Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride 2015

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Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride 2015

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Giving the ‘Heave-Ho’ to prostate cancer, two glorious wheels at a time.

Question: What do you get when you cross a disease that kills over 1,300 men a day and a classic motorcycle?

Answer: The Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride: A global custom motorcycle event that is giving the marching orders to prostate cancer.

On Sunday September 27th 2015, more than 30,000 smartly-dressed gentlefolk in over 400 cities will straddle the saddles of their café racers, bobbers, scramblers and other marvellous custom motorcycles to raise awareness and help fund the cure for prostate cancer.

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Please visit www.gentlemansride.com to register for the 2015 ride. Ride details and map are only available for registered riders on the website.

In grand style, dapper gents and elegant ladies shall ride their steeds spreading merriment and joy throughout their communities whilst raising awareness for men’s health.

In 2013, over 11,000 participants in 145 cities around the world raised over $277,000 for prostate cancer research.

In 2014, over 20,000 participants in 257 cities in 58 countries raised over $1.5 million (US) for prostate cancer research. Our fundraising goal for 2015 is $3 million (US).

‘Tell me more, sir!’ – About The Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride

The Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride was founded in 2012 in Sydney Australia, inspired by a photo of Mad Men’s Don Draper astride a classic bike and wearing his finest suit. It was decided a themed ride would be a great way to combat the often-negative stereotype of men on motorcycles, whilst connecting niche motorcycle communities together. That first ride brought together over 2,500 riders across 64 cities. The success of the event encouraged the founder to consider how it could be used to support a worthy cause. And the rest, as they say, is eloquently attired history.

Once again ‘Triumph Motorcycles’ one of the world’s most iconic and admired motorcycle manufacturers, has lent it’s support to The Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride, imbuing it’s esteemed heritage to the event and twisting the throttle to defeat prostate cancer.

Mark the 27 th of September in your leather-bound diary. Join a ride, donate to the cause or just come and cheer along some of your community’s finest Gentlefolk as they give prostate cancer the mighty ‘Heave-Ho’.

Please visit www.gentlemansride.com to register for the 2015 ride. Ride details and map are only available for registered riders on the website.


DGR 2014 Story by MOTOR CULTURE ASIA

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The Distinguished Gentlemen’s Ride 2014
MOTOR CULTURE ASIA

The event was attended by a ton of well-suited bikers on their custom bikes, who made their entrances in style and spruced up this year’s Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride (DGR 2014), held on Sunday 28th September 2014. The DGR folks have teamed up with the most iconic and dapper of motorcycle companies, Triumph, on a global scale this year, to help add some highbrow horsepower to the event.

The official sponsor for the local DGR event was Mah Pte Ltd, the exclusive distributor of Triumph motorcycles in Singapore.

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Motorwerks was the boiling teapot for the internationally coordinated event consisting of classics, café racers, bobbers, trackers, customs, modern classics, scooters and all the two and three-wheeled machines meeting together for an eventful afternoon ride and an evening at Zouk.

Founded just two years ago, the Distinguished Gentlemen’s Ride was inspired by a photo of Mad Men’s Don Draper astride a classic bike and wearing his finest suit. It was there and then that the organisers decided a themed ride would be a great way to combat the often-negative stereotype of men on motorcycles.

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The very first DGR ride brought together over 2,500 riders across 64 cities, including Singapore, which also held the inaugural event in 2012. The success of the DGR further encouraged the organisers to consider how it could be used to support a worthy cause. In 2013, more than 11,000 participants in 145 cities around the world raised over $277,000 for prostate cancer research.

This year, the DGR organisers expected about 20,000 resplendent raconteurs to grace the streets of over 220 cities worldwide, dressed in their finest and onboard their splendid two-wheeled beauties. An estimated $1 million is to be raised for prostate cancer research in the most honorable DAPPER (Adj.) – Neat, trimmed and stylish, and dignified two-wheeling fashion. All funds raised in the 2014 event will go to the Prostate Cancer Foundation in the UK, USA and Australia.

The rest, as they say in the DGR website, will be stylishly attired history.

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The turnout in Singapore was the largest in local DGR history, with a number of well over 350 riders turning up at the starting point. From the Motorwerks flagship store at the UB.One building, the well-mannered convoy moved off in unison to the first pit stop at Fort Canning Rise Carpark. The huge convoy then rode to the Singapore Flyer for a rest point on the F1 straights before heading down to the Dapper Down After Party at Zouk.

According to Daniel, a first-timer to Singapore’s DGR, “It was a good turnout and there were definitely more motorcycles than I expected based on photos and videos from the previous two years.

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This year seemed to have something special with a pickup in front of the convoy accommodating the video crew. The guys and gals were really sporting to be standing around all sharply dressed-up and riding with the large number of fellow bikers under the blazing afternoon sun.”

Johnny, who came in his Harley-Davidson Sportster, was happy with the ride, “I loved the ‘Suit of the Day’ on-site photography held at the back lane of Motorwerks. The props and backdrop mural was pretty cool. There were P-plate riders, scooters going at 40km/hr, sidecars, Spyders and sporty Ducatis… it was a pretty mixed-up bunch but that was what made it so cool.”

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The evening at Zouk presented a much-needed respite from the afternoon heat and riders had the final opportunity to flaunt and improve on their dapper style at the various booths where monocles, jaunty trimmed moustaches, silk vests, crisp shirts, classic T-shirts, vintage sunglasses and tailored stuff were being marketed.

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So what ho! If you missed this year’s Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride, there’s always next year. Fret not, we’re sure it’s going to be a blast again.


TRIUMPH-aD


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