After a two-year hiatus, the The Quail Motorcycle Gathering will return to Quail Lodge & Golf Club in Carmel, California, on Saturday, May 14, 2022. The 12th annual event will include five featured classes, announced as The Harley-Davidson XR-750, Two-Stroke “Braaaps,” Mini bikes | BIG FUN, and the BMW /5 Series. Additionally, one brand-new non-motorcycle class featuring hot rods and classic cars has joined this year’s line-up.

Where can you see a lineup of amazing road, race, and custom motorcycles in such a beautiful setting? Gotta hit the Quail, peeps. [Paolo Rosas]
The featured class of the iconic Harley-Davidson XR-750 will certainly attract interest.  The XR-750 is among the most successful racing motorcycles in history, and is still winning flat track races today, 50 years after its introduction!  Among its most famous riders are Mert Lawwill, Cal Rayborn and Jay Springsteen, who took their National Championship titles on the distinctive all-alloy V-twin that everyone wanted for the street.  Even Evil Knievel got in the act, giving up his Triumph and XL Sportster jump bikes for a proper XR-750, by far the most airborne of all Harley-Davidsons.

The Two-Stroke “Braaaps” display of on- and off-road bikes will fuel nostalgia for those who miss ring-a-dings and a trail of smoke. The “Braaaps” display will include a swath of pre-mixed motorcycle history from the 1960’s and ‘70s, right into the early ‘80s, after which the species disappeared in the USA. Motocross bikes like the Yamaha YZ490 and the Honda CR500 will be alongside their road going counterparts like the Yamaha RD350 and even MotoGP Two-Stroke 500cc race bikes of the era.

The Rollie Free ‘bathing suit’ record-breaker makes semi-regular appearances at the Quail: what a stunner. [Quail]
The BMW /5 class will include ‘toaster tanks,’ long- and short-wheelbase versions, and every option conceivable of this popular classic. The R75/5 series were the first motorcycles made entirely in Berlin (jokingly referred to as ‘Berlin Motor Works’) from 1970 to 1973.  They were the first BMW to featured electric starters, and while some derided their handling as the ‘rubber cow,’ they were beautifully built and very reliable, and injected a sporting quality into what had been a staid lineup of Earles-fork /2 models.

Our buddy Roland Sands will be featured as the Quail’s 2022 Legend of the Sport, and will present the Arlen Ness Memorial Award to a custom motorcycle builder in honor of the late Arlen Ness.  Don’t give yourself the award, Roland.

JK, go ahead.

The 100th anniversary of Brough Superior was celebrated in 2019, the most recent Quail event: it was an amazing lineup. [Tosh Monday]
Hosted on the pristine lawns of the Quail Lodge & Golf Club in Carmel Valley, the Quail Motorcycle Gathering prides itself on being ‘the premier motorcycle lifestyle event in the world.’  It is certainly the finest motorcycle-only concours d’elegance in the world, and the machinery on display has improved year on year, a strategy that founder Gordon McCall applied to keep the growth of the event organic for long-term success.  It has certainly paid off, and despite the pandemic event gap, the Quail continues to develop as an awesome event, with great food and drink, a stunning venue, and a very relaxed vibe.  Plus, I’ll be the emcee once again!

New to 2022, The Quail Motorcycle Gathering is offering General Public Admission Only tickets at $55, which include parking and gear valet service for those riding a motorcycle to the event. This year, The Quail is partnering with local food trucks providing a wide selection of food and beverages in the new concessions pavilion. General Public Admission + Hospitality tickets are $90 and include a lunch in a private seating area, including a buffet of culinary delights and non-alcoholic beverages. Tickets are available online at Learn more about the event at and follow the action on Facebook and Instagram, @TheQuailEvents.

If you’ve never done the Quail Ride on the Friday before the Quail Motorcycle Gathering, you’re missing something extra-special: laps around Laguna Seca raceway! [Paolo Rosas]
Feature image: Ian Barry of Falcon Motorcycles takes the Cycle World Custom & Style Award at the 2009 Quail Motorcycle Gathering, with his amazing Triumph-based Falcon Kestrel.  Read my Road Test of the Kestrel here: we did the only road test of any media outlet of this extraordinary machine.

Ian Barry accepts the Cycle World Custom & Style Award for his Falcon Kestrel in 2009. [Paul d’Orléans]


Paul d’Orléans is the founder of He is an author, photographer, filmmaker, museum curator, event organizer, and public speaker. Check out his Author Page, Instagram, and Facebook.
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