The Red Bull arch must have been 100-feet tall. Visible from a mile in any direction—a shining, inflatable beacon of good times, it promised the thrill of speed, action, and adrenaline. The Mission Foods Moto Beach Classic had once again come to Huntington Beach, but with a new partner that would prove to ramp things up in a totally new way. Red Bull Straight Rhythm joined Super Hooligan racing and all the wonder that is Moto Beach to make SoCal’s greatest two-wheeled beach party even better, faster, and more action–packed for 2022.
Moto Beach has always been a celebration of everything we love most, in the place we love most. Motorcycle racing, custom bikes, works from incredible artists, tasty food, good music, support from the best brands, and all of our favorite people, right on the sand in Southern California.
The forecast for October 15th called for rain, pulling surfers away from the water but light sprinkles had little effect on the party. Just enough overcast weather and small waves encouraged the local population to flock to Huntington Beach State Park for our favorite pretty much annual event.
ART & BIKE SHOW
Crowds were bigger than ever and we brought our biggest presence yet to meet them. Art mixed with custom motorcycles as huge backdrops brought spectators fully into the experience. A race bike in front of a painted illusion made it look like the bike was coming straight at you. Top-level choppers from some of the greatest builders in the world sat next to accomplished machines from Super Hooligan and King of the Baggers racing, custom RSD machines, boogie vans, and more. A hot pink chopper was made to look like a scale model with a 6-foot long tube of super glue nearby. Famous surfboard shaper and artist Peter Schroff brought out a wild board sculpture with V-8 exhaust pipes, a computer, a satellite dish, and a fish tank built into it. And all of this art, is surrounded by an incredibly diverse and high-quality selection of custom motorcycles. From LiveWire to long bike, sculpture to live art, there was something for everything.
Brad Parker – Evel/BMW drift wall
Melanie Dierks – Vtwin ecstacy
Steve Fawley - Marlbro
Roland Sands- TZRD and BMW Dragster
Mikey Zeller – Smoke Em’
Josh Pena – Moto Flow
Joe Hitzelberger – Yami Smoke Show
Nick Sawyer – Shark Twin
Choppers Magazine – Carey Brobeck
Peter Schroff – Pink surfboard
RUSS BROWN MOTORCYCLE ATTORNEYS VENDOR VILLAGE
As always, Moto Beach couldn’t happen without support from our incredible vendors, and who doesn’t love a chance to come out and experience your favorite brands in person? BMW, Yamaha, LiveWire, Royal Enfield, Indian Motorcycles, Dunlop, MOTUL and Polaris RZR, all had their latest models out on display. Bell Helmets was slingin’ lids and giving out tattoos in their booth. Super73 and Stacyc brought out their eBikes. MotoDoffo was there with some of the incredible motorcycles in their collection and of course, wine. Russ Brown Motorcycle Attorneys, R3Di, Deus, and many more were there getting facetime with SoCal locals.
SUPER HOOLIGAN FLAT TRACK RACING
The Mission Foods Moto Beach Classic kicked off around 1pm with the Dunlop Dash for Cash race, followed by a crowd favorite: the Stacyc Kids’ Ebike races, spinning laps on the dirt oval. The Support Class raced before Super73’s main race, which then led into the Super Hooligan mains.
The main class was stacked with incredibly talented racers from different avenues of motorcycling, all spittin dirt and bangin’ bars for bragging rights. This was a standalone event, not part of the Super Hooligan series, so once the 20-lap race was over—that was it. In the end, old timers showed the young guns how it’s done with all three podium positions held by riders of the age of 55. Sam Cover took third place, Tony Alves took second, and Brad Spencer won the day.
Special thanks to BGS for the amazing graphics and bannering helping get all our sponsors branded love on the track and throughout the site.
RED BULL STRAIGHT RHYTHM
Only moments after flat track trophies were awarded, the National Anthem began and Red Bull Straight Rhythm was starting. A track made up of drops, motocross whoops, and jumps stretches a half-mile down the beach. 32 riders on 2-strokes raced head-to-head, two at a time down the track. It’s not about outright top speed, but finding the rhythm, scrubbing jumps to get back on that rear-wheel power and quickly as possible, and being the first to cross the finish line. The 250cc Class was the main event with Marvin Musquin and Ken Roczen battling it out for the title. Roczen had been leading through qualifiers all day, but light rain hit just in time to change up the course for the final race. With Roczen off to a rocky start, Musquin had a perfect run and clenched the victory.
If you weren’t able to make it out to this year’s Moto Beach Classic and Red Bull Straight Rhythm, official merchandise is still available through the RSD store. And as always, follow along with all of our social channels to stay plugged in to our upcoming events schedule and weekly happenings at the Long Beach shop!
The inaugural Moto Beach Classic started out as a wild idea from Roland Sands and crew in 2017 and has developed into a Southern California motorcycle cultural explosion. From massive concerts to short track racing on the sand in Huntington Beach, the MBC has always delivered the unexpected in the heart of Southern California surf culture.
This year's event brings a massive new partnership with our friends from Red Bull and their iconic Red Bull Straight Rhythm Race, for a one-day, jam-packed, moto-centric event with a projected attendance of 20,000 moto fans, at Huntington State Beach.
October 15, 2022
The Moto Beach Classic will anchor the cultural side of the day with Super Hooligan National Championship racing and over 100 riders doing battle on a dirt short track built on the sand. Key attractions also include a custom bike show, vendors, art, food, and drinks, all moto centric and all Surfside.
This one-day event will include the best motocross riders on the planet, battling side by side for Straight Rhythm glory on a specially-built dirt motocross track featuring full-size supercross jumps and no turns, parallel to Pacific Coast Highway, alongside the hospitality and perks expected of Red Bull signature events.
OCTOBER 15TH, 2022
HUNTINGTON STATE BEACH
21601 E Pacific Coast Highway
Huntington Beach, CA 92646
RED BULL STRAIGHT RHYTHM – MOTOCROSS ON THE BEACH, SUPER HOOLIGAN
FLAT TRACK RACING
BIKE SHOW, ART SHOW, MUSIC
FOOD AND DRINK … SURFSIDE.
"Roland Sands and his team at RSD are definitely thinking outside the box and breaking the mold when it comes to throwing and promoting moto-centric events, racing, and festivals. They're pushing the boundaries and creating new ones, all while providing exciting forms of motorcycle entertainment for the masses-all in an effort to raise awareness and bring different worlds of motorcycling and motorcycle culture together. That, and to have a little fun in the process..."
MOTO CLASSIC BIKE SHOW
No moto-centric event would be complete without a custom bike show. Motorcycling is and has always been a culture of
creativity, engineering, and customization, and provides a forum for the industry’s best and brightest builders to show off their
latest rolling art pieces. The Moto Classic Bike Show will be an exclusive opportunity to pair your business with some of the
scene’s most notable names and extensive exposure on all RSD and attending builder’s websites, blogs, and social channels.
We are currently taking submission to the Moto Classic Bike Show, please email motorcycle description, images and builder info to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Russ Brown Motorcycle Attorneys vendor village at Moto Beach is a great way to see and experience products from some your favorite brands. Whether you’re into motorcycles, e-Bikes, hand crafted art, riding gear, sunglasses, leather goods or jewelry, there is something for everyone.
Past vendors included Roland Sands Design, Deus ex Machina, Vans, Indian Motorcycle, Moto Doffo Winery, Stellar Moto, BMW Motorcycles, Dunlop Tires, GEICO, Saddleman Seats, Royal Enfield, KROQ, ASV, MoonEyes, Black Fly’s, Super73, STACYC, HD LiveWire, Russ Brown Attorneys, Vance & Hines, Hurley, Inked Iron, We Big, K &N Filters, Yamaha.
ARCHITECTS OF INSPIRATION ART SHOW
The Architects of Inspiration will be a centerpiece of the Moto Beach Classic event. A curated collection of unique installations inspired by moto and surf culture. Initially structured to solely be an art collective, the Architects of Inspiration has grown to be a larger platform that included more creatives, such as live muralist painters and local music gurus. This year, the Architects of Inspiration Art Show will take place on the sand between the Super Hooligan Dirt Track and the Moto Classic Custom Bike Show.
SUPER HOOLIGAN FLAT TRACK RACING
As with any RSD event, the main focus is on motorcycle racing. The Moto Beach Classic serves as the season finale for AMA Super Hooligan National Championship and also offers anyone a chance to race on the short track built on the sand. Past classes include Run What Ya Brung, Desert MX Open, Vintage Air Cooled, Mad Dog Mini and more, offering a ton of fun, regardless of which side of the handlebars you are on.