I met Doug Jones at Kansas City's All American Motorcycle Show at World of Wheels. Once I saw his spectacular Rain Maker bobber, I was eager to meet the owner and find out more about him and his ride. I was introduced to Doug by the bike's builder, Larry Moore.
CC: Doug, what is your occupation?
Doug: I'm Supervisor of Public Works for Wichita, Kansas.
CC: Do you have hobbies other than motorcycling?
Doug: I enjoy playing drums, listening and attending rock n roll shows.
CC: Why do you ride?
Doug: Beats walkin'.
CC: How long have you been riding?
Doug: I've been riding for 33 years, starting when I was seven.
CC: What was your first bike?
Doug: It was a homemade bike that my grandpa made--a pull start Briggs & Stratton mini bike.
CC: How many bikes have you owned?
Doug: I've owned seven bikes.
CC: How many bikes do you currently own?
Doug: One -- the 'Rain Maker' bobber.
CC: What do you like most about your bike?
Doug: That it is handmade, it’s one of a kind and it is mine!
CC: What is your dream bike?
Doug: This one until the next project! YEAH!
CC: What is your most memorable riding experience?
Doug: A near mid-air collision at Boeing Hills, Wichita, Kansas
CC: Do you have a least memorable riding experience?
Doug: AWE! Well, locking a motor up in top gear.
CC: To what organizations do you belong?
Doug: Moore Customs, Wichita, Kansas.
CC: What motorcycle rallies and events have you attended, and which is your favorite?
Doug: Went to Sparks, Oklahoma! GREAT whiskey weather! Only 120 degrees and DUSTY! It was good friends and good times!
CC: Do you have a favorite bike night hangout?
Doug: I like to hang out in the shop--Moore Customs.
CC: How many tattoos do you have, and do you have a favorite?
Doug: I have five. My favorite is my Reaper.
CC: Do you have a favorite tattoo artist?
Doug: Shelly Wahweotten, Undisputed Tattoo, Wichita, Kansas. She designed the seat for 'Rain Maker.'
CC: Do you prefer riding in a group or by yourself?
Doug: It all depends.
CC: Who are your closest riding buddies?
Doug: Larry & Crissie Moore, Lonny Moore, Roger Attebury, Doug Crumrine, Harry Sayers, and Cody Rush.
After going through our standard list of 'Readers and Their Rides' questions, I had a few specific questions about Doug's bobber.
CC: Doug, how did you hook up with Moore Customs for this project?
Doug: I purchased the bike and took it over to my friend Lonny Moore. He directed me to his brother Larry. Larry saw some potential in the bike, and decided to collaborate on it.
CC: How did you happen to choose an Indian?
Doug (with a laugh): I’m not really sure. It was just something different from what everyone else was doing.
CC: How did it work with Larry concerning the development? Did you just describe what you wanted and he took it from there?
Doug: I put in some of my ideas, and Larry is a really creative person. He came up with a lot of one-off stuff down to nuts and bolts and everything, and we just rode with it. There’s a lot of special detail. If you look closely, you’ll see a lot of custom-made parts you won’t find anywhere else. When he came up with an idea, my response was always, “Let’s do it!” It was a good build, a good collaborative effort. There were lots of late nights and weekends with good friends.
Be sure to check out the Rain Maker specs and our interview with builder Larry Moore of Moore Customs.
Interview by Stripe
Photo by Michael Blomberg with Main Street Photography (816) 830-6363