The Quail Motorcycle Gathering 2022

A sea change on Monteray Bay.

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by Corey Levenson and Richard Backus
If there's a heaven for motorcyclists, it probably looks a lot like this.

View highlights from The Quail Motorcycle Gathering 2022. See why in the calendar of motorcycle events, The Quail Motorcycle Gathering stands alone.

It’s not a Concours d’Elegance, but it’s much more than a rally or a festival — it’s a gathering of the tribes. And for one day in May, a few thousand moto-enthusiasts congregate on the lush green lawns of the Quail Lodge & Golf Club in Carmel, California, to celebrate their shared passion for motorcycle culture.

The 2022 edition should have been the 14th in a series of events that began in 2009, when Gordon McCall organized and hosted the first Quail Motorcycle Gathering to carry on a new tradition of motorcycle celebration that began with the Legend of the Motorcycle events that took place in Half Moon Bay, California, from 2006 to 2008. Thanks to COVID, this year’s gathering was the first since the Quail Motorcycle Gathering 2019.

Revival of a tradition

The two-year absence of The Quail Motorcycle Gathering made this year’s event feel that much more significant. From participants to attendees, to judges and even the people working the grounds for the event, everyone seemed thankful for the opportunity to once again come together and see old friends in the splendid location that is the Quail and appreciate the exquisite machinery on display. Although we might have taken such things for granted in the past, we don’t anymore.

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