2022 Quail Motorcycle Rally [A Report with 41 Photos]

Best of Show. 1951Vincent Rapide.

If you love motorcycle encounters and admiring all kinds of motorcycles, then The Quail Motorcycle Gathering is something I recommend you experience at least once. The venue is beautiful, as is the weather and the participants. The grand grassy forecourt of the Quail Lodge & Golf Club in Carmel, California has the ambiance one might find at the finest automobile concours d’elegances, but on this day you’ll see a cornucopia of many of the most desirable motorcycles in the world. when I last visited in 2016, attendance was up and the crowd at this 12th edition of the Gathering seemed to like what they saw.2022 Quail Motorcycle Rally: VintageThe 2022 Quail Motorcycle Gathering showcased a wide range of competitive classes including Harley-Davidson XR750, BMW/5 Series, Two-Stroke and Mini Bike. There were also hot rods and classic cars on display. The motorcycles on display are probably the most diverse assortment of two-wheelers in the world. For example, Steve McQueen’s Excelsior Super X factory rider was presented in a plexiglass case. Not far away was a mostly carbon-fiber 800-hp Hayabusa-powered dragster that couldn’t be driven until the manufacturer provided a traction control system to, presumably, keep the rider alive. McQueen’s Von Dutch-painted mini-bike was nearby, along with an assortment of oddities you won’t see anywhere but on the grass at the Quail Motorcycle Gathering.2022 Quail Motorcycle Rally: Vintage RacesOne section contained collections of bikes from owners who brought their fleets to show. Runners and rusters shared the venue, with a handful of unique pieces and customs that might make you dizzy in the thin air. Moving on, I found just about every drool-worthy Ducati with Moto Guzzi, Laverda, Lambretta, MV Agusta and Bimota.2022 Quail Motorcycle Rally: ClassicAmerican brands were on full display – Harley-Davidsons, Indians and a handful of Hendersons – with spectacular restoration not far from wonderfully rusted relics. BMWs were seen everywhere, with R11s leading the way and an assortment of Honda motorcycles – mostly six-cylinder CBXs.2022 Quail Motorcycle Rally: Roland SandsForgive me if I missed a few in this crazy and eclectic mix of motorcycle dreams. Oh, let’s not forget the Tuk Tuk that was supposed to make the scene. Additionally, Roland Sands held court as he was awarded the title of 2022 Sports Legend. A 1951 Vincent Rapide was named best in show this year.2022 Quail Motorcycle Rally: Revival Cycles DucatiRunners, helicopters, customs and cruisers were on hand to keep everyone happy. Do yourself a favor and add The Quail Motorcycle Gathering to your bucket list. You can thank me later.Photography by Steve Burton, Kevin-James Gonzales, Franco Gutierrez, Jonathan Handler and Kahn Media 2022 Quail Motorcycle Rally Top HonorsBest of Show: 1951Vincent Rapide; Max Hazan, CaliforniaThe spirit of The quail Award: 1984 Honda RS750; Chris Carter, CaliforniaHarley-Davidson XR750: 1972 Harley-Davidson XR750; Terry Kaluza, CaliforniaBMW/5 Series: 1971BMW R75/5; Scott Wilmot, CaliforniaTwo-stroke “Braaaps”: 1986 Suzuki RG500gamma; Matt Torrens, Californiamini bikes | LOTS OF FUN: 1971 Montesa Cota 25; David Bookout, CaliforniaDesign and Style Award Presented by ARCH Moto: 1951Vincent Rapide; Max Hazan, Californiawhy we ride Presented by Why We Ride: Yamaha YSR50 1987; Kristen Skvorak, CaliforniaHagerty HVA Preservation Award: 1929 Excelsior-Henderson Super X 45ci OHV Factory Alcohol Burner; Jeffrey Thomas, WashingtonAMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame Heritage Awards Presented by AMA: Fuse Ducati 2006; Rebirth Cycles, Texas

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