Classics on the Green: The Quail Motorcycle Gathering 2014

The Quail Motorcycle Gathering 2014.

| July/August 2014

  • Quail Motorcycle Gathering
    Rarity isn’t everything: A lovely Honda CL77 fronts a CB400 Super Sport at the 2014 The Quail Motorcycle Gathering.
    Photo by Nick Cedar
  • The Only 1909 Winchester at the Quail Motorcycle Gathering
    Built from 1909-1911, this is the sole surviving 1909 Winchester.
    Photo by Nick Cedar

  • Quail Motorcycle Gathering
  • The Only 1909 Winchester at the Quail Motorcycle Gathering

What happens when you put together an upscale golf resort, 50 years of Bonneville Streamliners, the first Brough Superior SS100, a new all-electric racebike, a three-star lunch, Eddie Lawson, Doug Polen and a horde of enthusiasts? You get The Quail Motorcycle Gathering.

An eclectic display of the exotic, the classic and the brand new were arrayed in the large green space, ringed with pavilions advertising the Why We Ride documentary and other vendors.

The Quail show always features something never seen before in public, and this year it was several somethings. The 218mph Lightning electric Superbike was given its first outing. With a cruising range of 180 miles and piles of torque, it promises to be the first truly fast production electric bike. A 1925 Brough Superior SS100, the first one built, was last seen 50 years ago, and the Bonneville streamliners from the last 50 years on display had never been in one place before.

Not all of the bikes on display were one of a kind. Affordable Japanese and single-cylinder Italian machines from the Sixties and Seventies parked near Triumph Bonnevilles and Norton Commandos, all scrubbed and sparkling. Best of Show went to Gene Brown and his 1932 Vincent HRD Python Sport, while Trace St. Germain received the Japanese 2nd Place award for his 1981 Suzuki GS1100EX.

Most bikes on display do run, and a group of 100 riders toured the Monterey Peninsula the day before on many of the bikes in the show, starting with a lap around Laguna Seca.

Quail will return next year, and it’s definitely worth the $65 admission, which includes that three-star lunch, served on real plates with cloth napkins and silverware. More info at The Peninsula. MC

7/24/2014 9:28:29 AM

Seriously? You send Margie & Nick to the 2014 Quail armed with a D-SLR (no extra $$$ for film and processing) and all you can post on this website is 2 stinking photos? Seriously? It's the freakin' QUAIL and you're using the internet! It can't cost that much more $$$ to post 15 to 20 more photos of the happenings at the Quail on this site. Honestly! I can hardly wait to see the two photos you post from this year's Barber Vintage Festival!

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