Just sitting down for a spot of tea and over the wireless thundered some truly splendid news. It appears a certain Mr Hawwa donned his dapper and headed over to the Hinkley factory for high tea, and what do you know, together Triumph and the Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride have come up with one very marvellous machine. To celebrate the 10th anniversary of the splendid partnership between Triumph Motorcycles and the world’s most jolly good way to raise funds for charity, a Triumph Bonneville T120 ‘the DGR Edition’ has been unveiled. Limited to just 250 examples worldwide, motorcycle no. 001 will be awarded to the top fundraiser of the 2023 DGR. It’s really rather nifty, and all should let out a cheer, no finer news ye shall hear. So let us take off the tweed, pop in the monocle and cast an eye over this very special Triumph Bonnie.
For those not in the know, the DGR is all about riding classic and vintage style motorcycles, dressing dapper and raising funds and awareness for men’s mental health and prostate cancer research. Founded by Australian, Mark Hawwa, the ride now takes place in more than 800 cities, across 105 different countries and since 2012 has raised a staggering $37.5 million US dollars for charity. It’s an incredible achievement for all involved and the ride has become a must-do annual event, to catch up with friends old and new, raise a few coins for two vital causes and have a whole lot of fun.
With the ride focussing on classic and vintage machines, in styles like cafe racers, bobbers, choppers and scramblers, the Triumph brand has been the perfect fit. But to make 2023 the biggest and best event to date, it was time to do something truly special. The partnership has previously created many unique motorcycles to promote the event, including a one-of-a-kind Triumph Thruxton RS DGR Edition and a custom ‘1959 Legends’ Triumph Bonneville T120 with a matching Gibson Les Paul Standard guitar, and the ‘Dapper Bonnie’, a one-off custom Bonneville T100.
But a bike that you can own and for one lucky rider to win, this is perhaps the best example of how this annual charity event has come to mean so much more to thousands of bikers around the world. So just what is the DGR Edition, “with all of the authentic style, performance, and modern capability of the latest generation of the Bonneville T120, the DGR Edition has a stylish two-tone metallic custom paint scheme and carries official DGR branding. This unique motorcycle is the perfect celebration for the 10th year of this special partnership,” Triumph tells us.
The paint is an absolute standout feature, with the distinctive sculpted tank of the Bonneville T120 featuring a monochrome Phantom Black, over Crystal White, colour scheme. The design has been inspired by the classic dress suit theme and the idea of dressing dapper for that special dinner out on the town. This custom scheme is finished off with a distinctive gold stripe across the fuel tank and hand-painted gold pinstriping on the side panels. The high-end finish is topped off with the official DGR logo in a stunning script, to celebrate this successful ten-year partnership.
Of course, marvellous men need to ride in style, and throwing your leg over the saddle places you on the elegantly stitched bench seat, with a pillion strap for your two-up partner. If you wanted the perfect motorcycle to ride in the event for years to come, this ticks every single box and the only thing you need to add is your own dashing dapper wear and a tweed satchel for all the cash you aim to raise. And with the bikes being based on the latest Bonneville T120 Black, you get a hell of a lot of motorcycle for your money.
The ‘High Torque’ 1200cc engine packs a hell of a punch, and the silky smooth ride-by-wire throttle gives the rider further assistance, thanks to two riding modes and traction control. The chassis package has been well sorted from day dot, with quality suspension, Brembo calipers and lightweight 32-spoke wire wheels with aluminium rims, ensuring plenty of modern tech is wrapped up in that unmistakable classic style. Throw in LED lighting, LCD multi-function displays and USB charging and whether you’ve donned the dapper for DGR or heading solo for a Sunday ride, it’s hard to think of a better way to do it in style.
To top off a truly special year, our fearless Editor here at Pipeburn, Scott Hopkin, is an Official Ambassador for the 2023 DGR. So, if you’d like to throw a few coins his way and help some amazing charities, head over to the link here.
It’s not too late to join the fun yourself either! So Heave-Ho fine Gentlefolk, it’s one last splendid push to the finish as we all chip in and do our finest for men’s mental health and prostate cancer research. Time to trim the beard and hair, lay out your spiffing dapper wear, the boots will need a little spruce and don’t forget a full tank of juice.
Register to the Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride here.