I’ve rarely seen a bone-stock motorcycle on the streets of UAE. Every rider around the world wants to have his or her own signature touch on their machines and I feel that the riders in the UAE are just too passionate about adding that special touch to their rides. Cost savings on fuel and next to nothing import duties are some of the reasons that make it easier for riders here to spend more on accessorising/customising their motorcycles. Also, there is a growing Café Racer culture here in the UAE that has evolved quite a bit over the last couple of years.
One such rider is Del Gasan, who has put in a lot of time and effort in customising his Triumph Bonneville. I have to admit, the Bonneville seems to be the number one motorcycle when it comes to customisation and it takes that extra effort to ensure your motorcycle stands out. Del’s motorcycle is a one-off custom built Triumph Cafe Racer.
Inspired by classic 1960’s styling with a wide selection of unique and distinctive features. All parts, accessories and lines echo’s a vintage cafe racer with a hint of ‘do it yourself’ hot-rod influences. Motorcycle UAE isn’t the first nor will it be the last publication to feature Del’s ride. It has already been featured in many notable publications, locally and internationally and I’m sure it will catch the attention of many more. He has already won accolades at the Gulf Bike Week 2014, Custom Bike Comp 2015 and the Deus Ex Machina Arabia Photo Booth Competition.
Some of his mods modifications include:
-Dime City Cycles bar-end mirrors
-British Customs vintage fork gaiters
-Vortex Clip-on handlebars
-Bella Corsa rear set footpegs
-Dime City Cycles reverse megaphone mufflers
-Dime City Cycles custom cafe racer seat + custom stitching
-British Customs vintage grips -Side ignition relocation
-British Customs air box removal kit
-British Customs rear fender eliminator kit
-Custom Benji headlight bucket
-Barracuda LED indicators
-British Customs axle mount licence plate
-British Custom discreet file reservoir
-Bella Corsa hide away gas cap
-P.J customs high flow side panels
-Avon Distanzia tires
-Blacked out engine
-Gloss black paint
-Long life battery
The number of Café Racers are growing and Del seems to be doing his bit in helping spread this trend. In addition to being a very active member in the riding community, he runs a group on Facebook called Café Racers Middle East. If you own a café racer and want to catch up with fellow riders, head over and join this online group.
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