40 Photos from the 2018 Quail Motorcycle Gathering

We had a heated debate here at World Headquarters about whether we could call this “40 Photos from the 2018 Quail Motorcycle Gathering,” because that seems like a title one of these inane, anti-intellectual pseudo-news sites would use. But we did want to share some photos from yesterday’s Quail Motorcycle Gathering, and there are forty of ’em, so we went with it.

We also discussed whether we should add a tongue-in-cheek “you’ll never believe number seven!” Our esteemed editorial review board voted against such a half-assed attempted at jocularity in the title, although that didn’t keep me from mentioning it here. You definitely should check out number seven because that bike is seriously significant, not to mention awesome.

We’ll have more coverage of the 2018 Quail Motorcycle Gathering—including shots of the winners on the dais—in our June issue, which prints in just over a week on May 18th. In the meantime, here’s a taste of the bikes we saw on the green in Carmel yesterday.

13 Responses

  1. Bill

    Love those MV Agusta 750 Americas. I tried to buy one when they were new but couldn’t find a dealer.

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    • Surj Gish

      I couldn’t pass up that shot of the two of them side-by-side, two guys just sitting there like it wasn’t some amazingly rare moment.

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    • Surj Gish

      Well… we publish what catches our collective eye, what’s interesting, and at this year’s Quail a lot of the most interesting bikes simply weren’t British, unlike last year’s Motorcycle Gathering, which featured Norton motorcycles. You can read about it in our July 2017 issue, but I gotta warn you: there aren’t a lot of pictures of Brit bikes there either. Like I said, we publish what we find interesting, and while many will gasp at the sacrilege of this statement, there are so many nicely restored Triumphs, Beezers, and Nortons at pretty much every vintage motorcycle event that it’s just gotten a little boring.

      I know, such blasphemy.

      But I do see at least one BSA above, and there’s a bit more Brit iron in Fish’s story, Conversations on the Green: The 2018 Quail Motorcycle Gathering.

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  2. Bill

    Love those MV Agusta 750 Americas. I tried to buy one when they were new but couldn’t find a dealer.

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    • Surj Gish

      I couldn’t pass up that shot of the two of them side-by-side, two guys just sitting there like it wasn’t some amazingly rare moment.

      Reply
    • Surj Gish

      Well… we publish what catches our collective eye, what’s interesting, and at this year’s Quail a lot of the most interesting bikes simply weren’t British, unlike last year’s Motorcycle Gathering, which featured Norton motorcycles. You can read about it in our July 2017 issue, but I gotta warn you: there aren’t a lot of pictures of Brit bikes there either. Like I said, we publish what we find interesting, and while many will gasp at the sacrilege of this statement, there are so many nicely restored Triumphs, Beezers, and Nortons at pretty much every vintage motorcycle event that it’s just gotten a little boring.

      I know, such blasphemy.

      But I do see at least one BSA above, and there’s a bit more Brit iron in Fish’s story, Conversations on the Green: The 2018 Quail Motorcycle Gathering.

      Reply
  3. Mister X

    Thanks for sharing these images, it’s as close to the Quail as I’ll likely ever get.

    Interesting how similar the Bimota Tesi 3D engine cradle is as compared to the Yamaha GTS 1000. Buy one and become an Omega Man.

    Wow, 3 shots of a water buffalo, nice. I wonder if the owner demonstrated how the trick instrument cluster cover works.

    I can’t figure out what’s happening with that cut-away Guzzi engine, is it DOHC or SOHC, very nice either way.

    Very interesting Bultaco road racer, drum brakes and a single shock rear suspension.

    Ha, the little boy on the Honda CB1100 is cute as can be, a future rider to be sure.

    That Laverda is damn sweet, I really liked those critters.

    And those Z-1’s are nice too, we wheelied the steering head bearings into flats on my buddies new first year Z-1, triggered a nasty speed wobble at 120.

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    • Surj Gish

      The engine in that Guzzi is the MotionTekV, which apparently can be SOHC or DOHC. If you enlarge the second photo (just click on it!), you can see that though the valve covers seem to imply DOHC, it’s actually SOHC.

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    • RoadRash

      That’s not a water buffalo (GT750 Lemans). It’s actually an RE-5 rotary.

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      • Mister X

        Ack! Thanks.
        Of course, the instrument cluster should have tipped me off.
        Brain fade, happens.

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