Legend Of The Motorcycle Weekend Event

Last weekend was the third annual Legend of the Motorcycle event, which includes a concours d’élégance and a classic bike auction, held at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel near Half Moon Bay, California, about 30 miles south of San Francisco. It’s a gorgeous seaside location reminiscent of the famed Pebble Beach collector-car event held each August down the coast near Monterey. Although a recent event, Legend Of The Motorcycle is rapidly becoming one of motorcycling most prestigious showcases. There was about 100 rare and classic motorcycles on the block at a Bonhams & Butterfields auction. Among them a 1906 Indian called a Camel Back model because of its distinctive rear hump which was the fluid reservoir. As a matter of fact it’s a bicycle powered by a single-cylinder 260 cc engine producing 2 horsepower. Original Indians have become highly prized by collectors and although Indians were the big sellers at the auction, the event was also about honoring motorcycles made by Norton of Britain and MV Agusta of Italy. Each year, the event honors different motorcycle manufacturers with exhibits, artworks and presentations. The auction also featured bikes previously owned by Steve McQueen, by the late Evel Knievel and by Bud Ekins, the stuntman and racer who died last October. Racer Giacomo Agostini received a lifetime achievement award at this year’s Legends event and appeared with some of his winning racing motorcycles. Legend Of The Motorcycle Concours D’Elegance.

10 Responses to “Legend Of The Motorcycle Weekend Event”

  1. 1 Bruce May 7th, 2008 at 8:57 am

    Omg. Too beautiful.

  2. 2 Tyler Ross May 7th, 2008 at 9:11 am

    Yep. It’s gorgeous and it makes me think that maybe, with gas at $4 and soon $5, there is a big market for engine powered bicycles. Let’s replace SUV’s with a modern version of this bike/motorcycle. One for each American. Our streets would look good.

  3. 3 Mike Orman May 7th, 2008 at 9:13 am

    Indian Rules!

  4. 4 Nicker May 8th, 2008 at 12:08 am

    “…think that maybe, with gas at $4 and soon $5, there is a big market for engine powered bicycles…”

    Well, at the turn of the century about every MC manufacturer started out in a garage.
    So, may be we’re gonna see history repeat itself. And much of that stuff wasn’t much more than powered bicycles.

    But in today’s market your probably gonna have to strike a happy medium. Something between a “Whizzer” and a $30K V-twin.

    So, may be 500 – 600 cc custom sports bikes getting 45-55 MPG start looking reasonable (if they come in at a reasonable price, anyway)…… ????

    This could be a great opportunity for builders who are thinking outside the cruiser-box.

    Just a thought

  5. 5 Fausto Simoes May 8th, 2008 at 7:44 am

    I would imagine as the price of gas keeps rising incremently every week people are going to start looking for an alternative way to get from point A to point B. Maybe more people will be getting motorcycles or three wheeled motorcycle type vehicles and will leave their cars at home. The only problem with that around here (Montreal) is the winter. The Montreal police used to drive Harleys equipped with side cars all year round but they stopped doing that. I think too many police officers were getting frostbite!


  6. 6 saorijohn May 8th, 2008 at 8:30 am

    As time goes on I can see governments legislating against motorbikes unless you can prove it is essential transport.

  7. 7 Rodent May 8th, 2008 at 9:08 am

    The Legends show at Half Moon Bay is the finest motorcycle show I’ve ever attended…It was recognized by the New York Times as an equal to the pestegious Pebble Beach car show. The motorcycle press was well represended by staff from every major motorcycle magazine…This show is the one that raises the bar for rest of the shows, Location, display, quaility are the best. Zared and Brooke did a great job.

  8. 8 Rodent May 8th, 2008 at 9:22 am

    I forgot to mention that the Legends of the Motorcycle 2009 will honor Indian Motocycles…hopefully 1953 and prior

  9. 9 Kiwi Mike Tomas May 9th, 2008 at 9:36 am

    Top of the line show and a welcomed change from what most shows are. Jared and Brooke put a huge amount of effort into this show and make each person feel special. No outrageous m/c entry fees either, just a good wholesome enjoyable m/c day in an awesome spot.

  10. 10 aft customs May 10th, 2008 at 1:17 pm

    Jared & Brooke did an excellant job of bringing together all forms of motorcycling.No brand was excluded either.As a custom builder a lot of my ideas come from the MX & Sport Bike scene.All of our show bikes have had componants from those industries.It was great to see all facets of motorcycling in the same show.Even the storage area for the bikes was bad ass.It was a temperature controlled room with 2 glass walls and 24 hr gaurd.people could view the bikes from out side the biulding during non show hours.I made the mistake of ordering my favorite tequila (42 on the rocks).10.00 bucks at home.$54.00 at the Ritz Carlton.As I handed her the tip I asked her if it came with a lap dance? I charged the rest of my drinks to Mike Kiwi Thomas.Thanks Mike.All the custom bikes were well recieved by the concourse people wich was cool.

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