If you click on this hot link you will be directed to a letter describing the (ahem) "real" inventor of the first Harley-Davidson!
Don't get me wrong. Melk was a real guy and had input -- and a lathe.
But possibly (and I wondered about this before) the lathe really belonged to his father.
I tracked down a Melk grandson who claimed he still owned the very same lathe, but guys who saw photos of it didn't think it was old enough to be the original lathe of 1901-1903.
There is also a photo of the Melk home in 1919 on this website and I believe it's same one I photographed in the 1990s for the Creation book, although it has changed some over the years.