Enlist a highfalutin place like the Quail Lodge Golf Club in Carmel, California, sprinkle some exquisite, vintage, two-wheel exotica on its pristine, green driving range and voila, you’ve a world-class motorcycle show.
Twenty twelve is the fourth occurrence of this invitation-only event. Beginning with a 100-mile ride around the twisty, scenic back roads of Carmel Valley on Friday, participants also enjoy a few parade laps around Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca and end the day with an elaborate dinner.
Saturday’s spectators are treated to a plethora of machinery spanning the gamut from original condition to restored perfection and freshly minted customs. As much as the stationary bikes are a treat to behold, it’s the bark of Michael Schacht’s 2012 Crocker Big Tank coming to life, the unannounced scream of the two-stroke Yamaha TZ750 Kenny Roberts rode to Grand National glory or the sight of James Karrick tooling around the grounds on his unrestored 1914 Feilbach enthusiasts cherish.
In lieu of generalized Quail Gathering coverage (in short, it’s a great show you should attend and see for yourself) MO editors cherry picked a few key attractions from the event and let the owners speak to the value of their prized motorcycle and/or collection of motorcycles.
Gary Kohs’ assemblage of 71 MV Agustas is one of the most comprehensive post-war collections in the world. Here he talks about his 17-year collecting obsession and tells us about the championship winning 125cc Bialbero GP racer in original condition from the last time it was raced way back in 1954! He also talks about the equally rare 350 Scrambler and the upcoming sale of the entire lot at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance in August.
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Winner of the FIVA Preservation Award, James Karrick gives us insight into starting and operating a nearly 100-year-old motorcycle. This Feilbach Limited is in original, unrestored condition and, while we didn’t capture the episode on camera, Karrick didn’t hesitate firing up the antique and riding through the Quail showgrounds.
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Suzuki’s 497cc rotary-engine-powered RE5 is a rare beast indeed. Manufactured for only two years with a production run of approximately 6,500 units, it’s an entirely unconventional Japanese motorcycle model not often seen.
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AFT’s CB836CR “Sentoh” didn’t win any awards at the Quail, but already gracing its mantle is the first place trophy from the Performance Custom Class of the 2011 AMD World Championship of Custom Bike Building. Special about the Sentoh and other AFT bikes is that they are constructed in part by the girls who also serve as eye candy for the company’s modeling agency... we’ll let Shelby explain the details.
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Ten years ago F1 racing legend, Dan Gurney, donated the first Gurney Alligator for permanent display at the Peterson Automotive Museum. Perry King was in attendance at the event and one of Gurney’s first paying customers. Troy Siahaan talks with King about the different model Alligators on display at the Quail event.
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Editor-in-Snoop, Kevin Duke’s curiosity got the best of him and led the inquisitive moto-journalist to the show’s parking lot off the Quail’s manicured lawn. There he found this interesting Harley-powered supermoto bike created by TPJ Customs of Lodi, California.
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