2012 The Quail Motorcycle Gathering: Field Report

| 5/8/2012 1:06:02 PM

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1974 MV Agusta 750S 
Best of Show: Simon Graham's 1974 MV Agusta 750S.

Marty Dickerson’s Bonneville record-holding 1948 Vincent Rapide, aka “The Blue Bike.” Arturo and Giovanni Magni’s first-ever Brit-powered special, the Magni Rocket 3. Gene Brown’s 1-mile, completely original 1961 BSA Gold Star. Jim Bush’s Brutale 750-powered Magni-styled retro replica. These were just a few of the incredible machines that greeted motorcycle aficionados at the 2012 The Quail Motorcycle Gathering.

And what a gathering it was. Thanks to a perfect combination of fantastic motorcycles, clear-blue skies and the luxurious surroundings that are the Quail Lodge Golf Club in tony Carmel, Calif., the fourth annual The Quail Motorcycle Gathering was an unqualified success. Some 1,500 motorcycle enthusiasts took the opportunity to indulge themselves in their favorite passion, strolling around the lush Quail Lodge grounds while examining the 250 bikes on display.

Magni Rocket 3 
Left to right: Giovanni Magni, Jerry Liggett and Brent Lenehan stand with their creation, the Magni Rocket 3, at its Quail unveiling. 

Personal favorites included: Simon Graham’s Best of Show-winning 1974 MV Agusta 750S, a bike he actually rides; a 1914 Feilbach Limited (one of only a handful in existence); Jim Bush’s Magni Classic Race Replica, a bike so perfect looking you had to look twice before you realized it’s not something MV – or Magni – ever built; and Jan Wenneberg’s faultless 1954 Nimbus, which for some reason he actually let me ride. Fabulous.

Jim Bush's Magni Classic Race Replica 
Jim Bush's Brutale-powered Magni Classic Race Replica. The inspiration is obvious, the execution fantastic. 

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