‘Eye candy’ at this year’s Hamil­ton DGR

Hamilton Press - - FRONT PAGE - KEL­LEY TANTAU

Stephanie Acra­man ad­mits she still gets the odd look when she hops off La Diva.

Her cus­tom painted pink mo­tor­bike with a peashooter ex­haust from Ja­pan and re­in­stalled vin­tage mir­rors has be­come her prized pos­ses­sion.

‘‘When you climb off the bike and peo­ple re­alise you’re a fe­male, you will al­ways get looks.

‘‘But for me, it’s just like jump­ing in a car. It’s no big deal,’’ she said.

In fact, Acra­man, who is also a so­prano and head of per­for­mance mu­sic at the Waikato Univer­sity Con­ser­va­to­rium, is hop­ing more women and their beloved bikes will roll through with the Dis­tin­guished Gen­tle­men’s Ride later this month.

The event, be­ing staged in Hamil­ton for the sec­ond time, aims to raise aware­ness and funds for mens’ health.

It is now the world’s fastest grow­ing mo­tor­cy­cling char­ity event which looks to shine a light upon the bikes, fash­ion and ideals of a by­gone era, all for a good cause.

Acra­man said the ride is not just for dap­per gents.

‘‘Women are def­i­nitely af­fected by mens’ health as well, whether it’s phys­i­cal or men­tal. We don’t need bravado ma­cho guys, we need our guys to be look­ing out for them­selves.’’

Acra­man re­ceived her bike li­cense one week af­ter she turned 15. Af­ter a hia­tus, she be­gan rid­ing again four years ago.

‘‘I’ve al­ways loved clas­sic bikes, and I’ve al­ways been re­ally in­ter­ested in the Tri­umphs, the Nor­tons, the In­di­ans.

‘‘As fe­male rid­ers, we don’t gen­er­ally get enor­mous big Har­leys, we usu­ally get some­thing a bit eas­ier to man­age.’’

Acra­man’s La Diva is a Suzuki TU250x.

She bought her when she got back into rid­ing, and hopes other fe­males will join her out on the DGR course.

‘‘For any rid­ers at all - if you’re fe­male and you’re con­sid­er­ing this, reg­is­ter and join us.

‘‘If you’re not a rider, but a sup­porter, come and join us.

‘‘There’s some great bikes to see, for males and fe­males, there’s eye-candy for both,’’ Acra­man said.

‘‘I think that’s what’s im­por­tant about it, you feel a part of a cause and a move­ment.’’

To spon­sor a Hamil­ton rider visit www.gen­tle­man­sride.com and/or pop down to Hood St, Hamil­ton be­tween 1-3pm on Sun­day, Septem­ber 24 to wit­ness the event.

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