One of the most popular and famous rides in our fair country takes you through the unforgettable central California coast. Just off of the iconic highway 1 in Monterey is a 100 mile coastal journey with historic attractions, Pebble Beach Golf Course, and of course the beautiful Pacific Ocean. Just east of the 1 is the Quail Lodge Resort and Gold Club, which happens to be hosting the Quail Motorcycle Gathering this May. Combine the two and you have yourself and nice little weekend on your hands. Of course, if you’re from one of the other states, the trek is probably a bit too cumbersome save for the most seasoned and dedicated riders. However, if you live in California and love motorcycles you might want to seriously consider taking a trip to Monterey this May and here are 7 reasons why:
7. Let’s Face It, Monterey is Gorgeous
Riding in and around Monterey is a no-brainer. It’s quite possibly the best stretch of the Pacific Coast Highway 1 ride, with Big Sur just to the south and the bay to the north. So use this motorcycle gathering as an excuse to get out to the California coast during the perfect time of year and soak it all in.
6. Two AMA Grand National Champions Will Be In Attendance
5. A Tribute To Military Motorcycles
The featured display for the event is going to be an impressive array of military bikes from Germany, Denmark, England, Italy, and of course the United States. Not only will you be able to view these really cool, historic bikes, you will also get to see the evolution of the motorcycle from World War I until today.
4. The Quail Ride Friday, May 15, 2015
A 100 mile route through the back roads of the Monterey Peninsula, led by legendary champion Gene Romero and surrounded by beautiful scenery and 99 riders. That’s only if you make the cut. The ride is limited to 100 riders so you better get a ticket quick! If you are able to get one, you’ll enjoy a full day of riding, including a snack stop, gourmet lunch and concluding at The Quail Motorcycle Dinner. The Quail Ride ticket also gets you admission to:
3. The Quail Motorcycle Gathering Saturday, May 16, 2015
2. Cycle World Tour
If you can’t get a “golden” ticket for the Quail Run, perhaps you can be a part of the Cycle World Tour. Leaving May 16 at 8:15AM, they will do a 50 mile ride through the Monterey Peninsula. The leader of the pack on this ride will be on a 1975 GL1000. Pretty cool.
1. Honor 40 Years of the Honda Goldwing
This year, Honda will exhibit all five Goldwing models as part of its display. What a cool way to experience the evolution of the Wing all in one setting. It sounds like a really great adventure and we encourage you to join in if you can. Whatever you do that weekend, make sure you find some time to get out there on your Wing and enjoy the ride!