Dakar is an international, bad-ass, multi-day off-road event and if you’re not a fan you should be. Crossing the borders of Argentina, Bolivia and Chile the route takes motorcycle and ATV competitors through more than 5400 miles of extreme riding conditions. Competing cars and trucks go even farther. We’ve covered some preliminary Dakar news such […]
Doug Polen Signing Autographs At Quail Motorcycle Gathering
Racer Gloves USA will have multiple World and AMA Champion, Doug Polen, at its tent for autograph signing between 12:00PM- 2:00PM during the Quail Motorcycle Gathering Saturday, May 17, 2014. A 2011 AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame inductee, Polen is one of the most accomplished American road racers of the 1980’s and 1990’s and guests of The Quail Motorcycle Gathering have the opportunity to meet Polen during his autograph signing.
In other Quail news, the film makers, stars and motorcycles from “Why We Ride,” the acclaimed motorcycle documentary produced by Bryan H. Carroll and James Walker will be in attendance. Coming off the heels of a successful nationwide debut, the creators of “Why We Ride” will appear at the gathering along with some of the movie’s stars and featured motorcycles. The film, which intimately explores the passion riders have and the souls of their machines, features The Peninsula Signature Event’s Director of Motorsports, Gordon McCall, and The Quail Motorcycle Gathering - the only awards show featured in the documentary. For the first time, the Why We Ride Award will be presented at The Quail Motorcycle Gatheringand will be chosen by future riders, racers and designers, as children 12 and under will select the one motorcycle on the field that has most inspired them.
Making its first ever appearance at The Quail Motorcycle Gathering, the “Bell Kaff” Custom SpecialK Motorcycle will be presented to Evan Bell, owner of the world-renowned bike shop Irv Seaver BMW Motorcycles in Orange, California. In 2010, Larry and Carol Romestant, master K Bike customizers of Romestant Engineering and Design, were commissioned by Evan Bell to build a K Bike for Irv Seaver in honor of BMW’s 100th anniversary celebration in 2012. The prized vehicle, named the “Bell Kaff,” was unfinished for the celebration, and will be revealed for the first time at this year’s event. The “Bell Kaff” emulates a 1970s Café Racer and is built around a 1200cc engine and drive train from a 2004 BMW K1200RS and incorporates influences of British, Italian and German styling of the 1960’s and 1970s. Additionally on display by Larry Romestant will be The Beast, a custom motorcycle comprised of a 1986 K100 frame and a fitted motor from the powerful K1200RS. For a crisp and immediate response, The Beast includes a K1100 Motronic Module enhanced by a Dynojet K1200RS Power Commander.
Celebrating 100 Years of Speed Trials at the Bonneville Salt Flats, presented by Top 1 Oil, both the Quicksilver and 1964 Triumph Gyronaut X-1 will join this year’s collection at The Quail Motorcycle Gathering. Custom built by Mike Corbin in 1971, Quicksilver set the initial World Land Speed Record for electric motorcycles at Bonneville Salt Flats in 1972, running on standard lead acid batteries. In 1974, equipped with upgraded silver-zinc batteries, Quicksilver returned to Bonneville and increased the Land Speed Record to 165.387 MPH, a record that stood unbroken for more than 30 years. The 1964 Triumph Grynonaut X-1 joins the same category as the Quicksilver and was named the World’s Fastest Motorcycle from 1966-1970, presently holding the title as the World’s Fastest Triumph.
General admission tickets to The Quail Motorcycle Gathering are $75 per person ($15 for children 12 and under), inclusive of a gourmet barbeque lunch, offerings from local wineries and breweries together with live performances on the KRML Radio Stage by The Inciters, Casey Frazier and Delaney Ann. To purchase event tickets, please visit www.quaillodgetickets.com.