Gentlemen ride for a cause, look damned good doing so
The Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride was held yesterday, September 25, at the Quezon City Memorial Circle. The assembly of gentlemen started to gather at around 6:30am with their vintage bikes of choice—café racers, scramblers, choppers, classic scooters; a Triumph in one corner, a Royal Enfield in the other, BMWs and Harleys scattered throughout. More bikes coming in one by one, with each rider stepping out in haberdashery finer than what you’d consider your Sunday’s best.
Jake Verzosa and Armi Millare doing a literal take on double denim.
The Ride began in 2012, organized in Sydney, Australia by Mark Hawwa after seeing a photo of Mad Men’s Don Draper wearing another one of his well-tailored suits, but on a bike. It got him thinking that a themed ride of well-dressed men on their bikes would be a great way to break the negative connotations of a man in motorcycle, while, at the same time, expand and bring different motorcycle communities together. The concept of this worldwide event is straightforward: more than 50,000 riders from over 500 cities across 90 countries riding together, dressed up in classic and vintage styles, to raise funds for prostate cancer and men’s health research.
Brown tweed sport coats, three-piece navy suits, crisp white dress shirts, all decked out for the ride, with brogues gleaming of a recent polish and the occasional mustache to match. On the other end of the spectrum, for those not opting to go the dressy route, were riders who came straight out of The Wild One (1953)—black leather biker jackets, bandanas wrapped around their necks, wallet chains sticking out from back pockets of 14-oz. denim jeans, and hair cemented with pomade. At 7:45, they all gathered around the organizer, who promptly announced the route they’ll burn in unison. Just before the signal to hop on their vehicles, the men cheered out loud. There is something in the air in that moment, not just the fumes of burning gasoline, but a sense of brotherhood and merriment from a band of gentlemen all united by their passion for the ride.
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