The annual Quail Motorcycle Gathering's 11th edition wrapped this past weekend on the fabulous grounds of the Quail Lodge & Golf Club, and even if you normally think of ascots and cigars when you think "golf club," the party turned out to be more inclusive and diverse than ever. Sure, you had your century-old vintage machines and specialty classes for 50 Years of the Honda CB750 and 100th Anniversary of the Brough Superior, but among the more than 300 bikes spread out over the lush lawns you could still find a good amount of funk and modern engineering if you looked hard enough.

100-year old Brough Superior
The 100-year old Brough Superior was one of the featured marques for the 2019 Quail Motorcycle Gathering.Andrew Cherney

We’re not even gonna try to name the best bikes we saw or anything like that; we’ll just get right into the funkiest and coolest finds we came across. Some of them happened to win an award and some of them weren’t even entered (or probably even meant to be seen), but all were pretty dang original.

1981 Honda XL500 at The Quail Motorcycle Gathering

1981 Honda XL500

You couldn’t miss this bike sitting out in the middle of the lawn area, and maybe that’s why it won first place in the Custom/Modified class. Brit car designer Niki Smart slapped on some carbon-fiber cladding and fabbed up a wicked one-off fork to hold a huge airy front wheel and transformed this once-simple single-cylinder dual-sport into the belle of the ball.Andrew Cherney
2016 Arch KRGT-1 at The Quail Motorcycle Gathering

2016 Arch KRGT-1

Not brand-new, not inexpensive, and definitely not for everyone, the $78K KRGT-1 still held sway at the back of the Quail greens with a lot of eyeballs stopping by to ogle it (and ask where Keanu Reeves was; "Doing a John Wick promo" was the answer we heard). Ogling a 2,032cc S&S mill beautifully encased in a billet and tubular steel frame and rocking all kinds of trick componentry is not a bad way to spend the afternoon. Just saying.Andrew Cherney
Curtiss Zeus Bobber at The Quail Motorcycle Gathering

Curtiss Zeus Bobber

Also not new but also still undeniably wicked—especially seeing the scale of the aluminum frame, carbon-fiber "fuselage," girder fork, and solid carbon wheels in person. The bike isn't large, but it still exudes mass and solidity. Maybe it's the 240mm rear tire? Production is supposed to begin shortly, and it's been price-tagged at $60K. You can reserve one at the Curtiss website.Andrew Cherney
1969 Honda CB750 Chopper at The Quail Motorcycle Gathering

1969 Honda CB750 Chopper

C’mon, it’s a chopper, and an old Honda CB750 at that. Does it go real fast, real straight? Probably. And among all the other Honda CB750s gathered on the grounds to celebrate the 50 Years of the Honda CB750 class, this one stood out to us the most. It’s all period perfect, right down to the stretched springer front end and gnarly rusted-out sissy bar holding up the back. This bike was made for blasting around on, not babied.Andrew Cherney
Revival Cycles Moto Guzzi V9 Chopper at The Quail Motorcycle Gathering.

Revival Cycles Moto Guzzi V9 Chopper

The Revival guys brought the “Birdcage” BMW to grace the manicured lawns at the Quail this year, but they also brought this work-in-progress Moto Guzzi V9, which they’re fashioning into a—wait for it—chopper. You can see the raised and heavily modified fork with ape hangers and a vintage Avon Speedmaster front tire making that statement right up front, while it looks like there’s a reshaped fuel tank integrated with the seat side covers and tailsection to better show off the transverse jugs. Is this the finished product? We’re not sure, but there are not too many Goose chops out there, so kudos to them.Andrew Cherney
1970 Harley-Davidson Sprint 350SS at The Quail Motorcycle Gathering

1970 Harley-Davidson Sprint 350SS

You don’t see too many of these on the streets and we were kinda sucked in by the clean, Euro lines and understated grace of the thing. A Harley-Davidson thumper? Turns out Harley brought an Aermacchi-built single-cylinder 250cc model to the States in the early 1960s and rebadged it to compete with Honda’s new slew of small bikes—things like the 50cc Cub and the 305 Dream Touring. It would eventually grow to 350cc and actually was a decent seller (and competitive in GP racing) before Harley/AMF sold the whole Aermacchi division to Cagiva.Andrew Cherney
2015 Yamaha Bolt R-Spec at The Quail Motorcycle Gathering

2015 Yamaha Bolt R-Spec

Yup, a factory metric cruiser made it to the Quail, and it looks to be relatively un-fussed with. This tidy example was out on the lawn showing its V-twin stuff, proudly entered into the Custom/Modified class.Andrew Cherney
2018 SnoMoChop at The Quail Motorcycle Gathering

2018 SnoMoChop

What do you get when you cross a Harley with a snowmobile? Apparently a SnoMoChop. And it was there. At the Quail. Entered in the Custom/Modified class—a two-stroke snowmobile motor stuffed into a Harley frame. Must be an insane experience to ride this thing. Who ever said the Quail was too bourgeoisie?Andrew Cherney
1968 Honda Z50 K0 at The Quail Motorcycle Gathering

1968 Honda Z50 K0

The one, the only… Who does not love a Honda Monkey? This OG, first-year Mini Trail is as clean as it gets, even if it brings all the awesome dings and scratches of a life well-lived. The ultimate two-wheel time machine has been resurrected with the latest Grom-based Monkey, but you gotta still give props to the original for its huge impact on kids of all ages.Andrew Cherney
1962 Mustang Stallion

1962 Mustang Stallion

See? The Quail does not discriminate. Check out this rad, pint-sized Mustang (Mustangs were built in Glendale, California, from 1945 to 1965). The Stallion model gallops with the bigger motor (12 hp!) and four-speed tranny, and this pony won the Why We Ride Award, which is selected by kids at the Quail event and presented by Bryan Carroll, director of the Why We Ride documentary motorcycle film.Cody Burns/Kahn Media
2019 BMW DIY R32E at The Quail Motorcycle Gathering

2019 BMW DIY R32E

See, BMW does make electric motorcycles. Well, sort of—although this bike proclaimed itself to be a legendary R32, it didn’t say it was a BMW, so there you go. We can see hints of the legendary R32’s frame lines and perhaps a false tank, but no idea what’s going on with that huge block of a motor and/or battery housing. This is as Custom/Modified as it gets. BMW, are you watching?Andrew Cherney
1977 Suzuki GS550 at The Quail Motorcycle Gathering

1977 Suzuki GS550

These days most of the plain-Jane four-cylinder GS550s we’ve seen end being turned into cafe racers or bobber projects, and this first-year one seems to be a blending of the two, with a dash of boardtracker thrown into the mix. The old-timey tractor seat, downturned bars, and edgy headlight made us keep coming back to this entry in the Custom/Modified class (what else) to see what we missed the first time.Andrew Cherney
1978 BMW R80 at The Quail Motorcycle Gathering

1978 BMW R80

We spotted Dustin Kott’s beautifully raw 1978 BMW R80 airhead out in the middle of the display area with its hand-shaped aluminum bodywork worked into a cafe-racer mold. Check out the cool routing of the headers as they head up and under the tank to end in a pair of stubby exhausts under the hand-made saddle. Kott’s Honda S90 won second place in the Custom/Modified group.Paulo Rosas/Kahn Media
2018 Curtiss Warhawk at The Quail Motorcycle Gathering

2018 Curtiss Warhawk

Sure, it says “Curtiss” on the tank, but it looks suspiciously like a Confederate P-51 Combat Fighter. The limited-edition 2,200cc Hawk (only 36 made) puts out a claimed 150 hp and Curtiss says it is the company’s last gas-powered V-twin; it’s going full electric from here on out. Gas doesn’t come cheap though; it’s priced at $105,000.Andrew Cherney

All winners listed below.