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Thursday
Jun092016

The Quail Motorcycle Gathering 2016

Words and event photos compliments of Stacie B London

Time flies when you’re having fun and that’s how The Quail Motorcycle Gathering feels. The 15-category event is a unique combination of tradition, heritage, innovation and glamour honoring both pre and post-war eras of the world. It celebrates the evolution of the motorcycle by bringing together the finest sport and racing machines that are museum quality, obscure, or rare motorcycles alongside custom, handmade, and modified works. Regardless of one’s motorcycle compulsion, the gathering of interesting and beautiful machines is a sight to behold. There’s never enough time to take in all the superb machinery or people that love them and that is a sure sign of a great time.

The location of The Quail Lodge’s intimate lawn setting with ocean breeze creates an environment that encourages excitement and a uniquely pleasurable experience that is contagious. While navigating through the concourse of exquisite motorcycles, awe and wonder take over. It never ceases to amaze how so many interesting and historic motorcycles make the pilgrimage to Quail for the day. It’s a wonderful thing to meander amongst machines that are so loved when suddenly your gaze is captured, encouraging conversation, allowing stories to be shared, and bonds to be made.

The weekend starts even before the event. For most, the journey to Carmel, California is when the adventure begins. This was the first year where the stars aligned and I was able to ride up on my 1969 BMW R60US, perfect timing for BMW’s 100-year anniversary. On the Wednesday before the event Kurht and I departed for an overdue road trip up the coast from Los Angeles on our like bikes, him on his 1964 R60/2. If you are a rider, I highly recommend going on an adventure with a friend that rides the same bike. The subtle joy of shifting in the same places, taking inclines at the same speed, and whipping around turns with comparable (lack of) brakes resonates quietly at first, and then gradually the synchronized dance adds another level of enjoyment to the excursion.

Upon arrival to Carmel, the weekend kicked off on Friday with The Quail Ride; a 100-mile tour de force with some show bikes alongside other unique and rarified machines which were put through their paces on back roads of the Monterey Peninsula. The first stop is Laguna Seca Raceway for a few laps around the track. With the adrenaline kicked into gear, next came a picturesque ride through the grape vine countryside to the hillside winery. After a tour and much needed break which allowed for closer inspection of bikes and chats with the other riders, the next and last stop was a visit and preview of the much-anticipated new Talbott Motorcycle Museum helmed by collector and motorsports enthusiast Robb Talbott. As if the days feasting on landscape lined twisties and glistening chrome wasn’t enough, the action packed day closes with a banquet and presentation honoring and celebrating the legacy and motorcycle heritage.

Suddenly it was Saturday and the event was upon us for the 8th annual Quail. The BMW Classics section celebrating its 100-year anniversary was set up at the front of the show with machines representing different aspects of its legacy. Robb Talbott’s restored 1925 BMW R37 race bike took highest honors as Best in Show.

Full list of winners here

Save the Date for the 9th Annual The Quail Motorcycle Gathering, Presented by TUDOR, on Saturday, May 13, 2017. Tickets will be on sale starting October 2016!

On the road to Quail; Templeton, CA – 1969 BMW R60US and 1964 R60/2.

Quail Ride – getting ready for takeoff at Quail Lodge.

 

Laguna SecaRaceway – sharing the track with a current Morgan 3-wheeler and a 1964 BMW R60/2.

Keanu Reeves and the Arch Motorcycle Company team prepare for laps around Laguna Seca.

Quail’s Master of Ceremonies Paul d’Orléans aboard Bryan Fuller’s BMW Bavarian Knight.

Preview of Talbott Motorcycle Museum, Carmel Valley.      

Stefan Hertal of Revival Cycles piloting Revival’s Buell Ulysses build.

Quail Motorcycle Gathering  

Quail Motorcycle Gathering  

Erik Ran starting up his BMW R90S RennsportReplica with handmade tank and bodywork by Evan Wilcox.

Bike EXIF’s area with Revival Cycles’ Design and Style Award winning 1960 Velocette.

Tim Stafford with his immaculately restored and prepared BMW R50s.

Event founder Gordon McCall announcing winners.

1925 BMW R37 race bike Best in Show winner with Robb Talbott, Bobby Weindorf, and family.

On the road home from Quail, visits in Templeton, CA.

 

Los Angeles native, Stacie B. London is a rider, designer, curator, and motorcycle racer who wrenches and races her 1968 Honda 160 roadracer “Triple Nickel” when she's not traveling around the country in her 1970 Ford F100 developing her photography series “The Hand Collection” about crafting speed and the hands of its artisans.
Wednesday
May252016

"The Royal Vote" for the Custom build collab between Royal Enfield | Cafe Racer XXX | MotoRelic 

Hey friends! I'm sure by now you may have caught word of our community build with Cafe Racer XXX, Royal Enfield and MotoRelic. Here's the deal! We are starting out with a stock Royal Enfield Continental GT 535cc donor bike. Next, we will have the community vote on 3 main aspects of the build over the next few weeks. Then we, errrr Sean Skinner of MotoRelic will go to work and make this machine transform. 

 

Our first vote will be on overall build style. Cast your choice here!

 

Monday
May162016

Motos Across America: Baltimore Stop

Cafe Racer XXX is stoked to partner with Whiskey Grade to kick off the "Motos Across America Tour" on Tuesday, May 17th. For those that aren't familiar with Baltimore, we've got an amazing city!! and I say that with all heart and throttle. A mix of grit and charm, Baltimore is an incredible town packed with art, music, diverse culture, hipster currents, and a thriving food scene. We have world famous crabs, endless events, the Baltimore Harbor, flourishing businesses and as home to "The Wire", yes our fair share of crime. In terms of motorcycling, our roots are strong and in fact, East Coast Triumph Motorcycles was once headquartered here. We have strong ties to racing legends like Gary Nixon! We are actually home to a number of moto crews, publications, collectives, legends and shops including: Cafe Racer XXX, Lowside Magazine, The Mufflers, Sixteen Tons, Tom Turnbull, 515 Moto, 12 O'clock Boys and the respected old timers over at Mid Atlantic OSSA to name a few.  

We are excited to bring everyone together tomorrow night at the Baltimore Tattoo Museum for an array of attractions and eats. First, Dangerously Delicious Pies, recently featured on the Food Network has donated an array of their sweet and savory pies! A special thank you to Rodney and the Canton location.

Secondly, Diablo Doughnuts donated some his kick ass doughnuts and unarguably the absolute best doughnuts in town! Thank you Roslan, you're killing the doughnut scene.

The gents at the Baltimore tattoo musuem are finalizing moto flash for discounted ink!

Atticus Anonymous will be painting helmets for a suggested donation!

 Mid-Atlantic OSSA will be bringing a pair of vintage Triumphs for display.

Rebel Yell, a tour sponsor will provide whiskey samples to attendees. Craft cocktails will be served by Michael Trevor Young using two of his best Bourbon recipes.

 

Whiskey Grade will have their latest collection of apparel on display!

Duclaw Brewing company has donated a keg of their Morgazm, a Grapefruit Blonde Ale.

 And last, we will be serving our 865cc coffee and have our Big Babe collaboration cigar available. 

 

We are looking forward to seeing everyone tomorrow night! Here is the event flyer

<and> the link to our FB event! A big thank you to all the local and tour sponsors!

Cheers!

Cafe Racer XXX

 

Wednesday
May112016

"The Royal Vote" for the Custom build collab between Royal Enfield | Cafe Racer XXX | MotoRelic

Hey friends! I'm sure by now you may have caught word of our community build with Cafe Racer XXX, Royal Enfield and MotoRelic. Here's the deal! We are starting out with a stock Royal Enfield Continental GT 535cc donor bike. Next, we will have the community vote on 3 main aspects of the build over the next few weeks. Then we, errrr Sean Skinner of MotoRelic will go to work and make this machine transform. 

 

Our first vote will be on overall build style. Cast your choice here!