DISTINGUISHED GENTLEMAN’S RIDE COMES TO NEPAL
Ripped jeans, saggy pants and fluorescent flowered shirts come and go, but nothing comes close to the timeless elegance of a well tailored suit on a man. It has stood the test of time and succeeded in becoming the staple ensemble for gentlemen around the world. Dapper appearances aren’t what the Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride is about though, there is much more to it.
Rajib Sayami has been doing what some of us wish we could do for a living. He takes vintage motorcycles, some which have been abandoned by their owners, and custom rebuilds them and gives them a new life. And his works have been splendid.
His newest venture was the complete overhaul of a Honda CB 450. The resurrection of the legendary machine, one of the four which had come to Nepal in 1969 to escort government officials, has been epic. It has finally been completed and dubbed “Junie”, Rajibsays it is dedicated to one of his friends who started working on this bike but couldn’t finish it. The beauty has been custom rebuilt to the T, from almost every component of the engine to the beautifully designed, handmade Candle maple wood seat Because of the stringent traffic laws in Nepal, the motorcycle is no longer road legal but it still is a work of art.
Check out more of Rajib Sayami’s builds and works in the following website: http://www.rsmotonepal.com/
Through the years, the Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride has turned into a global cultural phenomenon; and this year it managed to make a debut in Nepal. Founded in Sydney, Australia by Mark Hawwaa, the first DGR took place in 2012. Inspired by a photo of Mad Men’s Don Draper astride a classic bike and wearing his finest suit. The idea came up in part because he wanted to eliminate the somewhat negative connotations that were assigned to motorcycle culture. In the process the ride helps connect niche motorcycle communities together.
That first ride in 2012 brought together over 2,500 riders across 64 cities. The success of the event encouraged the founder to consider how it could be used to support a worthy cause. In 2013, over 11,000 participants in 145 cities around the world raised over $277k (US) for prostate cancer research. 2014 observed over 20,000 participants in 257 cities in 58 countries raised over $1.5M (US) for prostate cancer research. In 2015, over 37,000 participants in 410 cities in 79 countries raised over $2.3M (US) for prostate cancer research. There have been a few changes in the health goals of the Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride for 2016. Now, the funding of suicide prevention programs is a Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride focus, in addition to prostate cancer research through their new official charity partner The Movember Foundation and the support of our title sponsors Triumph Motorcycles and Zenith Watches.
This year is the first time Nepal has been included in the mix and it is a step forward for the nation in terms of recognizing the importance of awareness of men’s health. RS Moto, located in Gahana Pokhari, served as the venue for the event where some of the most kickass vintage motorcycles along with their dapper riders made their appearance.
After a short briefing from Bikrant Shrestha the participants headed off towards Patan Durbar Square where they mingled for a bit before heading back to RS Moto for some good music and fun. Here is a photo feature of the dapper event.
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