttles Event

A trifecta of V-twin mayhem

The Twisted Throttles event brought together drag racing, flat-track racing, and stunt riding all in one location and all on V-twins!

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A tricked-out Sportster launches down the 1/8-mile track.

Ed Subias

Barona Speedway in the foothills of Lakeside, California, was the place for the inaugural festival of American motorcycles smoking tires, getting sideways, and engines bouncing off the rev limiters. Blake Brimm of Race On The Rez and Brian Bell of IV League Flat Track banded together to create a truly unique event that brought racers and spectators from all over California to partake in the good times.

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Left: Burnouts are a prerequisite for getting the tire hot and sticky to grip off the start line.
Right: Happy throttle hands resulted in some impromptu wheelies.
Bottom: Some bikes were outfitted with traditional drag racing equipment such as wheelie bars and solid struts in place of rear shocks.

Ed Subias

The drag racing portion of the festivities was wild, loose, and eclectic. Everything from bone-stock baggers to purpose-built dragbikes to fat-tire choppers made passes on the 1/8-mile dragstrip at full tilt. If Harley-Davidson made it in the last 25 years, it was out on the track at some point in the day and going fast.

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Top: You are seeing correctly; the rider is dragging both hands on a wheelie.
Bottom: More than a few baggers got their drag on.

Ed Subias

The Bassani Xhaust stunt team provided plenty of thrills and luckily no spills for the crowd. Organized chaos is the best way to describe the show performed. One rider was even seen dragging both hands behind himself on a wheelie. Whoa! Plenty of motorcycle parts and accessory vendors along with live music, BMX stunt shows, and a ride-in bike show added to the sights and sounds to check out at Twisted Throttles.

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Left: Aaron Guardado on his way to victory in the Hooligan flat-track race.
Right: Some people have all the skill.
Bottom: Josh Sleigh sending it in the Hooligan flat-track race.

Ed Subias

As the drag racing ended and the sun went down, the lights went on at the dirt oval.

The tight technical flat track was as a bit rough and unrefined, not unlike the hooligan class racers who slid their 500-pound Sportsters around with minimal fear and a heavy throttle hand.

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Top: This was one of our favorite bikes of the event.
Bottom: An FXR rockets off the line against a Street Glide.

Ed Subias

At the conclusion, a few beers were hoisted to a successful event by all, and those who hoisted a few too many stayed put and camped. Thanks to Blake and Brian for such a cool event and we can’t wait to see what the next edition of Twisted Throttles brings.

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Top: The Bassani Xhaust stunt team provided plenty of thrills.
Bottom: Chris Wiggins sliding his Sportster around the tight and tough flat track.

Ed Subias

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