- The antithesis of Sonny Barger on a Sunny September day in Orange County. Story and photos by Royce Rumsey

Riders with a Cause

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Serious motorheads know the significance of September 30th so it was particularly poignant that this year’s Distinguished Gentlemen’s Ride take place on that date--as its charter is to raise funds for men’s health and longevity.

Candid capture of scenes from 2018 Distinguished Gentlemen's Ride/Orange County

A sampling of some of the 400+ bikes of the 2018 Distinguished Gentlemen's Ride/Orange County

Detail scene from 2018 Distinguished Gentlemen's Ride/Orange County

Orange County arguably provides the best geographical, meteorological, and social reasons for owning a motorcycle. Subsequently it’s populated by some of the finest two wheeled contrivances that enthusiasts can own or build. Now in its third year, the 2018 OC Distinguished Gentlemen’s Ride attracted well over 400 participants (nearly doubling its participation ever year!).

Candid capture of one of the riders on the 2018 Distinguished Gentlemen's Ride/Orange County

Candid capture of one of the riders and his vintage BMW on the 2018 Distinguished Gentlemen's Ride/Orange County

2018 Distinguished Gentlemen's Ride/Orange County Poster

Candid capture of one of the riders on the 2018 Distinguished Gentlemen's Ride/Orange County

Candid capture of one of the riders on the 2018 Distinguished Gentlemen's Ride/Orange County

Donning their best tweeds, silk and worsted blends, they provided Savile-Row-esque sartorial splendor astride some of the finest café-racers, bobbers and even cruisers of vintage and contemporary eras.

Candid capture of one of the riders on the 2018 Distinguished Gentlemen's Ride/Orange County

Candid capture of Rod and his recently-completed vintage BMW, 2018 Distinguished Gentlemen's Ride/Orange County

Candid capture of some of the riders on the 2018 Distinguished Gentlemen's Ride/Orange County

One of this year's OC/DGR organizers calls the riders to their bikes to begin the cruise

And to complete the aesthetic tour-de-force, the fairer sex also participates in the annual DGR event—heavenly angles--to modify a phrase.

Candid capture of one of the lovelies on the 2018 Distinguished Gentlemen's Ride/Orange County

Candid capture of one of a couple on the 2018 Distinguished Gentlemen's Ride/Orange County

Candid capture of one of the lovelies on the 2018 Distinguished Gentlemen's Ride/Orange County

Candid capture of one of the lovelies on the 2018 Distinguished Gentlemen's Ride/Orange County

Candid capture of one of the lovelies on the 2018 Distinguished Gentlemen's Ride/Orange County

The Distinguished Gentlemen’s Ride is now in its sixth year and has become an international phenomenon with over 101 countries participating with 648 city rides and over 115,000 riders! The organization has raised nearly $6M(US) for prostate cancer research, men’s’ mental health with it’s Movember Foundation partner.

Candid capture of one of the riders on the 2018 Distinguished Gentlemen's Ride/Orange County

Candid capture of one of the riders on the 2018 Distinguished Gentlemen's Ride/Orange County

Candid capture of one of the riders on the 2018 Distinguished Gentlemen's Ride/Orange County

Candid capture of some of the riders on the 2018 Distinguished Gentlemen's Ride/Orange County

Mulitple generations participate in the Ride...

Candid capture of one of the riders on the 2018 Distinguished Gentlemen's Ride/Orange County

Candid capture of one of the riders on the 2018 Distinguished Gentlemen's Ride/Orange County

Candid capture of one of the riders on the 2018 Distinguished Gentlemen's Ride/Orange County

Candid capture of one of the riders on the 2018 Distinguished Gentlemen's Ride/Orange County

Unlike the prior Brando and Dean images and personas, these riders rebelling against cancer, definitely have a cause.

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