It’s that time of the year again. Riders and enthusiasts meet in the Carmel Valley to attend the 2013 Quail Motorcycle Gathering.
This year we honored three time Grand Prix World Champion Wayne Rainey as a special guest. The show featured his championship winning 1991 Yamaha YZR 500 V4 that was given to him by Yamaha in appreciation for his achievements with the factory. A real treat for many as they crowded around to get a look at what is now the one and only factory YZR 500 racer in existence.
The event honored other motorcycling legends as well. Among the greats in attendance were Kenny Roberts, Don Castro, Mert Lawwill and Ray Abrams. Miguel Galuzzi, the designer of the iconic Ducati Monster, was present to help Ducati celebrate the Monster’s 20th Anniversary.
From road racing to dirt, we were impressed to see more race machines on display this year. The grass was scattered with them, showing off their muscle – some even fresh from the racetrack. The Harley Davidson XR750 and Ducati 750 Supersport bear mentioning. Machines of timeless design; from their stance and curves we draw inspiration from them still today.
We love the diversity of the crowd and participants at the Quail. There are not too many shows where you can see a championship GP race bike next to a custom shovelhead Harley.
Which brings us to Ken Tabata and his Tavax 2011V from Osaka, Japan. Taking first place in the custom/modified category, Ken showed his hand built and polished machine that took him three and a half years to complete. Call it whatever you want, we were fascinated with the results and amazed with his dedication to his build.
We hope to see more custom builders participating in the future. Although the showing was plentiful there is still so much talent out there to showcase.
The Quail Motorcycle Gathering is now in its fifth year. It still has an intimate atmosphere but it continues to grow every year. Kudos to the organizers for keeping us excited about coming back for more.
We’re already looking forward to next year’s trip. We had an amazing time riding to Carmel for the show. What a perfect place to hold a motorcycle event. Carmel Valley is tucked in one the most beautiful coastlines in the country, not to mention the countless twisty roads. If you ever get a chance, do make the ride. You will not regret it.