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Title: Distinguished Gentlemen's Ride
Post by: Greybeard on 02.08. 2016 11:09
I am going on the distinguished gentlemans ride  *eek*
I was looking at this only this morning. Before you can even veiw the rides you have to sign up and give them your card details for a donation or anticipated sum to raise through sponsors. At that point I gave up.

But I may persevere when I feel more confident that this isn't a scheme to make money for the organisers as well as raise money for testiculat cancer research/treatment.

Last year I supported the Air Ambulance charity with  £10 donation and a ride from Triumphs factory at Hinckley to Brackley Motorcycle festival.
Title: Re: Distinguished Gentlemen's Ride
Post by: coater87 on 02.08. 2016 11:47
 There is a "cruise night" like that near me. If they decide to raise $5,000 for a charity, the donation from each participant is equal. So, 50 entrants, $100.00 each. But you dont know in advance how many entrants, so you dont know how much.

 Lee
Title: Re: Distinguished Gentlemen's Ride
Post by: Greybeard on 02.08. 2016 13:10
Seems to be a worldwide event:
https://www.gentlemansride.com/about
Title: Re: Distinguished Gentlemen's Ride
Post by: RichardL on 02.08. 2016 15:51
GB, and all,

Thanks for the heads-up regarding the Distinguished Gentleman's Ride. I signed up for the Chicago ride because it looks legit, sounds like fun and today is a significant day for me with respect to the cause. I will share this personal point, though it is sad. Last night we got a message from my wife's best friend that her husband (also our dear friend) just went on life support, suffering with cancer throughout his body that started from forsaking prostate exams. Today (or any day soon) may be his last on this earth. He is a father of two, world-class pastry chef and owner of this business: http://discoverambrosia.com/.  Friends, if you have not already done so, get a prostate checkup soon.

To lighter thoughts, I think it would be great if many forum members took part in the DGR in your local areas. We could then think of it as a virtual group ride.

Best regards,

Richard L.

Title: Re: Distinguished Gentlemen's Ride
Post by: Butch (cb) on 02.08. 2016 15:56
Yes I rode the London version two years ago. Wore plus fours and my moleskin waistcoat for the event. And on my A10 too. 
Title: Re: Distinguished Gentlemen's Ride
Post by: Butch (cb) on 02.08. 2016 20:25
Hoping this will post - I don't have much luck with pics on this forum ...


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Title: Re: Distinguished Gentlemen's Ride
Post by: Greybeard on 03.08. 2016 08:30
...Last night we got a message from my wife's best friend that her husband (also our dear friend) just went on life support...
Bloody hell, Richard, I'm sad to hear this.
Sadly, as we get older we have to suffer the loss of relatives, friends and beloved celebrities.
Title: Re: Distinguished Gentlemen's Ride
Post by: muskrat on 03.08. 2016 09:45
I hope to be going on our local ride. I lost a nephew (only 27) a few years ago to suicide.
 My club supports a local organization (Men4Life) for men dealing with depression. We raised $1500 for them at this years bike show.
Cheers
Title: Re: Distinguished Gentlemen's Ride
Post by: Greybeard on 03.08. 2016 11:16
Hoping this will post - I don't have much luck with pics on this forum ...

A fart young smeller!
Title: Re: Distinguished Gentlemen's Ride
Post by: bsa-bill on 03.08. 2016 11:33
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A fart young smeller!

Thought for a moment you were referring to the young gentlemen's Plus 4s, which we farm lads used to refer to as Fart catchers

Title: Re: Distinguished Gentlemen's Ride
Post by: RichardL on 03.08. 2016 11:41
Butch,

Great picture.

GB,

Thanks for the kind (as well as humorous) thoughts.

Muskrat,

It's a bad coincidence that I also lost a nephew (57) to suicide a few years ago. We blame CTE (that is, too many small concusions) due to mixed martial arts hobby.

Getting back to happier thoughts, if anyone should decide to sign up for DGR, please let the group know so we,can amuse ourselves with the kinda simultaneous stories. I tried to create a "BSA A7/A10 Forum" team for the ride, but it registered it under the Chicago ride only. (Crap! This is reminding me that I've dropped the ball a bit on sending out the t-shirt design. Apologies, I'll get on it.)

Richard L.
Title: Re: Distinguished Gentlemen's Ride
Post by: Greybeard on 03.08. 2016 13:54
I've just had a look on Ebay at some leather leg gaiters; they'd look rather splendid with plus-four trousers and brown brogue shoes, along with a waistcoat or tweed jacket of some sort. I don't have a pisspot helmet like cyclobutch so my Jet style will have to do.
Title: Re: Distinguished Gentlemen's Ride
Post by: duTch on 03.08. 2016 14:13

 I like the idea, but don't do well truckin' in packs (unless I'm at the front or off to the far left or maybe right flank)...
Last year I crossed paths with the pack  and then caught up with them at the destination (a buddy was playing music there) and had some bevvies, and then there was a massive thunderstorm that sent everyone packing.
  I don't mind giving out if it goes where it's intended, so if I can I'll work out a plan (the notso distinguished rider)
Title: Re: Distinguished Gentlemen's Ride
Post by: bsa-bill on 03.08. 2016 14:15
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they'd look rather splendid with plus-four trousers and brown brogue shoes, along with a waistcoat or tweed jacket

and to think I had you down as an ex punk rocker - go on tell me you have some fluorescent green socks lurking in a drawer somewhere
Title: Re: Distinguished Gentlemen's Ride
Post by: Butch (cb) on 03.08. 2016 15:34
The London ride that I attended two years ago was very busy – but lots of interesting bikes there. Meeting point was just the South side of London Bridge. From there they released us in a series of fairly substantial gaggles. Route took us back over the bridge to the North side of the river and then heading West. Along the embankment, past Westminster and the Houses of Parliament. We crossed somewhere beyond Chelsea and the Battersea power station before heading back on the South Bank.

As a warning, this was quite a warm day and there was a lot of traffic and traffic lights - pretty much stop/go the whole way out. So if you are enjoying marginal cooling or a dragging clutch you could be in for a long day. Mind you, with traffic thinning out on the return I enjoyed a good if slightly surreal charge in the company of the loudest 400/4 I have ever heard and a young guy on a nice mist green Sunbeam S7D that he must have been substantially torturing to keep in the chase.
Title: Re: Distinguished Gentlemen's Ride
Post by: Greybeard on 03.08. 2016 19:20
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they'd look rather splendid with plus-four trousers and brown brogue shoes, along with a waistcoat or tweed jacket

and to think I had you down as an ex punk rocker - go on tell me you have some fluorescent green socks lurking in a drawer somewhere

Frayed knot!
Title: Re: Distinguished Gentlemen's Ride
Post by: RichardL on 04.08. 2016 02:18
Gents,

I have registered a team for the DGR under the name "THE BSA A7-A10 Forum". When I first did this, it said "Taking Part in Chicago Ride". I wrote the organzers and asked them to change it to "Taking Part in Worldwide Ride". Surprise of surprises, they got it done within 18 hours. I arbitrarily entered $1000 as the goal, but that's probably ridiculous (though, it would only take 50 members at $20/ea.). Basically, you enter as an individual and can be tagged to a team.

I saw that Topdad (Bob) has signed up for Liverpool. Good on you, Bob. Anyone else?

Richard L.
Title: Re: Distinguished Gentlemen's Ride
Post by: Topdad on 04.08. 2016 10:58
I instantly regretted signing in just on my name and wanted to amend to ,with "e"s permission, To BSA A7- A10 Forum . I didn't have time yesterday but will today , was organising some sponsors ,namely My Son's company ,The Formby Health Rooms and Pharmacy , My local Pub (thinking about it ) ! a couple of solicitors Practices and my Daughters NHS pharmacy team plus of course my own company, first advice Mortgage Service so we'll see what we can raise . This run  seems to be growing from just 2 runs in 2014 to numerous in 2016, fingers crossed for a reasonable day .
Title: Re: Distinguished Gentlemen's Ride
Post by: Topdad on 04.08. 2016 15:03
GB was that a deliberate foxes parr calling CB's helmet a pissing bowl ,er shouldn't it be pudding bowl ???
Title: Re: Distinguished Gentlemen's Ride
Post by: Greybeard on 04.08. 2016 16:33
GB was that a deliberate foxes parr calling CB's helmet a pissing bowl ,er shouldn't it be pudding bowl ???
We used to call them ***-pot helmets as well as pudding bowls. As far as I know they aren't legal in the UK.
Title: Re: Distinguished Gentlemen's Ride
Post by: Butch (cb) on 04.08. 2016 16:41
Err - yeah, it's a hat  Though believe it or not I did have some jobsworth trying to apply a no helmets rule one Sunday afternoon when I wandered into Tesco in it for some sausages. If you do have an original from in era with the kite mark then in fact it is still legal.

I'm thinking about registering for the Cambridge ride rather than London. Spotted Richard's group set up for us in the registration process - thanks.

Richard - remember that post that Brexit vote we're smarting under the exchange rate of our GBP being worth only about one of what anybody else has now.
Title: Re: Distinguished Gentlemen's Ride
Post by: RichardL on 04.08. 2016 17:00
Butch,

No pressure, at all, to put in money. I just think it would be cool to have many of us riding on the same day in, basically, the same event. At the end, we raise one to the event and to our mates.

Richard L.
Title: Re: Distinguished Gentlemen's Ride
Post by: Greybeard on 04.08. 2016 17:08
...believe it or not I did have some jobsworth trying to apply a no helmets rule...
I've been expecting some twat to demand I remove my Davida Jet helmet when I'm paying for fuel. I'll be ready with an angry response when it happens!
Title: Re: Distinguished Gentlemen's Ride
Post by: Butch (cb) on 05.08. 2016 10:18
I'm thinking of maybe entering for the Cambridge ride this year.
Title: Re: Distinguished Gentlemen's Ride
Post by: muskrat on 05.08. 2016 21:04
In years past there has been a ride at Nowra. I can't see it listed this year. Hope someone at my clubs AGM tomorrow has some news.
Cheers
Title: Re: Distinguished Gentlemen's Ride
Post by: Greybeard on 08.08. 2016 09:32
Well, I've joined the virtual A7A10 team, riding the Oxford UK ride; https://www.gentlemansride.com/rider/neilives

I've won a pair of Plus-Four trousers on Ebay. My Finish army jackboots should look ok with these. Need to find a suitable tweedish jacket, and maybe a bow tie.
Title: Re: Distinguished Gentlemen's Ride
Post by: bsa-bill on 08.08. 2016 09:45
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I've won a pair of Plus-Four trousers on Ebay.

I'd like ti see the feedback on that one *smile*
Title: Re: Distinguished Gentlemen's Ride
Post by: Greybeard on 08.08. 2016 09:58
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I've won a pair of Plus-Four trousers on Ebay.

I'd like ti see the feedback on that one *smile*
Puzzled by that comment  *conf2*
Title: Re: Distinguished Gentlemen's Ride
Post by: RichardL on 08.08. 2016 13:26
In years past there has been a ride at Nowra. I can't see it listed this year. Hope someone at my clubs AGM tomorrow has some news.
Cheers

If you already know some people who are interested, there's an option to "Host a Ride" on the web page. I notice there are few rides in Oz with just a couple of riders. It would be weird to be in a ride as the only rider, but I bet someone will be doing it.

Richard L.
Title: Re: Distinguished Gentlemen's Ride
Post by: bsa-bill on 08.08. 2016 13:31
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I've won a pair of Plus-Four trousers on Ebay.

I'd like to see the feedback on that one *smile*

Puzzled by that comment  *conf2*


me too, sorry folks - dirty glasses - I read  - "I've worn a pair of Plus-Four trousers on Ebay."
Title: Re: Distinguished Gentlemen's Ride
Post by: Greybeard on 08.08. 2016 15:29
I would love it if any of you guys could join me in Oxford UK for this ride  *smile*
Title: Re: Distinguished Gentlemen's Ride
Post by: polly on 08.08. 2016 17:43
well I might   Oxfords not so far
Title: Re: Distinguished Gentlemen's Ride
Post by: Topdad on 09.08. 2016 11:06
I blew up my first A10 motor on Wheatly hill bypass just outside Oxford in 1966 heading for London , bet the oil stains are still there !! *whistle*
Title: Re: Distinguished Gentlemen's Ride
Post by: nimrod650 on 16.08. 2016 19:16
There is a "cruise night" like that near me. If they decide to raise $5,000 for a charity, the donation from each participant is equal. So, 50 entrants, $100.00 each. But you dont know in advance how many entrants, so you dont know how much.

 Lee
if only you turn up 5ooo dollars *sad2*
Title: Re: Distinguished Gentlemen's Ride
Post by: RichardL on 17.09. 2016 20:56
I am now in fingers crossed/ducks-in-a-row mode for the Distinguished Gentleman's Ride. As part of my bike preparation I had planned to remove my sump plate to check for any nasties sitting on the screen. I should have checked it a week ago but put it off until yesterday. Sure enough, there lay a piece of mangled thin shim. This morning I threw a dial indicator on the timing end of the crank and quickly revealed at least 10 thou of float. No hesitation, it had to come apart.  A few hours later and the engine is now out. Done for today, but I'm now on a mission to complete a strip-down, replace main bearing and shims, clean sldge trap and do a general inspection faster than I've ever done it before.

Sooo, if I make it through this repair I'm going to be on a pretty tight bike for the DGR. Otherwise, I suppose I will try to make it to the start/end point to enjoy the spectacle.

Richard L.
Title: Re: Distinguished Gentlemen's Ride
Post by: muskrat on 17.09. 2016 21:17
Gugga.
 Should be able to do all that in about 4 good cold & flu tablets  *eek*.
What caused it ?????
Cheers
Title: Re: Distinguished Gentlemen's Ride
Post by: RichardL on 17.09. 2016 22:04
I have to spread out working on the bike a little to keep on an even keel with SWMBO. I do think I could do the whole job in 12-16 hours if I kept on it.

I'll know better what caused it when I get inside. When I last put it together the inner race wasn't really tight on the crank, so I used Loctite 641 Retaining Compound (you might recall me talking about this). If it doesn't take 250 C. to remove the inner race from the crank that will say something, but I'm not yet sure what. I don't think loosening the cush nut took anything like 65 ft. lb. where I left it, anyway, I had used regular blue Loctite on it and it didn't appear to be backed off. I would really like to have a one-piece shim, because it is always the thin ones that show up in the sump. Problem is available time for the work. I certainly don't have the tools to make a precision one-piece shim.

I'll grind away at the fix (not referring to surface grinding a shim) and hope to be done by a week from now.

(Certainly umderstand if this needs to be moved to an "end float" topic.)

Richard L.
Title: Re: Distinguished Gentlemen's Ride
Post by: Greybeard on 17.09. 2016 22:32
Oh Richard, what a pain in the neck!
The priority is getting your machine running in a way that satisfies you so take your time.
Title: Re: Distinguished Gentlemen's Ride
Post by: muskrat on 18.09. 2016 10:42
You'll get it mate. To my way of thinking the only way a shim could be pounded out is either the cush nut came loose or when you loctited the bearing it took you too long to slap the cases together and the bearing wasn't all the way home firm and the tightening of the nut didn't sandwich the shims tight.
Good luck.
Cheers
Title: Re: Distinguished Gentlemen's Ride
Post by: muskrat on 18.09. 2016 10:48
I'm trying to change my ride from Canberra to Sydney (both over 200Km away), that website is so hard to navigate. I now learn there is a ride closer to home in Nowra (60 Km away). I'll be in Sydney on the Saturday to watch a mate race at Eastern Creek, then catch the Sydney ride on Sunday. Just looked at the 7 day forecast, yep rain. The A7 doesn't like rain (no airfilter), sucks in water.
Cheers
Title: Re: Distinguished Gentlemen's Ride
Post by: RichardL on 19.09. 2016 01:08
Muskrat,

Will the site let you sign up for a second ride, so you could just ignore the first sign-up?

On another note, regarding my shims, the inner race was completely loose. I guess I need to put the problem on the cush nut backing off a little. I am pretty confident I tightened it to 65 ft. lb. I'm thinking maybe 70 is a more secure number. Any thoughts about that?

Richard L.
Title: Re: Distinguished Gentlemen's Ride
Post by: muskrat on 19.09. 2016 08:49
G'day Richard.
I just spent half an hour going round in circles trying. Bugger it I'll just show up at the Sydney ride.
I'd be inclined to fit the shims & bearing (with the loctite) and also fit the spacer, sleeve and nut done up while its out of the cases till the loctite goes off. Then assemble as normal.
Cheers
Title: Re: Distinguished Gentlemen's Ride
Post by: Butch (cb) on 19.09. 2016 12:17
Just been back on their web site myself - it's really not great. I'm on the Cambridge (UK) ride but can't tell if I'm signed up to a team or not. Still hoping to run the Nimbus out there, though I wasn't sure the clutch wasn't slipping when I was out and about Thursday evening. I'll likely not ride if it's wet, though I think the forecast is set for dry OK.

Is there anyone here doing the Cambridge ride?
Title: Re: Distinguished Gentlemen's Ride
Post by: PaulC on 19.09. 2016 15:51
I'll be at Oxford, Graybeard, on a Thruxton R, looking something like this. Always assuming that I can find the meeting point.

See you there.

Paul
Title: Re: Distinguished Gentlemen's Ride
Post by: Topdad on 19.09. 2016 16:01
Damned fine effort ,  *good3* SWMBO has decreed that I must wear my armoured jacket or I won't be allowed to play out !! so will just have to try and get so other smarter  stuff under it !
Title: Re: Distinguished Gentlemen's Ride
Post by: RichardL on 19.09. 2016 16:02
G'day Richard.
I just spent half an hour going round in circles trying. Bugger it I'll just show up at the Sydney ride.
I'd be inclined to fit the shims & bearing (with the loctite) and also fit the spacer, sleeve and nut done up while its out of the cases till the loctite goes off. Then assemble as normal.
Cheers

Great advice. That's just in time for exactly where I'm at.

Richard L.
Title: Re: Distinguished Gentlemen's Ride
Post by: RichardL on 19.09. 2016 16:14
Just been back on their web site myself - it's really not great. I'm on the Cambridge (UK) ride but can't tell if I'm signed up to a team or not. Still hoping to run the Nimbus out there, though I wasn't sure the clutch wasn't slipping when I was out and about Thursday evening. I'll likely not ride if it's wet, though I think the forecast is set for dry OK.

Is there anyone here doing the Cambridge ride?

CB,

I found your personal entry on the DGR site and it does not appear that you have joined a team. After you are logged in to the DGR site, search (at upper right) for "A7". The two forum teams will appear at the bottom of the list. Choose the one you want to join and go to the bottom where it says "Ride With Us". That should do it.

Richard L.
Title: Re: Distinguished Gentlemen's Ride
Post by: Butch (cb) on 19.09. 2016 16:23
Many thanks - I think I've managed it now. The web site seems quite difficult to use, though to be fair they do use me here in the office to check things really are fool proof.

Am going to be the the only member on the Cambridge run, albeit on a Nimbus?
Title: Re: Distinguished Gentlemen's Ride
Post by: RichardL on 19.09. 2016 17:38
I guess my repair work is staying here for now because it may be more of a story of me being done in time for the DGR than it is a technical issue.

Shims stacked, Loctite applied on the inner race and all clamped and curing under a halogen lamp.

Richard L.
Title: Re: Distinguished Gentlemen's Ride
Post by: chaterlea25 on 19.09. 2016 18:03
Hi Richard
Could you let me know the thickness of a solid shim that would (maybe) cure your problem?
I should be able to machine up something and grind to the final size needed
Once you have a solid shim it probably wont be needed *bright idea*

 *beer*
John
Title: Re: Distinguished Gentlemen's Ride
Post by: Greybeard on 19.09. 2016 18:12
I'll be at Oxford, Graybeard, on a Thruxton R, looking something like this. Always assuming that I can find the meeting point.

See you there.

Paul
Looking good Paul!
I'm not sure I know what a Thruxton R looks like but my bike should be fairly easy to spot. Just hoping the weather is kind to us!
Title: Re: Distinguished Gentlemen's Ride
Post by: RichardL on 19.09. 2016 19:06
John,

Thanks for the very kind offer. I've opted to go with the stack for expedience. Additionally, I think my process for clamping and curing the Loctite should be a lot better than last time I did this (thank you, Muskrat). Finally, I plan to throw a bit more than 65 ft. lb. (like 70) on the cush nut. Should I beware of 70?

Richard L.

Title: Re: Distinguished Gentlemen's Ride
Post by: Greybeard on 22.09. 2016 18:32
If you should see a prat at the Oxford DGR that looks like this; it's probably me!
Title: Re: Distinguished Gentlemen's Ride
Post by: Butch (cb) on 23.09. 2016 09:11
GB - You're sure to pull.
Title: Re: Distinguished Gentlemen's Ride
Post by: muskrat on 23.09. 2016 20:24
Bugga, bugga, bugga work has got in the road of my ride to Sydney so now it looks like the Nowra ride is the one I'll attend.
Any Kiwi's riding? NZ will be the 1st to set off, then the Aussies.
Cheers
Title: Re: Distinguished Gentlemen's Ride
Post by: RichardL on 23.09. 2016 22:06
Well, the Nowra ride will be about twice as long (which I think is good) through some real nice countryside and less congested by about 700 bikes. Though, it would be cool to be in the pack crossing the Sydney Harbour Bridge.

Richard L.
Title: Re: Distinguished Gentlemen's Ride
Post by: muskrat on 24.09. 2016 11:14
I know about a pack crossing the coat hanger. Back in the 70's the gumbient introduced a toll for motorbikes (previously free). About 1000 bikes turned up. Each bike stopped to pay the toll. Stopped the bike, took off the gloves, produced a $50 for the (I think ) 5 cent toll, put change in pocket, put on gloves, started bike and rode off. Followed 999 times. They dropped the toll.
The Nowra ride is along a route I travel often. Hope they keep up!!
Cheers
Title: Re: Distinguished Gentlemen's Ride
Post by: RichardL on 25.09. 2016 03:04
SHE BREACHES!!! We're on for DGR. I can't believe I did a strip-down to replace shims and got everything reassembled Saturday to Saturday (not full time,of course) I know, some here can do it in a casual afternoon, but this is definitely a record for me. This would usually be two months over winter. The DGR was a big motivator that I've been looking forward to. Very glad several forum members signed up for their local rides, but wish we could have had a lot more.

As for the results of the shim fix, definitely less vibration. Started first kick. Whew!

Richard L.
Title: Re: Distinguished Gentlemen's Ride
Post by: Greybeard on 25.09. 2016 07:26
 *smile* *smile* *smile*

07:30, bacon and egg breakfast before I set off for the ride. I guess the antipodes will have already done their rides, and you may also have done yours Richard.
Title: Re: Distinguished Gentlemen's Ride
Post by: Topdad on 25.09. 2016 07:58
Well done GB looking very smart, Richard bloody marvellous effort here in Liverpool its 50/50 for rain so I'm in my normal gear but with shirt and tie!ride safe Bob
Title: Re: Distinguished Gentlemen's Ride
Post by: Greybeard on 25.09. 2016 15:36
Photos uploaded here: https://flic.kr/s/aHskHyFUo4

The only forum member I met there was Paul. If there were any others I apologise for not finding you. In the end there must have been 200 bikes on the ride around Oxford. Average speed was about 15 mph. My left hand was aching after a while from operating the clutch. The weather was chilly and showery. After the ride I was sitting in a cold wet pub garden wearing wet tweed drinking cold beer, trying to keep dry. Not the best fun. I was very glad to get home and have a hot beverage! Not sure if I'll go again.
Title: Re: Distinguished Gentlemen's Ride
Post by: RichardL on 25.09. 2016 16:41
Leaving in about an hour.
Title: Re: Distinguished Gentlemen's Ride
Post by: Angus on 25.09. 2016 17:49
We left Rushmere with about 15 VMCC section members including 2 three wheelers. We had one breakdown that stopped us following the planned route and we lost a few after the coffee stop in Bury St Edmunds. The sun came out for the afternoon tea stop in Stowmarket. 93 miles when I parked up. There was some comment on my attempt at dressing for the distinguished gentlemen’s ride, but as the only one dressed up I ‘rode’ above it.
Title: Re: Distinguished Gentlemen's Ride
Post by: Greybeard on 25.09. 2016 18:21
There was some comment on my attempt at dressing for the distinguished gentlemen’s ride, but as the only one dressed up I ‘rode’ above it.
You look like a fart young smeller!  ;)
Title: Re: Distinguished Gentlemen's Ride
Post by: muskrat on 25.09. 2016 20:29
The Nowra ride was well supported with about 35 riders. The oldest bike was a 47 Indian, my 51 A7 was 2nd oldest. The weather was good for the ride, rain after lunch. I won the award for the 1st breakdown! Yes the old girl let me down and was brought home on a trailer. She was fine on the 50km ride up to Nowra and the first 15km of the DGR. Felt like running out of fuel, breaking down on one side then the other till she stopped. No spark from the 12v Boyer system but enough battery power to work the horn & stop light.
I'll investigate tonight.
Cheers
Title: Re: Distinguished Gentlemen's Ride
Post by: WozzA on 26.09. 2016 07:20
Thanks for the photo's GENTLEMEN...   *yeah*
Title: Re: Distinguished Gentlemen's Ride
Post by: Guy Wilson on 26.09. 2016 12:47
The Kenyan DGR was supported by a relatively small turn out of 8 bikes.
My A10, despite being very close to being back on the road...wasn't and I took the Triumph. With a certain empathy with Muskrat, the Triumph did exactly the same as his bike with a CDI failure almost to the mile...and rode home in the back of a truck..I completed the ride on my 83 BMW R80 G/S having caught up with the rest of the pack.
Eric was the most admired DG rider who aged 15 managed the 140km ride with out incident and without getting caught by the police on an early 90's Royal Enfield despite stalling 50m from a police road block....
The ride ended at the Nairobi racecourse's annual concourse show and concluded with ride home in a monsoon grade downpour leaving all contemplating the practicalities of suits and motorcycles....
Fun was had by all...
Guy
Title: Re: Distinguished Gentlemen's Ride
Post by: Butch (cb) on 26.09. 2016 13:46
Out in Cambridge we had a cloudy start, and just a couple of spots of rain at the rider briefing which cleared before we headed off. After which we got a good deal of sun and I rode probably two thirds of the route in my shirt sleeves. Traffic in the town there was appalling – I think the local authorities are trying to discourage traffic by making the road network there unfeasible. Either ways, it soon had my big iron block very nearly glowing. Clutch work was less of an issue for me GB as I have the option of both foot and hand operation of clutch on the Nimbus.

Of around 150 bikes total I spotted not a single A7/10. In fact I don’t even recall seeing a BSA unless you count the Sunbeam S8.

I’ll try and post some pics if I can get on to reducing them to fit.
Title: Re: Distinguished Gentlemen's Ride
Post by: Greybeard on 26.09. 2016 14:00
Clutch work was less of an issue for me GB as I have the option of both foot and hand operation of clutch on the Nimbus
Did you see the picture of the Nimbus at the Oxford ride?
Title: Re: Distinguished Gentlemen's Ride
Post by: a10gf on 26.09. 2016 20:38
Great reading. Keep the stories and pictures coming.


I’ll try and post some pics if I can get on to reducing them to fit.
See this post (http://www.a7a10.net/forum/index.php?topic=427.msg65554#msg65554) and this topic (http://www.a7a10.net/forum/index.php?topic=427.0)
Title: Re: Distinguished Gentlemen's Ride
Post by: RichardL on 26.09. 2016 21:25
Mine's coming. Just gathering my thoughts.
Title: Re: Distinguished Gentlemen's Ride
Post by: Butch (cb) on 26.09. 2016 22:28
Clutch work was less of an issue for me GB as I have the option of both foot and hand operation of clutch on the Nimbus
Did you see the picture of the Nimbus at the Oxford ride?

Only just now, maybe the sport model with that high level exhaust? Wonder if it has the HC pistons. You had some good stuff on that run.
Title: Re: Distinguished Gentlemen's Ride
Post by: Topdad on 27.09. 2016 12:29
Just posted my thoughts on the original post ,sorry you got so wet GB meant to pm you CB and Richard on my return but no internet when I got home ,I did raise a very large ( welcome ) glass, to everyone involved  *beer*
Title: Re: Distinguished Gentlemen's Ride
Post by: RichardL on 06.09. 2017 22:33
Gents,

The Distinguished Gentlemen’s Ride is coming up on September 24th. I hope many of you will sign up and join the BSA A7/A10 Forum Ride (noted as “Worldwide”).

Now that my bike seems to be running well, it looks like I will make it again. Last year was my first, but a bit marred by a poorly adjusted clutch that made starting ridiculous and forced me to sneak up on 50 MPH. Nevertheless, I managed the ride and 60-mile round trip to the start-end point. Great fun, really, and for a good cause – prostate cancer research and men’s mental health.

Though a good time was had, there was one disappointment for me last year. That was how few of our over 900 members, all with big’ol prostates, chose to participate. Sooo, here is the link to the team. You will sign up as an individual, then join the team. Any donation you give in your own name also shows up as a team donation. (No money or benefit to me, other than knowing that more forum members are participating.) Here’s a little additional encouragement, though pittancely small (I ain’t rich), I will sponsor to the tune of $10, each (to the cause, of course), the first five forum members who sign up for their local ride and join the team after this message is sent. Ride or don’t ride, that’s up to you, but I’m thinking that if you sign up you just might ride.

Richard L

Here's the link:

https://www.gentlemansride.com/team/bsaaa0forum (https://www.gentlemansride.com/team/bsaaa0forum)
Title: Re: Distinguished Gentlemen's Ride
Post by: Butch (cb) on 06.09. 2017 23:05
Hoping to do the Cambridge ride this year. Might be doing it on a Kawa is all.
Title: Re: Distinguished Gentlemen's Ride
Post by: RichardL on 07.09. 2017 00:29
Nice, but not critical to be on a BSA.
Title: Re: Distinguished Gentlemen's Ride
Post by: RichardL on 16.09. 2017 16:02
Plan on signing up for the world-wide 2017 DISTINGUISHED GENTLEMAN'S RIDE on September 24, 2017. Watch website at https://www.gentlemansride.com for details.

I know, I know, you're too old, too cool, too aloof or too tough to take part in such frivality.

Richard L.
Title: Re: Distinguished Gentlemen's Ride
Post by: muskrat on 16.09. 2017 21:30
All systems go down here. The Cafe is ready but being limited to 60KPH I'll be doing the whole ride in 1st & 2nd gear and trying to keep the front wheel on the ground  *sarcastic*.
My Club (Shoalhaven Classic MC) is lucky in that there is two rides in the shire. North in Nowra and South in Ulladulla. I'll be doing the South ride with 52 other riders. Per capita our ride has raised the most $$$, I think next is Darwin.
Hoping for good weather on the day.
Cheers
Title: Re: Distinguished Gentlemen's Ride
Post by: ellis on 16.09. 2017 21:48
Is it not summer down your way now muskrat  *????*

ELLIS
Title: Re: Distinguished Gentlemen's Ride
Post by: muskrat on 17.09. 2017 00:47
 It's always what England would call summer here  ;) was only 6C this morning in the shed, should get to 20C today. Taking the 51 on a 150 mile shakedown ride today in prep for a 600 mile ride in a few weeks. Then the National a week later.
Cheers
Title: Re: Distinguished Gentlemen's Ride
Post by: RichardL on 19.08. 2020 23:49
Gents,

This year it's "Ride Solo, Together" for the Distinguished Gentlemen's Ride. I've again created a "BSA A7-A10 Forum" team to represent any forum member who chooses to participate under our flag. Donations made to individuals on the team show up on the individual's personal profile and on the team page.  There are a LOT of new members since we last touched the topic, many of whom probably don't know about DGR and, perhaps, have not seen our logo, which can be seen on the team page.

The team ride says it's taking place in Naperville. In previous years I'd asked Mikey in DGR admin to change it to "Worldwide Ride." Considering the circumstances, not going to trouble him this year.  Here is the link: https://www.gentlemansride.com/fundraiser/bsaa7-a10forum

I hope many of you will sign-up, ride and donate this year because, let's face it, you probably have a prostate.

Richard L. 
Title: Re: Distinguished Gentlemen's Ride
Post by: RichardL on 20.08. 2020 01:36
71 new members since the last DGR. to be exact.
Title: Re: Distinguished Gentlemen's Ride
Post by: Greybeard on 20.08. 2020 08:58
I think I've just joined. The DGR website is as shyte as ever!  *smile*
Title: Distinguished Gentlemen's Ride
Post by: Guy Wilson on 20.08. 2020 09:02
Greybeard, it took a few minutes for the site to update when I joined.. you make three on the Forum Worldwide Ride!
Guy
Title: Re: Distinguished Gentlemen's Ride
Post by: morris on 20.08. 2020 09:06
I hope many of you will sign-up, ride and donate this year because, let's face it, you probably have a prostate.

Richard L.
Donation made.
Title: Re: Distinguished Gentlemen's Ride
Post by: Butch (cb) on 20.08. 2020 10:27
Good stuff. I'm elsewhere on the actual date, but given the lonesome nature of this year's event will pick another day to head out and ride Cambridge. I've used the Guzzi Eldo Loop - 'Jug', 'Brown' the Kawa H1 and the Nimbus 'Swiftmobile' over the last few years so it could be time to break out the A10 (the bike I've owned the longest has no name).
Title: Re: Distinguished Gentlemen's Ride
Post by: muskrat on 20.08. 2020 11:20
I'm in if I can navigate this WTF website!
Cheers
Title: Re: Distinguished Gentlemen's Ride
Post by: BigJim on 20.08. 2020 16:54
I'm in! Not sure what to do on the day but will be getting wet in my best tweed for sure,
 *wave* *yeah* *beer* *beer*
Title: Re: Distinguished Gentlemen's Ride
Post by: RichardL on 24.09. 2020 05:17
Even though we are supposed to "Ride Solo Together" this year, I've decided to share my route in case anyone chooses to ride along. I'm sure you can all make it.  I'll be setting off at 10:30 AM (CDT) with the intent of riding around inside Morton Arboretum (Lisle, IL) then a ride in Green Valley Forest preserve and home. (The map doesn't exactly point at my house, think, "Between the Dots.")

If you haven't signed up for DGR (and 99.5% of you have not, kinda pitiful), it's not too late.

Richard L.
Title: Re: Distinguished Gentlemen's Ride
Post by: BigJim on 24.09. 2020 08:58
If i get on a boat i should just about make it! Myself and a mate are gonna turn up at last years meeting point hoping a few others will be doing similar. It's obvious that the organisers had to cancel it officially. Will be easy to distance and avoid contact in large car park. Will be nice if some classics turn up to give us something to drool over. If not, no worries we will enjoy the ride out anyway, raising a bit for an important charity. 
 *good3* *yeah* *beer*
Title: Re: Distinguished Gentlemen's Ride
Post by: RichardL on 24.09. 2020 12:38
Jim, et al,

Let me know what time the boat arrives, I'll send an Uber to get you to the airport. Hmm, timing might not work.

No way Chicago, with about 400 riders in 2018 (2019 cancelled for rain), could safely assemble, not to mention the crowd restrictions by ordinance at All Rise Brewery, the start and end point. Doesn't make sense for me to ride 30 miles to the start point based only on the CHANCE of meeting up with other riders.

Not that the DGR is high up on the list of sad results due to Covid-19,  but it would have been nice to have the group ride after last year's cancellation. Nevertheless, I plan to enjoy Sunday out in nature.

Ride Dapper.

Richard L.
Title: Re: Distinguished Gentlemen's Ride
Post by: Angus on 24.09. 2020 13:41
Hi All
I know the uptake is low but once again I have registered and again I could not seam to find the way to join a team. I then used Richard's link and pressed the button from there to join. It does not appear to show anywhere on the dashboard but I assume I am a member of the forum team. I will just do a local loop on Sunday probably on my own  *smile*
Title: Re: Distinguished Gentlemen's Ride
Post by: RichardL on 24.09. 2020 17:39
Angus,

You are definitely on the Team. When you log in to the DGR site go to your Profile Page (gold box, upper right corner) and scroll down to "View Team Page." If you are already in your Profile Page the gold box will say "Dashboard." From there, I'm not sure if you will see the "My Team Dashboard" or if that only appears to me, the Team "founder" (for lack of a better word). 

Richard L.
Title: Re: Distinguished Gentlemen's Ride
Post by: RichardL on 26.09. 2020 20:45
Please see the new posts on the Forum team page: https://www.gentlemansride.com/team/BSAA7-A10Forum

Richard L.
Title: Re: Distinguished Gentlemen's Ride
Post by: muskrat on 26.09. 2020 21:25
G'day Richard.
I'll be heading off in a few hours on the Cafe I hope. Snowed here yesterday!
Looking at the Leader board 1st US, 2nd Au, 3rd UK.
The website is still shite. I'm registered with the Forum team but it appears I'm not registered personally!
Great to see e's home town and your bike featured.
Cheers
Title: Re: Distinguished Gentlemen's Ride
Post by: muskrat on 27.09. 2020 02:22
G'day Fellas.
Well it was solo. Couldn't find any dapper riders around here, just a dozen moderns passing through.
Ended up taking the A7 through town and then up Scenic Hill, across to Mt Victoria and down the pass to home. About 40 miles. Then I jumped on the HD and did the same.
Now off to the youngest g/sons 7th b/day party. Hope they've got fairy bread!
Cheers.
Title: Re: Distinguished Gentlemen's Ride
Post by: RichardL on 27.09. 2020 02:34
Paving the way. Bike and biker very dapper.

Richard L.
Title: Re: Distinguished Gentlemen's Ride
Post by: RichardL on 27.09. 2020 03:11
Paving the way. Bike and biker very dapper.

Richard L.

Confusing typo corrected.
Title: Re: Distinguished Gentlemen's Ride
Post by: muskrat on 27.09. 2020 07:51
They had fairy bread  *yeah* but no choc crackles  :(. I had  *beer*  ;)
Cheers
Title: Re: Distinguished Gentlemen's Ride
Post by: BigJim on 27.09. 2020 17:02
Had good ride out. Was very cold in the tweed jacket tho.
 *beer* *beer* *wave* *good3*
Title: Re: Distinguished Gentlemen's Ride
Post by: Greybeard on 27.09. 2020 17:20
Had good ride out. Was very cold in the tweed jacket tho.
 *beer* *beer* *wave* *good3*
Wow, BigJim, you like a relatively young fella.  *smile*
Title: Re: Distinguished Gentlemen's Ride
Post by: RichardL on 27.09. 2020 19:13
I'm still out at the Morton Arboretum. About another half to go in terms of miles.

Richard
Title: Re: Distinguished Gentlemen's Ride
Post by: metalflake11 on 27.09. 2020 22:08
I'm still out at the Morton Arboretum. About another half to go in terms of miles.

Richard

Nice bike that RichardL!

Love the colour, or color as you say!
Title: Re: Distinguished Gentlemen's Ride
Post by: Greybeard on 27.09. 2020 22:40
I'm still out at the Morton Arboretum. About another half to go in terms of miles.

Richard
A very dapper gent!  *smile*
Title: Distinguished Gentlemen's Ride
Post by: Guy Wilson on 28.09. 2020 11:00
Some of the Kenya team did a socially distanced DGR this year. We had a few exceptions and had a new Africa Twin tag along.. My A10 did all was asked of, although I was more aware of the brakes left wanting in our sometimes unconventional traffic..
Here a link to the write up with pictures. It was a 175 mile round trip on mostly good, some time bad and occasionally off road conditions. The bike was in better condition than me when we completed the trip..
https://advrider.com/f/threads/kenyas-kinda-dgr-just-our-cup-o-tea.1469171/
Guy
Title: Re: Distinguished Gentlemen's Ride
Post by: Greybeard on 28.09. 2020 13:30
Wow, I enjoyed those pictures.  *smile*
Title: Re: Distinguished Gentlemen's Ride
Post by: Butch (cb) on 28.09. 2020 13:45
Wow, I enjoyed those pictures.  *smile*

Yeah - that looked like a good trip. Ashamed to say the weather here yesterday was awful and I spent the day in the garage.
Title: Re: Distinguished Gentlemen's Ride
Post by: Guy Wilson on 28.09. 2020 13:48
we were lucky.. the rain came down heavily in Nairobi after we left and stopped before we returned... perfect day all in all...
Guy
Title: Re: Distinguished Gentlemen's Ride
Post by: Angus on 28.09. 2020 13:54
As Cyclobutch say is was cold, windy and dizzily here yesterday, so no dressing up, except in warm dry gear and I did a short 30 mile loop on the Norton  *smile*
Title: Re: Distinguished Gentlemen's Ride
Post by: Black Sheep on 28.09. 2020 15:34
Fabulous, inspiring pictures. No DGR for me this year though. Spent the day fencing instead.
Title: Re: Distinguished Gentlemen's Ride
Post by: BigJim on 28.09. 2020 17:36
Great pics and description, thinking i need to get the A10 to Kenya!. Well done Guy, that's an impressive ride out for sure. You look to have had great fun with a good mix of people and bikes. Need to up my game for next year. Gonna be difficult to compete with that stunning scenery. In the second part of my DGR ride we did manage to pass the sewage treatment works tho which could be of some interest if a little smelly.
 *yeah* *yeah* *beer* *beer* *good3*
Title: Re: Distinguished Gentlemen's Ride
Post by: RichardL on 28.09. 2020 17:50
Fabulous, inspiring pictures. No DGR for me this year though. Spent the day fencing instead.

Oh, touché!
Title: Re: Distinguished Gentlemen's Ride
Post by: Greybeard on 28.09. 2020 20:38
Fabulous, inspiring pictures. No DGR for me this year though. Spent the day fencing instead.
On guard!