The Quail Motorcycle Gathering 2018


| 5/8/2018 3:22:00 PM


Tags: The Quail Motorcycle Gathering, Richard Backus, MC Events,

1913 Flying Merkel
Best of Show winner, Douglas and Marian McKenzie’s 1913 Flying Merkel Twin.

Douglas and Marian McKenzie’s 1913 Flying Merkel Twin — which the McKenzies owned previously before buying it back a few years ago — took Best of Show at this year’s The Quail Motorcycle Gathering at The Quail Lodge in Monterey, California, on Saturday, May 5. Wearing the famous orange livery for which Merkels are known, the 1913 twin was a standout among the 350 spectacular machines gracing The Quail Lodge’s manicured lawn for the 10th anniversary of what’s become the most prestigious vintage motorcycle event in the U.S.

As we’ve come to expect, The Quail showcases some of the most beautiful and historically important motorcycles ever to roll on two wheels, including models from Vincent, Honda, Harley-Davidson, MV Agusta and more. And it’s not just about vintage bikes, either. This year’s four featured classes included bikes from the private collection of famed builder Arlen Ness, electric motorcycles, vintage and contemporary café racers, and a special nod to the Ducati Monster, now celebrating its 25th year of production.

Arlen Ness' custom Harley-Davidson
Spectacular Harley-Davidson custom from famed builder Arlen Ness.

The selection of machines on display was truly eclectic, including a selection of rotary-powered bikes from Hercules, Norton (including an F1 and a Classic) and Suzuki, with two perfectly preserved RE5s on hand. The selection of Japanese machines was strong, as were, predictably, machines from England, with at least a half dozen Vincents lined up on the British section of the lawn. This year’s Innovation Award went to Curtiss, formerly Confederate Cycles, which displayed its planned electric-powered 2020 Curtiss Zeus. Looking like something out of Tron, the Curtiss Zeus is an interesting take on the possible future for limited production, high-performance electric motorcycles.



The annual Design and Style Award went to Tony Prust and Analog Motorcycles for Tony’s spectacular 1968 Ducati 250 custom, while Jackson Burrows nabbed the Industry Award for his incredible 1960 Harley-Davidson Super 10, its pedestrian 2-stroke HD roots barely discernible after having been transformed into a piece of two-wheeled art.

RICHARDB
5/11/2018 9:49:11 AM

You should bring it! It's surprising how few of those get shown around, and they're fantastic bikes.


cycledancing
5/11/2018 8:52:53 AM

I WENT TO THE LEGEND IN HALF MOON BAY AND THE QUAIL SINCE IT STARTED.MAYBE SOME DAY I CAN SHOW MY BENELLI 750 SEI WITH A LITTLE HELP FROM A WRENCH AND OH YES THE MONEY THING.








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