Are the days of the leather-clad motorcyclist behind us? These days, an increasing number of riders are opting for a more stylish look.
"Bikes are far more of an immersive experience than cars," Quinn says. "I test ride bikes. I stare at them. I display them as objets d'art. But mostly I yearn for an open twisty road and a few fellow gearheads to ride with. There's simply no competition with the pure adrenaline rush of literally holding on for dear life ... It's a pure, selfish world of dopamine spikes and tunnel vision."
The Distinguished Gentleman's Ride was founded in 2012 in Sydney, Australia, inspired by a photo of Mad Men's Don Draper astride a classic motorcycle in a tailored suit. Every September, thousands of participants around the world "don their cravats, press their tweed and sit astride their classic-styled motorcycles to raise funds for prostate cancer research and awareness," according to the Ride's website.
In 2015, more than 37,000 riders in 410 cities in 79 countries raised over $2.3 million for prostate cancer research -- almost $1 million more than in 2014.
Duncan Quinn is already planning for next year: "I will probably do it on a custom 955cc Triumph triple café racer I have been building for a few years. In a heather green tweed suit."
Motorcycle brand Ducati saw record sales in 2015.
"Since its inception, Ducati has maintained a mystique that draws people to the company," says Jason Chinnock, CEO of Ducati North America. "We attribute this to [our] focus on producing motorcycles that are as beautiful as they are powerful. Most everyone can appreciate the elegant, yet strong lines of a Ducati."