It’s that time of the year, ladies and gentlemen… We spent the earlier part of this sunny Sunday riding in our best rags with the intention of raising funds for research into prostate cancer and men’s mental health. The Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride is on its 6th year (3rd one to be organised in the Pinoy capital) and has so far raised over US$4,000,000 (at the tome of writing).
We decided to add our little grain of sand for the cause and get involved and check out the dapper riding scene and yes… the bikes!
This was our first time in the DGR in the Philippines, but it was not our first DGR, and here is what we thought about the experience.
Rant Alert !!!
The DGR has a good build up during the months/weeks preceding the event, with plenty of information on the whys and the hows. Our fellow riders from down under have always done a great job illustrating how they envision the event with very simple but clear style guidelines. Unfortunately, and this is something we have seen in the event, globally, there are way too many people that don’t seem to get the memo on the dress code or the bike styles this event is intended for. As much as one can think: “Oh well… let them be… it’s for a good cause…” It seems a little unfair for the ones that actually make the effort and sometimes bend over backwards to do their best to fulfill the two main aesthetic requirements of the event. It is, after all, the Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride and not the “A button up shirt and my plastic 2015 stock scooter will do” ride, or the “My Sportster and a Hawaiian Shirt” ride.
End of Rant.
On a more positive note… Having a chance to see so many beautiful custom, vintage and classic bikes riding together, and having the opportunity to get to know the local gentlefolk, is always a pleasure. It is a great way to go for a nice joy ride around the city (which we rarely get to do) and the best excuse to see some old and new friends we don’t get to see as regularly as we would like to.
So, if you missed this years… make sure to save the last Sunday of September 2018 and join the gentry!
Oh, and if you do not have a set of wheels, you are in Manila, and would like to join the ride… Let us know! we may have a bike you can rent for next year’s Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride!