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Title: Distinguished Gentlemen's Ride Team
Post by: RichardL on 16.08. 2016 21:09
Hey guys, get on board for the DGR. No donation is necessary, but I'm sure you'll want to put in a couple of quid for the cause. You don't even have to ride if you don't want to, but it would be great if you did. You can contribute to, or join, one of two A7-A10 Forum teams, it doesn't matter which one (or you can just be independent).  Here's a link to the teams:  https://www.gentlemansride.com/sponsor/?kw=a7

Richard L.
Title: Re: Distinguished Gentlemen's Ride Team
Post by: Greybeard on 16.08. 2016 21:39
Calling Southern UK members. Please come and join me. I've chosen Oxford UK because I thought you folks around London could make your way there. I could probably switch to Coventry if that's better for you.
Title: Re: Distinguished Gentlemen's Ride Team
Post by: Rocket Racer on 17.08. 2016 05:25
https://www.gentlemansride.com/rides/new+zealand/auckland (https://www.gentlemansride.com/rides/new+zealand/auckland)

Certainly an international event these days!
Title: Re: Distinguished Gentlemen's Ride Team
Post by: RichardL on 19.08. 2016 12:27
If only half of the forum membership would contribute $5 each to DGR through one of the forum teams (anonymously, if you choose), as a group we would have contributed over $2,000. If you are worried that the money doesn't get to the right place you can read the financial information on the DGR and Movember Foundation sites. As I read it, 70% goes directly to prostate health and suicide prevention. If you are over 50 and have a prostate, you might want to consider this a worthy cause (and a fun ride, if you can make it).

Richard L.

P.S. This is not the last time I'm bringing this up.
Title: Re: Distinguished Gentlemen's Ride Team
Post by: cyclobutch on 19.08. 2016 15:58
Well I've signed up for the Cambridge ride (sorry GB), and punted 30 squid. But I'm not going if it's wet.


 
Title: Re: Distinguished Gentlemen's Ride Team
Post by: RichardL on 19.08. 2016 16:02
CB,

That's great! I'll be looking for you when the video comes out.

Richard L.
Title: Re: Distinguished Gentlemen's Ride Team
Post by: Greybeard on 19.08. 2016 16:16
Well I've signed up for the Cambridge ride (sorry GB)...
Cambridge is 92 miles from me, where Oxford is 45 so I don't think I'll join you.

Come on chaps, I'm sure you don't have to don fancy dress, just come to keep me company, (and donate a few quid).

Speaking of fancy dress, I've bought a pair of knee length breeches and long golfers socks. I'll wear my brown leather brouges. I've also bought a nearly new genuine Harris Tweed sports jacket. I'm thinking of a cravat, or maybe a bow tie. I may well look a proper prat but I don't mind, it's all for fun  *smile*. I'll post a picture when I'm ready.
Title: Re: Distinguished Gentlemen's Ride Team
Post by: Angus on 19.08. 2016 17:27
I am going to try and get my local VMCC section to link the planned ride on the 25th Sept to this, so I will be riding but locally. Sorry Greybeard Oxford is a long way, could do Cambridge but if the section agree then there will be 15 to 20 of us.
I tried to donate to the team Greybeard's in(sorry topdad) but it only allowed a donation in dollars did it anyway but it has not appeared yet will give it till tomorrow and if still not there then will try again.
Title: Re: Distinguished Gentlemen's Ride Team
Post by: Greybeard on 19.08. 2016 17:42
...only allowed a donation in dollars...
Yes, that puzzled me. I thought I'd donated 20UKP but Paypal only showed a figure of about 15; I later realised that the donation was in US Dollars.
Title: Re: Distinguished Gentlemen's Ride Team
Post by: PaulC on 19.08. 2016 17:48
I'm going to the Oxford ride, GB, but this year I'll be on a modern retro bike. Just being lazy and giving my kick start knee a rest.

Paul
Title: Re: Distinguished Gentlemen's Ride Team
Post by: Greybeard on 19.08. 2016 18:26
I'm going to the Oxford ride, GB, but this year I'll be on a modern retro bike. Just being lazy and giving my kick start knee a rest.

Paul

Great. We'll have to arrange a way of recognising each other. I will not be wearing my forum Tee-shirt this time.

I think Polly said he might be able to make it too.
Title: Re: Distinguished Gentlemen's Ride Team
Post by: RichardL on 19.08. 2016 18:49
...and maybe everyone can sign into one or the other forum teams. Any contribution under your own name is then ascribed to the team as well. Contributions made directly to a team do not go toward any rider's prize possibilities (which is a good thing).

Richard L.
Title: Re: Distinguished Gentlemen's Ride Team
Post by: RichardL on 23.08. 2016 23:33
Edit: I discovered a 5th rider.[/list]
Title: Re: Distinguished Gentlemen's Ride Team
Post by: kiwi george on 24.08. 2016 06:34
Yes you were right I will be riding my 1954 s/a A10 in the Hawkes Bay Napier ride.
I have just added a B31 to my collection so now have a 1954 C10L, 1954 B 31, 1951 B33, & 1954 A10
My Son has pinched my 1986 BMW R80RT  so that saves the problem of which side the brake & gears are
Title: Re: Distinguished Gentlemen's Ride Team
Post by: RichardL on 24.08. 2016 07:01
George,

Thanks for responding to my PM. Assume you will join one of the teams. I envy the collection. At the end of our respective rides, I am suggesting we all hoist one to the cause and one to the forum (then wait a while before riding home). We will just have to act as if there is not a gap of time and place between us.

Richard L.
Title: Re: Distinguished Gentlemen's Ride Team
Post by: Topdad on 24.08. 2016 17:51
Oh I don't like stats like that ,well done though  Richard for pulling them together ,I'm shifting a gear from now as its just over  a month to go ,getting promises into cash ,from solicitors that will be interesting !!
Glass will be suitably charged and raised  when ride finished !!
Title: Re: Distinguished Gentlemen's Ride Team
Post by: Topdad on 31.08. 2016 16:03
Fellow DGR's ,how's the money coming in, I've managed £60 so far with quite a few more promises
Title: Re: Distinguished Gentlemen's Ride Team
Post by: Greybeard on 31.08. 2016 16:30
I'm Billy Nomates me;  retired, so no work contacts and the family are unlikely to sponsor me, but I'll try. You guys are my only friends, I hope!
What I'd like to see is more forum members joining me at Oxford. You don't have to dress up too fancy; just a bit smart. Come on people, sign up!  *smile*
Title: Re: Distinguished Gentlemen's Ride Team
Post by: RichardL on 31.08. 2016 19:02
Dear Tough Guys, Hermits, Exclusivists, I'd-Rather-Not-Be-Botherds and Cranky Old F*rts (talking about me, of course),

My friends, what is the hang-up? Have you some big events on your calendars for September 25th that have been there for months? Are you hiding your bikes away so that the unwashed masses will not see them? Will you perish if out while the sun is up? Is the thrift store near you out of tweed or bow ties (or whatever your style might be)? Do you blanch and lose motor control at the word "prostate"? If none of these or other good reasons apply, why not join your local ride? Donations to the cause are optional.

Here, again, is the link to main site:

         https://www.gentlemansride.com/

Here, again, are the links to our two forum teams:

         https://www.gentlemansride.com/team/thebsaa7-a10forum
         https://www.gentlemansride.com/team/bobhebdonbsaa7anda10forumworldwideride
 
Apologies if I am starting to sound testy in this, but our paltry showing in this significant event has me completely baffled. Please remember that, in terms of prizes offered, no one team member benefits from the contributions of other team members. Who buys the Guinness is a completely separate issue.

Richard L.
Title: Re: Distinguished Gentlemen's Ride Team
Post by: RichardL on 31.08. 2016 19:30
One more thing. If you would rather not be seen as being prodded into action by the likes of me, please note that there are some true gentlemen, like Greybeard and Topdad, also encouraging your participation.

Richard L.
Title: Re: Distinguished Gentlemen's Ride Team
Post by: Greybeard on 31.08. 2016 19:51
Richard,
I think the apparent lack of interest may just be that members don't read every post. They have a particular issue/problem/solution etc. and don't have any interest in general day-to-day forum discussions.
Erling or Musky could send out a forum bulletin if they feel that the matter warrants that action, so everyone gets a message, as they did for the tee-shirt poll.

If members ignore a bulletin then we can truly feel dissapointed!  *conf*
Title: Re: Distinguished Gentlemen's Ride Team
Post by: RichardL on 31.08. 2016 20:10
Richard,
I think the apparent lack of interest may just be that members don't read every post. They have a particular issue/problem/solution etc. and don't have any interest in general day-to-day forum discussions.

Very true and good point. On the other hand, by my count, approximately 35 members have posted to the forum since Sunday and I must guess that many of them (some already riding or contributing) read the posts. I couldn't look back as far as 16 August to get an idea of the number of posters since then (when you first mentioned DGR), but I would guess it is a lot more. This may be another to look at it: right now there are 267 users online (219 not logged in) with 341 being the most online today. By these numbers, even with selective attention, our DGR participation still seems too light.

Richard L.
Title: Re: Distinguished Gentlemen's Ride Team
Post by: muskrat on 31.08. 2016 21:01
G'day all.
It's been looked at 214 times. I'm in for the Canberra ride but may have to swap to the Sydney ride instead.
Only 3 forum members registered for the BSA A7 - A10 Forum team plus 3 members have donated (many thanks).
Cheers
Title: Re: Distinguished Gentlemen's Ride Team
Post by: Angus on 01.09. 2016 08:50
I have twice now tried to join the team (although riding locally in suffolk), I do find the website hard to navigate and I am supposed to be a techie. If it has not worked this time I give up but will be riding on the 25th.
Others could be suffering the same frustration
Title: Re: Distinguished Gentlemen's Ride Team
Post by: Greybeard on 01.09. 2016 09:04
The website is shyte! A great example of style over content! I've tried to find out more details about the Oxford ride without success.
Title: Re: Distinguished Gentlemen's Ride Team
Post by: muskrat on 01.09. 2016 13:12
Yep, took me half an hour to break in.
Cheers
Title: Re: Distinguished Gentlemen's Ride Team
Post by: tinu on 22.09. 2016 21:58
I am at least in the team, but it's not sure if I can take part... I will ride in Switzerland
Title: Re: Distinguished Gentlemen's Ride Team
Post by: RichardL on 22.09. 2016 22:47
I am at least in the team, but it's not sure if I can take part... I will ride in Switzerland

Good on you, Tinu. Nice route through the Swiss farmland.

Richard L.
Title: Re: Distinguished Gentlemen's Ride Team
Post by: cyclobutch on 23.09. 2016 08:59
I'm quite excited to be climbing into my glad rags for Sunday's ride. Just hoping it stays dry here. We'll need to be posting pics here afterwards I think.
Title: Re: Distinguished Gentlemen's Ride Team
Post by: cyclobutch on 26.09. 2016 22:32
Post ride ...
Title: Re: Distinguished Gentlemen's Ride Team
Post by: cyclobutch on 26.09. 2016 22:34
My ride ...
Title: Re: Distinguished Gentlemen's Ride Team
Post by: Greybeard on 26.09. 2016 23:14
Are you sure that was post ride; you look too smart and too dry?
Title: Re: Distinguished Gentlemen's Ride Team
Post by: Topdad on 27.09. 2016 12:25
Firstly my apologises for being late posting this  but on Sunday I was without internet after my ipad went u/s and yesterday SWMBO had an appointment to sort her eyes ,cataracts , so was hors de combat for the day.
The Liverpool run ,strangely, started across the river Mersey in Eastham village   *dunno* at the " tap room" . I enjoyed a fine quick run and having left at 9am got there via the old Mersey tunnel  9-30 am the bike never missed a beat and made a fine sound in the tunnel ,I'd drained and refilled the front forks with the correct amount of oil and what a difference absolutely spot on handling and had a stupid grin on my face and a  cuppa in my hand by 9-30am.
It was all very easy going ,sadly lacking in classics, 2 old RE 500's ,a royal Star ,2 Honda 500 4'S and mine were it ,although they got looked at far more than the newer stuff !!
On the instruction " Gentlemen start your engines " we were off at a very sedate rate and we raised more than a few smiles going through the village with car drivers giving way on 2 junctions ! A short hop to Raby of about 8 miles brought to a pub where some more joined ,just before this my gear change return spring went ping ,lever stuck and I pulled up at the pub thinking the ride was over b4 it had started ,fortuneatly a bit of twiddling got it free and I was able to continue going down fine upwards needed the lever raising after 2nd but kept up ,we passed clatterbridge hosp the biggest cancer hosp in the area and went into Birkenhead and again used the old tunnel to central Liverpool down dale st to the Strand and our first stop at the Albert dock ,we had to ride through the dock which was full of tourists and lots of pictures were taken to our area just by the river ,here we were approached by lots of people who wanted to know what was going on ,I struck up a conversation with a guy from Nevada who had just got an A10 but was having trouble with the clutch , finding out it was a 6 springer my fix involved throwing it into a bin and buying a Triumph or SRM unit , He was convinced we were all mad and thought we rode every day in DJ's and or tweeds etc once we'd explained he was a little more convinced of our sanity ! We may have a new member.
We had to move after 30 mins as we were in front of the building housing the Labour conference but the Police were great one of 'em is a biker and will be joining us next year, I will post a picture, lots , tomorrow including the copper with "thumbs up ".
We moved to the rear ,riverside , of the Liver buildings for a final chat and group picture which was arranged with the help of a passing tourist ,very helpful. I decided that  I wasn't pushing my luck by going back to the tap run so after passing on my thanks to the guy who did the organising and collecting numbers for the pictures I was off .
I must confess as to not being in tweed or DJ's as were the Triumph/Harley group simply with an eye to the weather and the fact I don't bounce as well as when younger I had my normal coat on ,but with smart shirt and tie plus a new pair of grey cords PLUS polished boots !! made me feel I'd entered into the spirit of the event which I will be doing next year .The wonderful bike was much admired by riders and civilians alike and I really got a buzz from it but the event needs some polishing including some advertising ie local papers and local TV news ,61 riders started plus a few more on the run ,no injuries or problems so far this ride as raised well over £3000 and increasing ,personal amount £110 in the forum team £10 personal with abit  more to come ,thanks to anyone who kindly donated something from the forum ,DGR as a  bloody useless website my Son's tried 3 times to donate still nothing taken .Hope this hasn't been to boring for everyone cheers, Bob
Title: Re: Distinguished Gentlemen's Ride Team
Post by: cyclobutch on 27.09. 2016 13:01
Are you sure that was post ride; you look too smart and too dry?

Yeah had a pleasantly sunny ride after some earlier cloud cover - no rain. And the Nimbus is pleasingly non leaky, whilst being steady enough that any flies you hit can pick themselves up and continue on their way.
Title: Re: Distinguished Gentlemen's Ride Team
Post by: Greybeard on 27.09. 2016 14:55
I posted a comment on facebook that has raised a couple of hackles. Oh well you can't keep all the people happy all of the time etc.
Title: Re: Distinguished Gentlemen's Ride Team
Post by: Greybeard on 27.09. 2016 15:00
I don't know if this link can be shared with non members of the DGR Oxford Facebook pages. Someone has posted over 600 photos of the Oxford UK GDR: https://goo.gl/wqRhl7
Title: Re: Distinguished Gentlemen's Ride Team
Post by: Greybeard on 27.09. 2016 15:15
Here's forum member Paul
Title: Re: Distinguished Gentlemen's Ride Team
Post by: Greybeard on 27.09. 2016 15:16
Here I am
Title: Re: Distinguished Gentlemen's Ride Team
Post by: Topdad on 27.09. 2016 15:35
Neil, seems you hit that idiot wipes tender spot , ignore , as it only takes one accident to ruin everything
Title: Re: Distinguished Gentlemen's Ride Team
Post by: RichardL on 27.09. 2016 15:53
Hello all,

After the strip-down to re-shim the crank that took place starting two Saturday's before the ride, I did the post-shimming test ride at 9:00 PM on the 24th. (Must inject here that I have corrected the typo that said "teat ride".) As I've mentioned, started first kick, so I was feeling good. I had not dismantled the timing case. On the test ride my suspicion that I might have adjusted the clutch with too light a grip was immediately confirmed. Slipping was obvious but ease into neutral and clunk-free entry into first was great. [I had set the clutch with a dial indicator after tearing my hair out (in addition to some grinding and pounding of clutch parts) trying to figure out why my 6-spring clutch basket suddenly no longer fit on the hub. Oh, the things that can be forgotten between builds! Turned out I missed the fact that the chain wheel was slipping over the first row of ball bearings but not the second.] Anyway, I decided I had to do the ride with the amount of slippage that was there.

Moving on to departing home on DGR-Day, bike again started first kick, wife took some pics and I was on my way. On surface streets the slipping clutch was not a big problem, but the Interstate Highway was a challenge to ease up to 55 MPH while having to accelerate at imperceptible increments. I made it the 30 miles into Chicago, missing my turn-off in the city and getting a little bonus ride on Michigan Ave. (The Miracle Mile) for my mistake. No problem, I had left plenty of time to get to the start point. I should point out that this was the first time I have actually ridden in the city of Chicago since finishing the restoration in 2007.

Now, at the start point, I arrived to hundreds of parked bikes, too many to look at each one. There were a couple of A65s but no other A7s or A10s (as far as I saw). All was good. I enjoyed a big buffet breakfast for a mere $8.00. Things changed when it came time to take off for the ride. I went to kick over and nothing. Compression felt mushy. Kicked and kicked and nothing. Further, when you're having trouble starting, hearing what's happening is important. Of course, I could not hear anything over all the other bikes. 400 bikes left and I was still kicking. With everyone gone, a couple of guys offered to give me a push. Uhhh, great, but the lack of a decent clutch made that useless. I finally got her to start up. There was one guy there who had arrived late and we left together to try to catch up with the pack, which we did at the halfway beer stop. I bought the beer, thankful for having someone to ride with who had a GPS. Being pretty sure I would again have trouble starting, I made a point of doing it when I thought it was 10 minutes before departure from the way point. Yep, it was tough, but I got her going, however, it turned out it was actually going to be about 30 minutes before departure. Not wanting to shut down again, I cruised around that part of Chicago for a while to kill time and see that area I had not seen before. When back at the stop I idled a while and got quite a bit of appreciation for my bike (Ahhh yes! It was all worthwhile.) When we finally left the stop it was exciting to ride with such a pack that was not wearing wallets with chains and tattered denim vests, as is the case when I go on the mostly Harley rides. Surprisingly, I ended up riding aside my new buddy from the first leg.

Arriving at the end point, I was immediately greeted by my daughter and her friend who, together, had recently taken an apartment in Chicago not too far away from the bar. That was a extreme high point. I also met one of the guys on an A65 who does not live far from me. We exchanged info and may ride together some time. After lunch with my daughter and a beer raised in honor of my extreme thirst and my forum teammates, I knew I was again facing the tough start, but confident it would eventually get going. The ride home (another 30 miles, of course) was another study in nursing the slipping clutch but I made it. WHEW!

Despite or because of all of the above, I had a great time and definitely plan to participate next year. Between the two forum teams we did manage to raise a bit more than the $1000 goal I had set. Great efforts and generosity on the part of the teams and sponsors! I sorta doubt that many members who did not ride have read this far in a long story. If you did not ride, you missed out and should try to join-in next year.

So, yesterday I got to wondering about the mushy compression and very hard starting. I've not completely confirmed it yet, but I think my right cylinder may have ridiculously low compression. I probably did not pick up on the impact of this on performance since the clutch did not allow use of serious power. I have suspicions why, but for another post.

Richard L.
Title: Re: Distinguished Gentlemen's Ride Team
Post by: Greybeard on 27.09. 2016 15:58
Richard you look splendid! Is that your real moustache?
Sorry about the bike starting problem; I hope you soon get her sorted out. *smile*
Title: Re: Distinguished Gentlemen's Ride Team
Post by: RichardL on 27.09. 2016 16:01
Rather than modify the long story, I want to add that the ride through Chicago involved going through many red lights and stop signs while the escort riders held traffic. I don't know if this was pre-approved or winked at by Chicago police. Before we set off on the ride, stickers were handed out for covering a couple of numbers on our license plates so that tickets would not be automatically issued for intersections with red-light photo monitoring.

Richard L.
Title: Re: Distinguished Gentlemen's Ride Team
Post by: RichardL on 27.09. 2016 16:04
Richard you look splendid! Is that your real moustache?
Sorry about the bike starting problem; I hope you soon get her sorted out. *smile*

Thank you. That is my real moustache. I've been training it long and wide for the last month in prep for the dapper criteria. I've been with my wife for 35 years and she has never seen me without a moustache. Should I run up to the bathroom and shave it off right now? No promises.

Richard L.
Title: Re: Distinguished Gentlemen's Ride Team
Post by: Greybeard on 27.09. 2016 16:05
Neil, seems you hit that idiot wipes tender spot , ignore , as it only takes one accident to ruin everything
I imagine he was the chap that rode on the pavement.

The marshalls undoubtedly had a hard job but blocking non DGR traffic at junctions and even pedestrian crossings without any authority or even a hi-viz waistcoat is a bit dodgy in my opinion and riding on the footway is not good.

I'm not sure I'll go to the Oxford DGR next year; I'll probably try Coventry which is much closer for me.
Title: Re: Distinguished Gentlemen's Ride Team
Post by: Greybeard on 27.09. 2016 16:10
That is my real moustache. I've been training it long and wide for the last month in prep for the dapper criteria. I've been with my wife for 35 years and she has never seen me without a moustache. Should I run up to the bathroom and shave it off right now? No promises.
If you want a divorce, yes!

There were a lot of fake moustaches; I was just wondering; no offense meant!  *smiley4*
Title: Re: Distinguished Gentlemen's Ride Team
Post by: RichardL on 27.09. 2016 16:14
I posted a comment on facebook that has raised a couple of hackles. Oh well you can't keep all the people happy all of the time etc.

Nothing too dramatic in the replies to get up about, me thinks. Our marshals were substantially better riders than I, so their fast exploits up and down the streets and, yes, a little on one sidewalk I saw, did not raise my concern.

Richard L.
Title: Re: Distinguished Gentlemen's Ride Team
Post by: RichardL on 27.09. 2016 16:15
No offense taken.
Title: Re: Distinguished Gentlemen's Ride Team
Post by: Greybeard on 27.09. 2016 16:17
Another batch of photos on Facebook: https://goo.gl/T6lzf7
Title: Re: Distinguished Gentlemen's Ride Team
Post by: Greybeard on 27.09. 2016 16:23
Paul
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Post by: Greybeard on 27.09. 2016 16:37
Moi
Title: Re: Distinguished Gentlemen's Ride Team
Post by: cyclobutch on 27.09. 2016 19:47
It's interesting how different ride organisers seem to have either interpreted the rules differently or made up their own. I'd have to say that the organisation for the Cambridge ride was exemplary. We had a good clear briefing, in which we were advised that the ride leaders/guides had no authority to direct traffic, they were introduced to us and had a very specific type of fluorescent jacket that was easily identifiable out on the run. Good stuff, by my book.
Title: Re: Distinguished Gentlemen's Ride Team
Post by: Greybeard on 27.09. 2016 21:01
Another corker of a photo!
Title: Re: Distinguished Gentlemen's Ride Team
Post by: Topdad on 28.09. 2016 10:49
I agree we were given no instructions at all. I got the feeling it was organised b y a small group who did it last year and were a little surprised at the number of people who turned up , I blame  *whistle* that Richard in the US  *smile* *smile* *clap* . They were very friendly and once completed when chatting I was told that there were quite a lot on constraints placed upon the organisers .
Next year they will change the route and way it's organised. they have a facebook page which I'm going to see if I can get some pictures and a couple of videos onto here .
Title: Re: Distinguished Gentlemen's Ride Team
Post by: Topdad on 28.09. 2016 15:35
here are some pictures of the Liverpool run.
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Post by: Topdad on 28.09. 2016 15:44
and more ,these are from another site so hope you can see'em
Title: Re: Distinguished Gentlemen's Ride Team
Post by: tinu on 28.09. 2016 21:19
Fantastic weather but I couldn't ride myself. I had a short look at bunch in our village... a friend of mine made a short film on facebook (https://www.facebook.com/raphael.vonaesch/videos/1408270409187351/).
Title: Re: Distinguished Gentlemen's Ride Team
Post by: cyclobutch on 30.09. 2016 10:09
Good looking chap in the last of those pics:

http://www.cambridge-news.co.uk/motorcyclists-line-the-streets-of-cambridge-for-the-city-s-first-distinguished-gentleman-s-ride/story-29751008-detail/story.html
Title: Re: Distinguished Gentlemen's Ride Team
Post by: muskrat on 03.10. 2016 08:55
G'day all.
The small gathering at Nowra and me when the A7 quit.
Cheers
Title: Re: Distinguished Gentlemen's Ride Team
Post by: harvey mushman on 17.12. 2016 23:17
excellent pic Muskrat! at least the weather looked nice  ;)
Title: Re: Distinguished Gentlemen's Ride Team
Post by: muskrat on 16.05. 2017 13:14
G'day all.
It's on again. Lets try for a few more in the team.
http://www.gentlemansride.com/
Cheers
Title: Re: Distinguished Gentlemen's Ride Team
Post by: tommo903 on 13.06. 2017 23:53
Just wondered if anyone has tried pre-registering for the DGR yet? I have (twice in fact) but haven't received any email confirmation to say I've pre-registered. Any idea when the 'proper' registration starts?

By the way, I'm hoping to ride either the London or Oxford event.

Steve
Title: Re: Distinguished Gentlemen's Ride Team
Post by: RichardL on 14.06. 2017 03:16
I pre-registered. I don't think they send confirmation for this, rather, they probably just use it to email notices.

Richard L.
Title: Re: Distinguished Gentlemen's Ride Team
Post by: Topdad on 14.06. 2017 10:29
I've also preregistered ,in Liverpool , anyone northwest like to join me you're very welcome , now to finish that bloody gearbox !!
Title: Re: Distinguished Gentlemen's Ride Team
Post by: tinu on 14.06. 2017 10:36
So did I...
Title: Re: Distinguished Gentlemen's Ride Team
Post by: cyclobutch on 14.06. 2017 12:18

... By the way, I'm hoping to ride either the London or Oxford event.

Steve

I think GB did the Oxford run out last year.

I did London a couple of years ago on my A10; it was a warm day and the traffic was inevitably bad. My all iron engine got to warm my calves more than a little (downside of wearing plus 4s perhaps) but the bike stayed a good un. Last year I did Cambridge on my Nimbus and the traffic was much worse there. That bike is a real big lump of iron, and got a bit snotty, but kept running.

I have a clash this year with a Sunbeam Club rally, but the ‘Beam is in disgrace at the moment so we’ll see. I’ll certainly put off pre registering for now. I was wondering about using my     
H1 Kawa and going with some loon flares and tie and die top – keeping it all in period but would that be distinguished enough?
Title: Re: Distinguished Gentlemen's Ride Team
Post by: Greybeard on 14.06. 2017 13:01
I may do the Coventry DGR this year. I wasn't very happy with certain aspects of the Oxford ride. Coventry is much closer to me than Oxford. I just hope the ride isn't around the hideous Coventry inner ring road.
Title: Re: Distinguished Gentlemen's Ride Team
Post by: Angus on 14.06. 2017 13:29
Not registered yet and again we have a club ride to BattleBridge (essex), that day so I will combine the two as Cambridge was the nearest last year and that did not look or sound like fun. I hope I will not be the only one this year. Any one else in that area what to join the ride or meet there, they are more then welcome.
Title: Re: Distinguished Gentlemen's Ride Team
Post by: RichardL on 14.06. 2017 13:52
If you have issues with the route, I believe you could contact the leader of the particular ride to make suggestions. To get the contact information for a specific ride leader you could write to Mark Hawwa (the founder of the DGR) at mark@gentlemansride.com.

Richad L.
Title: Re: Distinguished Gentlemen's Ride Team
Post by: Greybeard on 14.06. 2017 14:36
...we have a club ride to BattleBridge (essex), that day...
Maybe you could persuade your club to make it a DGR run.
Title: Re: Distinguished Gentlemen's Ride Team
Post by: Angus on 14.06. 2017 15:30
I am working on it, but I think they already believe I am making a takeover bid, and so am meeting some resistance to some of my 'new' ideas  >:D.
I am one of the younger members our oldest has just had his 90th birthday and he was still riding last year. They are something to live up to  *smile*
Title: Re: Distinguished Gentlemen's Ride Team
Post by: RichardL on 14.06. 2017 20:18
Angus,

You could ask them if they have prostates and, if so, are they sure it's going to be healthy for their remaining years?

Richard L.
Title: Re: Distinguished Gentlemen's Ride Team
Post by: muskrat on 10.08. 2017 21:11
G'day All.
Gee that site (https://www.gentlemansride.com/) is hard to navigate,I can't find our forum team.
Cheers
Title: Re: Distinguished Gentlemen's Ride Team
Post by: RichardL on 11.08. 2017 04:28
I just set up the BSA A7/A10 Forum Team. Here is the link: https://www.gentlemansride.com/join/BSAA7A10Forum

Richard L.
Title: Re: Distinguished Gentlemen's Ride Team
Post by: Greybeard on 11.08. 2017 09:33
I pasted BSAA7A10Forum (https://www.gentlemansride.com/join/BSAA7A10Forum) into the team search box and got no results.
Title: Re: Distinguished Gentlemen's Ride Team
Post by: RichardL on 11.08. 2017 13:01
I just did the search (magnifying glass at top of page) using "BSA" and it's there in the resulting list. Like last year, I've requested the ride name for the team be changed to "Worldwide Ride" rather than "Chicago Ride". Also, I don't know why there is a lowerecase "a" in the name, but that is trivial.

Richard L.
Title: Re: Distinguished Gentlemen's Ride Team
Post by: Angus on 11.08. 2017 14:30
That site *****!!!!!!
sorry, I am an IT guy I work on IT applications for complex tasks that users tell me are easy to use, and to me this website is a joke. I nearly gave up last year it should not be this hard.
So I have logged in, I think nothing to tell you that you have and it asks you to register for a ride, can not see BSAA7A10forum so use search find it click on it and get a popup that has Albany NY as the default, no I think and there is no reference to BSA's. Then I search again and try the sponsor link and then the ride with us link and again same popup with Albany.
I think just to ensure anyone who would like to ride on the day and sponsor via the group it would be good to have some step by step instructions by someone more patient then me. I will try again 'when' the name is changed to worldwide or something defiantly identifiable.

Title: Re: Distinguished Gentlemen's Ride Team
Post by: Greybeard on 11.08. 2017 17:45
Right, I've joined the team. Had to be registered and logged in then searched for 'Bsa A7/a10 Forum' [this is the exact string so copy & paste it] before I was offered the chance to join, (after clicking on the circular DGR symbol).
I'm riding the Coventry UK ride.
Title: Re: Distinguished Gentlemen's Ride Team
Post by: RichardL on 11.08. 2017 18:55
Yep, it's pretty convoluted. I will make no excuses for it other than saying it is probably providing gainful employment for one of the organizers' relatives. I hope everyone finds their way in and will participate in the ride. As for the organizers themselves, Mark and Mikey, my dealings with them have been very good and they seem like great guys.

Richard L.
Title: Re: Distinguished Gentlemen's Ride Team
Post by: Angus on 11.08. 2017 20:40
Well I think I joined the Team, I will be riding with my local VMCC section again as we have a run that day.
Title: Re: Distinguished Gentlemen's Ride Team
Post by: muskrat on 11.08. 2017 21:23
Thanks Richard, I'm in.
Angus will get the longest distance award, entered in the Chicago ride *conf*
Cheers
Title: Re: Distinguished Gentlemen's Ride Team
Post by: Angus on 12.08. 2017 09:03
I thought that was how you selected the ride you were joining  *conf*, now do I struggle to correct it !!! *fight* and if so how !!! *sad*

Updated :-   *smile* did it now 'south end on sea' (I am heading that way to Battlebridge)
Title: Re: Distinguished Gentlemen's Ride Team
Post by: RichardL on 14.08. 2017 04:09
BSA A7/A10 Forum team is now shown as taking part in "Worldwide". I just wish a lot more forum members participated.

Richard L.
Title: Re: Distinguished Gentlemen's Ride Team
Post by: tinu on 14.08. 2017 07:29
I am with you, guys!
I'm riding the Lucerne Ride in Switzerland...
Title: Re: Distinguished Gentlemen's Ride Team
Post by: Angus on 14.08. 2017 08:37
BSA A7/A10 Forum team is now shown as taking part in "Worldwide". I just wish a lot more forum members participated.

Richard L.

Now is it worth changing were I am riding again.
To All other members. You don't have to ride on one of the organised events although that could be fun. You don't have to contribute although every little helps. You don't even have to dress up in silly cloths, although that helps raise the profile of the event and is another way of giving.

My nearest official ride is 70 miles away via dual carriageway and more by the roads I enjoy riding so I am doing it locally on a VMCC section run. I will dress up again this year even though last year I was the only one on the ride and got a lot of teasing about it.

The point is sign up and ride your bike on this day, just shear volume of numbers keeps the corporate sponsors happy and again just riding is another way of giving +++ its fun  *smile*

Angus
Title: Re: Distinguished Gentlemen's Ride Team
Post by: Topdad on 14.08. 2017 13:22
OK ,now signed up on the forums page ,so how the hell do you get a picture on !
Title: Re: Distinguished Gentlemen's Ride Team
Post by: Angus on 14.08. 2017 14:27
Yep took me a while found help online that talked about a dashboard, but no link to it. So logged in again and went straight to it https://www.gentlemansride.com/login/dashboard (https://www.gentlemansride.com/login/dashboard). Then to the left there is a menu and on one of the options either the account or rider profile there is an option to upload a picture. Think I am slowly becoming an expert now  *smile*
Title: Re: Distinguished Gentlemen's Ride Team
Post by: Greybeard on 14.08. 2017 17:56
I sent them a snotty message about the amateurish nature of the webshyte!
Title: Re: Distinguished Gentlemen's Ride Team
Post by: cyclobutch on 15.08. 2017 15:22
I’d imagine that the problem lies behind the fact that proper web site design and construction don’t come cheap, and there are probably a lot of graphics type graduates who think they know what’s what. I think it’s pretty easy as a user to see quite quickly what is wrong with a web site – and for sure there is plenty of lousy stuff out there, but designing something good might be a whole bunch harder.

Better that we have to deal with a half Rsed web site and more of the donations go to the cause I’d suggest.
Title: Re: Distinguished Gentlemen's Ride Team
Post by: muskrat on 23.09. 2017 22:06
G'day all.
Getting ready to set off to the DGR breakfast. Last time I wore a tie was last years DGR. On the Cafe this year so will be stuck in 1st and 2nd gear. Over 50 riders in the Ulladulla ride.
Cheers
Title: Re: Distinguished Gentlemen's Ride Team
Post by: Black Sheep on 24.09. 2017 06:27
Getting ready for the Edinburgh ride once I have cleaned out the goose house and checked the sheep. Interested to see if any other BSAs will be there. Not going for the suit and tie though - this is Scotland in Autumn after all!
Title: Re: Distinguished Gentlemen's Ride Team
Post by: muskrat on 24.09. 2017 06:50
G'day all.
Just got home. What a great day. The Cafe pinged all the way. I'd thought about colder plugs last night due to the heat and slow riding. Bugga. All that followed commented on the ex note and smell of R30. The Ulladulla ride  had about 60 bikes and raised $20+K. Pics when I can upload.
Cheers
https://www.gentlemansride.com/leaderboards/rides/40
88 riders registered (only about 70 turned up), $24,000 raised.
Title: Re: Distinguished Gentlemen's Ride Team
Post by: Greybeard on 24.09. 2017 08:34
I'll be setting off soon. The start point of the Coventry ride is the Triumph factory at Hinkley. The route includes the Coventry ring road. That road is not somewhere I'd choose to ride; there are combined entry/exits with quite short ramps. Not ideal for a bike without indicators!
Title: Re: Distinguished Gentlemen's Ride Team
Post by: Greybeard on 24.09. 2017 15:40
I survived!
Really good weather, unlike last year.
Must have been 200 bikes and a fair number of scooters gathered at theTriumph factory at Hinkley for two different DGR rides. There was a fantastically well done chopperised scooter; looked pretty silly being ridden though! Classics apart from mine were three Vincents, a Velocettel, AJS, Ariel, post war Triumphs and a flat tank belt drive Triumph. There was a lovely red flat head Harley Davidson that was in concourse condition. Next to the rear wheel there was a gizmo with a meshed grill that was operated by a small foot pedal. I can only think that this was a siren that used the back tyre to spin the mechanism. So bike may have been a fire chiefs steed. Anyone seen one of those? We parked up in front of the Coventry Transport Museum where many photo's were taken. When I see some I'll put a link here.
Title: Re: Distinguished Gentlemen's Ride Team
Post by: Angus on 24.09. 2017 18:39
A very un-distinguished gentleman, sort of rode.
A7 away at my sons, A10 bald back tyre, so the Norton it was. Going to meet up with a VMCC run and spot something yellow inside my crash helmet. Then the huge yellow and black bugger crawls across the inside of my visor. The Norton can stop quite quickly and the side stand can be deployed rapidly helmet off and thrown in hedge. hissy fit over, retrieve Helmet but the dam bike will not start and the carb start poring petrol out again. So I missed all the rides I could have attended, and got home very hot and bothered. I did ride about 25 miles so I hope that counts.
Title: Re: Distinguished Gentlemen's Ride Team
Post by: Greybeard on 24.09. 2017 19:27
...Then the huge yellow and black bugger crawls across the inside of my visor...
An Asian Hornet no doubt!
Title: Re: Distinguished Gentlemen's Ride Team
Post by: tinu on 24.09. 2017 19:44
Had a very pleasant ride with a bunch of more than 200 riders... but only a handful oldies, only three bsa, a sloper, a Goldstar an my GF. Picture from the stop at the Swiss museum of Transport.
Title: Re: Distinguished Gentlemen's Ride Team
Post by: Rex on 24.09. 2017 22:22
I was one of the few to ride an oldie (not a BSA)  in the Solent Run, but at least the weather was great! A couple of Bantams, a B31 and a trials TriBsa was the only BSA connection.
Title: Re: Distinguished Gentlemen's Ride Team
Post by: cyclobutch on 25.09. 2017 08:41
We had a good run out in glorious weather in Cambridge. It was a better route this year and very well marshalled. Saw a number of A10s there including one with a chair. I suppose there must have been 2-300 bikes at least, and a lot of interesting stuff in the mix. An awful lot of Hinkley Bonnevilles derivatives mind.

I completed the route on my Kawa H1 stroker smoker. The ride in plus the ride round made 63 miles, for 11.5 litres fuel. 25mpg (UK).
Title: Re: Distinguished Gentlemen's Ride Team
Post by: muskrat on 25.09. 2017 09:24
G'day all.
Just had a look at the leaderboard.
The USA raised the most $1,670,212 with 14,763 riders. Australia 2nd with $993,182 and 5,921 riders. Australia wins $ per rider  *woo*
The Ulladulla ride comes in 2nd in Australia. *good3*
I know it wasn't a competition------------------BUT. *grins*
Cheers
Title: Re: Distinguished Gentlemen's Ride Team
Post by: Black Sheep on 25.09. 2017 10:55
It stayed dry! Only 2 classics, 1 Enfield Clipper, my A10. Lots of Harleys and some painfully loud exhausts. Perhaps not the best way to endear ourselves to the public. A good ride through Edinburgh nonetheless.
Title: Re: Distinguished Gentlemen's Ride Team
Post by: Greybeard on 25.09. 2017 11:24
G'day all.
Just had a look at the leaderboard.
The USA raised the most $1,670,212 with 14,763 riders. Australia 2nd with $993,182 and 5,921 riders. Australia wins $ per rider  *woo*
The Ulladulla ride comes in 2nd in Australia. *good3*
I know it wasn't a competition------------------BUT. *grins*
Cheers

Fantastic photo! Fanastic bike that really puts moderns to shame! Fantastic tee-shirt! Fantastic beard! Well done Musky!
Title: Re: Distinguished Gentlemen's Ride Team
Post by: muskrat on 25.09. 2017 11:31
Thanks GB.
Yep, doesn't look like the motorcycle criteria was upheld. https://www.gentlemansride.com/about/style-guide
Quite a few in my ride wouldn't fit. But we "can't look a gift horse in the mouth".
Cheers
Title: Re: Distinguished Gentlemen's Ride Team
Post by: Greybeard on 25.09. 2017 11:39
Thanks GB.
Yep, doesn't look like the motorcycle criteria was upheld. https://www.gentlemansride.com/about/style-guide (https://www.gentlemansride.com/about/style-guide)
Quite a few in my ride wouldn't fit. But we "can't look a gift horse in the mouth".
Cheers

They shouldn't mind too much as long as dosh is being raised.
Title: Re: Distinguished Gentlemen's Ride Team
Post by: Topdad on 25.09. 2017 13:51
No bloody PC at home so had to wait for BT to reconnect our office.  Very enjoyable ride yesterday on the Liverpool ride , about 100 bikes classics very thin my A10 , 4 enfields (to oldies )  a Sterling ( a flat tank lookalike ) which ran well  some nice Ducatis and a good turn out of Harleys etc .
Ride was f**ked up by Liverpool city council who ran a city pushbike /race event and closed roads without much notice .Infact the carpark on the Albert dock who had kindly arranged free space for us as per last year ,weren't even inform that the roads were closing  ,as we couldn't get there at all a comprimise was found by the old Higsons Brewery .The route involved going through the heavyest traffic I've ridden for a long time however drivers were helpful pulling over and even blocking junctions to allow us to cross as a group ,no accidents but the bikes did get lost .Clutch took a pasting and boy the oil tank was so so hot . Not sure of the figure raised yet but I've got about £200 to come in plus any more I can wring from people/companies! Pictures later.
As an aside I decided ,on the way back home to go past where my bike originated from in Liverpool my old employers  Victor Horsman ltd , paid my respects to  St lukes , the "bombed out" church  which was left as a reminder of the May Blitz , down Renshaw st ,had to turn up a side road, it was a shambles the whole road boarded up, looks ready to be knocked down , so disheartening  *sad* *sad*
Title: Re: Distinguished Gentlemen's Ride Team
Post by: tommo903 on 25.09. 2017 14:59
This event was a first for me and I did the Oxford ride and a great day out it was! The weather helped of course, although bit chilly early on for the 40 mile ride to get to the start. I think just under 500 had registered and judging by the parking area, everyone had turned up, possibly more as well.
The marshalling was excellent, especially in the city centre where it became pretty congested in places. It was a great spectacle for locals and tourists as well, most seemed to love the noise and sight of all the bikes, although on a couple of occasions, I did notice women with hands pressed tightly to their ears!  *smile*
Huge mix of bikes but not too many BSAs from what I could see...although tbh, didn't spend ages wandering round. The pic is me at the start.
Title: Re: Distinguished Gentlemen's Ride Team
Post by: Greybeard on 25.09. 2017 15:09
The pic is me at the start.
No pic!
Title: Re: Distinguished Gentlemen's Ride Team
Post by: tommo903 on 25.09. 2017 15:28
Thanks GB, should have checked before hitting 'go'...I've obviously done something wrong, probably picture is too large
Title: Re: Distinguished Gentlemen's Ride Team
Post by: tommo903 on 25.09. 2017 17:47
With pic this time....
Title: Re: Distinguished Gentlemen's Ride Team
Post by: Greybeard on 25.09. 2017 18:14
Dapper indeed!
Title: Re: Distinguished Gentlemen's Ride Team
Post by: Peter in Aus on 26.09. 2017 01:00
Well the DGR has come and gone for this year hope you all had a good ride for such a worthy cause, our DGR here in Busselton West Australia when well  considering the weather, it was forecast for rain and thunder storms, and it looked very bleak first thing in the morning.
 50 of the 70 or so signed up for the ride turned up so that was pretty good considering.
As it turned out we got very little rain. Just a few drops on the way home.
I’m adding a few picks that I took, you can just see my A10 just about centre of the photo with all the bikes it has the silver helmet hanging on the mirror, the picks were taken at our stop at Dunsborough for coffee.
Peter
Title: Re: Distinguished Gentlemen's Ride Team
Post by: RichardL on 30.09. 2017 23:00
Gents,

Well, the 2017 DGR is in the books. Included below are links to the video of my ride in two parts. Not sure if they are in the right order. All together it's around an hour. There is some plessant riding along Chicago's Lake Shore Drive and also more than enough riding in dowtown Chicago amongst traffic of four or five hundred other bikes. There were a total of two BSAs, the other a C12, which appesrs  briefly in Part 2 when I call out to "Josh."

Ride went great, mostly.  Stalled just before departure, then, difficult restart with visions of last year when 400 bikes left  before I could restart, but I ended up undelayed. 

After the ride, on the way home (at 50 mph), my left hand cramped up to where it would not open to work the clutch,  but for my index and little fingers. Had to use my teeth to pry open the middle two fingers so I could pull to the shoulder to relax the hand.

That night, after midnight, I went into the garage to turn off the light and smelled gas. Yep, puddle under the bike. Flashlight out and on my knees, found the area where the tank was leaking. "Fortunately," just before getting home I filled the tank. Fortunately (for real), the tubing I had for syphoning was clear, so I didn't get a nightcap of gas while sucking on the tube. Turns out the butt end of the tank abraided against the frame where it splits out under the seat. At first I thought the tank seam had worn through on the head-steady bolt protruding too far. Learned different today. Caswells sealer has arrivred.

Hope the rest of the team had a good time on your rides. As for the rest of you, now you can watch the videos and say, "Crikey, why would I put myself through that?", if that's how you feel, itherwise the videos can be used like a screen saver.

Richard L.

https://youtu.be/KExuG32T6i4

https://youtu.be/WE5fqPil0Tc

 
Title: Re: Distinguished Gentlemen's Ride Team
Post by: Greybeard on 01.10. 2017 18:47
Richard,
Looks like a great DGR. Thanks for sharing.

Are helmets not compulsory in Chicago? Some really stupid clothing there; bare legs, no gloves, no helmet etc.
Title: Re: Distinguished Gentlemen's Ride Team
Post by: RichardL on 01.10. 2017 19:16
Three states have no helmet law of any kind. Illionois is one of them, however, I was wearing a helmet, but no gloves.

Richard L.

Title: Re: Distinguished Gentlemen's Ride Team
Post by: Topdad on 02.10. 2017 11:01
Nice one richard ,you had great weather over here in Liddypool it was grey but warm , get yourself some quinine for the cramp I take 1 tab a day to stop my feet cramping ,cheers and well done, Bob
Title: Re: Distinguished Gentlemen's Ride Team
Post by: Peter in Aus on 02.10. 2017 11:18
That was great Richard really enjoyed watching that *good3*
Peter
Title: Re: Distinguished Gentlemen's Ride Team
Post by: muskrat on 02.10. 2017 19:05
Good one Richard. I downloaded it and burnt it to disc to watch on the big screen.
Cheers
Title: Re: Distinguished Gentlemen's Ride Team
Post by: tommo903 on 03.10. 2017 15:39
Enjoyed those videos Richard...thanks!
Your wider roads offer a good deal more riding space than our city centres here in the UK!

Steve
Title: Re: Distinguished Gentlemen's Ride Team
Post by: jimbo on 10.10. 2017 19:42
I dressed up and joined the ride in Northampton, England, with 111 like-minded souls, and had an absolute whale of a time. A very enjoyable trip out, and everybody we saw was waving or tooting their horns. My '55 Golden Flash performed perfectly, and the crowd were great fun. Might take my sister along next year, and her husband and lad. Great day out.
Title: Re: Distinguished Gentlemen's Ride Team
Post by: Greybeard on 24.10. 2017 13:48
Some pictures, (536) from this years Coventry DGR. Started at the Triumph factory and rode to Coventry transport museum.

http://www.mbreventimages.com/-/galleries/distinguished-gentlemans-ride/triumph-dgr-2017/page/1 (http://www.mbreventimages.com/-/galleries/distinguished-gentlemans-ride/triumph-dgr-2017/page/1)
Title: Re: Distinguished Gentlemen's Ride Team
Post by: Topdad on 24.10. 2017 16:15
Blimey GB you scrubbed up well ,good polish on the shoes !!   *good3* and the bike doesn't look to bad either !!
Title: Re: Distinguished Gentlemen's Ride Team
Post by: Peter in Aus on 05.08. 2018 02:02
It time again, I signed up yesterday for the 2018 Distinguished Gentleman's Ride so all you mob get with it *smile*
Peter
Title: Re: Distinguished Gentlemen's Ride Team
Post by: RichardL on 05.08. 2018 04:56
Started the BSA A7(A10 FORUM team once again. Forum members should join this team. Your fundraising will show up for you, individually, and for the team.

Richard L.
Title: Re: Distinguished Gentlemen's Ride Team
Post by: muskrat on 05.08. 2018 07:49
G'day Richard.
I registered with the Ulladulla ride and can see you in the Chicago ride bur I can't find the Forum team! Tried a few ways of name but no listing.
Have you got a direct link?
Cheers
Title: Re: Distinguished Gentlemen's Ride Team
Post by: RichardL on 05.08. 2018 15:04
Muskrat,

Maybe it hadn't been posted yet when you checked. I found it by searching "forum", but here's the link: https://www.gentlemansride.com/team/bsaa7a10forum

Cureently it says "Chicago Ride," but I've requested that be changed to "World-Wide Rides." Having established a bit of relationship with the ride admin, along with thanking them, I had to admit that our 1000+ membership is underrepresented. I've come to understand and accept that that's just the way it is, despite our urgings.

Finally, I've noticed that you can no longer view the details of a ride unless you are signed up for it. This takes some if the fun and, I think, community out of it. Regardless, I expect the ride and after-party to be a good time.

Richard L.

Title: Re: Distinguished Gentlemen's Ride Team
Post by: RichardL on 05.08. 2018 17:32
Very glad to see LJ on the forum ride team. Hopefully many others will follow on. BTW, nothng comes to me from this other than, maybe, some satisfaction from getting members involved in a good cause.

Richard L.
Title: Re: Distinguished Gentlemen's Ride Team
Post by: LJ. on 05.08. 2018 17:56
Thanks Richard! but our route (Peterborough) doesn't include Chicago though...
By the way, I've recently had the old Prostate call, thankfully all clear with PSA reading of 1.3...well worth getting tackle checked out every now and then.

Very glad to see LJ on the forum ride team. Hopefully many others will follow on. BTW, nothng comes to me from this other than, maybe, some satisfaction from getting members involved in a good cause.

Richard L.
Title: Re: Distinguished Gentlemen's Ride Team
Post by: RichardL on 05.08. 2018 18:04
I've requested a change in ride name for the forum team. They did this for us the last two years. (See 2nd paragragh to Muskrat.)

Richard L.
Title: Re: Distinguished Gentlemen's Ride Team
Post by: muskrat on 05.08. 2018 21:10
G'day LJ, great to hear from you again.
Hopefully we'll have a few more members join in this year.
I'll be on the 51 A7, it's her turn. Last year was the Cafe, the year before was the A7  which ran out of sparkles half way round. Still haven't rebuilt the motor but she'll make it.
Cheers
Title: Re: Distinguished Gentlemen's Ride Team
Post by: RichardL on 05.08. 2018 22:56
Team page updated.https://www.gentlemansride.com/team/bsaaa0forum

Now, if only we knew a way to get a bunch of  [edit: "beezer"] geezers to try something new. (I can say "geezers" because I'm probably in the oldest 5% group here.. *spider* *eek* *smile*)

Richard L.

Title: Re: Distinguished Gentlemen's Ride Team
Post by: Angus on 06.08. 2018 08:37
I am pretty sure it was asked last year but.
I am signed up for the Bury St Edmunds Ride as I think you have to be registered to ride.
But I also want to sign up for the forum ride can you be associated with two rides ??
Title: Re: Distinguished Gentlemen's Ride Team
Post by: muskrat on 06.08. 2018 09:05
OK I'm in but it doesn't show me as part of the team. It's a bugga of a site to navigate. Same as last year.
I'm registered as Musk Rat, not many people know my real name! I'll donate on pay day, I'm broke after the weekend.
Cheers
Title: Re: Distinguished Gentlemen's Ride Team
Post by: cyclobutch on 06.08. 2018 13:59
Happy to contribute regardless but I'll only ride if the weather is fine. I like the dressing up bit best so there's no point if waterproofs are required.

I'll aim to do the Cambridge ride again, probly on the Loop frame Guzzi  I bought late last year.
Title: Re: Distinguished Gentlemen's Ride Team
Post by: Angus on 06.08. 2018 17:15
Ok Think I have worked it out. I am doing the Bury st Edmunds ride but have joined the forum team (I think) I hate the website  *pull hair out* *angry*
Title: Re: Distinguished Gentlemen's Ride Team
Post by: Greybeard on 06.08. 2018 20:23
I've joined the forum team. My nearest ride would be Coventry but when I last looked it was not listed.
Title: Re: Distinguished Gentlemen's Ride Team
Post by: muskrat on 06.08. 2018 20:55
G'day fellas.
That makes 5. How many did we have last year?
Just realized I'll be very hungover that day after birthday  *countdown*
Cheers
Title: Re: Distinguished Gentlemen's Ride Team
Post by: tommo903 on 07.08. 2018 07:55
Hi all,

As last year, I've again registered for the Oxford ride.

How do you go about joining the forum team?
Title: Re: Distinguished Gentlemen's Ride Team
Post by: Angus on 07.08. 2018 08:26
Hi Tommo903
God I hate their website.
I think I have found it the ride and the team appear to be different things so, you can register for a ride and join a different team. To join the forum team find the forum DGR page https://www.gentlemansride.com/team/bsaaa0forum (https://www.gentlemansride.com/team/bsaaa0forum) and press the ‘join our team’ button.
I then checked on the dashboard page that the ride and the team looked OK.

Title: Re: Distinguished Gentlemen's Ride Team
Post by: cyclobutch on 07.08. 2018 16:53
I think I might have joined the team but I'm not quite sure.

I also think we pretty comprehensively disliked the web site on previous years, but given that it was all for charity we would forgive them using students to put it together.
Title: Re: Distinguished Gentlemen's Ride Team
Post by: muskrat on 07.08. 2018 20:44
G'day fellas.
I still only see 4 of us. It took me a few goes to get into the team. Keep trying till you see your name on the team page.
I'd imagine they use a web hosting company for the site. Like forum sites there's some brilliant (like this one) and others you give up on due to difficult navigation. I persevere only because of the Cause. My nephew committed suicide at the age of 26.
Cheers
Title: Re: Distinguished Gentlemen's Ride Team
Post by: Peter in Aus on 08.08. 2018 06:20
Hi Musky, when I tried to register with the forum it wanted me to register again (I have already retested with Busselton) is that what you did?
Cheers
Peter
Title: Re: Distinguished Gentlemen's Ride Team
Post by: cyclobutch on 08.08. 2018 09:51
OK - I tried gain. I'm not appearing there yet, maybe it doesn't update in real time?
Title: Re: Distinguished Gentlemen's Ride Team
Post by: RichardL on 08.08. 2018 11:59
To join the ride team you must first be registered individually. On the www.gentlemansride.com home page,  click "Register Now". After registered, hit "Menu" at the upper left. Search for "forum" ride team. Once found, click "Join Now".

Richard L.
Title: Re: Distinguished Gentlemen's Ride Team
Post by: cyclobutch on 08.08. 2018 13:03
I can see five of you happy folks with pictures. I'm listed underneath with their std log. Maybe I'm in now?
Title: Re: Distinguished Gentlemen's Ride Team
Post by: LJ. on 08.08. 2018 14:02
I can see Seven of us happy folk.... so you must be in! Well done and welcome aboard.

I can see five of you happy folks with pictures. I'm listed underneath with their std log. Maybe I'm in now?
Title: Re: Distinguished Gentlemen's Ride Team
Post by: RichardL on 08.08. 2018 14:19
To join the ride... hit "Menu" at the upper left. Search for "forum" ride team. Once found, click "Join Now".

Just realized that "upper left" for Menu is on the mobile device page.  On a PC (can't speak for Apple), just hit the magnifying glass at the top of the page and search "Forum".

Richard L.
Title: Re: Distinguished Gentlemen's Ride Team
Post by: Peter in Aus on 08.08. 2018 15:01
Got there at last *good3* *beer*
Peter
Title: Re: Distinguished Gentlemen's Ride Team
Post by: LJ. on 08.08. 2018 15:10
Well done Peter... now you need a photo of bike or you instead of the bloke with pipe in his mouth...lol
Title: Re: Distinguished Gentlemen's Ride Team
Post by: Topdad on 08.08. 2018 16:34
Good afternoon fellow mental pieces , just signed up for the Liverpool ride but for the life of me I can't find or get on team one , I've only just got signed in on the Liverpool ride after 5 days of trying, there site does my bl**ding head in , was stuck on my previous email address and wouldn't let me pass it until suddenly today up pops "registered last year "and bingo signed up , any further help to get affiliated with our team would be greatly appreciated ,while I go and find a padded ce.. office !!!
Title: Re: Distinguished Gentlemen's Ride Team
Post by: Angus on 08.08. 2018 16:53
Hi Bob
If you see my post no 137 that worked for me  *smile*
Title: Re: Distinguished Gentlemen's Ride Team
Post by: RichardL on 08.08. 2018 16:55
Bob,

Jammed up for the next hour or so, but some time after that I could create a screen shot video of all the moves.

ALL HAIL THE PERSEVERANT!  *respect* *smile*

Richard L.
Title: Re: Distinguished Gentlemen's Ride Team
Post by: Topdad on 08.08. 2018 17:01
thanks Angus and thought I had finally done it when the thing detected I'd registered for liverpool (in desperation) and I was stauck again on email address /password  , excuse me while I go open avein or 2 !!
Title: Re: Distinguished Gentlemen's Ride Team
Post by: Topdad on 08.08. 2018 17:03
Thank you Richard but as you know with computers if I canscrew anything up I can !! Bob
Title: Re: Distinguished Gentlemen's Ride Team
Post by: muskrat on 08.08. 2018 21:27
8 of us in now. Just made my donations both with the team and personal. Now to strangle a few bob out of the boss! (might be hard he's Dutch!!!)
Cheers
Title: Re: Distinguished Gentlemen's Ride Team
Post by: cyclobutch on 10.08. 2018 11:26
I added a photo. It appears on some pages but not on the team view. I wonder if I might have to leave the team and then come back?

I actually really hate that web site.
Title: Re: Distinguished Gentlemen's Ride Team
Post by: LJ. on 10.08. 2018 12:02
I added a photo. It appears on some pages but not on the team view. I wonder if I might have to leave the team and then come back?

I actually really hate that web site.

All nine in the group are showing photos, had to change mine to include a mug shot like everyone else. Seems that changes need time for the site to catch up, so to speak.
Title: Re: Distinguished Gentlemen's Ride Team
Post by: cyclobutch on 10.08. 2018 12:57
Ah yeah - thanks. I'm the artist formally known as Stephen Beckett.
Title: Re: Distinguished Gentlemen's Ride Team
Post by: Sav on 11.08. 2018 08:53
Had registered to do this but have realised it conflicts with the South Lakes VMCC weekend which I am committed to.

Does not appear to be any way of deleting the entry.
Title: Re: Distinguished Gentlemen's Ride Team
Post by: RichardL on 11.08. 2018 15:08
Sav,

I wouldn't worry about unregistering. You're under no obligations. I'm sure hundreds (if not thousands) of people register without riding, and vice-versa.

Richard L.
Title: Re: Distinguished Gentlemen's Ride Team
Post by: Sav on 12.08. 2018 09:22
Mine's been removed thanks
Title: Re: Distinguished Gentlemen's Ride Team
Post by: Angus on 12.08. 2018 10:31
Hi Sav, I rode last year on a standard VMCC run and registered on the forum team and ride. I was the only one and dressed up so took a bit a ribbing, but it gave them something to talk about and made them aware of the DGR and so its on the events list for this year. Hopefully I will not be on my own.
Title: Re: Distinguished Gentlemen's Ride Team
Post by: Greybeard on 15.08. 2018 16:47
I've just been on that 'orrible DGR webshyte to change my ride to Coventry and edit my intro and add a picture.
Title: Re: Distinguished Gentlemen's Ride Team
Post by: Greybeard on 17.08. 2018 12:15
Come on chaps; let us have some more of you signed up to this cause that may now or later affect your life!

https://www.gentlemansride.com/team/bsaaa0forum
Title: Re: Distinguished Gentlemen's Ride Team
Post by: tinu on 17.08. 2018 21:15
I registered as well, but I think I will not be able to take part... (off with family)
Title: Re: Distinguished Gentlemen's Ride Team
Post by: Greybeard on 18.08. 2018 11:06
11 members so far! Come on, lets be having you!

You don't need to dress up. You don't actually have to join an official DGR ride. Just join our team and get involved in raising money for this cause.

https://www.gentlemansride.com/team/bsaaa0forum
Title: Re: Distinguished Gentlemen's Ride Team
Post by: Peter in Aus on 19.08. 2018 00:45
Come on chaps; let us have some more of you signed up to this cause that may now or later affect your life!

https://www.gentlemansride.com/team/bsaaa0forum

I'm with you GB need lots more so get with it folks *computer*
Title: Re: Distinguished Gentlemen's Ride Team
Post by: muskrat on 19.08. 2018 08:52
C'mon you lot. For the cost of 2 spark plugs you can sponsor a team rider.
Cheers
Title: Re: Distinguished Gentlemen's Ride Team
Post by: Topdad on 21.08. 2018 14:04
I second that !! Thanks for getting me on the team Richard ,in the meantime come on you lot get signed up !!!
Title: Re: Distinguished Gentlemen's Ride Team
Post by: Greybeard on 29.08. 2018 11:34
Still only 11 members!
How about, every time you post on any topic you refer to DGR. I imagine that many readers are not looking at the Chat, off topic... area of the forum.
Title: Re: Distinguished Gentlemen's Ride Team
Post by: Greybeard on 29.08. 2018 11:35
Admin, would you consider a broadcast, so all members get a notification about the DGR forum team?
Title: Re: Distinguished Gentlemen's Ride Team. TIME IS RUNNING OUT.
Post by: RichardL on 09.09. 2018 20:47
Time is running out gentlemen. Join your local Distinguished Gentlemen's Ride. If you can, contribute to the worthy cause of raising funds for prostate cancer research (yours isn't getting any smaller) and men's suicide prevention. Several (11, I think) members have already signed up, but really, with over 1000 members, we should be much better represented. I think I'm a bit embarrassed for myself and others here whose suggestions to join have raised so little enthusiasm.

See below, for the BSA A7/A10 FORUM DGR team page. If you need help navigating the DGR site, I would be pleased to provide it.

https://www.gentlemansride.com/team/bsaaa0forum

Richard L.
Title: Re: Distinguished Gentlemen's Ride Team
Post by: cyclobutch on 24.09. 2018 12:01
Sadly I will not now be able to attend the ride this year. It is conflicted with a Sister in Law's celebratory birthday lunch and I have been told that I will need to reprioritise.

Hope the weather holds for you all and that you are able to ride dapper.
Title: Re: Distinguished Gentlemen's Ride Team
Post by: RichardL on 24.09. 2018 12:37
Sorry you won't make it. Family should come first. All the best and birthday wishes to sister-in-law (really).

Richard L.

Title: Re: Distinguished Gentlemen's Ride Team
Post by: Sluggo on 25.09. 2018 11:34
I registered in the Portland Oregon ride...  I got my bike running good, and just did a long ride to the Cannonball run and back,  Will try and get something vintage running to add style points, But at least I can participate on 2 wheels.

What is shameful how many locals on my ride, have not raised a penny. (SLACKERS!, Punters, Pillow biters!)
Last year I think I raised over $200??  Ill have to look!  Ill be campaigning heavily in the interim, But last year many from a veterans forum kicked in a few $$$$.   

Maybe someone or 3 can kick in a few bucks so I dont look like a slacker??
See: https://www.gentlemansride.com/fundraiser/DougTowsley181476

Can I join the BSA Riding group even though likely I would be the only one in my area??  I doubt I will have a road ready BSA by the ride time and project bikes wont cut it.
The local ride is over 2 hrs long but all city riding. (lots of stop & Go)  and they want the details kept quiet but I CAN say it starts at 2 stroke Coffee shop in Portland.
Title: Re: Distinguished Gentlemen's Ride Team
Post by: muskrat on 25.09. 2018 20:46
G'day Sluggo.
You can join our team by following the link in Richardl's post above ^^^. The more the merrier.
The Kiwi's will be first away followed by east coast Aussies. I'll be pouring myself to bed by the time you start LOL.
Cheers
Title: Re: Distinguished Gentlemen's Ride Team
Post by: Sluggo on 25.09. 2018 22:15
G'day Sluggo.
You can join our team by following the link in Richardl's post above ^^^. The more the merrier.
The Kiwi's will be first away followed by east coast Aussies. I'll be pouring myself to bed by the time you start LOL.
Cheers

Done, Im signed up with the BSA forum team.  I am going to be sending out tons of requests for donors so, trying to get all my badges filled in.  I also donated to others, and donated to myself so I have at least some money on my dashboard despite not having a lot of money at the moment.

I think its shameful as I said already so many sign up but dont raise any money.  Even a few dollars makes a difference.

I have a long time friend who died last winter from Prostate cancer.  At first he thought it was a bladder infection, being stubborn as many of us are,, he put it off.  His cancer was very aggressive and in 3 weeks he was dead.  Im already running on second chances and a miracle I survived my injuries in 2013, So I dont take anything for granted and pleased every day I live another.
Title: Re: Distinguished Gentlemen's Ride Team
Post by: Greybeard on 25.09. 2018 22:22
...Im signed up with the BSA forum team..
Yay!  *smile*
Title: Re: Distinguished Gentlemen's Ride Team
Post by: MikesClassicCycleSpares on 26.09. 2018 04:58
Have just had a look into this (way too late) and unfortunately will not be able to attend, Have given the A7 A10 forum team a shout out on our facebook page and provided the link in hope to get you guys a few more donations. https://www.facebook.com/mikesclassics/posts/1991985977491440
Good luck and congratulations to all involved  *smile* *smile*
Title: Re: Distinguished Gentlemen's Ride Team
Post by: Sluggo on 26.09. 2018 06:47
Have just had a look into this (way too late) and unfortunately will not be able to attend, Have given the A7 A10 forum team a shout out on our facebook page and provided the link in hope to get you guys a few more donations. https://www.facebook.com/mikesclassics/posts/1991985977491440
Good luck and congratulations to all involved  *smile* *smile*

Well, always next year, "A man without a plan has no future".. However if its distance to the closest ride register and form your own ride.  (Easy to do, and likely you have a route you can pencil out)   You CAN of course register and raise money and not actually ride, and thats cool as well, although less exciting, but at least you are being proactive for raising money.  The ride is more of a promotional and celebratory event, Its the money raised that is key.   
We have a massive toy drive locally with bikers I have been attending most years for 30 some years, even when it snowed, But the toys are largely symbolic as we actually collect so many gifts and toys the hospital crates it up and shares with other hospitals.
However its the MONEY raised that does the real good. It funds wheelchairs, artificial limbs, and medical devices for kids.  If a kid falls thru the cracks, the biker fund steps in and helps out.  THAT is where the tire meets the road.   Usually a $80k to $100,000 per year.  Shriners childrens hospital in PDX Oregon.
The toys are cool & all,, but symbolic at this point.

Last year I registered and raised a few hundred from people I pestered and cajoled, and again, NONE goes in the riders pocket.  However I got sick again so I attended the event but did not actually ride.  My health is better this year so RIDE I SHALL.

But publicity is always welcome,.  Please do, multiple posts on whatever media you can.

I had an idea.. I am going to gather up some cool Motorcycle stuff I have and run a personal raffle,,,Every person that donates to my profile gets their name in a drawing to win some cool MC parts, stickers, hat, Shirts etc.. looking for what I can put together.   Maybe consider this yourselves and offer up a GIFT certificate for X amount of $$$$$ and every donation to your profile gets their name in a hat... Draw the name on day of ride, Someone wins the gift certificate.  I know you guys are on multiple forums and it would build some interest.

See?? There IS something you can do right now!
Title: Re: Distinguished Gentlemen's Ride Team
Post by: Greybeard on 26.09. 2018 12:06
14 members in the forum team. Woot! Could be so many more! It's not too late guys!
Title: Re: Distinguished Gentlemen's Ride Team
Post by: LJ. on 26.09. 2018 12:52
Those who have signed up for this... do you know the local route that your riding?
Title: Re: Distinguished Gentlemen's Ride Team
Post by: Greybeard on 26.09. 2018 12:59
At the moment there are 1040 forum members. Online currently there are 158 guests and 55 members. My calculations make the ratio of forum members to DGR team members 1.34%!

If you are reading this, please make the effort to sign up to DGR, preferably to our virtual forum team. All that is needed from you is some kind of monetary contribution to the DGR charity and in return, if you wish you can ride your motorbike on Sunday morning, either on your own or with an organised event local to you. If you feel like it, you can dandify yourself, as the ride is intended for Distinguished Gentlemen. Many women take part in the rides as well, often with false moustachios! However, that is not necessary.
Title: Re: Distinguished Gentlemen's Ride Team
Post by: Greybeard on 26.09. 2018 13:04
Those who have signed up for this... do you know the local route that your riding?
If you go onto the DGR site, (spit!). Look at 'The Rides', (top of the page). Search for your country, then rides. Your organisers should have put a route map on there. My lot have
Title: Re: Distinguished Gentlemen's Ride Team
Post by: berger on 26.09. 2018 13:14
i have not been to the pub, I didn't know George best rode a BSA, looking good there georgy GREYBEARD *beer* *good3* ;D
Title: Re: Distinguished Gentlemen's Ride Team
Post by: LJ. on 26.09. 2018 14:42
Those who have signed up for this... do you know the local route that your riding?
If you go onto the DGR site, (spit!). Look at 'The Rides', (top of the page). Search for your country, then rides. Your organisers should have put a route map on there. My lot have

Haha wish it were that simple... The Peterborough Ride page... clicking 'View Route Map' leads to a new page that says... 'An Error Was Encountered
The URI you submitted has disallowed characters.'

I've let them know on the FB page as I feel it is a safety issue... one needs to know where they are heading. I always like to plan my journey rather than blindly riding along following the leader in front.... taking into junctions etc.
Title: Re: Distinguished Gentlemen's Ride Team
Post by: Greybeard on 26.09. 2018 16:08
i have not been to the pub, I didn't know George best rode a BSA, looking good there georgy GREYBEARD *beer* *good3* ;D
In my twenties, I used to be mistaken for a bloke in The Small Faces or Godber from Porridge. Later I was George Best. One evening a rather drunk chap came out of a pub, saw me and wanted to give George Best cuddles. I was not drunk so the intimacy was scary!

Luckily I've managed to avoid Georges health issues.

This picture is me in my early twenties.

This is Godber from Porridge

This is an older George Best
Title: Re: Distinguished Gentlemen's Ride Team
Post by: Topdad on 26.09. 2018 16:13
Yep ,totally agree ,ran off a full map with directions from my ride and am very pleased with it , a fair bit of effort as been put in to run it around and then back threw Liverpool, only problem we end up next to the arena where the Labour conference is being held, our poor old bikes may overheat from all the hot air coming out of that place !!  Only found the ride info by accident actually !.
Title: Re: Distinguished Gentlemen's Ride Team
Post by: bsa-bill on 26.09. 2018 17:23
Quote
In my twenties, I used to be mistaken for a bloke in The Small Faces

"Wouldn't it be nice to get on with me nieghbours ................) Steve Marriot
Not sure , think your more of a Dave Berry
Title: Re: Distinguished Gentlemen's Ride Team
Post by: berger on 26.09. 2018 19:40
blinkin ek greybeard that's cool man, mind you looking again you could be dennis hopper *whistle*
Title: Re: Distinguished Gentlemen's Ride Team
Post by: Sluggo on 26.09. 2018 21:53
Those who have signed up for this... do you know the local route that your riding?

Each ride has a local ride organizer/co-ordinator.  And if you dont have one in your area you can sign up to put one on.   Some rides have hundreds of riders and local sponsors, Some are 3 guys & German Shepard.

My local is in Portland Oregon,  They DONT want the route published prior to the event, But in most locations you DO know it, just dont share it. (You have to be registered before you get the details)  So, I printed off mine, but will just try to ride with a group, It is not critical to me to make the entire route as in my local case its ALL central city and in many cases very stop & go. 2.5 hrs of meandering around city streets when in actuality we have some of the nicest scenery and roads along rivers, mtns and rolling farmland in the entire Pacific NW, so  not every one is keen to suck exhaust fumes in the city for hours on end.  (Get my drift?)
But I anticipate it will be a grand gala before and after the ride.  Bearded hipsters and millennials especially.  Here in Portland, The hipster style is Gay lumberjack-Lumbersexual, Flannel, dungarees or canvas pants, Designer work boots and beards.... Ill post a pix to illustrate the popular style. 
So, my point is, A chance to flaunt that style is not to be missed by many, so I anticipate a big crowd this year.
What was funny was at the Cannonball run finale last weekend, (See my post on this, watch the video) There was some very well established old school grey beards.  No hipster or millennial could hold a candle to these guys, and can only aspire to be as seasoned and cool.  (Patina and aged is cool right now for bikes and cars, to LOOK the same,, well not really possible.  Again., Ill illustrate the difference.)

So heres the blurb (not giving out the route, but heres whats shaking locally)

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ABOUT THE RIDE
Portland Ladies and Gents,

Welcome to the Distinguished Gentleman's Ride. Portland has proudly been part of the DGR since the very beginning. We'll be kicking things off like we did last year with a start at Two Stroke Coffee Co. in St. Johns.

Event Details:

8:30 am - Rider breakfast provided by Oatly

9:45 am - Announcements and Rider Safety Briefing

10 am - Kickstands up!

Noon - 5 pm - Back to Two Stroke Coffee Co. for food, beer, music and fun

Food carts from St. John's Cart Pod behind Two Stroke
Beer and cider pouring from Betsy the Booze Truck
Health and Wellness vendors featuring accupuncture, cbd and massage
Music from Bitches of the Sun
Axe Throwing!!
Prizes for Highest Fundraiser and Best Dressed will be announced after the ride. Best Dressed will take home a free night stay at a Kimpton Hotel!

Tally Ho!

Portland Ride Host - Chris Sell
Title: Re: Distinguished Gentlemen's Ride Team
Post by: Sluggo on 26.09. 2018 22:23
I will just like to add, I passed an important benchmark today thanks to some awesome people who sponsored me.   Not one penny-cent-centavo-peso-ruble-lira goes into my pocket, However thanks to donors I am now well over $200.  I DO get a patch, you have to earn these, not bought. 
So, a LOT of people registered but have not raised or contributed anything, I would like to encourage folks to do so, Toot Suite.
(I did over $200 last year as well)
Title: Re: Distinguished Gentlemen's Ride Team
Post by: RichardL on 27.09. 2018 00:54
Oh, where to start, without committing myself to an evening of typing.

LJ: I think the error you're receiving is what you get when the local organizer hasn't posted the route map.  You could try contacting Mikey at DGR direct with the email mikey@gentlemansride.com (http://mikey@gentlemansride.com). He's pretty good about answering. Right now, it might take a day or so.

I think I've mentioned before that this is the first year they have blocked viewing routes from those not registered for the specific route you want to look at. I miss this feature. For me, it was like a little travel log to see the routes in Ho Chi Minh City or Katmandu or Prague or everywhere. I particularly  liked looking at the routes forum members would ride. In some cases, I could use Google Earth to get a sense of your experiences. I just looked at my Chicago route and see that they are also advising against sharing the route. I'm comfortable saying that it heads out from the Cobra lounge and ends as far south as the Museum of Science and Industry. This is a longer and much more interesting route than the last two years. Don't know if there is a pub stop along the way this year, as there was in 2016.   

About the stop-and-go in the city, for the last two years we stopped for nothing except really old folks and mothers with strollers needing to cross the street.  Otherwise, we have escort riders who ride ahead and stop traffic at intersections. Not exactly like police escorted, but I think the police must know it's for a good cause and just turn their heads. Before the start of the ride we get stickers to slap on our license plates to avoid being ticketed by red light cameras.  The last two years it's been about 400 bikes, this year it looks like 600.

About the money, I've suggested to the organizers two or three times that a minimum donation should be required. Obviously, they don't want to go that way. It seems I may have less pull than I wish. In any case, If the organizers are not all about a minimum, I won't break any arms if someone chooses to follow those organizers' attitude. Nevertheless, remember, your prostate is not getting any smaller or younger.

I think there will be more chat about it before Sunday, but if we don't hear from you all (I'm not from the south, so you won't get "y'all" from me), have a great ride.

Richard L.

 

Title: Re: Distinguished Gentlemen's Ride Team
Post by: LJ. on 28.09. 2018 15:42
Well, I have changed my ride location. Not going to do the locally arranged one as there is no planned route, I need to know. So have changed and will now be riding the Cambridge one, a lot more riders taking part and I can see a well planned route with a good regroup place, bit more riding to do but it's what it is all about, and yes I have put my donation in. Have a good day to all those taking part... keep it safe and show us some pics afterwards.  *wink2*
Title: Re: Distinguished Gentlemen's Ride Team
Post by: cyclobutch on 28.09. 2018 17:00
Yeah - good riding all.
Title: Re: Distinguished Gentlemen's Ride Team
Post by: muskrat on 30.09. 2018 06:21
G'day fellas.
Just got home. Numbers a little down on last year but still had 70 riders in our little country town ride. It's a holiday long weekend here and always busy. First of the warmer weather breaks. So didn't we raise hell with all the holiday traffic! All roundabouts, stop signs and traffic lights were blocked to allow us through on mass. A great day had by all. Now to sit back and recover.
Cheers
I need a new camera. More to follow when emailed to me.
Title: Re: Distinguished Gentlemen's Ride Team
Post by: RichardL on 30.09. 2018 09:13
Muskrat, Berger and Everyone in the Awake Zone,

3:00 AM here and I just finished reassembling my bike and going for a test ride. It wasn't the dynamo, but the dynamo now has a nice new greasing. Hours of disassembly and reassembly. I just rode up to the local gas station to listen to it idle. (The neighbors would be upset if I was running it very long at this hour.) Damned if I didn't forget my phone to take another video!  Anyway, the noise is under the primary cover. Sitting in neutral, the noise will start while idling and mostly go away when the clutch is pulled in. It sounds like scraping ore maybe bearing failure, but it is not continuous. I don't thin it's there when riding.  Anyone know what is for sure? (I know that's almost impossible.) If it would help, and people will look right away, I'd go out again to get a new recording. As it is, without knowing it's not disastrous I can't do the DGR in about 7 hours.

Richard L.
Title: Re: Distinguished Gentlemen's Ride Team
Post by: Peter in Aus on 30.09. 2018 09:45
Back from the DGR a perfect day over 70 riders not bad for Busselton a grate ride for a good cause *smile*
Title: Re: Distinguished Gentlemen's Ride Team
Post by: Greybeard on 30.09. 2018 17:16
Had a reasonable DGR. 130 machines took part. I took some pictures before my camera decided to stop working. The morning was pretty chilly; I was glad I had put my thermal underwear on! I turned back at the halfway point as I was cold and hungry. It's really quite hard work pootling around towns at 20mph, constantly clutching/declutching, wondering if I should jump the red lights, (as many riders were) or risk losing the Peleton.

There were no other BSA's, but Norton's, one Velo and a few of old Triumphs, including, a sprung hub model.

Pictures here:
https://www.dropbox.com/sh/gdje4a52tkmyxf4/AACvIcdNfFpzluHnOvgkHoYUa?dl=0
Title: Re: Distinguished Gentlemen's Ride Team
Post by: LJ. on 30.09. 2018 17:17
Just back from the Cambridge UK run, absolutely fantastic day... Many dozens of people lining the streets in Cambridge centre, riding around the old Universities etc plenty of students etc. Must have been 400 or more riders easily but only three BSAs, my A10 another A10 belonging to a guy named Simon who has never heard of our forum and he has had his plunger A10 some six years! so there are still more A10s and 7s out there. The other BSA was a Royal star A60? or 65? not sure.

Now I have been boasting about just how well my A10 has performed over the last Summer, but today....sigh! she thought she'd play up a bit. No problem with starting, she just wanted to be a bit lazy on one of her cylinders and run as a single... it... whatever it was... cleared as the engine got hot, so what was that all about??

There were a few other vintage bikes... one being a very nice original Vincent single with all the patina it had collected over the years, such an honest bike! I do like to look at the wear and tear and see how parts have lasted. It was not without its own problems though, only yards from the finish it had stalled and would not start - magneto problems, as always the case, it started easily when cold, made the rider sweat though.

Roll on next year!
Title: Re: Distinguished Gentlemen's Ride Team
Post by: BigJim on 30.09. 2018 18:53
Great day at Bristol DGR. The organisers are top quality for the efforts they make so i can feel part of a great cause. Good ride with less in town aggro. Cities aren't great for my clutch and gearbox so was glad of an out of town extension on last year. A10 only cut out once, bless. Was a bit chilly in me tweed jacket but was good fun.
 *wave* *good3*
Title: Re: Distinguished Gentlemen's Ride Team
Post by: Angus on 30.09. 2018 21:19
Been and done it, dam its cold. 236 riders turned up near Bury St Edmunds and we raised over £17000. Great day well organised. I was the only A there a couple of other BSA’s + a few other oldish bikes, best of the bunch an in line 4 Indian. I was shacking to much to take any pictures my self there are lots here though.

https://www.facebook.com/events/297795160967247/?active_tab=discussion (https://www.facebook.com/events/297795160967247/?active_tab=discussion)
Title: Re: Distinguished Gentlemen's Ride Team
Post by: beezermacc on 30.09. 2018 22:27
My buddy and I went along to Youle's Motorcycles in Manchester. There must have been about 500 bikes on the run to Dukes 92, local Bistro. Pictured, Me (the big bloke) still chewing my breakfast bar and my buddy, Peter, who is also the chairman of the Cheshire BSAOC Branch. An absolutely brilliant day. We were both A10 mounted and our bikes attracted quite a lot of attention as this event is not necessarily for classics.
Title: Re: Distinguished Gentlemen's Ride Team
Post by: muskrat on 01.10. 2018 02:34
G'day fellas.
Just had a look at the donation figures nearly 5.7 million  *yeah*. $$$ per rider average.
Australia $153.24, USA $152.41, England $149.52.
My local ride came in 5th in Australia with $248.75 per rider.
Zimbabwe had one rider who raised $364 !
Our team came in 256th
Cheers
Title: Re: Distinguished Gentlemen's Ride Team
Post by: Bsareg on 01.10. 2018 09:50
Had a great day with the Hayle (Cornwall) ride. Over 100 riders, nearly closed St Ives when we trickled through.
Title: Re: Distinguished Gentlemen's Ride Team
Post by: Sluggo on 01.10. 2018 10:14
Just got home, The ride was great in Portland Oregon. I would have to look again but last I checked was approx 370 registered.  Some might not have showed but other unregistered joined in so confident was in the ballpark.  Many rides had zero funds $$$ posted, but there was some exceptional fund raisers locally.

** KEEP IN MIND THE WINDOW FOR DONATIONS STAYS OPEN FOR A BIT LONGER SO STILL CAN CRACK $6mil!!**

Only BSAs locally I saw was very patina'ed M20 Khaki green M20 single and a 68-69 A65.. But a number of new Nortons and about 4 vintage Nortons...Some vintage Triumphs and some asian,, rest all modern, some retro styled.

Got some great pictures and had a great time.  More soon.. I am VERY tired, as I had a friend come to attend from out of town and between us we raised $375 last I checked, She rode pillion, But afterwards I was a tour guide and we went and showed her the local sights and dinner.

More soon.  (We had AXE Throwing at our event, apparently its become very popular,, I find it interesting but very odd,, But with some many hipsters,, what can you say?)
Cheers!
Title: Re: Distinguished Gentlemen's Ride Team
Post by: Guy Wilson on 01.10. 2018 12:08
https://advrider.com/f/threads/vintage-rift-valley-2018-kenya-dgr.1342771/

This is an article on the Kenyan DGR..one other BSA on the ride, a 1939 M20... both BSA's  made from Nairobi to  Magadi and back. a total of 220 km and couple 1000 feet difference in altitude (and temperature ). The M20 puffed its way back up they escapement from the desert.. My A10 ran beautifully all the way.. I enjoyed getting it ready for the run, I enjoy the uncertainly that it it would make the run and I super appreciate all the advice and help from you all who helped make it happen..
Guy


Title: Re: Distinguished Gentlemen's Ride Team
Post by: RichardL on 01.10. 2018 12:55
If there's anyone reading this thread who has resisted joining the DGR (out of over 1000 members there should be, at least, a few resisters reading), Guy's pictures are a perfect explanation of why we, so emphatically, press to get more participants from the forum. Will anyone argue that Guy's pictures are not the most amazing?  They show an incredible place and culture that most of us will never get to visit. Also, shows that support for the cause reaches everywhere, and it doesn't hurt that the support, in this case, is fun.

Richard L.
Title: Re: Distinguished Gentlemen's Ride Team
Post by: Guy Wilson on 01.10. 2018 13:51
Thank you Richard, All are welcome next year. Kenya Airways, British Airways and a few others do a direct cargo/passenger flight to Nairobi if anyone's interested in joining us next year..
Guy
Title: Re: Distinguished Gentlemen's Ride Team
Post by: Greybeard on 01.10. 2018 14:01
Wow Guy, those photos and video are great! I wish I could have done that ride.
Title: Re: Distinguished Gentlemen's Ride Team
Post by: LJ. on 01.10. 2018 14:05
Hey Guy, thanks for the DGR report from Kenya, what a write up! and a video to top it all, brilliant stuff. A long ride just to get to a ride! In spite of all the hazards that we face in motorcycling... I'd be afraid that some Leopard, Cheetah or some other would jump out at me.  *eek*
Title: Re: Distinguished Gentlemen's Ride Team
Post by: RichardL on 01.10. 2018 15:01
Here are a couple of photos up front of me getting into my DGR story. The first is a picture of some old guy in David Byrne's jacket watching the days go by while touching my bike. He seems to have the posture of a guy who spent most of the night before, and a good part of the morning, laying on the garage floor. The second is the obligatory right side A10 picture. The the girl who took the other picture is sitting on her Honda. I had the troubling position of riding behind her a good deal of the way.

Richard L.

P.S.  The the third pic is an edit to this post. It was clipped from someones YouTube video.
Title: Re: Distinguished Gentlemen's Ride Team
Post by: Greybeard on 01.10. 2018 19:08
Here are a couple of photos up front of me getting into my DGR story. The first is a picture of some old guy in David Byrne's jacket watching the days go by while touching my bike. He seems to have the posture of a guy who spent most of the night before, and a good part of the morning, laying on the garage floor. The second is the obligatory right side A10 picture. The the girl who took the other picture is sitting on her Honda. I had the troubling position of riding behind her a good deal of the way.

Richard L.

P.S.  The the third pic is an edit to this post. It was clipped from someones YouTube video.

You deserve a medal, Richard. If you read Musky's account of his night before the ride you'll see that he also deserves a gong.

It appears that your front brake lever may be a tad too far around. Are the shoes ok?
Title: Re: Distinguished Gentlemen's Ride Team
Post by: RichardL on 01.10. 2018 19:57
Good observation. The shoes are NOT OK. They're waiting for winter. Already have them, front and rear.

Richard L.
Title: Re: Distinguished Gentlemen's Ride Team
Post by: Greybeard on 01.10. 2018 20:12
I already typed something like this but did something stupid and lost it all:

Your bike, with that stunning paint job and shiny bits looks contemporary. As they say here; it looks The Dogs Bollocks.
Title: Re: Distinguished Gentlemen's Ride Team
Post by: muskrat on 06.10. 2018 20:51
G'day Fellas.
Finally got some pics of the Ulladulla ride. Even distinguished hooligans down here.
Cheers
Title: Re: Distinguished Gentlemen's Ride Team
Post by: muskrat on 07.10. 2018 09:55
Doh!!! 1st photo I just noticed I'm the only one holding a beer.  *beer*
Cheers
Title: Re: Distinguished Gentlemen's Ride Team
Post by: Greybeard on 07.10. 2018 09:58
Doh!!! 1st photo I just noticed I'm the only one holding a beer.  *beer*
Cheers
Ah, I thought that was you!
Title: Re: Distinguished Gentlemen's Ride Team
Post by: muskrat on 07.10. 2018 10:00
That was ummmmm my 2nd *dribble*
Title: Re: Distinguished Gentlemen's Ride Team
Post by: Sluggo on 09.10. 2018 02:07
I have some pix but have to downsize them,, Will post up some shortly when I work on the tech aspects. BUT this illustrous character was at our local event.  Interesting guy.  I assumed he was just a local hipster and fashion icon as we have a lot of them.  But heard some people talking about him and realized he is a bit of a celebrity. 

He is also a paid spokesman for Jack Daniels whiskey..
If you are REALLY fast I am in the first micro seconds of this clip on far left near the back, old fat guy wearing leather and a tie!
See: https://insta-stalker.com/post/BoX9sLxhAqs/

He posted a lot of stuff on instagram,, see here: https://insta-stalker.com/profile/Dumptruck_/

Here is his website.. quite a character! (I wish I was that cool I got paid to party!)

See: https://www.ispeakgood.com/
Title: Re: Distinguished Gentlemen's Ride Team
Post by: muskrat on 09.10. 2018 11:05
G'day fellas.
New competition. Where's Sluggo. Sort of like "Where's Wally". Hang on my second name is Wally *ex*
Cheers
Title: Re: Distinguished Gentlemen's Ride Team
Post by: Sluggo on 09.10. 2018 11:26
G'day fellas.
New competition. Where's Sluggo. Sort of like "Where's Wally". Hang on my second name is Wally *ex*
Cheers

Ha! this is funny!  You are close,, Hint, I am not entirely balding on top, I wear glasses,, but I AM in that screen capture!
Title: Re: Distinguished Gentlemen's Ride Team
Post by: Greybeard on 09.10. 2018 14:28
This one?
Title: Re: Distinguished Gentlemen's Ride Team
Post by: RichardL on 09.10. 2018 15:47
Not that much hair. Zoom in. Note the arrow.

Richard L.
Title: Re: Distinguished Gentlemen's Ride Team
Post by: Sluggo on 09.10. 2018 20:19
This one?

Nope!  Okay, see the Blond with the neck scarf and red jacket in the foreground? Directly behind her is a flat cap chap leaning his head to the left? Directly behind him is me (I am pretty sure- I zoomed in but its fuzzy) If you go to the video,, initially it looks like I am raising my arm and a surfer pinky and index finger with thumb extended.  But a few frames later looks like someone elses arm.  I WAS waving my arm, so not sure thats MY arm,, I took a friend and she is short so you dont see her at all,,I know some of the people in that crowd so I  can orientate to where people were standing.

He actually did 2 panoramic shots and we were supposed to yell and flail about for each one.   
Title: Re: Distinguished Gentlemen's Ride Team
Post by: Sluggo on 10.10. 2018 06:48
Okay, (Testing my resize abilitys, my laptop resizes to 3 choices 4MB, 2 MB or .25 MB, My old desktop has old version of paint and not performing for me, so trying to resize using email formatting.)
So we had Hipsters,, This is the famous Dumptruck Stroup again and a former Moto Corsa staffer I believe,,
Title: Re: Distinguished Gentlemen's Ride Team
Post by: Sluggo on 10.10. 2018 07:01
okay, resizes SEEM to be working, a few more (Fingers crossed)
So, we had "Betsy the Booze truck" serving beverages, and because it is Portland,, There was aromatherapy, Body energy rectification, Massages, Acupuncture, A vender giving out samples of CBD cannabis products
(no intoxication from CBD,, but it does work for anxiety and stress among other things) and Triumph had a local dealer who sponsored and ran a chase truck.
Also the venue was one of our Moto-centric bars called "2 Stroke coffee company" and there was bikes inside the place as well as Tea, Espresso and all sorts of beverages.
PLUS....... (But wait theres MORE!) We had PNW Axe throwing, which is like darts and a bit of snooker but more complicated.   Plus live music from a band called "Bi**hes of the Sun" and was a
Siouxsie & the Banshees cover band.
While the band played, they shot video from the ride up on the wall which was pretty cool.
The guy with the axe was just a random guy since my friend didnt want her picture taken with the axe, I kinda think he looks like the lead character from Fargo (William Macy) and presents a nice air of madness,, mild mannered car salesperson, Axe murdering psychopath in his spare time.
I wondered if Axe throwing might progress to hunting down hipsters or lawyers?  (Just a thought......)
Title: Re: Distinguished Gentlemen's Ride Team
Post by: Greybeard on 11.10. 2018 13:39
Top contributors to 2018 DGR

Top rides. Well done London!

Top Riders. Well done Michael Mancinelli!

Top countries. Well done USA!

Chicago got into the chart! Well done RichardL!
Title: Re: Distinguished Gentlemen's Ride Team
Post by: Topdad on 16.10. 2018 16:22
I wasn't able to comment following my ride out on the Liverpool ride, due to being some hours later on holiday  to Majorca for 14 days.
The ride was well organised and raised more than a few smiles and questions however the weather was against us , a few rain showers no problem but where we ended up on the Albert dock riverside with a gale force wind up your jacksie   :o was not pleasant it also detered the tourists from venturing to the group as well ,still a job well done and heres to next year , better start getting my donations in !
Title: Re: Distinguished Gentlemen's Ride Team
Post by: duTch on 06.11. 2018 10:13
..............
PLUS....... (But wait theres MORE!) We had PNW Axe throwing, which is like darts and a bit of snooker but more complicated.   Plus live music ................
The guy with the axe was just a random guy since my friend didnt want her picture taken with the axe, I kinda think he looks like the lead character from Fargo (William Macy) and presents a nice air of madness,, mild mannered car salesperson, Axe murdering psychopath in his spare time.
I wondered if Axe throwing might progress to hunting down hipsters or lawyers?  (Just a thought......)

 I knew I'd seen a mention of axe throwing somewhere....
 Funny it should come up here, because the other day I took a different routeto my youngstas  place down a street I hadn't been for a while , and just around the corner from him is a ' AXE THROWING ' Shed ....looked very busy too, with all kinda types in various cozzies ( *fight* uniforms)

 brought back memories of younger days when we used to run around the bush on horses playing Davy Crockett.. *doubt*.or maybe Daniel Boone..... *conf2*....trying to split trees with whatever bladey things we could find...