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Re: DGR world wide A10 / A7 riders
« Reply #30 on: 29.09. 2019 20:55 »
...a band, the rain never materialized.

Damn spellchecker. The word was "...aaaand."
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« Reply #31 on: 29.09. 2019 21:00 »

Additional. Nice colour co-ordination, but a little flamboyant for my taste.

Hardly "flamboyant." "Dapper," and that's the whole idea.
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Re: DGR world wide A10 / A7 riders
« Reply #32 on: 01.10. 2019 13:14 »
Cambridge ride went ahead after a one hour delayed start to allow some weather to pass through. Had a few showers but mostly was OK. Lots of bikes, a good route and very well marshalled in difficult conditions. I took my Loop frame Eldorado this year, and after a brief unscheduled top at the side of the M11 for a minor adjustment all went well.
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« Reply #33 on: 01.10. 2019 13:44 »
we had a case of sunstroke... other than that a fun day. My suit became bearable above 30mph..
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« Reply #34 on: 01.10. 2019 13:59 »
Very dapper. It's always good to see a forum member, in the flesh.

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« Reply #35 on: 01.10. 2019 17:12 »
Guy,

What great pictures. Fantastic to see the enthusiasm for the event in what is, to me, remote reaches.  I take it the price of petrol is in Kenyan shillings per liter, so, I'm calculating $4.44 US/gallon. That's less than I expected.

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« Reply #36 on: 01.10. 2019 21:05 »
First congrats  *beer* *yeah* *thanks* to all who rode and THANK YOU to all who donated.  KEEP IN MIND DONATIONS ARE STILL ACCEPTED for another 30-60 days or so?  Plus merchandise!

Last year I registered with this group and rode (Sadly not a BSA) and I registered this year but didnt see this group or I would have lent support.  I intended to ride a A65 BSA or the Norton Atlas but too many other issues going on,, life gets in the way.

Here is my take on things and a Portland Oregon ride report. (I will add photos next week).
We watched the weather closely, The PNW had the wettest/coldest Sept on record this year.  Avg 1.5 inches of rain and this year nearly 5 inches.  We also have snow in the hills at a surprising elevation and I live at the base of Mt Hood so halfway to the snow line.  (My friend in Montana got 4 inches of snow at his place and sub freezing temps forecast for all this week!)

So, the weather service, Perpetual liars and cheats, Forecast rain for Friday & Saturday, but cloudy for Sunday  So wife wanted to go to the cabin but I held out to stay for the ride.  Saturday we got an epic storm and even a twister/tornado touched down as well as lightning strikes and monsoon rains.
Sunday AM Mrs Sluggo wakes me and says its raining buckets,, sleep in if you want.  I did get up but got an email that they were considering delaying the 11 am start by an hour due to weather.
I did ride in bundled up in rain gear, Gave up on vintage and rode the Evo HD sportster as its steady and has crash bar.  But roads were slicker than monkey Snot and was dicey all the way out of the hills into town.

I rode past the after party at the Jupiter Hotel (8th and SE Burnside) and saw a LOT of bikes and the street all blocked off,, rode to See See Coffee & MC shop and ride had already left.  I knew the route so caught up partway thru.   335? registered,,, sadly few raised funds, About 200 showed up on bikes, no one knows how many rode yet,, but guessing about 100-125 rode.  (Count me as 1/2) but many just rode over to the party instead.

A few people had minor crashes or slides,, one bike went down hard on a Manhole cover but crash bar saved the day.  No one reported any injuries or serious damage.  We have some industrial areas (lots of oil on the road) as well as trolley lines called "MAX" and those catch a lot of riders or slip on the rails..

There was only a few vintage bikes, most Asian,, I saw 1 HD pan, 2 Shovels, 1 Ironhead sporty.  NO BSAs,, 1 Velocette, 1 OIF Triumph 750 and Cassie from TSS rode her 66-67 T100C so man up boys,, that girl rocks,   and a vintage Duc, 2 Guzzis. 1 Norton Commando cafe,,  Might have been more but thats what I saw.

There WAS some retro styled modern bikes, Several Enfields, and Urals with sidecars, and Triumph is a sponsor so LOTS of them, both retro style and sport bike and a few Adventure/Dual sports.

Locally there is not much push for vintage bikes on the ride but it works, But we get sponsorship from Ural of Portland, Triumph dealers and the Local HD dealer so the attitude from what I saw was just show up and ride.

PDX being PDX is ground zero for hipsters so its about style and a great vibe/party and many got to extreme lengths to dress up and put on a classy event. We got GREAT support from local radio stations and much free advertising.  The 3 main people who organize are under 40 yrs old and to me represent the next generation of Bikers as well as community so I think they are great,, Unlike many of the clubs I am in with doddering old crazy guys bitching that young people dont care,, This is a very good endorsement for the future of motorcycles so Im on board.  (Many clubs could learn some things from these youngsters)

MANY very attractive young ladies!  I am impressed..!

I agree and try to shame/guilt/cajole others into not just registering but make sure you raise funds.   I donated $40 myself despite near poverty right now,, And I got some great support from others including a great British bike shop in Calif donated $52!  Known as CBS, or Classic British Spares, they are great and worth your support.   See: https://www.classicbritishspares.com/

So, many people would have rode vintage, but left them at home because of weather, So I am okay with that.  Also, the local organizers said they are going to ask the main org in Oz to see if we can move it up a few weeks earlier in Sept to accommodate many other rides that suffer from weather issues.

I snapped some pictures,, including some very attractive young ladies doing axe throwing. (A popular pastime now,, inexplicably)  But we had some great vendors, from Ural, HD, Triumph, See See Coffee & MC, and a great new group of women riders called "The Torque Wenches" plus the axe throwing vendor and some others.  We had a DJ, Raffle prizes that raised more money, Best dressed men and women and other contests. The Bar and restaurant was super posh and it was fun because many tourists including some from Japan and China were wondering WTH? Is going on as there was Motorcycles in the lobby and all these weirdos dressed up and carrying on.  (Its a popular destination tourist hotel).

I need to download pix and resize to post here, but going to the cabin this weekend and will do so then and post next week.  I thanked and chatted up the main local organizers, Chris & Jason and suggested as well a minimum donation scheme, as well as follow up group email blasts,  Jason showed me someone has a excellent Drone and skills and filmed part of the ride crossing the downtown PDX Broadway bridge over the river. Movie quality.  They said they will see about making the clip availible.

Ironically a helicopter was hovering overhead as well,, Nicholas Cage is filming a movie in Portland we believe it was the movie folks filming,, (Lots of TV shows and Movies film here.)  However it might be the new TV show as well.  See: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stumptown_(TV_series)

Here is 2 fellows from last years ride. Dump Truck was not there this year, He is a minor celebrity and paid commentator for Jack Daniels and other brands,, but the other fellow with the dark beard won best dressed this year. Also here is the same vendor as this year at last years event, the Axe throwing.

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(last year I raised a lot more money in donations, I will do better next year)
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Re: DGR world wide A10 / A7 riders
« Reply #37 on: 02.10. 2019 10:23 »
I hope you folks dont mind more nattering about our local Ride,, But just got an email before heading to bed on this very topic. I will post a couple pics of my own, But this young lady did a splendid job so she deserves the attention, (Lots of pix of the Mello Velo as well, she knows a classic when she sees one!) I scrolled thru and no "Which wanker is Sluggo?" this year as it does not appear I am in any  of the pictures, but to be fair, The ride started without me (OH! The Temerity!) But I did catch up.

Anyrate, Here is her SmugMug page with the event pix she took, I hope the drone footage shows up and you can see some in the pics of Jasons phone.
 See: https://kshayleephotos.smugmug.com/Gentalmens-Ride/n-fxj8cD/

And our laudatory congratulation from Chris, our regional ride leader.   


" Portland Ladies and Gents,

You survived a cold and wet Distinguished Gentleman's Ride through the streets of Portland. Of the 338 riders registered for Portland I'm sure we had over 200 show up to ride in their dapper best - that in itself deserves a special honor. Thank you for supporting the ride either on your bike or from home with your donations. We raised over $22,000 for prostate cancer research and mental health programming with our charity partner the Movember Foundation - and there is still time to continue to donate.

I'd like to give a hand to our global sponsors who make this happen on a tremendous scale:  Elf lubricants, REV'IT, Hedon helmets, Skram eyewear, and of course Triumph. Without these partners, the DGR would not be where it is today.

A big THANK YOU to our local ride sponsors. See See Motor Coffee Co. kept us warm with hot coffee and an excellent start. The Jupiter Hotel kept the party going with Hey Love and an amazing space to hang out and talk about the day's ride. And Latus Triumph provided needed support with a sweeper truck to make sure everyone made it home safe.

Our afterparty was one of the best ones yet. Local, legendary vendors really helped make the event great including raffle prizes and setups: Dehen 1920, Langlitz Leather, New Church Moto, Red Clouds Collective, Ship John, Ural Portland, Velomacchi and Wesco Boots. If you want them back next year go visit them and let them know. Our afterparty would also not be what it was without music and merriment. DJ AM GOLD kept the platters spinning, Widmer Brothers donated kegs so all alcohol proceeds could go to DGR and Portland Axe Throwing is always fun and a unique experience for our riders.

We had the pleasure of riding with the Mandalorians RC and Torque Wenches once again. Showing up and riding the route gets better and better and this event wouldn't be as smooth without your help. Special shout out to our volunteers Chelsea, Pod and Shahira who helped wrangle our raffle and Entercom radio - a few of you may have heard the DGR spots on the radio thanks to them!

Behind the scenes, you may have seen some photographers or drones out on the ride - making rainy Portland look good. Thank you to Shaylee King (https://kshayleephotos.smugmug.com/Gentalmens-Ride/n-fxj8cD/) and Patrick Guild. If you took your own photos please feel welcome to upload them to DGR Official at https://upload.gentlemansride.com/

Tag your social posts with #DGRPDX #DGRPortland and #DGR2019 - we'll look for a shared album solution as well so everyone can take a look.

The biggest thank yous go to David Mogg, Austin Foster, and Jason Deymonaz. Without you three this event doesn't happen at the scale it does here in Portland. You bring your passion for motorcycles and the DGR with you everywhere and it is deeply felt with every cheery handshake I get from happy riders on Sunday.

Finally, if you might take a moment to click https://forms.gle/wgA2GUyVaUANh9f6A we'd like to ask a few questions to be sure we're doing things right so next year can be that much better. If you have thoughts, suggestions, or wish to help please use the survey or hit "reply" as I'd love to see the Portland DGR be the best ride globally.

Ride dapper. Ride safe. Have fun.

Tally Ho!

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Re: DGR world wide A10 / A7 riders
« Reply #38 on: 02.10. 2019 11:50 »
Gday Sluggo,
Good pictures, mate.
I suddenly have an urge to throw axes.
Any tips? Like how do you get the sharp end to land on the victim target?
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« Reply #39 on: 02.10. 2019 11:51 »
here's a more detailed write up our DGR ride...Officially the Kenya DGR start a place called Oletopesi. We ride on the Saturday to Lake Magadi and over night, starting out early Sunday morning...
https://advrider.com/f/threads/vintage-bikes-ride-the-rift-valley-kenyas-2019-dgr.1409689/

Hugely enjoyable!
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« Reply #40 on: 02.10. 2019 20:26 »
That is an epic ride there in Africa! Much respect, you should get special patches.   I am sure the hipsters and pampered locals would enjoy some contrast.  I was laughing at some of the Drinks at the Hotel bar,, they were charging $3.50 for Coffee and more for espresso or a Mocha,., but top of the list was a Cannabis infused CBD Hot Chocolate with a shot of Espresso for $8.50 which might be just the tonic for a Chinese tourist fresh off the direct flight and airport shuttle but seemed rather steep to me.  I am still laughing at the confused tourists wondering what sort of hotel hosts bikers.

As to the axe throwing, Its a perplexing past time.  I live up in the hills and a very long tradition of woodsmen and logging, and the little local town hosts a timber fest with chainsaw competitions, pole climbing, agility contests and yes,, Axe throwing and other challenges but the concept of making it a drinking establishment entertainment is rather odd.

There IS a technique and takes a bit of practice to master it.   Seems to also be some debate on the finer points, At this point there is multiple places in the area who offer it and then the mobile service as well,  They were not charging to do it at the DGR but accepting donations, but I see a variety of prices on different websites but there is a league,, like bowling or pool, darts etc, So I have no input other than everyone needs a hobby.

https://www.portlandaxethrowing.net/what-we-do
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« Reply #41 on: 03.10. 2019 01:48 »
Basically, darts with axes. There seems to a lot of instruction available for throwing the ax but very little for catching it.

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« Reply #42 on: 03.10. 2019 06:29 »
I hope you folks dont mind more nattering about our local Ride,, But just got an email before heading to bed on this very topic. I will post a couple pics of my own, But this young lady did a splendid job so she deserves the attention, (Lots of pix of the Mello Velo as well, she knows a classic when she sees one!) I scrolled thru and no "Which wanker is Sluggo?" this year as it does not appear I am in any  of the pictures, but to be fair, The ride started without me (OH! The Temerity!) But I did catch up.

Anyrate, Here is her SmugMug page with the event pix she took, I hope the drone footage shows up and you can see some in the pics of Jasons phone.
 See: https://kshayleephotos.smugmug.com/Gentalmens-Ride/n-fxj8cD/

And our laudatory congratulation from Chris, our regional ride leader.   


" Portland Ladies and Gents,

You survived a cold and wet Distinguished Gentleman's Ride through the streets of Portland. Of the 338 riders registered for Portland I'm sure we had over 200 show up to ride in their dapper best - that in itself deserves a special honor. Thank you for supporting the ride either on your bike or from home with your donations. We raised over $22,000 for prostate cancer research and mental health programming with our charity partner the Movember Foundation - and there is still time to continue to donate.

I'd like to give a hand to our global sponsors who make this happen on a tremendous scale:  Elf lubricants, REV'IT, Hedon helmets, Skram eyewear, and of course Triumph. Without these partners, the DGR would not be where it is today.

A big THANK YOU to our local ride sponsors. See See Motor Coffee Co. kept us warm with hot coffee and an excellent start. The Jupiter Hotel kept the party going with Hey Love and an amazing space to hang out and talk about the day's ride. And Latus Triumph provided needed support with a sweeper truck to make sure everyone made it home safe.

Our afterparty was one of the best ones yet. Local, legendary vendors really helped make the event great including raffle prizes and setups: Dehen 1920, Langlitz Leather, New Church Moto, Red Clouds Collective, Ship John, Ural Portland, Velomacchi and Wesco Boots. If you want them back next year go visit them and let them know. Our afterparty would also not be what it was without music and merriment. DJ AM GOLD kept the platters spinning, Widmer Brothers donated kegs so all alcohol proceeds could go to DGR and Portland Axe Throwing is always fun and a unique experience for our riders.

We had the pleasure of riding with the Mandalorians RC and Torque Wenches once again. Showing up and riding the route gets better and better and this event wouldn't be as smooth without your help. Special shout out to our volunteers Chelsea, Pod and Shahira who helped wrangle our raffle and Entercom radio - a few of you may have heard the DGR spots on the radio thanks to them!

Behind the scenes, you may have seen some photographers or drones out on the ride - making rainy Portland look good. Thank you to Shaylee King (https://kshayleephotos.smugmug.com/Gentalmens-Ride/n-fxj8cD/) and Patrick Guild. If you took your own photos please feel welcome to upload them to DGR Official at https://upload.gentlemansride.com/

Tag your social posts with #DGRPDX #DGRPortland and #DGR2019 - we'll look for a shared album solution as well so everyone can take a look.

The biggest thank yous go to David Mogg, Austin Foster, and Jason Deymonaz. Without you three this event doesn't happen at the scale it does here in Portland. You bring your passion for motorcycles and the DGR with you everywhere and it is deeply felt with every cheery handshake I get from happy riders on Sunday.

Finally, if you might take a moment to click https://forms.gle/wgA2GUyVaUANh9f6A we'd like to ask a few questions to be sure we're doing things right so next year can be that much better. If you have thoughts, suggestions, or wish to help please use the survey or hit "reply" as I'd love to see the Portland DGR be the best ride globally.

Ride dapper. Ride safe. Have fun.

Tally Ho!

Christopher Sell

Ride Host - Portland Distinguished Gentleman's Ride

#dgrpdx #dgrportland #dgr2019
Portland looked like a lot fun..We have one mid 70's Ural around in Kenya.. I'll see if we can resurrect it for next years ride.. these events are great for getting people out of their boxes and talking, meeting etc..

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« Reply #43 on: 03.10. 2019 07:03 »
Urals are a lot of fun!  I worked at a dealership and was supposed to be taking care of their backlog of vintage bikes we called "The Dead guy bikes" as some people waited so long some died in the interim!

But my experience with the URALS was I was often pulled away from the backlog projects to lend a hand on the modern bikes (They sold Enfields as well, I liked the Electras!)  So the older Urals were pretty crappy. Poor metallurgy, some parts were just junk and took a lot to keep them running even though built like a tractor. But they were cheap back years ago. Since then the factory has tremendously improved them and the modern ones are very reliable however they are no longer cheap to buy and priced accordingly.  There is a core group of enthusiasts for them and some do GeoCaching which is scavenger hunts with GPS and they have parties up in remote areas and they give co-ordinates for a mountain top or canyon and you have to navigate to get there. Waiting is a keg of beer and a big party.   With the local dealer as a sponsor. We got a bunch of the Urals showing up and they were ideal for the less than perfect weather. 

In your remote area for some of your rides in Kenya,, a Ural would be an interesting machine to have, especially the models with the driven 3rd wheel.  I have some friends with some and everyone wants a ride in them,   

**** EDIT*** I just looked at all the photos again and lo & behold,, they did catch me in the background! Thats me in Red shirt, Blue tie and leather chaps (In light of the rain)  Im at the Hotel desk talking to a tourist checking in asking what he thought about the goings on. He was perplexed and amused, First trip to Portland and ran smack into all of us nutjobs.  Poor guy will always think this is normal. (Well its always weird,,  thats our motto!)
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