The Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride Chiang Mai – 2018

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  1. ZCM

    ZCM Ol'Timer

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    This year 217 riders officially registered for Chiang Mai’s forth official Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride. It was a great turn out for this worldwide charity event that takes place each year, in support of prostate cancer and men’s mental health.

    Photo Credit: Triumph Chiangmai (all image sources will be credited at end of my write-up)

    This year also saw the team ride with us who are en-route to MotoGP in Buriram. It really is a great time for moto lovers in Thailand right now!


    The Chiang Mai ride also had local Thailand celebrity lady rider Annie Prisana of Biker Chicks Thailand. This year had a lot more lady riders from around the globe. Was great to see more women riders on board this year in Chiang Mai!


    Mostly the same faces from previous years were in the ride, and was nice to see them all again. Although a few faces were missing, as they were headed down south for the MotoGP. Untitled-6.
    (For the full badass photo album of this years event, from a variety of sources, go HERE)

    What is the ride all about?
    The Distinguished Gentleman’s ride is the brainchild of Australian motorcyclist Mark Hawwa, who 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.

    The first ever Distinguished Gentleman’s ride took place in 2012 across 64 cities, with around 2500 riders suiting up and riding for the cause. Since then the annual event has raised over $10,000,000 (£7,394,482) for men’s health charities across the globe since 2012.

    On this 2018 ride, a total of $5,823,021 USD has been raised globally so far, for the Movember Foundation, with donations still ongoing.

    This year the ride started out from the Three Kings Monument. I arrived early (too early!) to catch the bikes rolling in.


    The official meeting time was 1pm, but I arrived before 12, riding in on my friends Royal Enfield (kindly lent by Jeff of TBB Tours – his own personal bike). The sun was shining and boded a good day ahead, although a touch on the baking hot side!
    By approx 12:30 the bikes started to arrive, and yet again so many wonderful bikes to see!

    At 1:30pm we set off for our loop around the city area and initially I found myself right at the front.

    My friend Sam also found herself at the front alongside me, and was struggling to keep pace on her low cc Vespa that she had chosen to ride that day.


    We dropped back and others took over. It felt odd to be at the front in any case.

    The local traffic police assisting us were fantastic in ensuring us a safe and easy passage through the city and traffic lights. Making sure we had greenlights all the way!


    Hopefully the traffic didn’t mind waiting so much, with such an interesting sight passing them by.

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    From Three Kings Monument we rode a loop around the city and out to Huay Tung Tao reservoir.

    after which we headed to Aiya Cafe for lunch and refreshments.


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    End of ride (but still the afterparty to attend….!)

    Fun Moment..DGR Thai Traffic Policeman..

    As we were parking up at Aiya Cafe, I caught a fun moment by accident on my GoPro, which I did not realise was still recording, (that is why the funny angle).

    My friend Sam was riding a rather slow Vespa and I was on a Royal Enfield. The policeman was laughing about the difference, because we both started off in front, but then ended up at the back.

    Every bike passed her by on her much slower little Vespa that she choose for the ride on this day.

    This policeman was one of the traffic policemen that helped to ensure us safe passage on the ride. Keeping traffic at bay and allowing us green light passage all the way!


    Evening event.

    Oh-hoh, and what a great afterparty indeed!
    A fantastic evening was put together at The Good View All Day.
    A delicious buffet, free-flow wine, beer and spirits and great entertainment.

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    There was also merchandise and motorcycle apparel for sale.
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    As per previous years an auction was held to raise more funds.
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    A shout out to my friend Ian from 1899 Fine Gems and Jewelry who donated two pieces for charity auction which raised 17000 thb.

    The afterparty was a great success which ended in lots of lubricated feet taking to the dance floor later on, dancing until the evening ended.

    ..which you can see some of at the end of my short video edit of the day:

    Not such a great edit, but I didn’t get much footage this year.

    For the full BADASS photo album of the event (Day & Night) click HERE

    Some images from the evening:

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    When the party was over a few of us headed out to continue the party (via taxi!), which turned out to be a funny night in which the MotoGeo team came along on. I am not a regular party person, but sometimes it’s great to have one big night of silly fun…well, as much silly fun as Chiang Mai nightlife can offer, that is. (Which is pretty tame really!)

    My previous write ups on this event in Chiang Mai:
    DGR CM 2017
    DGR CM 2016
    DGR CM 2015

    The Chiang Mai DGR charges a fee to enter into the ride, with part going to the charity, and part covering expenses (food, drinks, merchandise/gift pack etc).

    This year the cost was as follows:
    Day Ride Only: 800 Baht
    Evening Event Only: 1500 Baht
    Combined Day & Evening: 1900 Baht.

    The final tally on what has been raised is still to come.

    Official Event outline in English. Day & Evening


    Photo credits:
    Britbike Chiang Mai
    Triumph Chiangmai
    CityLife Magazine
    Different Scene
    Piriya PJ & Luke Childs
    Richard Wilson

    A HUGE thank you to all involved in setting up the event!

    Primary sponsor
    Triumph Chiangmai
    Goodview All Day

    – Jameson
    – Singha
    – Bells
    – Triumph Motorcycles

    Did you attend the DGR this year?
    If so, where? Would love to know!

    On a final more serious note. Remember to take good care of yourselves gentlemen!

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  2. Moto-Rex

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    Great report ZCM.

    Looks like an incredible event to be apart of.

    Thanks for sharing.
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  3. bill

    bill Ol'Timer

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    Great report ZCM. I must get up there for the next one.
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  4. Guzzibs

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    Thanks to all who organised the event and the ride. I attended and rode was impressed that such a large ride group was able to get through the Chiang Mai traffic with not to much hassle. Great to see the bikes and the theme so well done. Congatulations to all and see ya next year.
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  5. ZCM

    ZCM Ol'Timer

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    The final tally came in and the donation balance amounts to $4701 USD (with a further 100,000 baht going to the local hospital and cancer center in chiang mai).
    The official CM video is out now too (and Chiang Mai also features in the official global video this year too :D )
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  6. DavidFL

    DavidFL Administrator
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    Jan 16, 2003
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    Fabulous write up & photos Zed.
    Another great event for charity.

    Thanks for taking the time to put the report together.
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