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WHILE Perth’s would-be Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride participants have had to wait a week for the event, the folks down south proved to be made of sturdier stuff. The Busselton DGR went ahead as planned on Sunday, albeit with a shortened route and not as many bikes as registered.

Participants enjoyed a pre-ride dinner on Saturday night with former speedway champion Rod Chessell as the after-dinner speaker.  Rod even managed to source a solo bike from Wayne Patterson’s collection to put on display.

As expected, the day of the ride was overcast with the odd light shower.  The event kicked off with breakfast on the Busselton foreshore followed by a ride down to Dunsborough.

A planned tour of Cape Naturaliste was cut from the route due to the storm clouds gathering off the coast. Instead, all the distinguished gentlefolk nipped off to the Old Dunsborough Boat Ramp for a visit to the Silver Bullet Espresso – where the group photograph was snapped.

About 50 riders braved the conditions, down from the 72 registered.

The Perth ride will be held this Sunday. Here are a few great pics from Busselton.

(Don’t know what we’re talking about? Visit the DGR website here.)

CAPTION: Tegan Montgomery with her Moto Guzzi. Pic by Suzanne Aston.


CAPTION: Pic by Suzanne Aston.


CAPTION: Tegan again, with Bong Arroyo and his Triumph. Cool tyres Bong!


CAPTION: Pre-event dinner speaker, speedway champ Rod Chessell. Pic by Suzanne Aston


CAPTION: We didn’t get this distinguished chap’s name, but we sure like his ’41 Indian. Pic by Suzanne Aston.


CAPTION: Hayden Noonan, clearly happy to be on his Royal Enfield. Pic by Suzanne Aston.


CAPTION: Grinning is winning. Dan Talbot on the Triton. Pic by Suzanne Aston (but you knew that already, right?)


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Dan Talbot

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