The annual Quail motorcycle show focused on the Noton Commando for 2017 but there were plenty of other makes and model son display.
Even absent perfect weather, the ninth Quail Motorcycle Gathering in Carmel Valley, Calif. showcased some exceptional motorcycles and quite a few swell ones. The gray clouds and chill winds had the elder attendees bundled up, but the rain stayed away and the soft light made for nice photos.
A hundred riders joined Friday’s 100-or-so-mile arrival ride, the pre-Quail prequel (There’s also a shorter Saturday morning ride, with some bikes entered in the judging.) Some riders characterized the weather as brisk, while others called it bracing, and a few said it was really freakin’ cold. The ride wound up at the Moto Talbott Collection in Carmel Valley, followed by a catered buffet lunch. Rob Talbott’s ecletic assembly of vintage on- and off-road bikes impressed one and all.
This year “The Quail’s” featured marque was Norton “featuring 50 Years of the Commando,” and there were plenty of fine examples on hand. Kenny Roberts was honored as a Legend of the Sport during the show. And, once again, the range and depth of imaginative moto-builders in all categories was on display at the traditional riding season opener on the central coast. The photos below show some of the highlights. For more on the event, visit www.latimes.com
Housed in what appears to be a former farm supply complex, Moto Talbott makes good use of relatively limited space.
The Honda CB 550 has seen many varieties of build, but rarely as a chopper.
From the top: Morini 175 Sette Bello, MV 175 and a Triumph 650 bobber.
Few collections are complete without a Norton Manx.
Journalist Mark Hoyer honored the Commando theme, following a late-night brake fix and a troublesome coil.
The 1980 Suzuki GS1000S made the Saturday morning ride and went on the win an award.
Tom Ruttan’s 1949 Triumph was a contender in the Competition - On Road division.
Owner John Goldman and crew get set to fire up the 1957 Mondial 250 GP.
Owner Virgil Elings and son Jeff start the Britten, number ten of ten.
Mike Taggart’s 1957 BSA Gold Star, which ran on the beach at Daytona.
The Moto Guzzi Supernaturale by Hugo Eccles of Untitled Motorcycles.
A tribute to Kenny Roberts’ TZ 750 dirt tracker.
The three-wheeled off-road leaner from Tremoto.
Mitch Talcove’s rare Vincent single was recognized for its distinction and provenance.
A Honda SL 350 street tracker. Neat.
Former World MX Champion Brad Lackey’s twin-pipe CZ was on display, and for sale.
A Triumph chopper illustrates the variety that marks The Quail.
1972 Commando production racer, developed by Brian Slark and Wally Wyatts, and tested by Cycle World at 131 mph. Now owned by Quail organizer Gordon McCall.
Former MotoGP world champion Wayne Rainey (right) spoke about Ricky Graham’s Honda RS 750 flat tracker.
Best of Show: John Goldman’s Mondial Grand Prix racer, with bodywork rebuilt from the original. The owner credits David Harris of Zen House for his restoration work. Ridden by Tarquinio Provini at the end of the dustbin fairing era; one of five built, the 250 clocked 137 mph in 1957.