Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride Manila, 2017

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!

Moto Builds Pilipinas 2017

It’s that time of the year… The 3rd edition of Moto Builds Pilipinas just took place and Sakay & Co was there to see what the biggest custom bike show in the country was all about.

The 3rd edition of this young show was hosted this time round in M.O.A.’s SMX Convention center and was included as a part of the 25th edition of Trans Sport Show.

We were anxious to see what the different Pinoy builders had in store and having been in numerous shows around the world, we wanted to see it for ourselves.  Also, we took this opportunity to present Alir, Beltza and La Pirata to the local custom bike building community.

What we loved:

The people.  In the Philippines it’s always the people.  The atmosphere was fantastic.  The event offered a platform for big and not so big builders to show their work, hang out, and meet riders, enthusiasts and backyard builders who in [almost] anonymity brought to the main stage some amazing world class builds.  Not to mention we made some very good new friends who we look forward to ride with soon and why not share some BBQ liempo with.

It was also very exciting to see some rare classics and the presence of one of BCR Designs machines on display (one of the many perks of being in the Philippines).

We mentioned we took 3 of our own to be displayed and we didn’t do too bad!  Both Beltza and La Pirata rolled into the venue almost directly from Batangas port as they returned, dirty and well ridden, from an amazing 10 day ride through Mindoro and Panay Islands.  We were up against some amazing bikes in 2 categories (Café Racer 201cc Up and Brat Tracker 201cc Up) and took the 3rd place in the latter with La Pirata.

What we missed:

It is a bike show guys, it would have been amazing to see some of the bikes parade onto the stage, listen to the engines and smell the petrol (without being told off for doing so). Booths were limited, crammed and cornered, which did not seem ideal for an event of its type.

Lastly, as part of the show, there was a build-off for which 5 builders were picked to build a bike starting with a Yamaha SZ150 and turn it into a chopper (picked out of a hat with Chopper, Bobber OR Cafe Racer options in it) in a month.  Unfortunately, not every builder complied, and even though all 5 builds were a great show of skills, a chopper is a chopper…

In any case, we would like to thank the organisers for putting up such a great event and congratulate the winners and all the people who participated and didn’t take a trophy home for making the show what it is today.  We will definitely return next year!

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