As Gulf Bike Week revs into action, Benita Adesuyan gets to know some of Dubai’s motorcycle clubs and communities.
Gulf Bike Week gets into gear this week, bringing with it plenty of hot wheeling demos and events, but away from all the action there are communities of bikers in Dubai for whom bike week, is every week.
A café and community gathering spot on Jumeirah Beach Road, this American-style diner is an ode to life on two wheels. Adorned with memorabilia and vintage photos on the wall depicting the golden age of motorbiking, this spot attracts riders, enthusiasts and fans without bikes who love the lifestyle. The café also hosts a monthly display of the latest bike designs from well-known brands such as Yamaha, Triumph and Suzuki. Pop in for a nostalgic dose of Americana and to meet fellow motorbike enthusiasts who frequent the café.
Jumeirah Beach Road, www.bikerscafe.com (04 349 3585).
Black Eagles Motorcycle Club
Black Eagles MC was started up ten years ago in Dubai by a group motorheads who wanted to bring the riding community together. The group is very active socially and frequently sponsors charity events. Most of the club’s riders own cruisers, Harley-Davidsons or Victory motorcycles, but the organisers welcome bikers with all kind of bike. Black Eagles MC gets together every weekend, and often arranges a mid-week ride too, and gather for a meal. The club has a varied membership of nationalities and ages and they often head to the less congested roads of Hatta, Al Ain and Fujairah for their road trips. They host an annual party in February, which is open to the whole community, riding or not. See the club website for details and meet up locations.
www.bemcuae.com (050 383 1325).
Harley-Davidson Owners Group
The Dubai section of the global network of Harley-Davidson owners this is one of the largest networks of bike owners and riders in the region. There are more than 1,600 members in Dubai and once you buy a Harley you’re automatically in the club – Harley-Davidson provides you with a one-year free international as well as local membership. After that you need to renew your membership annually.
Harley-Davidson has an open house event once a year where members get a sneak preview of the latest models. The Group organises Friday morning Signature Rides, where bikers meet up at the Hessa petrol station on Al Khail Road for a group ride out to the desert with a stop-off for breakfast.
In addition to the Friday rides they have weekly Tuesday night rides and members are invited on trips to Fujairah and other emirates, giving them a chance to get together and ride along the open roads. There’s also a Ladies of Harley group that organises women’s rides and charity events. This is a wide and active network of riders who also meet up for club nights and social dinners – when it might be best to leave the bike at home.
Dhs268 per year (international membership), Dhs150 per year (local membership). Friday Signature Rides 5am, meet up at the Hessa petrol station, Al Khail Road. www.hogdubai.com (no number).
This cool shop in Al Quoz specialises in Headbanger Motorcycles and apparel. The store also has customised bikes and offers servicing, maintenance and advice to bike owners. It has an active Facebook page where patrons can connect. The store is run by Tarek Azmi, and he organises regular Rumble Rides, where motorcyclists can get together for a road trip that usually finishes off with dinner. The rides are open to owners of all bikes.
Al Quoz Warehouse 2, Street 4, www.facebook.com/rumblecycles (055 811 1321).
The California Superbike School
If you’re learning to ride or are new to motorbiking, develop your road confidence with a superbike programme at Dubai Autodrome. The course is taught by experts who will help you develop better corning skills, throttle control and stability on superbikes. Register online to book your place on the course.
From Dhs2,700 (early-bird rates for level one until October 31). December 12 to 13. 7am-5pm. Dubai Autodrome, www.superbikeschoolme.com (4-4478 138).