HUNDREDS of Perth’s vintage, retro and custom bike riders showed out in force today to support the global fundraising motorcycle event, the Distinguished Gentlemans Ride.
The official DGR website showed 517 riders registered for the event in Perth (plus one in Karratha and 20 in Busselton) and a West Australia fundraising effort of just over $103,000 towards prostate cancer research and suicide prevention. Nationally, 4380 registered riders contributed to a tally of more than $800,000 while the global figures were almost 56,000 riders and more than $US3 million across 90 countries.
The Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride was founded in Sydney by Mark Hawwa. It was inspired by a photo of Mad Men’s Don Draper astride a classic bike and wearing his finest suit. Mark 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 in 2012 brought together over 2,500 riders across 64 cities.
The Perth ride started at the Quarry Amphitheatre in City Beach then meandered down to the Fremantle Sailing Club, causing a virtual traffic standstill along the trendy Fremantle cafe strip.
We cracked out the Nikon at the amphitheatre to capture these pics.
CAPTION: Dapper comes in many shapes and styles …
CAPTION: Stunning custom Harley was a head-turner.
CAPTION: Nice jacket. British, perchance?
CAPTION: Start, ya bastard. Paparazzi apprentice captures the moment.
CAPTION: Don’t let the black tank fool you, love. It needs about f5.6 at 1/250.
CAPTION: No Turtle Wax or Autosol for cool-as Lambretta. (Do check out our story about the Vespa Museum when you’ve absorbed all the pics)
CAPTION: The new range of Indians are pretty cool. But not as cool as the old ones.
CAPTION: Lovely old Norton (Dominator?) The new Shoei looks just a little out of place …
CAPTION: Very original R90S looked like it had just rolled off the factory floor. Beautiful.
CAPTION: Nowhere near original airhead Beemer boasted a great paint job and slick engineering.
CAPTION: Kiwi bear oversaw proceedings at the quarry. Nice jumper.
CAPTION: From the rare-as-hen’s-teeth department, a Brook Henry V-Two Alchemy. Don’t expect to find one of these on Gumtree.
CAPTION: You won’t find one of these either. Imported from the USA, a Triumph X75. Memory tells us they were marketed as Hurricanes in some countries. It shares shed space with the tasty Commando alongside.
CAPTION: Hey, we know this bike! Scott Allen’s MkIV LeMans was allowed out for the day. The bike has a great back story. Read it here.
CAPTION: A distinguished gentleman.
CAPTION: Paint work on GT750 Ducati was beautiful. Why don’t they build seats like that any more?