It’s time once again for The Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride, a worldwide event which will held this Saturday, September 29, 2019. It’s open to vintage (35 years or older) and newer vintage-style motorcycles and scooters, and all riders are encouraged to “dress dapper”. At this time, over 200 riders have signed up for the San Antonio ride — it’s an amazing sight to see that many motorcycles going down the road. And when they’re parked, it’s like a traveling vintage motorcycle show; you never know what you’ll see.

Most importantly, though, is the fundraising aspect of this event. Donations from riders and their sponsors will go to the Movember Foundation as they continue to strive to cure Prostate Cancer and raise awareness of Men’s Mental Health issues. So far, the San Antonio ride has raised over $12,000, but we can do even better than that if everyone helps out. You can learn more, sign up, or sponsor a friend at www.gentlemansride.com.

What kinds of bikes qualify?

Vintage-style motorcycles include a number of variations, including café racers, bobbers, classics, trackers, scramblers, old-school choppers, sidecars and brat-style bikes. On the scooter side, anything that resembles the classic looks of the original Vespas or Lambrettas are perfect!

At The Motorcycle Shop, we sell several bikes and scooters that would qualify for this ride. Among our new motorcycles, practically all Royal Enfields are vintage style, along with the Genuine G400c. New scooter models that would be perfect include the Genuine Buddy Kick, Lance Cali Classic, and Royal Alloy Grand Tourer 150. We sometimes have pre-owned motorcycles and scooters that are 35 years or older. For example we currently have a 1976 Honda CL350 Scrambler that would be great to show off!

Our distinguished proprietor, Jason Trott, showing how it’s done right!

What should I wear?

And yes, this is a great opportunity to show off not only your ride, but if you like to dress up this is your chance! Dressing dapper can be interpreted according to your own taste. Gentlemen always have a taste for classic British tweed, or perhaps you prefer the Mad Men style of the early 1960’s. This writer prefers the WWII look, complete with vintage riding breeches, boots, a dress shirt and scarf. The ladies always show up in good taste — no need to tell them what to wear!

You say you don’t have anything suitable in your wardrobe? There are several thrift and consignment shops where you could hunt for something that fits your style. Use your imagination!

What about ride safety?

Ride safety is very important! Fortunately, there will be a police escort, which means the group will not have to make any stops along the way. All laws are to be followed, including speed limits. This is not intended to be a race. Since this is an urban ride, we will be going at reasonable speeds on city streets — no highways.

Wear your helmet — don’t worry if it’s vintage-style or not. Keep your head safe! Along the route, be sure to keep your bike a safe distance from the ones around you. The “two-second rule” is always a good measure to use.

Ride Host Pat Reilly leading the group on his vintage Honda café racer.

What’s the route?

The route starts in the northwest part of town, near UTSA. Coffee will be provided by Estate Coffee to help wake you up. Once started, the ride makes its way towards downtown, riding through several historic neighborhoods and Brackenridge Park along the way. There will be a rest stop at the Menger Hotel, next to the Alamo. Refreshments and snacks will be provided by the good folks at the Menger. From there, the ride continues down past the Missions and then makes its way back near downtown to the Alamo Brewery. Pizza will be provided courtesy of Pizza Classics.

Once you register, the exact ride route and other details will be provided via email.

How can I help out if I can’t make it?

If you can’t make it for whatever reason, please consider sponsoring a friend. If you don’t know anyone that’s participating, you can still support the cause at www.gentlemansride.com/sponsor.

The writer and his lovely wife next to their 1978 Hondamatic at ride’s end in 2018.