We know motorcycles are music to our ears and now Dutch musician Dominic Seldis has proven it by producing a special motorcycle symphony to promote this Sunday’s Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride. The Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam musician has recreated Also Sprach Zarathustra by Richard Strauss using only a range of different motorcycle exhausts. Symphony bikes Interestingly, a couple of the bikes in the symphony video do not fit the DGR bike style guide. We’ve seen motorcycle exhausts used to make “music” before, but this is the most complex and comprehensive motorcycle symphony we’ve ever heard. What do you think of it? Are you now motivated to do some last-last-minute fund-raising to join the seventh annual Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride? Two of the members of the “motorcycle symphony orchestra” are cancer survivors which is relevant since the DGR raises money for prostate cancer. However, this year founder Mark Hawwa of Sydney says they have increased their allocation of funding toward mental health from 20% to 40% for The Movember Foundation. Mark Hawwa “We ride this year for the men of the world who struggle with mental health and for the families and individuals whose lives are affected by prostate cancer,” says Mark. Up from 90,000 riders last year to a forecast of over 120,000 in 2018, dapper men and women in over 650 cities worldwide will ride classic and vintage styled motorcycles on Sunday, 30 September 2018. “On this day, streets across the world – including Sydney, Paris, New York and London – will be humming with the tune of a united front against killers of men,” Mark says. In Australia, suicide rates are three times higher than that of women. “As a result, the Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride are on a mission to raise awareness globally, in their crusade to make life better for men everywhere,” he says. 2018 DGR event The official launch video (above) highlights the huge number of men that die every year from suicide and prostate cancer. Organiser Stephen Broholm says prostate cancer and mental health issues affect all men and the people in their lives, “whether they ride a motorcycle or not”. “With the imagery showing men disappearing as they ride past the lady on the street, riding under the overpass and the general public when the riders go past them, we wanted to hit the message hard. “If this video encourages more men to get checked and be aware of the health of their prostate, and to also seek assistance when experiencing mental health concerns, then it’s our job done. “If these people also help contribute to raising funds for prostate cancer research and mental health programs then that is a bonus.” Fund-raising rewards include motorcycles and luxury watches from major partners Triumph Motorcycles and Zenith Watches, and other reward prizes. If you ride a vintage or classically styled motorcycle and wish to participate in your nearest event, or make a donation to the cause, visit www.gentlemansride.com.