distinguished gentlemans ride toronto 2023

Hundreds of bikers wearing formal attire will soon descend on Toronto streets

The loud rumble of classic and vintage-style motorcycle engines will fill Toronto streets on Sunday, May 21, as hundreds of bikers dressed in dapper attire descend on the city to take part in the 12th annual Distinguished Gentleman's Ride (DGR).

Toronto is one of 29 Canadian cities taking part in the global event raising funds and awareness for men's health charity Movember. Over 1,300 are expected to participate nationwide, joining what DGR hails as "over 90,000 gentlefolk and motorcycle community members from over 100 countries and 800 cities worldwide."

In the dozen years since its inception, DGR has involved over 340,000 riders and has raised more than $50.6 million.

The event partnered with Movember in its fifth year, and DGR participants have already raised more than $300k since the start of 2023, part of the over $3 million raised in the country since Movember signed on as DGR's charity partner in 2016.

As of Friday morning, close to 300 riders have registered for the Toronto event, collectively raising over $96,000 for men's health.

However, not just any biker can participate, as DGR has some pretty strict rules regarding which motorcycles, and even riders, fit the stylistic theme of the event.

DGR has a style guide clarifying that participating riders must have a café racer, bobber, classic, tracker, scrambler, old school chopper, modern classic, sidecar, classic scooter, or brat-style motorcycle. Clothing is also a factor, and DGR offers a lengthy page covering style tips for anyone planning to attend.

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