A custom Triumph T100 Bonneville for the Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride (DGR)

After seeing a smart sharply-dressed chap astride a vintage classic motorcycle, Australian Mark Hawwa etched a grand plan to banish the negative take on biker image and started up a charity event in 2012 called as ’Movember’. it raises awareness and funds for prostate cancer research and suicide prevention and was attended by 2,500 dapper ladies and gentlemen.

For this 2017 chapter, British legendary motorcycle manufacturer, Triumph, was the official DGR motorcycle partner. They created a one-off custom T100 Bonneville christened as the Triumph ‘Dapper Bonnie DGR100’ and was ridden across London’s finest establishments by Phil Green, an A&E nurse who was diagnosed with prostate cancer seven years ago.

As a surprise gesture, Triumph asked Phil to take the special Bonnie back home with him since it was his to keep.

Triumph's special 'Dapper Bonnie DGR100' turns out to be a really special gesture.
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Triumph's special 'Dapper Bonnie DGR100' turns out to be a really special gesture.
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Triumph's special 'Dapper Bonnie DGR100' turns out to be a really special gesture.
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Triumph's special 'Dapper Bonnie DGR100' turns out to be a really special gesture.
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Half a decade after the charity was born, 70,000 men and women cladded in some fancy de rigueur from across the globe and rode atop classic motorcycles. DGR has until now managed to raise $8 million for men’s health through the charity from riders riding across 600 cities in 95 different countries.

Triumph, being the brand partner for 2017, has given four brand new motorcycles from the Bonneville range to be awarded to the highest fundraisers and competition winners.

Triumph's special 'Dapper Bonnie DGR100' turns out to be a really special gesture. Exterior
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Apart from this, the British biker created a one-off custom build of its iconic T100 Bonneville modern classic called the ’Dapper Bonnie DGR100’. It was designed in partnership with another iconic clothing brand, Harris Tweed, and features a bright burnt orange paintwork on the tank, a Harris Tweed seat and a selection of Triumph’s original parts and accessories.

Specially made for the 2017 event, this Dapper Bonnie was ridden by a cancer sufferer Phil Green around London’s historic destinations along with many other distinguished riders dressed dapper.

Triumph's special 'Dapper Bonnie DGR100' turns out to be a really special gesture. Exterior
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Phil Green, 50, has been a biker since the age of 16 and has joined hands with DGR and Movember to help raise awareness of men’s health, prostate cancer and the benefits of early detection.

When Phil came to ride on the event, he was happy to know that he was getting a go on the special Bonnie made for the event. What he didn’t know was that Triumph had a different plan for him all along.

Triumph's special 'Dapper Bonnie DGR100' turns out to be a really special gesture. Exterior
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Triumph's special 'Dapper Bonnie DGR100' turns out to be a really special gesture.
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Just before the event took off with the ride, Triumph’s brand manager Miles Perkins gave a speech and culminated with presenting Phil with the very same Dapper Bonnie DGR100.

A Triumph source said: “Phil was under the understanding they had built the bike for him to ride that day and then it was going to be given back, but it was actually in the end officially presented to him to keep.It’s very much his bike now."

Listen to Phil’s short story about his life after he was diagnosed with prostate cancer seven years ago.


One should always ask ’What is not to love about this whole event?’ And I’m sure you wouldn’t find an answer to this.


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