One of the biggest gatherings of classic and custom motorcycle enthusiasts, the Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride (DGR) will be seeing a lot of changes for this year’s event. DGR would now have to focus on solo or small group rides in order to observe proper social distancing measures, and instead focus more on social media updates and posts to hold the event.
The global COVID-19 pandemic has still brought major motorcycle events to a grinding halt, forcing them to either cancel or make use of online digital channels instead. The same goes for the annual DGR charity event. They would now have to adapt to the current situation while still maintaining its presence globally. The event is still scheduled to take place on September 27, however, mass gatherings and large groups would still be hampered by government regulations on social distancing, making it trickier for the event organizers to execute it. Thus, participating riders would either have to ride solo or in much smaller groups.
While participation in DGR is free, they have been known to raise awareness of men’s health and have supported charities such as the Movember foundation. Thus, participating riders have always made charitable donations to websites such as JustGiving to support DGR’s cause. For this year’s event, Triumph will be giving away 4 motorcycles from its Modern Classic range, three of which would be earmarked for the major-fundraisers all across the globe with one winner to be given to the winner of the Gentlefolk Competition.
Year after year, the Philippines has actively participated in the DGR. In 2019, DGR Manila was able to raise and contribute $6,000 out of the total of $5.5 million dollars raised worldwide. Motorcycle brands with modern classic offerings in their lineup such as Royal Enfield, Ducati, Triumph, and Vespa have always given so much support to the event. DGR was inspired by a photograph of Jon Hamm’s character, Don Draper from the television series Mad Men, wearing a fine-tailored suit and sitting on a vintage Vincent motorcycle.