By Marion Ali
A visit from more than 200 members of the Black Pearl Cycle Club, a fraternity of motorcyclists, had Belize City Streets revving to the sounds of powerful motorbike engines last weekend.
The group of motorcycle enthusiasts congregates at least once a year for their Annual Bikers’ Convention, and this year it was Belize’s local Harley Davidson outlet’s turn to host the event.
According to Nigel Espat, a local member of the group, the international group of bikers meet a couple times each year to hold private functions and its leadership has an executive that collects dues for these functions.
The group has one thing in common, he says – their love for bikes – pricey ones. The display over the two-day Convention included BMW’s, Cam An Spiders, Ducatti’s, Hondas and Yamahas, apart from the favoured Harleys.
In Belize, there aren’t very many Harley Davidson bikers and Espat admits that were it not for the other motor parts and accessory sales at Belize Auto Zone and at the Tourism Village, the local outlet would already be a non entity.
The prices of these luxury bikes range anywhere from $35,000 to $120,000. Some are equipped with radio and mapping and GPS capabilities for travelling.
The local outlet operates out of Belize Auto Zone, located on Cemetery Road.