On May 23rd (which happened to be my parents 47th wedding anniversary) I took part in the San Jose Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride. It was hosted by Spirit Motorcycles the biggest Triumph dealer in the South Bay.
Per Wikipedia, “The Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride is a global motorcycle event raising funds and awareness for prostate cancer research and men’s mental health programs”. There was a good showing at Spirit, approximately 250 motorcycles or so. A lot of Triumphs, but a few Harleys, Ducati’s, Royal Enfields and Moto Guzzis.
The ride [route] per say was slow and a little boring, putting along at 25mph through Downtown San Jose, Willow Glen, Campbell and Santana Row. Lots of people were waving or honking, cheering along as we rode. Riding an air-cooled Ducati slowly on a hot day was an interesting experience. The temperature gauge on my bike rose to 290F, the highest I had seen previously was about 235F.
Yours truly, on the ride.
Gathering at SJ City Hall for a group photo.
This Sport Classic won the award for the “Most Dapper Bike” – I spoke to him and it turns out the owner is from Fremont also.
It was a fun experience overall and I look forward to doing it again next year.