Cruisers of The Quail Motorcycle Gathering 2024

The cruisers, customs, and retros from this year’s rain-splattered show.

This 1980 Sportster Custom from Richard Best is an Arlen Ness restoration, which is probably why it took home the Arlen Ness Memorial Award.Quail Signature Events

The sea of pop-up tents crowding the normally lush and wide-open grounds of the Quail Lodge & Golf Club was a clear sign the 14th annual The Quail Motorcycle Gathering would be different this year, but hey, what’s a little rain? For the 1,000 or so die-hards clomping around soggy greens, the wet weather did nothing to take away from the amazing cluster of more than 200 stunning vintage and modified machines they turned out to ogle. For many, the highly curated selection of rarities and modern customs is still the top show of the year, and as usual, showcased four featured classes, as well as 10 traditional classes. You had your 25th Anniversary of Suzuki Hayabusa class, the 30th Anniversary of the Ducati 916, the 100th Anniversary of the American Motorcyclist Association, and a Vespa-focused group, along with the returning American, British, Italian, Other European, Japanese, Antique, and Custom/Modified classes. And yeah, the big daddy of them all, Best in Show—won this year by Vic World’s museum-perfect 1968 Honda CB750 Factory Prototype. See our other faves below, even if they’re not all cruisers.

Another of Max Hazan’s otherworldly creations, this Jap 1000-based build snagged the second place trophy in the Custom/Modified category. We bet owner Jason Mamoa is stoked.The Quail Signature Events
OK, so not a cruiser, but talk about rare. This one-of-one 1968 Honda CB750 brought by Vic World was awarded Best of Show.The Quail Signature Events
Jason McElroy’s 1964 Harley-Davidson FLH took home the second place award in the American class.The Quail Signature Events
In the Choppers class, Richard Best’s 1947 Harley Knucklehead took first place. (If we’re not mistaken, it won last year too.)The Quail Signature Events
This lovely 1930 Indian Big Chief scooped up the Antique first place award presented by Bonhams.The Quail Signature Events
First Place, American was given to John Ventura’s 1979 Harley-Davidson Electra Glide.The Quail Signature Events
In the Custom/Modified group, first place was given to this mod inspired by 1920s Harley-Davidson boardtrack racers, by Chris Ranuio.The Quail Signature Events
Master of ceremonies Paul d’Orleans seems pretty stoked for Barry Weiss and his wild, Art Deco–inspired Norton Commando, which won the Spirit of the Quail Award.The Quail Signature Events
Lily Key showed up with her fiberglass-modified Harley Softail called “Dragonator.”The Quail Signature Events
You couldn’t miss this mint 1958 Ariel Square Four, even under a pop-up tent.The Quail Signature Events
This beautiful Henderson Four-cylinder was rolled in by Mecum Auctions to display at its tent.The Quail Signature Events
There were a slew of vintage 1950s Vincents entered in the British class, but none of them took first place.The Quail Signature Events
Indian was one of the manufacturers at the Quail with a display, and it brought a King of the Baggers Challenger racebike to show.The Quail Signature Events