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Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride Raises $6M

2022 Distinguished Gentleman's Ride

Held on Sunday, May 22, 2022, the Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride broke all previous fundraising records. When fundraising ended, a new global record was set. There were 93,456 riders in 802 cities, spread across 104 countries. They dressed dapper and rode their classic motorcycles. And they raised nearly $6 million to support prostate cancer research and men’s mental health.

There was an incredible participation and fundraising effort from riders in North America. In the U.S. and Canada, 14,233 riders from 183 cities raised almost $2.5 million.

2022 Distinguished Gentleman's Ride
2022 Distinguished Gentleman's Ride

Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride Returns to Pre-Covid Format

Compared to the last pre-Covid DGR in 2019, the 2022 ride has raised 4% more. And compared to last year’s event with solo riding and social distancing, this year’s fundraising figure is 47% higher.

Since its first edition in 2012, DGR has gathered more than 400,000 riders of vintage and classic styled motorcycles from 114 countries around the world. Together, these events have raised more than $37 million for men’s health.

Triumph Returns as DGR’s Main Supporter

Triumph has proudly supported the Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride for the last nine editions. And for 2022, Triumph and Gibson Guitars joined forces to provide incredible prizes. A one-off T120 Gibson edition will be assigned to the highest fundraiser. And there will also be a Triumph-customized 1959 Les Paul Standard Reissue.

2022 Distinguished Gentleman's Ride
2022 Distinguished Gentleman's Ride

Next year’s edition will mark the 10th anniversary of Triumph supporting the Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride as the main partner and sponsor. For the occasion, Triumph and DGR fans will have something stunning coming their way.

Paul Stroud – Triumph Chief Commercial Officer:

“It is such an honor to be supporting the Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride and contribute towards this year’s incredible result, supporting prostate cancer research and men’s mental health. Next year will mark Triumph’s 10th anniversary as DGR main sponsor and we are working on something incredibly special to celebrate that milestone.”

2022 Distinguished Gentleman's Ride
2022 Distinguished Gentleman's Ride

Mark Hawwa – DGR Founder:

“What an incredible return to group riding! There really is nothing better than seeing tens-of-thousands of gentlefolk smiling and waving their way through city streets, in support of prostate cancer research and men’s mental health. It’s something we have missed dearly over the last two years. Our community returned with vigor this year with the top 3 global fundraisers raising more than any previous year, which we have been proud to reward with the support of our global partner, Triumph Motorcycles. The next year will be one to watch, as we celebrate 10 years together with Triumph Motorcycles in spectacularly sartorial style!”

2022 Distinguished Gentleman's Ride
2022 Distinguished Gentleman's Ride

About the Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride

The Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride (DGR) unites hundreds of thousands of classic and vintage style motorcycle riders all over the world to raise funds and awareness for prostate cancer research and men’s mental health. The Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride was founded in Sydney, Australia, in 2012 by Mark Hawwa. After inspiration from a photograph featuring classic suits and vintage motorcycles, Mark decided a themed ride would be a great way to combat the often-negative stereotype of motorcyclists and connect the global motorcycling community, and to raise funds for a cause important to every rider.

DGR raises funds for its charity partner, Movember, and is dedicated to raising funds and awareness for prostate cancer research and men’s mental health programs. Together, DGR and Movember have funded key research and community programs to help men make better connections with mates and lead happier and healthier lives.

For more information and to join your local ride, visit GentlemansRide.com.

RELATED: 2022 Triumph Bonneville Gold Line Editions | First Look Review

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Triumph and Gibson augment DGR prizes

After putting up a special Triumph-themed Gibson guitar and Gibson-themed Triumph Bonneville as a major fundraiser prize for the Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride, the companies have turned the amp up to 11.

Now they are offering three signed guitars as runner-up prizes for the 10th annual event on May 22. In the past nine years more than 100,000 riders in over 900 cities across the world have raised more than $US31 million for men’s mental health and prostate cancer awareness.

The major prize this year is a 1959 Legends Custom Edition Gibson Les Paul with Triumph design details and a 1959 Legends Custom Edition T120 Bonneville with Gibson design references.

The guitar has a hand-coach-lined pickguard inspired by the Bonneville’s trademark engine fins, and etched pick-up covers, branded truss rod cover and reissue switch backplate.

Gibson’s Triumph tribute

Triumph’s Bonneville T120 Gibson tribute features a hand-painted sunburst paint scheme like the Gibson with black painted guitar neck and headstock shape, edged with hand-painted coach lining, plus a host of branded touches.

Triumph Bonneville T120 Gibson edition

They form the major prize for the best fundraiser at this year’s Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride, a global charity for men’s mental health and prostate cancer awareness and fundraising.

The collaboration makes a lot of sense as many old rockers love their Bonnevilles and probably suffer from prostate issues!

And late last year Triumph Motorcycles announced it will continue its nine-year association with DGR for five more years.

Now, the companies have turned their amps up to 11 to offer more prizes for the DGR.

The three additional guitars are each signed by a famous musician, and each with a custom painted guitar case inspired by a legendary Triumph rider. The “Saints of Speed” custom guitar cases will be painted by the world-renowned guitar artist James Willis.

Gentlefolk Prize (open to participants raising over $US250)

Epiphone J-200
  • Epiphone ‘Inspired by Gibson’ J-200 guitar, signed by American country music star Big Kenny
  • Custom Triumph-inspired “Saints of Speed” guitar case, painted by James Willis

Highest Team Triumph Global Fundraiser

Epiphone SG
  • Epiphone ‘Inspired by Gibson’ SG Standard guitar, signed by Canadian musician Clayton Bellamy of The Road Hammers
  • Custom Triumph-inspired “Saints of Speed” guitar case, painted by James Willis

Spirit of ’59 Prize (open to participants raising over $US59)

Epiphone ’59
  • Epiphone ‘Inspired by Gibson’ 1959 Les Paul Standard guitar, signed by English rock legend, Billy Duffy of The Cult
  • Custom Triumph-inspired “Saints of Speed” guitar case, painted by James Willis

Donated to support The Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride, in its global charity efforts to raise awareness and funds in support of men’s mental health and prostate cancer, each of the Epiphone ‘Inspired by Gibson’ guitars pays homage to a Gibson music legend and each comes with the signature details and features that made them famous.

The custom hard case that comes with each guitar will be painted by famed Nashville guitar artist, James Willis, as part of a new “Saints of Speed” numbered series of custom cases, each commemorating a legendary Triumph rider. Willis is a multi-bike Triumph owner and will be participating in this year’s Gentleman’s Ride on his Scrambler 1200 XC motorcycle.

Further celebrating the connection between music and motorcycles, the guitars will be signed by musicians that are also passionate riders, each participating in this year’s Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride. The Epiphone ‘Inspired by Gibson’ J-200 will be signed by American country music artist Big Kenny, of Big & Rich. The Epiphone ‘Inspired by Gibson’ SG Standard will be signed by Canadian recording artist Clayton Bellamy of The Road Hammers. The Epiphone ‘Inspired by Gibson’ 1959 Les Paul Standard will be signed by English rock musician Billy Duffy of The Cult.

These additional prizes allow the Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride to further support fundraising across the world by rewarding fundraisers in unique categories, including the annual Gentlefolk prize, eligible for participants which raise over $US250. New prize categories for 2022 will be the Spirit of ’59 category, for any rider which raises over $US59, and the Team Triumph prize, for the highest fundraiser that has joined the official Triumph team or a Triumph dealership’s fundraising team.

Gibson Guitars and Triumph Legends Custom Cases

  • Numbered “Saints of Speed” series custom guitar cases, each commemorating a legendary Triumph rider of the winner’s choosing, will be hand painted by famed Nashville guitar artist James Willis.
  • The Epiphone Inspired by Gibson J-200 is a stunning homage to the King of the Flat-Tops – the world-famous Gibson™ SJ-200. Since its introduction in 1937 it has been the choice of “singing cowboys” like Tex Ritter and Gene Autry, as well as folk, rock and country royalty, including Emmylou Harris, Elvis, Jimmy Page, Bob Dylan, George Harrison, The Edge, and many more. Featuring a Super Jumbo non-cutaway solid figured maple body, solid Sitka spruce top, and two-piece maple neck with a mahogany centre strip, the Epiphone J-200 is built with all solid woods for outstanding tone. The visual elements have always been a big part of the J-200’s appeal, and the Epiphone Inspired by Gibson J-200 includes a Moustache™ bridge with curved block inlays, Crown headstock inlay and Graduated Crown mother of pearl fingerboard inlays, and a J-200 style pickguard with two-colour graphics.
  • The Epiphone SG Standard from the new Inspired by Gibson Collection, recreates the legendary 1960s classic that powered the first generation of hard rock and heavy metal bands including The Who, Cream, AC/DC, and Black Sabbath. The guitar features the historic SG profile with “batwing” pickguard, a pair of Epiphone’s Alnico Classic PRO humbuckers, and 18:1 ratio Epiphone Deluxe Tuners. This Epiphone Inspired by Gibson Original model also has the Kalamazoo headstock, rolled neck for a comfortable feel, GraphTech NuBone nut, era-appropriate wiring, and CTS pots. Optional hardshell or EpiLite Case is available.
  • Made in partnership with the Gibson Custom Shop, the Limited Edition 1959 Les Paul Standard is Epiphone’s stunning recreation of the rare vintage classic. Featuring a mahogany body with a maple top with a AAA figured maple veneer, comfortable 1959 hand-rolled neck profile with long neck tenon, aged finish, Gibson USA BurstBucker 2 & 3 humbucking pickups, Switchcraft selector switch and output jack, CTS pots, 50s era wiring, Mallory capacitors, non-beveled pickguard, new Epiphone Deluxe vintage tuners, and a vintage-style brown hard case. It also comes with an Epiphone Limited Edition metal medallion toggle switchplate.

Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride Prize Summary

Highest Global Fundraiser

  • ‘1959 Legends’ custom edition Triumph Bonneville T120 motorcycle and Gibson Les Paul Standard Reissue guitar
  • Hedon x DGR Kingpin Helmet
  • ELF Prize Pack

2nd Highest Global Fundraiser

  • Triumph Thruxton RS motorcycle
  • Hedon x DGR Hedonist Helmet
  • ELF Prize Pack

3rd Highest Global Fundraiser

  • Triumph Speed Twin 1200 motorcycle
  • Hedon x DGR Hedonist Helmet
  • ELF Prize Pack

Gentlefolk Competition 1st Prize (open to participants raising over $US250)

  • Triumph Bonneville Bobber motorcycle
  • Hedon x DGR Hedonist Helmet

Gentlefolk Competition 2nd Prize (open to participants raising over $US250)

  • Epiphone ‘Inspired by Gibson’ J-200 guitar, signed by country artist Big Kenny
  • Custom Triumph-inspired “Saints of Speed” guitar case, painted by artist James Willis

Highest Team Triumph Global Fundraiser (includes Triumph Dealer fundraising teams)

  • Epiphone ‘Inspired by Gibson’ SG Standard guitar, signed by Canadian artist Clayton Bellamy
  • Custom Triumph-inspired “Saints of Speed” guitar case, painted by artist James Willis

Spirit of ’59 Prize (open to participants raising over $US59)

  • Epiphone ‘Inspired by Gibson’ 1959 Les Paul Standard guitar, signed by English rock legend, Billy Duffy of The Cult
  • Custom Triumph-inspired “Saints of Speed” guitar case, painted by artist James Willis

a global charity for men’s mental health and prostate cancer awareness and fundraising.

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DGR goes from Himalayas to sea level

Over the past 10 years, the Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride (DGR) raising awareness and funds for men’s health issues has literally gone from the top of the world to sea level for at least two participants.

In 2018, Sunshine Coast riders Carl Burroughs of Woombye Dental Group and Scott Macken of Scooter Style Noosa donned their finest and rode Royal Enfield Motorcycles to the highest inhabited village in the Himalayan mountains.

“It was a spectacular day, blue sky, snow on the ground and we all dressed up the best we could to get into the DGR spirit,” says Carl.

“This trip epitomised why DGR is so important. A couple of the lads on the Indian trip were struggling with personal mental health issues and the trip allowed them to feel supported and ended up helping them make some great choices which have resulted in a vast improvement to their lives” Carl Burroughs stated.

This year Carl and Scott will host the Sunshine Coast DGR starting in Noosa on May 22.

If you have a classic motorcycle or vintage scooter, you can register for their ride by clicking here or you can sponsor Carl by clicking here.

Details about the route will be revealed when you register.

There will be a post-ride event at The Apollonian Hotel at Boreen Point from 11.30am with a band, competitions, Show ’n’ Shine and prizes in various categories such as best-dressed men, women and. kids.

So far 136 riders have registered and $18,087 in funds raised. Their target is 250 riders and $50,000 in funds raised for Movember.

All funds donated will go to DGR and the prostate and mental health charities they support.

Registration is free, but participants are encouraged to raise money and go in the running for several fundraising prizes.

Now in its tenth year, DGR has raised over $31m and the ride has spread to more than 115 countries from its humble start in Sydney in 2012.

The grand prize this year consists of one-off models from Gibson guitars and Triumph motorcycles that celebrate the link between musical and motorcycle rockers.

The 1959 Legends Custom Edition Gibson Les Paul comes with Triumph design details, while Triumph has unveiled a 1959 Legends Custom Edition T120 Bonneville with Gibson design references.

The guitar has a hand-coach-lined pickguard inspired by the Bonneville’s trademark engine fins, and etched pick-up covers, branded truss rod cover and reissue switch backplate.

Gibson’s Triumph tribute

Triumph’s Bonneville T120 Gibson tribute features a hand-painted sunburst paint scheme like the Gibson with black painted guitar neck and headstock shape, edged with hand-painted coach lining, plus a host of branded touches.

Triumph Bonneville T120 Gibson edition

The one-off models are prizes for the best fundraisers at this year’s Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride.

The collaboration makes a lot of sense as many old rockers love their Bonnevilles and probably suffer from prostate issues!

And late last year Triumph Motorcycles announced it will continue its nine-year association with DGR for five more years.

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Gibson tunes up with Triumph

Gibson guitars and Triumph motorcycles have unveiled one-off models that celebrate the link between musical and motorcycle rockers.

The 1959 Legends Custom Edition Gibson Les Paul comes with Triumph design details, while Triumph has unveiled a 1959 Legends Custom Edition T120 Bonneville with Gibson design references.

The guitar has a hand-coach-lined pickguard inspired by the Bonneville’s trademark engine fins, and etched pick-up covers, branded truss rod cover and reissue switch backplate.

Gibson’s Triumph tribute

Triumph’s Bonneville T120 Gibson tribute features a hand-painted sunburst paint scheme like the Gibson with black painted guitar neck and headstock shape, edged with hand-painted coach lining, plus a host of branded touches.

Triumph Bonneville T120 Gibson edition

The one-off models will be prizes for the best fundraisers at this year’s Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride, a global charity for men’s mental health and prostate cancer awareness and fundraising.

The collaboration makes a lot of sense as many old rockers love their Bonnevilles and probably suffer from prostate issues!

And late last year Triumph Motorcycles announced it will continue its nine-year association with DGR for five more years.

While these are only one-off models for the DGR, I wonder if Gibson and Triumph will offer these as limited-edition models.

As an old rocker myself, I’d certainly love to own one of each!

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Triumph and Gibson collaborate with DGR

All you old rockers should be tuning up for this supergroup — Triumph, Gibson and the Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride (DGR) are getting the band back together!

Details have not yet been released, only a vague press release about the collaboration of the three.

The press release just states:

Announcing an exciting new partnership that brings together two iconic global brands, Gibson and Triumph Motorcycles, with a unique collaboration based on the legendary 1959 Gibson Les Paul Standard and the equally legendary 1959 Triumph Bonneville T120.

 With a shared ambition to support the Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride, and its global charity efforts for men’s mental health and prostate cancer awareness and fundraising, full information on the partnership will be released in March 2022.

Vague indeed. 

However, I can make an educated guess.

I suspect there will be a limited-edition Bonneville T120 coming in 1959 Gibson Les Paul Standard sunburst colours and branding.

There should also be a Gibson coming with relevant Triumph logos.

Plus either or both will be offered as prizes to the biggest fundraisers in the annual DGR which generates funds for mental health issues and prostate cancer research.

The collaboration makes a lot of sense as many old rockers love their Bonnevilles and probably suffer from prostate issues!

And late last year Triumph Motorcycles announced it will continue its association with DGR for five more years.

As an old rocker who is still rocking in a garage band, I’ll be lining up for one of each of these limited-edition gems.

Stay tuned for further details coming soon.



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Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride Raises $4.1M

Distinguished Gentleman's Ride DGR 2021
Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride 2021 ride in Belgrade, Serbia (photo by Bob Bobisavljevic)

From Ride for Kids events to annual Toys for Tots runs, motorcyclists are known for joining forces to support good causes. Since 2012, the Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride (DGR) has raised $31.5 million to support men’s health. The 10th-anniversary event, which took place on Sunday, May 23, brought together more than 65,000 dapper motorcycle enthusiasts in 913 cities and 116 countries around the world, and raised $4.1 million.

Distinguished Gentleman's Ride DGR 2021
Sydney, Australia (photo by Pat Stevenson)

Funds were donated to Movember, the leading global organization focused solely on men’s health, and they’ll be directed toward prostate cancer and men’s mental health research and programs. Together, Movember and DGR have worked strategically to help men in motorcycling live happier and healthier lives, and they have allocated nearly $1 million to pilot and deliver programs directed at improving social connectedness, life satisfaction, and mental well-being of motorcycle riders.

Distinguished Gentleman's Ride DGR 2021
Los Angeles, USA (photo by Dakota Clark)

Support for DGR 2021 came from thousands of individual volunteers, fundraisers, and city hosts, as well as Triumph, Hedon helmets, Belstaff, and Elf lubricants. To register your interest in DGR 2022, learn more about the research programs that are funded, or make a donation, visit gentlemansride.com.

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Distinguished Gents and Gals bounce back

Despite the 10th annual Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride being restricted in many places to a solo or virtual event, the May 23 ride still managed to raise $US4.1m for men’s health.

So in the past decade, the event that was started Sydney by dapper rider Mark Hawwa has now raised $US31.5m for leading global men’s health organisation Movember.

Some expected the event could have faltered because of the pandemic, but it seems riders are still keen to support a good cause and dress dapper to do it!

Last year the virtual event raised only $US2.74m and attracted about 56,000 motorcyclists from 171 countries.

That was markedly down on 2019 when 116,000 riders in 678 cities and 104 countries put on their tweed and raised a record $US5.4m.

Despite many cities being in lockdown again this year and forcing riders to go solo and simply display their photos on social media, the event seems to have bounced back with 65,000 riders in 913 cities in 116 countries.

One of the key factors could have been the shift from September to a May event which better suits riders in the Northern Hemisphere.

In 2021, the funds raised have been donated directly to Movember for prostate cancer and men’s mental health research and programs. 

Movember and DGR have also allocated $A1.15m to pilot and deliver programs specifically directed at improving social connectedness, life satisfaction, and mental wellbeing of motorcycle riders.

Mark says that after 10 years he is still “in awe and wonder of the dedication of our incredible gentlefolk around the world”. 

“To make it through 10 years, raising over $31.5M USD toward men’s health and connecting literally hundreds of thousands of like-minded motorcyclists together – it’s unfathomable,” he says.

ROHITESH UPADHYAY breaking the record for world's longest no-hands wheelie October 2019

This year’s event included four new motorcycles from eight-year partner Triumph Motorcycles. 

The top fundraiser for 2021 was Joseph Mancinelli, of Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, who raised $US75,247.

Aussies Phill Critcher ($US29,694) and Ermond Morelli ($US29,292) both of Wollongong were runners-up who also won Triumph motorcycles.

2021 Gentlefolk Winners

  • Steve Simqu, Pittsburgh PA, USA – Winner of the 1-of-1 DGR x Triumph Thruxton RS
  • Greg Hannon, Wagga Wagga, Australia – Winner of the Build Your Own Belstaff
  • Mia Cheong, San Jose CA, USA – Winner of the 2021 DGR x Hedon Hedonist

Prizes also includes 50 Hedon commemorative helmets, Belstaff jackets and ELF lubricants.

Triumph Thruxton 1200 RS
Triumph Thruxton 1200 RS

To register your interest in DGR 2022 and view the research programs it helps fund, head to www.gentlemansride.com.

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Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride celebrates 10 Years Of Being Dapper For A Cause

The Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride (DGR) is celebrating 10 years of dapper rides, fashionable fundraising, and essential support for mens’ mental health – and they’ve come a long way from year one. 

According to a report by the Jersey Evening Post, the DGR originally began in 2012 and was founded in Sydney, Australia, by Mark Hawwa – a man dedicated to connecting motorcycle enthusiasts and communities for a cause. 

A rider contributes to the Distinguished Gentleman's Ride event

The first ride was hosted in 64 cities and saw 3,000 riders hitting the pavement to support cancer research. 

By 2019, that number had shot up to 116,000 riders across 678 cities and 104 countries, raising a total of $12,450,000 to date – and continuing with the ageless theme (taken from Don Draper in  “Mad Men”) of suits and scramblers. 

Several riders contribute to the Distinguished Gentleman's Ride event

2020 was a rough year, landing only 3,000 riders due to riding restrictions – but the DGR also used this limitation to their advantage, hosting the Ride Solo Together Event.

Today, this option remains if your town or city cannot comply with the features of a full DGR ride.

Applicable rides include anything considered classic or vintage style; that includes brat-style bikes, choppers, scooters, trackers, bobbers, and cafe racers – and make sure to dress like a debonair! 

A rider contributes to the Distinguished Gentleman's Ride event

For this year, the main DGR for 2021 was moved from the fall to the week of May 23, with hopes to raise an extra $2.55 million by Movember, the single largest fundraiser for men’s health. 

a group of university students that make up Electric Superbike Twente: A racing team dedicated to bringing energy efficiency to the track.

While Distinguished Gentlemen Rides are currently still happening worldwide, the DGR reminds members that all ride dates present and hereafter may be subject to change with unprecedented restrictions. 

A rider contributes to the Distinguished Gentleman's Ride event

Head over to the website of the DGR to register for a ride in your area, make sure to post all relevant media under the hashtags #GentlemansRide #DGR2021 #DecadeOfDGR – and be the gentleman (or woman) that contributes to the resurge of motorcycle elegance for a cause.

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Time for distinguished gents to register

It might seem early to be registering for the 10th annual Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride, but the event has been moved forward from September to May from this year.

Click here to register.

The ninth annual event went virtual in 2020 because of the pandemic, resulting in the number of participants and fundraising for the Movember Foundation being halved.

Now the men’s health charity event is permanently moving to May from this year.

Organisers hope the shift to May for the northern hemisphere riding season will better suit riders and increase fund-raising opportunities.

“We know how important it is to physically connect with our community,” the organisers said.

I’ve been to DGRs in various cities both here in Australia and overseas, and of course, the weather can be unpredictable.

While you can ride any time of the year in my home state of Queensland, DGR participants might prefer the more tweed-oriented cooler temps.

Veterans MC Victoria Chapter

Since 2012, the event has connected hundreds-of-thousands of classic and vintage style motorcyclists from more than 100 countries and raised $US27.45m for men’s health. 

Organisers hope to crash through the $US30m barrier this year.

Ride founder Mark Hawwa of Sydney says the ride will vary according to pandemic restrictions in each country with some being virtual as they were last year.

Fund-raising incentive prices are:

  • Four new Triumph motorcycles, one of which will be a unique DGR-branded custom for the winner of the 2021 Gentlefolk Competition;
  • Custom top-50 fundraiser Hedon helmets with a 10th year anniversary design;
  • Up 10 Hedonist helmets custom-painted by 10 renowned artists and auctioned off during the campaign;
  • Belstaff classic motorcycle outfits for top fundraiser and sprint prizes for event fundraisers; and
  • ELF lubricants prizes. 

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Mental health program for riders

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Male riders will soon have a chance to learn more about their motorcycle and their own state of mind thanks to a 12-week mental health pilot program.

The idea is the brainchild of mental health trainer, Brisbane Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride co-ordinator and Triumph Thruxton fan Jeff Gough (pictured above).

He is developing his Mind Moto course thanks to being one of 18 worldwide to score a Research & Development grant through the Movember/DGR Social Connections Challenge. 

Jeff is now seeking to be one of the eight to get full funding. 

“If not, I will go chasing sponsors,” he says.

Mind Moto is a 12 week mental health pilot program that uses common motorcycle skills, components and practices as analogies for thought processes and deeper mental health understandings. 

Or as Jeff says: “We are putting the cog into cognition.”

Distinguished Gentleman's Ride Brisbane Jeff Gough fundraising
Jeff in the DGR

“This is a highly adaptable and novel approach to men’s mental health, designed to circumvent many of the traditional barriers, and enhance psychological well-being. 

“This is achieved by utilising a known place of action, camaraderie, and learning – the workshop – to give men the confidence and security to explore mental health related ideals and issues.”

Jeff says the practical motorcycling course will be analogous for beneficial behaviours, thought processes, and mindsets. 

It’s sort of a Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance for the new age!

“Mind Moto uses a trusted environment and existing knowledge to facilitate understanding, discussion, and new learning around better mental health and mindset practices,” Jeff says. 

“It is expected that the program will not only provide a higher level of understanding of motorcycling, making better riders, but provide a platform for deeper comprehension of cognitive processes and outcomes, creating healthier minds.” 

Participants will not only learn practical tools for maintaining and riding their bike, but also to improve relationships, social connection and life-satisfaction.

Jeff says this will, in turn, minimise feelings of loneliness and isolation in the male motorcycling community. 

The pilot program is targeted at male motorcyclists aged 30-49 years which is statistically the most at-risk group from both suicide and motorcycle crash fatalities. 

“Improving the mental health and motorcycle skills for this age group will have the most benefit for male motorcyclists and the greatest potential impact for the pilot program,” Jeff says. 

The pilot program will have a minimum of 20 participants and a maximum of 50. Click here to email Jeff.

Proposed program 

Topic

Presenters

Moto

Mind

1

Good Pressure

Tyre Specialist / Clifford Morgan Consulting

Tyres and performance

Stress and good pressure

2

Shock Absorption

Suspension Supplier / Clifford Morgan Consulting

Suspension

Resilience and bouncing back trauma

3

Balanced Set-up

Race Rider / Qualia Psychology

Good bike setup

Not too high, not too low

4

Long Way Home

Henry Crew / Clifford Morgan Consulting

About the ride – Preparation, planning,

The journey not the destination

5

See the Line

Q-Ride Trainer/ Think Straight

Cornering basics

Look for the right way through

6

Attentional Riding

Q-Ride Trainer / Qualia Psychology

Being aware and wary

Mindfulness – present in the moment

7

Customising

Skinny’s Garage / Think Straight

Changing away from the standard

Adaptation and adversity

8

Staying Protected

Brittany Morrow / Quialia Psychology

Good protection

Not letting it get to you

9

Slow vs Fast

Q-Ride Trainer / Clifford Morgan Consulting

Control – Traffic vs Track

Emotional control when things are easy vs tumultuous

10

Air ,Fuel, Spark – Essence of Life

Skinny’s Garage / Qualia Psychology

What makes the engine work well

Three essential components of beneficial thinking

11

Persistence and Practice

Q-Ride Trainer / Clifford Morgan Consulting

There’s only one way to get experience

It’s okay to get it wrong – Just keep going

12

Essential Tool box

Skinny’s Garage / Qualia Psychology

Most practical tools for a motorcyclist

Most practical tools for everyday life

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