I was at the Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride in London on 29th September 2013 and I must say, it was a fantastic day out!
Not particularly wanting to ride on the M40 motorway in a three piece suit and Ray Ban’s I stopped off in Westfield Shopping Centre to change my outfit and rode the last few miles in my dapper outfit. Upon arriving at The Dirty Burger, Kentish Town I was amazed at what I saw. An absolutely fantastic turn out, around 300 motorcycles!
I didn’t know whether to photograph the bikes or their riders, everyone making a real effort without their outfits. I must say 10/10 for effort from all the ladies and gents, my particular favourite being the chap wearing his bright blue wedding suit. It was good to see lots of female riders out too on some lovely classic bikes. A bite to eat, wander around taking in the steeds and tweed combo then the convoy set off at 11:00am for The Ship Inn, Wandsworth.
The ride through London was epic, we stopped traffic and businesses alike; people came out to see what the noise was, to be confronted by one of the most behaved convoy’s I have ever had the pleasure of riding in with everyone behaving like complete gentleman…
We snaked through Camden, Euston, through Holborn, over Waterloo Bridge clipping Lambeth, along the river before crossing back over to Chelsea and riding along the Embankment before heading over Wandsworth Bridge to the Ship Inn public house.
Lots of smoke, noise, and gentlemanly nodding as the convoy worked its way through London. I only saw a handful of bikes break down although you could see some didn’t like the slow pace and lack of air…resulting in even more smoke! Photographs of the event can be found at the Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride official Facebook page:
A big thank you for the organisers and I will definitely be in attendance next year, riding on something a little more appropriate perhaps.
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