LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — In this week's Nevada Built, we introduce you to a business owner who came to the U.S. to pursue his dream. As 13 Action News anchor Todd Quinones reports, he arrived in Las Vegas and has been revving up customers ever since.
Getting peak performance out of motorcycles is all part of the appeal of Bar Himelblau's custom shop, HRP Customs.
Himelblau came to Las Vegas three years ago to open up his custom motorcycle shop. In those three years, he upgraded from a 500-square-foot shop to a nearly 5,000-square-foot operation off of Arville Street and Harmon Avenue.
Tuning up motorcycles to their maximum potential and efficiency is Himelblau's passion.
"I've been doing it professionally for about 10 years now. I came from Israel and I have a big custom shop, just the same like that in Israel," Himelblau said.
HRP Customs does everything from small modifications to essentially building the bike from scratch. That includes custom welds on exhaust systems, sandblasting bike parts, and even custom paint jobs that get finished by baking in a 400-degree oven.
"You can feel all of the changes that we do right away," Himelblau said.
His modifications can help a motorcycle get more torque, for example, and more power at a lower RPM.
"It's a feeling that you can't describe," Himelblau said. "It's something that you connect with the machine that you just built two days ago on the lift. And it's just amazing feeling."
With high-performance enhancements that allow the bikes to reach speeds of 160 miles-per-hour and higher, Himelblau says these bikes are meant for the track — not the street.
There are four motorcycle tracks in Las Vegas to use, he said. "Some up north, some in the south. Very great tracks."
Today, Himelblau employs four people and is looking to hire more certified mechanics as he looks to continue expanding.