The Distinguished Gentlemen’s Ride (DGR) 2017 edition garnered participation from biker communities from all over Malaysia this year. DGR is a global event aimed at raising funds for prostate cancer research and men’ mental health program to tackle the high suicide rate among men.
Men and women dress dapper and ride their vintage or classic looking motorcycles to rally and raise funds that’s channels directly to the global movement via http://www.gentlemansride.com/rides/malaysia.
This year, we took the opportunity of participating in the Penang leg of the ride jointly organised by Art of Speed, Rotten Motocycle Penang, Riders Garage. Triumph Motorcycles Malaysia took on the all-important task of supporting DGR in Malaysia representing Triumph Motorcycles as the global partner for the fundraising event. Triumph Motorcycles showrooms in Penang, Kuala Lumpur, Johor Bahru and Kota Kinabalu served as RV, registration and breakfast points for all the participants.
Hard Rock Café Penang stepped to lend its support to the event as the final stop venue for the Penang edition riders and provided a tasty lunch treat.
Although the official registrations for Penang recorded 256 entries, the turnout on Sunday was close to 500 bikers and pillion riders. The new Triumph Motorcycles showroom in Gelugor became the official rendezvous point for the ride where riders turned up as early as 7.00 am to register for the ride. Hundreds of gentlemen and a few ladies showed up dapper riding vintage, classic and modern classic motorcycles.
Last year, Penang recorded the highest number of participants after Kuala Lumpur and the organisers made additional preparations this year to handle the massive crowd and the huge convoy.
Daniel Hiew, the Branch Manager of Triumph Motorcycles Penang engaged the aid of Triumph rides association known as the RATPACK and various Penang motorcycle club member lead by Keith Scully to manage the ride which began from Triumph Motorcycles in Gelugor at 9.30am to the first stopover at Padang Kota Lama for some photo opportunity with the historical City Hall building as background. “I’m very proud to support the DGR 2017 and I’m also very grateful to all RATAPACK members and Penang bikers who came in and helped us organise and coordinate the ride. We got together for a great reason and this event also serves as a great platform for bikers to bond and unite regardless of social or economic backgrounds,” said Daniel.
The convoy of dapper gentlefolk then proceeded to Hard Rock Café in Batu Feringghi. Traffic police officers and the appointed route marshals did a great job in ensuring a smooth, incident-free ride throughout. The convoy trailed pass the UNESCO Heritage sites around Penang town centre to Tanjung Bunga before finishing off at Hard Rock Café Penang.
Wan Zamani Ahmad aka Zam Rotten, 37 years old, the founder of Rotten Motocycles, a Penangite who runs a motorcycle restoration and custom workshop rallied the call to action for all motorcycle communities based in northern regions including; Perak, Kedah, Perlis and Penang to suit up and join the ride for a global cause. Rotten Motocycles founded since 2012 has always dedicated services and expertise to fulfil the needs of riders especially in the northern region of Malaysia.
Zam Rotten, when asked about his project after the success of DGR Penang 2017, said “I am honoured to be a part of this global event to spread the awareness for men’s health and I’m truly overwhelmed by the support. We are always on the go with events with a for a good cause and Tryharder second edition to be held at Tanjung Bungah Penang on 23rd & 24th December this year. This year’s theme is “Tryharder Aloha Ride” and all the funds raised from this event will go directly to our Penang NGOs”.
Meanwhile, Jeremy Leong, 29, from Riders Garage and his team lent their support with management expertise to ensure this non-profit event ran smoothly. Both parties played volunteer roles as their way of giving back to the community. “I’m very happy to be involved the second time around and the turnout and support are amazing, we want to push the event to higher grounds next year and raise even more funds for the Movember Foundation,” said Jeremy during the post-event interview.
Highest Donation: Stu Balfour
Best Dressed Gentleman: Mubin Ooi / Best Dressed Lady: Elayna Scully
Best Bike: Saiful – Honda Chaly
Best Beard: Mohd Rozaifri b Mohd Radzi
Best Dressed Ratpack: Raymond Chin
Tryharder Award: Haji Selamat b Md Aris