My husband loves motorcycles but unfortunately for him, I don’t love the idea of him riding them. He used to own a bike but once we had kids, he sold it. Poor, deprived soul. (ahem, for the record, I didn’t force him to sell it, although I may have dropped a few subtle hints here and there. :) ) As it turns out, he’s not alone though because several friends I’ve talked to have said, “Oh my husband used to have a bike, but he sold it when we had kids.” Apparently this is a common phenomenon!
When his 40th birthday rolled around, I figured he could use a little something to remind him of those carefree, independent days. So I hopped on the internet, looking for motorcycle rental companies. This is when I came across Prestige Motorcycles. They offer Harley rentals and tours (visit their website for more info). I am a nervous type and will think through every possible terrible scenario so you can imagine what I was thinking when I was considering sending my husband, who hasn’t ridden a motorcycle in ages, out on a bike in a country full of completely self-absorbed, idiotic drivers. As soon as I saw that they offered tours I thought, “A-ha! Perfect! At least he’ll be more visible in a group and he’ll likely be with experienced riders.”
I called and spoke to Serge, a Canadian man who owns the company with his family. He could not have been more friendly, reassuring and knowledgeable. He really put me at ease and got me excited about my gift. I drove out to the Green Community where the showroom is located and marveled at the big selection of beautiful bikes. They were shiny, massive and just gorgeous! He asked if my husband likes loud bikes. “Nah,” I said. “He doesn’t care too much about that.” “Really?” he asked, skeptically. Then he cranked one up and I have to admit even I got excited by the rumble! I knew he’d love it.
He ended up going on the East Coast tour which leaves around 8 am and returns around 6 pm, going through Hatta and Fujairah. It’s a great combination of scenery: beach, desert and mountains. There are a few pit stops for coffee and lunch, so it’s a leisurely pace, but there’s plenty of riding time. Other tours are available to Abu Dhabi, Al Ain and more. Check the website for more info.
This is a unique and exciting way to see the UAE if you or someone you know has a motorcycle license. Serge and his team are so accommodating and attentive and go out of their way to make the day an unforgettable experience. He had a personalized gift certificate made to present to my husband on his birthday and was understanding when I wanted to change the date of the ride. At the end of the tour, he gave my husband a disc of video clips and photos from the day, along with a laminated certificate of sorts that featured some cute pictures. These special touches and his genuine interest in making it a special day really made the experience memorable. My husband and I both highly recommend it. Check it out and have fun on your hog! :)
**Photos courtesy of Prestige Motorcycles. This review is an honest account of our experience and was not sponsored.