Hanging out with “Mr. Twisted”

image         Twisted Throttle


I was extremely lucky when I was passing through Rhode Island last week.  I stopped to see Erik Stephens at Twisted Throttle in Exeter RI. He just happens to be the founder and CEO. 😉 The PNWSTOG had first met Erik at the 2014 Horizons Unlimited meeting in Mariposa Ca where he was giving demo’s. He needed a bike and I was kind enough to let him use mine.

We chatted a bit on line before my arrival and I had half jokingly asked if he wanted to go for a ride ( thinking he was WAY too busy running his multinational company to ride with me) well, he replied, ” Ever been to Bar Harbor Maine?” I was shocked to say the least! It would be just us two for three days taking US 1 up the coast to Maine.

Before we left, I had his guys take a look at the TRAX luggage on my Tenere. Those panniers have been incrediblely faithful to me since buying them for my 2008 KLR back in 2009! I have more than 90,000 miles on them between both bikes and they still don’t leak even after being on their side too many times to count. I did however have  a couple rivets that needed replacing. In short order, Erik’s designers had them fixed. They aren’t squeaky anymore! THANKS GUYS!


Erik has quite the shop in Rhode Island, I got the 5cent tour and here are a few of the pics.


Erik and his brother started the company several  years ago when he had this 2002 1000cc Suzuki V-Strom. It was a trip up to Bar Harbour in fact that sparked the company Twisted Throttle, so it was a bit nostalgic for him to head up there again.


Sadly, the V-Strom wasn’t mechanically ready for the trip to Maine this time so he hopped on this one ( he only has 6 or 8 custom Twisted bikes to choose from…. I know, right? 😛 )  It was the LED Demo bike with just about every LED Twisted Throttle makes wired on a BMW R 1200 GS(LC)


The weather up to Maine was great! Our 1st stop was for a required “Lobsta roll” that was delicious!


The destination in “Baa Habaa” was to see the sunrise on Cadillac Mountain in Acadia National Park. It was an early 0500 departure from the hotel in the dark, luckily we had 1/2 million Lumens between our two bikes so getting up there wasn’t an issue 😉 The clouds thwarted a picturesque sunrise but we joined 100+ others up there on top anyway.

I do have to say it was really nice to spend some time with the CEO of company like Twisted Throttle. Getting the background on the motorcycle and ADV industry in particular.  He’s a really normal guy with a good head on his shoulders and runs a fantastic company, so don’t be surprised if you don’t see a few more plugs for them soon. They do make really good stuff!

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