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2019 DGR

01/10/2019
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What is the DGR

The Distinguished Gentleman's Ride is held every year and is an event where classic motorcyclists can ride there bikes whilst raising money for prostrate cancer and men's suicide. Both worthy causes and top reasons for getting your classic bike out and having a ride. I have organised the Manchester ride for the last five years and every time we have been blessed with dry weather in fact in 2016 I was too hot. But this year the weather forecast was awful showing rain rain and more rain. I decided not to postpone the ride primarily because the date goes in my diary at the beginning of the year and that's it its cast in stone. This year had really taken some organizing as the Conservative Party conference was due to take part on the Monday morning and many roads were closed in view of this. So our route missed the City Centre which was a shame as in light of raising awareness the City Center has the advantage of being busy and allowing for loads of engagement with the public taking pictures on there mobile phones and then the subsequent social media content being uploaded.
I was worried as the weather was just awful. But really didn't need to be as when I arrived at our Manchester Store people were already starting to arrive and this was at nine o'clock the ride doesn't leave till eleven. The commitment the good people of Manchester showed was mind blowing. Ok the turnout wasn't quite as good as previous years but if Id had been optimistic Id have said fifty would be a good number. Dave Porter one of our much appreciated Marshalls counted one hundred and twenty three.
The atmosphere was amazing and we all had a fantastic time. Just look at the pictures folk are grinning from ear to ear. Yep we got wet but we had some fantastic bikes with a real old, possibly about nineteen eighteen Harley Davidson combo ticking all the boxes for me.
Well done to all that ended up getting wet including the lady in the tuk tuk who even though she was covered still got wet.


DGR Video



The LDU Full Write UP and Pictures

26/06/2019
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Well the time just seemed to be on fast forward and boom we are on the week of the event. I decided to work the Wednesday and leave from Manchester having arranged to meet Charlie one of my mates at Lymm truck stop at 15:00 hrs I left our Manchester store just after 14:00 hrs and arrived at Lymm at about five to three. Charlie was duly located in McDonalds stuffing his face with a burger and chips, some things just don’t change. We made good progress down to Bristol Charlie just tucked in behind me and we were soon at the motel.............

Ready to Go

20/06/2019
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Arrived at Lands End

About to embark on the Longest Day Up Challenge

19/06/2019
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Well its the 19th June and I'm about to embark on the Longest Day Up Challenge. I'm both excited and nervous at the same time. Louise wished me well but I know secretly she's being strong for me and would probably much rather have me where she can see me for the next couple of days. But she knows I need to do this we have always supported each other and yes long distance motorcycle rides have there dangers but I wouldn't be me If I sat at home all the time getting old without ever taking a chance. Its who I am.


I've arranged to meet Charlie at Lymm services at 15:00 today where we will ride to Bristol stay overnight in Bristol and then set off for Lands End on Thursday. Whilst on my way to Lands End I've arranged to meet my aunty Zelda at Cornwall Services for a spot of launch. My bike might only have cost me the princely sum of £500 but to me at this point its the best bike I've ever owned. It feels good and I've every confidence in it. My doubts are in me my staying power and mental attitude. Clothing wise Im in the Triumph Malvern suit which is just amazing.

So with a bit of luck I will complete the challenge and raise a few quid for a good cause to all those that have donated so far a big thanks. I must mention in particular Suzuki Racing for supplying a whole raft of genuine parts and Cambria tyres for supplying the rubber.

Subject to technology you should be able to track my progress Friday on Facebook. But if it doesn't work I wont be stopping to fix it !!

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MOTORCYCLE CHALLENGE: LANDS END TO JOHN O'GROATS IN A DAY

09/04/2019
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he Challenge is to travel from Lands End to John O'Groats on the longest day of the year between sunrise and sunset.

I've spent my life selling and promoting motorcycles so when one of your oldest friends is killed on one it hits you hard. Rob was killed in July last year on his bike. As motorcyclists we all know its a possibility. But my friend was a confident rider I rated him. He had crashed before, years ago, so he knew it hurts when you crash a motorcycle. Yes sometimes you can be lucky but often your not. Maybe this for some people is part of the attraction, the risk, the knowing that what your doing is potentially lethal. But the up side is well worth the risk, well for me anyway and I know Rob felt the same. He was motorbike mad riding off road and loving the whole scene his life revolved around bikes.