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.

On Sunday September 27th 2015, more than 36,925 smartly-dressed gentlefolk in 410 cities from 79 countries straddled their saddles of their café racers, bobbers, scramblers and other marvellous custom motorcycles to raise awareness and help fund the cure for prostate cancer.

To help spread the merriment and raise funds for Prostate Cancer UK, I dusted off my suit, dug out my dicky bow and rode amongst some very distinguished gentlemen through the streets of Manchester city centre – a fantastically organised ride by the good chaps at Youles Motorcycles. Unfortunately, I wasn’t sure whether I could make the ride until the Tuesday before, so I only had 5 days to raise some money. That said, and with the help from you, I managed to raise £252 in that small space of time. So thank you sincerely to everyone who dug deep and donated to this fantastic cause. If you sponsored me and haven’t yet emailed me your address, then please do so now to kevin@odfu.co.uk so I can send a little thank you package in the post. If you would like donate please head over to my DGR page.

Also, the two gentlefolk at Bell have offered to donate a helmet to a good cause, just enter your email on their holding page and like any of the Bellclassicuk channels (Twitter, FB,Instagram) to get a Custom 500”

Take a look at some shots we managed to take on the day.

More images below courtesy of our friends at MWM Associates.


I caught up with Dan from Bell Helmets who has kindly offered to donate one of their beautiful helmets to a good cause. All you need to do is enter your email on their holding page and like any of the Bellclassicuk channels (Twitter, Facebook, Instagram) and you could bag yourself a Custom 500 Helmet!