Cover Bike Owners

Derek Melhorn & His 1958 Harley-Davidson FL Duo-Glide

July 30, 2017
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Our August 2017 cover bike is owned by Derek Melhorn, and we had a great time shooting his 1958 Harley-Davidson FL Duo-Glide for this month’s cover. Derek is from Kearney, Missouri, and we had the opportunity to gather more information about him and his Duo-Glide. We also had fun shooting cover model Lulu on Derek’s bike for this month’s cover. I’m sure you’ll also enjoy this month’s behind the scenes photos and video!

CC: Derek, what is your occupation?
Derek: I’m a millwright at Ford Motor Company.

CC: Do you have hobbies other than motorcycling?
Derek: Yes, I also enjoy classic cars and antiques.

CC: How long have you been riding? 
Derek: I’ve been riding about 27 years.

CC: What was your first bike?
Derek: My first bike was a 1988 Harley-Davidson 1200 Sportster.

CC: How many bikes have you owned? 
Derek: I’ve owned five motorcycles.

CC: How many bikes do you currently own? 
Derek: I have three right now. My ‘58 Panhead, a 2014 Harley-Davidson Street Glide, and a 1971 Honda Trail 70.

CC: What do you like most about your cover bike? 
Derek: Riding it takes me back in time with its retro look.

CC: What is your dream bike?
Derek: One like mine that’s unrestored.

CC: What is your most memorable riding experience? 
Derek: When I was 19 on my Sportster following my uncle on his ’56 Pan that he still owns today.

CC: What is your least memorable riding experience? 
Derek: Bee sting and 70 mph!

CC: To what motorcycle clubs or organizations do you belong?
Derek: NCA.

CC: Which motorcycle rallies & events have you attended, and which is your favorite?
Derek: Daytona Bike Week is the only big event I’ve attended. It was lots of fun there!

CC: Do you have a favorite bike night hangout?
Derek: Yes, Worth Harley-Davidson in Kansas City, Missouri. They have great bands and food, with $2 cans of beer.

CC: Any tattoos?
Derek: Nope. No tattoos on me.

CC: Do you prefer riding in a group or by yourself?
Derek: I’m good either way.

CC: Who are some of your closest riding buddies?
Derek: Brian, Meade, Rustin, and Coe.

CC: Thanks for the interview Derek, and thank you for letting us shoot your bike in your garage for this month’s cover.

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Photos by Doc Lonnie Blum

Published in Cover Bike Owners