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Twelve Beautiful and Rare Bikes From the Quail Motorcycle Gathering

Each spring, The Quail, A Motorsports Gathering, rumbles to life in sleepy Carmel, Calif., with a public showcase of vintage, classic, and modern motorcycles. More than 400 entrants participated this year in the judged competition. Also on hand were the much-hyped Kawasaki H2 and H2R street bikes, the new Ducati Scrambler, and Keanu Reeves with his new Arch Motorcycles. A 1951 Mondial 125 Bialbero Grand Prix—famous for its rounded body and 1950s-era racing championships—won Best in Show. Here, from the show, are nine other spectacular bikes that elevate motorcycling to an art.

  1. Indian Scout
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    Indian Scout

    This 1949 Indian Scout won first place in the Custom Modified Division and is owned by Tony Prust.

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  2. Award Winners
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    Award Winners

    LEFT: Best in Show winner, 1951/Mondial/Bialbero Grand Prix, with owner John Goldman. This bike also won first place in the competition on road division. This motorcycle is completely unrestored, and every part is original, including the tires. RIGHT: The Industry Award was won by Revival Cycles, for its 1997/Revival/Ducati.

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  3. Bultaco Fontera
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    Bultaco Fontera

    This beautiful 1975 Bultaco Fontera 250 won the European First Place award and is owned by Chris Miller.

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  4. Lambretta Model TV
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    Lambretta Model TV

    The Scooter Award went to this 1958 Lambretta Model TV 175 owned by Eric Lussier.

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  5. Honda CB500
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    Honda CB500

    This 1972 Honda CB500K1 won first place in the Japanese division. The owner is Herb Meyer.

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  6. Flathead Ford
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    Flathead Ford

    A custom flathead Ford V8-powered cruiser.

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  7. Pope Model H
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    Pope Model H

    Owned by direct descendants of the original Pope family, this 1912 Pope Model H won first place in the Antique division. The owner is George Pope.

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  8. Honda CL350
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    Honda CL350

    This 1972 Honda CL350K4 Flying Dragon featured a special paint set offered only by select Honda dealers. Few were made; blue is the rarest color.

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  9. Custom Indian
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    Custom Indian

    This special military custom from Indian was unveiled at the Quail as part of a exhibition dedicated to military motorcycles.

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  10. Military Bikes
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    Military Bikes

    Another shot from the military motorcycle exhibition.

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  11. Harley Chopper
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    Harley Chopper

    A 1936 Harley Davidson chopper owned by William Buckingham won the Style & Design Award.

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  12. Sea of Bikes
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    Sea of Bikes

    This year more than 400 motorcycles competed at the Quail motorcycle gathering.

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