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Exploring Exotic Oman Two-Up on a KTM 990 Adventure

 Filmmaker Alex Chacón rides through a Middle Eastern desert of tranquility.

Published on 04.21.2015
Alex Chacon visits the middle east

Adventure junkies astride motorcycles make a habit of blazing new trails, often through uncharted territory where most mortals fear to tread.

Texan Alex Chacón counts among this rare breed as his latest endeavor on two wheels with a pillion attests – a 45-day exploration of little-known Oman, wedged in the south-east of the Arabian Peninsula.

The sultanate of Oman is not a popular destination, mainly because of the reputation of its troubled neighbor, Yemen, and by association, that of the volatile Middle East. But Alex Chacón has seen enough of the world to separate uninformed perceptions from reality, a decision that has been richly rewarding. Oman may be slightly smaller than Kansas, but it boasts an exotic culture and rich history that, at the height of its influence, stretched all the way to Zanzibar on the African east coast.

Usually riding solo, Chacón this time round has a pretty pillion rider, Rosy, for company. To discover Oman, they’re riding a KTM 990 Adventure, the perfect two-up bike for the sultanate’s road network that includes tortuous mountain tracks, tricky cobbled streets and First World asphalt roads.

The trip is punctuated by numerous highlights, but in Alex’s words, the desert scenery is “out of this world”. So is the camel riding, cuisine and of course, the friendly people of Oman. Certainly, the characteristic hospitality of the Omanis and the sense of safety Chacón and his companion have experienced is in stark contrast to the prevailing negativity associated with this politically unstable region.

Here’s to hoping that Alex Chacón’s video will help redress those unjust perceptions.

For more amazing photos from Alex’s trip check out his blog The Modern Motorcycle Diaries.

Author: Derek Alberts

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