By now, most automotive enthusiasts have heard of the Quail Motorsports Gathering. It’s become an integral part of Monterey, California’s legendary Car Week alongside events like the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance and Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion. Those same folks have no doubt heard that the Quail is notoriously expensive (tickets start around $600) and equally tricky to attend (tickets are allocated by lottery). But not many people know that there’s another Quail event, held earlier in the year, that celebrates the most exceptional motorized two-wheeled vehicles on Earth. Tickets cost under $100, jeans are encouraged attire and dogs are welcome — a huge contrast from the hoity-toity Car Week gathering. Needless to say, as Roadshow’s resident west coast motorcycle nerd, I had to check it out. The catch is that my motorcycle, a typically quite stalwart Triumph Tiger XCx, was in need of some repairs that I, talentless as I am with a wrench, couldn’t fix in time for the show. Thankfully, Honda, maker of cars and motorcycles alike, stepped in and offered me a fully-loaded CR-V to use for the weekend. It’s not exactly the $30,000 Goldwing of my dreams, but proved to be a trusty steed — more on that a little later. Something for everyone This year celebrated the 25th anniversary of the Ducati Monster as well as the work of Arlen Ness and the engineering behind electric motorcycles. In addition, there were a number of classes for British, Japanese, Italian, Racing motorcycles, scooters and a special… [Read full story]
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