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January Cover - Jack Mouse’s 1958 Harley-Davison Duo Glide

December 31, 2003
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The first time I saw this bike was on a motorcycle lift in my neighbor, Dave Miller’s garage. The gas tank, seat, and a few other components were disassembled; however, even with the missing pieces you could tell this was a one of a kind bike. Here in front of me, which as far as we could tell, was an original 1958 Harley-Davidson Duo Glide with a suicide shift and less than 900 miles on the odometer? Unbelievable!

This beautiful bike is owned by my next door neighbor’s 85 year old father, Jack Mouse of Independence, Missouri. Apparently, many years ago, an acquaintance owed Jack some money on a bad debt, and when the guy was unable to come up with the cash the only thing he had left to offer up was his Harley. Well, to make a long story short, Jack accepted the bike as collateral until the guy could come up with the money. He never did, and Jack ended up with a goldmine!

So as you can tell, I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to photograph this beautiful piece of American history for our January 2004 cover page to “Kick Start the New Year!”

Story and photos by Mike Schweder

Cover photo by Stripe

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