Any of the Bobberhood donning tweeds in September to take part in the Distinguished Gentleman's Ride? This will be my first on the bobber, I don't think you could find a more suitable bike and this year Pork Scratchings MCC will be made up of my group of riding mates whose bikes include a Harley, BMW, Triumph Street Twin, Vespa, maybe a Kawasaki or two, possibly an Indian Chief and then there's Rupert who will no doubt bring one of his collection of vintage bikes (anywhere from 1913 onwards) and steal all the limelight. The Peugot 350cc single in the middle of the group was possibly the most photographed bike of the Bristol ride last year and cropped up everywhere.
Registrations have opened a little earlier than the published date of 1 August (UK anyway) and the ride is worldwide on Sunday 29 September.
I heartily encourage everyone to take part if there is a ride nearby as the event raises money for research into prostate cancer and also funds programs dealing with men's mental health issues and suicide prevention, all things which have a huge but not often discussed impact.
So if you can scrape together some posh togs, register for your local ride and get your friends, family and co-workers to donate a few pounds/dollars/euros/bitcoins for you to ride your calssic/vintage styled bike you can help make a difference. If you are unable to make to a ride, maybe think about slinging that cash in the direction of someone who is taking part. And, if you don't know anyone who is taking part, then you can always donate to my collection via my DGR profile page:
Iíll be riding for sure. Iím in Thailand and the event is very well followed. The triumph dealerships in Bangkok all take part and also the dealer in Khon Kaen Province which is much closer to me. I havenít yet decided whether to sign up for Bangkok or KK. I have a friend visiting from the UK who will also join. Itís going to be a fun week because the following weekend we have the MOTO GP in Buriram. The track is only 30km from my house.
Not sure who is sponsoring the ride in Savannah this year... Iíve spoken to people and the ďpoliticsĒ of the DGR is a bit difficult. Especially with Triumph being a main sponsor.
We shall see, on the bright side, I pick up another 17 Bobber tomorrow morning. This one is for my wife, Iím getting tired of her taking mine to work...