Wheels & Waves 2018 Logo

Intro text

The Unofficial Official Start

It’s 05:00 Tuesday morning. Wheels and Waves unofficially/officially starts now as we fire up our truck-and-trailer combination to get some air into the braking system. All is calm around the REV’IT! HQ as we set sail towards one of the events we look forward to most. A healthy 1,400 kilometers are in front of us, and our hopes of reaching the idyllic town of Biarritz, France around 22:00 get shattered by the truck’s speed limiter and bad traffic.

Highlights

1920x1500 . 1650x1500 . 1200x1500 . 560x1120 . 1650x1500

We shrug our shoulders and remember that it doesn’t really matter. We were going to indulge in custom bikes, sunny beaches and the opportunity to turn the stereotypical pale Dutch skin into a tan that will make the home-front jealous upon return. Or were we?

Article

Bad News From Biarritz

During one of the fuel stops that would make the average Formula1 pit crew member fear for their job, we receive bad news from the organization. The iconic army-tent-filled outdoor “Village” had been declared inaccessible due to stormy weather. Instead Plan B comes to play; set up shop indoors. Not the news we were after, knowing the Village is one of the elements that gives the event its incredible vibe. 

That said, we decided not to worry. We’ve known the Southsiders for some time now, so whatever the alternative was, we were confident that they had it covered. Besides, we were halfway to Biarritz and covered in sunshine. How bad could it be?

Wheels & Waves 2018 Rain

Article

Another 45 Miles To Go

With about the distance sung by the Golden Earring left ahead of us, we suddenly understood what the fuss was about. We felt like we’re re-enacting Jan de Bont’s blockbuster Twister. As we were debating about which of us was Helen Hunt and who was Bill Paxton, the storm kicked it up a gear.

The trailer started to wave at us in the mirror - yikes! – so we decide that our goal of constantly hitting the speed limiter was off the agenda… These were not the waves we were after, and we could definitely take it easy with just another 45-ish miles to go.

Wheels & Waves 2018 Bike

Article

Waves No Wheels?

Leading a pack of light-signaling locals into the town of Biarritz around midnight (sigh), we decided to check out the damage at the Biarritz coast before starting our well-deserved beauty sleep. On our way to the Village, the window-washing waves hitting the second floor of various apartment buildings made us fear for what we’d encounter. And we were proven right upon arrival.

A year of preparations for one of the biggest outdoor custom motorcycle events had fallen prey to the only aspect that was outside of the organization’s hands: the weather. Ironically, the waves prevented the wheels from entering the premises, and heavy-hearted, we left for the house that was going to be our REV’IT! home away from home for the week. It even had a pool…

Wheels & Waves 2018 Wet

Article

Boosting Morale

More email correspondence from the organization clarified the situation on Wednesday. We were setting up shop at La Halle Iraty, and if the weather played ball, the outdoor events would go through. With the Punks Peak drag race, El Rollo flattrack, and the motocross-esque Swank Rally event in mind, we built up our event stand with our fingers crossed (try tying a zip-tie like that). 

More bikes and exhibitors showed up, together quickly transforming the space from an empty exhibition hall into a well-curated floorspace dedicated to the custom motorcycle scene.

REV'IT! Stand Wheels & Waves 2018

Product images

Highlights

Biarritz Bay

And as we were nearing completion of our set-up, a big yellow spot glanced at the horizon, barely covered by clouds. 

Did the crossed fingers actually work?

Intro text

The Punks Peak Premiere

First up was the Punks Peak drag race, and our hopes for decent weather got answered on Thursday. We joined the Yamaha crew and their six official builders on a road trip to the infamous Mount Jaizkibel, just across the border. Following a string of six professional builders on their custom-built “Back to the Future” Yamaha XSR700s, all wearing a personalized version of our Tracer overshirt, we already liked the view from the moment we started our journey.

Highlights

Article

As a big bonus, we got treated to incredible views following the coastal roads into Spain. This wasn’t our first rodeo by any stretch, but you couldn’t help but be amazed every time you make the trip up to the starting grid of the Punks Peak race.

For those not familiar with it, we’ll try to explain. The Punks Peak drag strip is separated from sheep-filled fields by nothing more than barbed wire (that gives the impression it has been there a while), and contrary to regular drag strips, participants of the Punks Peak race face two turns on their way to the finish line.

With many of our friends competing, we couldn’t help but cheer for the combined effort of Workhorse Speedshop’s XSR700 sprinter, built by our ambassador Brice Hennebert and ridden by yet another REV’IT! ambassador Sébastien “Seb” Lorentz -normally busy building his own bikes under the Lucky Cat Garage flag - properly suited-up in our Nova one-piece suit.

Punks Peak 2018 Start

Article

Seb Lorentz on Workhorse

All show and go, the nimble, little stump-nosed twin breathes nitro for breakfast on its way to the finish flag. Knowing all too well what it’s like to ride your mates pride and joy - “don’t bin it!”- we were very pleased to still see the blue pocket rocket take second, although Seb clearly wanted the win. 

With the dust settled after the finale, we took the same route back to Biarritz; this time keeping the sea on the left on our way back to the venue.

Seb Lorentz in our Nova One-Piece Suit

Product images

Product images

Article

Art Gallery

After a high octane-filled day between the barbed wire, the organization assembled the perfect way too cool down and let adrenaline levels return to normal: The Art Gallery. A combination of various art genres - including the most artsy motorcycles - found a spot on the wall or the floor of an industrial building just across the border in Spain. As fine art speaks for itself, we’ll stop talking for now and let you breathe in the creativity yourself.

Wheels & Waves 2018 Art Gallery

Product images

Wheels & Waves 2018 Art Gallery
Wheels & Waves 2018 Art Gallery
Wheels & Waves 2018 Art Gallery
Wheels & Waves 2018 Art Gallery
Wheels & Waves 2018 Art Gallery

Product images

Art Gallery

Intro text

Ready To Rally

Spoiled by dry weather on Day 1, we had high hopes for Friday’s Deus Swank Rally. Despite a wet night, the clouds held their tears on Friday morning, meaning we had a dry ride on the twisty roads towards Saint-Pée-sur-Nivelle on the XSR900 (thanks, Yamaha!). Encouraged by its vocal triple, we even had a bit of off-roading before the sounds of screaming two-strokes and big, single-cylinder four strokes gave away that we arrived.

Highlights

Article

Due to the conditions of the previous nights, the track didn’t need additional irrigation as it was muddy enough, a point proved by the bikes bringing home chunks of track-shaped mud all over. Aside from the more common dirt bikes, there were men and women brave enough to take on the rut-laden track on vintage BSA’s, an off-road version of our own steed-for-the-week XSR900, and even a pristine Honda CR500 that got treated to a case of what-it’s-made-for on track; leaving a lovely sound and smell in the process.

image alt text

Product images

Article

image alt text

The concept is great, starting your run by pressing the stopwatch before trying to work out the track. Depending on how brave you are (and how the night before went) you can then apply for another round, beating the clock and working your way up on the timetable for the win. We couldn’t help but start dreaming about enrolling our 2WD KTM - the REV’IT! #95 - for next year’s edition…

image alt text

Product images

Intro text

The El Rollo Flat Track

Saturdays are spent sideways at Wheels & Waves thanks to the annual El Rollo Flat Track race.

Highlights

Article

El Rollo 2018

The crowd favorite, La Copita, moped race is mixed with vintage and modern classes together making up for a great day of racing, with the Super Hooligans class rounding it up with the bigger displacement bikes.

El Rollo 2018

Article

Fear clearly has no grip on the latter grid of riders, something that becomes clear the moment you see the rear-wheel of a seemingly stock Harley-Davidson Sportster aim for the haybales while fighting off a pack of hungry Indians (the bikes) in close pursuit. The Lasarte Oria Hippodrome gets treated to a serious horsepower boost once a year -normally home to horse races- so, the participants at El Rollo make sure it counts.

960x740 . 700x540 . 400x480 . 560x530

Product images

El Rollo 2018
El Rollo 2018
El Rollo 2018
El Rollo 2018
El Rollo 2018

Product images

Hooligan Class - El Rollo 2018

Intro text

Sunday Fun Day

With the weather holding up the last day of Wheels and Waves, it was all about surfing, singing and steering towards the open road for one last time during the ride-out.

Highlights

Article

Simultaneously, it was the closing day of the event, meaning we had a final go at talking to the visitors, the organizers, the bike builders and other friends we made in the past just or there and then. With music filling the event space, everybody took in the atmosphere until the evening set, leaving La Halle Iraty saturated.

960x740 . 700x540 . 400x480 . 560x530

Article

For us, it meant breaking down our setup, taking apart our floor and neatly tucking our new urban collection away for future events. A late dinner with the team was all that got between us and a good night sleep before setting sail towards the Dutch horizon again.

960x740 . 700x540 . 400x480 . 560x530

Product images

image alt text

Intro text

That's a Wrap

About this page

It’s 05:00 on Monday morning and felt like Groundhog Day as we started up our trusted truck. With 18 hours of driving ahead of us, we had enough time to reflect on the event, one that didn’t start as expected yet exceeded expectations in the end. While setting up indoors, morale needed a boost as we all hoped for the ideal situation of spending time in the sun with likeminded enthusiasts, overlooking the ocean with roaring bikes as musical enhancement for the event.

It didn’t happen, but all together - the organization, the exhibitors and the visitors - Wheels and Waves grew as an event. Because there were more visitors? While writing this, we don’t have a clue. Because La Halle Iraty was a better location? We’re honest when we say that we’d rather have been under a sunny sky, so probably not. It’s because the custom motorcycle community showed that a little rain couldn’t spoil the game.

Highlights

1920x1032 . 1680x903 . 560x560 . 480x786 . 1680x903

So, behind the wheel at a still-limited speed of 90 kilometers per hour, we look back at our week at Wheels and Waves with a big smile on our face. Bring on 2019.