Army Combat Veteran Owned & Operated
Chris and Claudia Raiti have a remarkable journey that led them to California. After Chris's retirement from the Army, where he served diligently for 25 years in diverse locations such as Afghanistan, Korea, Italy, Germany, England, and across the United States, the couple embarked on a new adventure. Their shared passion for Harley-Davidson motorcycles, a bond formed since they first crossed paths in 2002, served as the cornerstone for their dream. In September 2017, Chris and Claudia turned their lifelong aspiration into a reality by opening Wide Open Throttle in Ventura. Chris, drawing from his business school knowledge, years of hands-on experience with various vehicles, and an unquenchable thirst for learning, takes the helm at the shop, while Claudia dedicates her weekdays to making a positive impact through her work with a local nonprofit organization. Together, they bring a wealth of experience, dedication, and enthusiasm to the world of motorcycle service, repair, customization, and performance.
We take pride in being a small, welcoming performance shop nestled in the heart of Ventura, California. When you step through our doors or give us a call, you'll receive a warm greeting from our owners, Chris and Claudia, as well as our dedicated manager, Jason.
Jason Adams is more than just a manager; he's a long-time friend of the Raiti family. Their journey goes back to their days in Chris' platoon at Fort Calvazos, Texas, from 1999 to 2001. Despite their separate global adventures, their friendship has remained unbreakable. Jason officially joined the Wide Open Throttle team in 2020, taking on the role of Operations Officer and Manager. He's the driving force behind keeping things running smoothly in the shop, managing communications with our valued customers, and maintaining strong relationships with our trusted vendors.
When it comes to the mechanical wizardry that happens in our shop, Jaime Gaona and Tyler Ferdolage are the dynamic duo you can count on. Jaime boasts over twenty years of experience as a certified Harley technician, making him a seasoned pro in the field. On the other hand, Tyler is newer to the vocation but has proven himself to be a quick study. Beyond mechanical expertise, Tyler also excels as a tuner, ensuring that bikes not only run smoothly but achieve peak performance levels.
With this dedicated team by your side, you can trust that Wide Open Throttle is more than just a shop – we're a community of passionate motorcycle enthusiasts ready to provide top-notch service and expertise to all our customers.