The number and level of custom bikes at the Essen Motor Show is not what it used to be. But...
Rafik: "Growing up in Lebanon I’ve always enjoyed cars and bikes, but I loved to ride. I had my first bike at 13 years old. It was a green Honda 70XL I decided to paint black. My second bike was a Honda 350XL then I moved on to a Suzuki 1000GS when I was about 16.
"Coming from an artistic family with whom my father was a renown artist, drawing is something that I always took an interest in and used this to express my ideas. I eventually moved to the states and had several different occupations until I decided to go to barber school. After schooling I jumped right in to owning my own barber shop. When 2004 came that’s when I realized and truly found what my passion in life was. I always attended bike shows and was bored with looking at the same bike designs. That’s what drove me to designing and building my own creations into working concepts."
"I have recently purchased a 2500sq ft old barn which I converted into a shop. This is a far cry from the one car apartment garage I used to work out of. I now have more equipment and space to create and build my concepts. This is what I enjoy and have a passion for. I am truly blessed to have found my passion in life and to have great friends that support me in my dreams."