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Find the Best-Dressed Bikers You'll Ever See at the 2017 Distinguished Gentleman's Ride

Spotted: sport coats, scramblers, brogues, purring engines, bow ties, and Ely Buendia
IMAGE Sam Beltran
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At the crack of sunrise last Sunday, gentlemen and ladies in leather brogues and sport coats rode off to the Manila Bay atop classic and vintage motorcycles for the Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride 2017, the third time the Philippines joined in on the annual worldwide ride, and what is perhaps the most successful staging of the event in the country. A parallel ride was also held in Cebu.

Over 700 riders (614 registered in Manila and 144 in Cebu) followed this year's route). In Manila, it started from the Cultural Center of the Philippines, and then went to the Quezon City Hall via EDSA, before finishing up at Mandala Park on Shaw Boulevard. At the same time, in over 600 cities all over the world, roads sang with the engines of more scramblers, Italian scooters, and café racers, all to raise funds for prostate cancer and men’s mental health.

The Ride was also a celebration of style, as men wore their best threads, showing off a range of looks, from a full-on tux reminiscent of Sean Connery’s James Bond to outfits more tempered for the city’s tropical weather, with button-down shirts, bow ties, and suspenders. While ascots, vests, and ties reigned supreme, others went for a more James Dean-inspired look, channeling the icon’s Rebel Without a Cause style in leather jackets and workwear denim.

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And while you consider donating funds to the cause, enjoy some of the most stylish moments at this year’s ride.


A moustached rider leads the pack in an '80s-inspired Hawaiian shirt and chinos.


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A classic look: gray vest and trouser set plus white shirt plus plaid scarf


STKD head designer Fred Guerrero shows off Bastardo, his custom Ducati Scrambler. Note the chestnut lace-up boots.


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This gentleman rider pairs his denim jacket with a royal blue shirt and striped tie for a Wall Street-meets-Easy Rider look.


A Royal Enfield Classic motorcycle makes an appearance.


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Gents having a good time despite the daytime heat.


Ducati Philippines GM Marc De Joya channels Sean Connery’s 007 in a sleek tux, pleated dress shirt, and bow tie. Check out the vintage-style open-face helmet, too.


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High-fade pomp, rolled-up sleeves that showed off his tattoos, light blue vest with dark denim, and round-toe boots—this fellow brought his A-game to The Ride.


A stack of classic motorcycles done for the day

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Known motorcycle enthusiast Ely Buendia also made an appearance.

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