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Mark Kozak & His 1953 Harley-Davidson FL Panhead

November 30, 2014
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Our December 2014 cover bike is owned by Mark Kozak, and we thought his stretched 1953 Harley-Davidson FL Panhead was the perfect bike to shoot two beautiful models on for our Christmas-themed cover.

Mark is from Kansas City, Missouri, and we had the opportunity to gather additional information about him and his Panhead. We also had a blast shooting cover models Jaycee and Maggie on Mark’s bike for this month’s cover. I’m sure you’ll enjoy this month’s behind the scenes video!

CC: Mark, what is your occupation?
Mark: I do steel buildings and erections.

CC: Do you have hobbies other than motorcycling?
Mark: Yes. I enjoy going to the Lake of the Ozarks to boat and swim. I also enjoy traveling.

CC: Why do you ride?
Mark: There’s always somewhere to go and something to see.

CC: How long have you been riding? 
Mark: I’ve been riding since I was 10 years old.

CC: What was your first bike?
Mark: My first bike was a Rupp Scrambler.

CC: How many bikes have you owned? 
Mark: I really couldn’t tell you.

CC: How many bikes do you currently own? 
Mark: Way too many.

CC: What is your dream bike?
Mark: Any bike that I haven’t owned.

CC: What is your most memorable riding experience? 
Mark: Riding with my father Wayne and my brother Matt on trips. My dad is 82 years old, and anytime he wants to ride, I’m in!

CC: What is your least memorable riding experience? 
Mark: Following my brother. He always heads for a hail cloud!

CC: To what motorcycle clubs or organizations do you belong?
Mark: I belong to the Rolex Riders. We meet every Wednesday night.

CC: Which motorcycle rallies & events have you attended, and which is your favorite?
Mark: Sturgis, Bikes, Blues & BBQ, the Spring River Rally. Sturgis is my favorite because I get to spend 10 days with my dad and brother.

CC: What is your favorite bike night location?
Mark: I like going to Gail’s Harley-Davidson on Wednesdays. It’s close to my house, so I can ride one of my vintage bikes.

CC: Do you prefer riding in a group or by yourself?
Mark: I like riding in a small group with friends and family. You kinda take the party with you!

CC: Who are some of your closest riding buddies?
Mark: My dad, my brother Wayne, Brian, Chris, and of course Aaron, because I never know what he’ll be riding.

CC: Is there anything else you would like to share with our readers?
Mark: I’d just like to thank Cycle Connections for the cover feature and for all the hard work. I really enjoy reading your magazine!

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

Photos by Dick Carlson

Published in Cover Bike Owners