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The 10 Most Exciting Bikes From the 2023 Quail Motorcycle Gathering

From a 1929 Indian to a cutting-edge custom, these are the machines that really got our motor running at the annual two-wheel concours.

A scene from the 2023 Quail Motorcycle Gathering. Quail Motorcycle Gathering

While the Quail, A Motorsports Gathering commands steep ticket prices and jam-packed crowds amidst the hullabaloo of Monterey Car Week, another gem of an event slips quietly into Carmel Valley every spring with far less fanfare. The Quail Motorcycle Gathering is like a two-wheeled equivalent of the hot indie rock band opening for the headliner—lesser known, but no less cool.

The event is spearheaded by Gordon McCall, the Quail’s Director of Motorsports, who also founded the Motorsports Gathering. The Carmel resident and motorcycle lover sees bikes as a common tie that binds. “The event is a reflection of the motorcycle community,” he told Robb Report. “This is a brotherhood, there’s no doubt about it, and enthusiasm amongst motorcyclists is really what keeps us going.” He adds, “I haven’t met a person yet that finds their treasure, rolls it into the garage, shuts the door, and enjoys it in a vacuum. That feeling permeates the motorcycle world, and that’s why we come back every year.”

On May 6, the 13th annual edition drew around 3,000 spectators who enjoyed an eclectic array of over 200 classic bikes, including the 1939 Miller-Balsamo 200 Carenata named Best in Show. While the featured hardware was stunning, a fireside chat with McCall and race legends Eddie Lawson, Wayne Rainey, and Bubba Shobert cemented the camaraderie and rich history that binds moto enthusiasts in this shared passion. With an eye towards the intricate beauty of these old school two-wheelers, here our favorites from the day.

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