GENTLEMAN'S RIDE: Graham Rattledge is fundraising for the Distinguished Gentleman's ride.
GENTLEMAN'S RIDE: Graham Rattledge is fundraising for the Distinguished Gentleman's ride. Matt Collins

Suits, ties and motorbike rides

A NANANGO man is dressing to the nines this weekend to raise funds and awareness for serious health issues.

Graham Rattledge will join over 90,000 men and women from 95 countries for the annual Distinguished Gentleman's Ride this Sunday, September 30.

Tens of thousands of distinguished gentlefolk in hundreds of cities worldwide will don their cravats, press their tweed and sit astride their classic and vintage styled motorcycles to raise funds and awareness for prostate cancer and men's mental health.

You may have noticed Mr Rattledge and his much-loved 1972 Triton motorcycle around the South Burnett, as he certainly makes a statement in his blue and white suit and matching hat.

But he suggests come Sunday's event, he'll just be one of an ocean of well-dressed bike enthusiasts.

"Every one on the day will look great, so I will just be one of the many," he said.

There will be over 650 rides worldwide and Mr Rattledge who will ride in the Brisbane event said it is always an extremely popular event.

"They have capped our event at 500 riders," he said.

Originally from England before moving to Australia when he was 26, Mr Rattledge built his beloved Triton motorcycle but it was his first bike that he holds the most sentiment.

"I built my first Triton back in England in 1974 but I only had it for three weeks," he said.

"We got accepted for immigration to Australia so I got three weeks of riding out of it before I sold it and it broke my heart."

"I got 250 pound which is what we used to get over here."

The Distinguished Gentleman's Ride was founded in Sydney by Australia rider, Mark Hawwa.

The goal for 2018 is to raise awareness and $6 million for prostate cancer and men's mental health on behalf of charity partner the Movember Foundation.

The founder decided a themed ride would be a great way to combat the often negative stereotype of motorcyclists, while connecting niche global motorcycle communities together.

For more information go to the gentleman's ride website and to donate to Mr Rattledge just search his name on the site.

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