It’s quite a well-known fact that the biker culture is not as well-spread in our region as it is in many other parts of the world. It’s quite surprising too, considering the huge turnaround of exquisitely tuned cars and SUVs we see daily on our roads.
Maybe our weather plays a significant role here, people preferring to remain ensconced in their leather-lined four-wheelers, staying away from the dust and the blinding sun.
The cooler months do see a good number of enthusiasts bring out their two-wheeled beauties out on the roads (not your everyday courier guy riding a 100cc bike, mind it!), enjoying the clear skies, crisp air and the call of the open road.
On that note, we have here a classic case of an auto enthusiast on the road to building a custom motorcycle, and one that’s specifically personalized for the region no less.
If you’re at least a bit inclined towards local motorsport, you would’ve come across the name of Omran Al Owais. A UAE national, our man is an avid car, bike and racing enthusiast as well as a familiar face in the racing scene and all-around good guy.
To realize his dream, Omran’s first bike had to be very close to the one he had been nurturing in his mind’s garage. Countless hours and sleepless nights poring over international motorcycle forums, Omran came across his inspirational bike, the Rocket Bob.
The starting point for Omran’s latest project is a Harley Davidson Street Bob, you know, the Big-Twin sporting classic bobber styling and pared down to just the essential elements for a purely authentic ride. Dubbed Saru5, which means ‘rocket’ in Arabic, the Harley has been sprinkled with ideas gleaned from www.rocketbobs.biz, and worked on by Naushad from Dubai’s Custom Bikes, who has not just taken great care in building the bike but worked patiently with Omran to put the latter’s gazillion ideas into fruition.
In the next few months, Omran is planning to work on the bike to make it more suited for our region, or Arab-ized if you may.
Watch this space for more on Omran’s custom Harley.