View Full Version : O/T Indian Larry Dies in accident

09-01-2004, 11:54 AM
I myself am not as big a motorcycle enthusiast as some on the board are. Those that are, and those interested in the "chopper" shows on Discovery Channel may or may not be aware that Indian Larry, according to newspaper accounts, has died from injuries received when he was standing on his moving motorcycle at a show on Monday in Charlotte NC. The article I am looking at does not really say too much about what actually happened, except "the motorcycle went left and Larry fell to the right".

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09-01-2004, 12:38 PM
I sometimes watch the show, but don't know the names. Who was Indian Larry? Is he one of the young guys the old man is always yelling at?

09-01-2004, 01:01 PM
The shows I most often seen him on were the "Biker Build-off" shows. The show where two custom builders compete to build a bike and meet at a location in "X" amount of time. He was a custom bike builder from Brooklyn NY. in his mid 50's. Lots of tattoos.

09-01-2004, 01:13 PM
That's a damned shame. From what I've read and heard, he was well respected not only as a builder of custom motorcycles, but as a good guy as well.

09-01-2004, 01:38 PM
Indian larry was the king of the chopper IMHO. I am still a little stunned at his passing. He died as he lived with NO FEAR, I will honor him the best way I know how I will do some work on the custom bike I am building then I will go for a long ride.
ride on Larry

09-01-2004, 01:46 PM
Indian Larry was one of the few genuine chopper builders in the nation. I don't follow the television shows but I know Indian Larry goes way back to the early days of chopping and custom built bikes. I'm sorry to hear he's dead. He was one-of-a-kind and reportedly a real nice guy.

09-01-2004, 02:57 PM
A real nice guy?
Larry did time for armed robbery.

His bikes are surely a matter of taste. Sissy bars and peanut tanks are not my style that's for sure.

09-01-2004, 04:29 PM
Well one thing is for certain, im not surprised about it.
Keep doing that crap long enough, its going to catch up with you, just like that rock climber who didnt use ropes. SPlat.

09-01-2004, 05:21 PM
Yeah, but when he did the armed robbery he was real nice about it...

09-01-2004, 05:25 PM
Yeah, I know dogs that wag their tails when they see you because they are happy to bite you.

09-01-2004, 07:03 PM
Most of us have history, some more colourfull than others.
The more important thing is was he learning the lessons of life and improving , if not, then criticise away.
I don`t know this Larry, but if his life story is one of achievement and self improvement then that should be applauded; Cos there are many who travel the other road and descend to base.
RE: the armed robbery, was he one armed or did he have both on him at the time? http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net//biggrin.gif:

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09-02-2004, 12:55 PM
<font face="Verdana, Arial" size="2">Originally posted by kenc:
A real nice guy?
Larry did time for armed robbery.

So I guess we should ignore the thirty plus years that have passed since then, during which time he has been a productive member of the community, and built a successful business with several employees.

09-02-2004, 04:17 PM

09-02-2004, 04:35 PM
I am told he was the one In Daytona shaking hands.

I think it is a shame, it is true, take enough chances and sooner or later fate will deal you a card you really didn't want. Be it not wearing kevlar gloves, or grinding without glasses or using a speedcut wheel, or standing on your harley.. perhaps the wind will blow? Perhaps pride won't let you not put forth a personna of invuneribilty. (even thou you know how it is going to turn out)

I lost that kind of pride a long time ago.. I ain't bullet proof and it has been proven to me. I wear my saftey glasses and gloves when I need to and no longer stand up on the tanks/seat. Nomore do I ride the white line at 120mph. I have been to enough funerals.

Yes I have flown through the air trying to figure out where my harley went.. I had it right here..

David Cofer, Of:
Tunnel Hill, North Georgia

09-03-2004, 12:42 PM

RIP Indain Larry

09-03-2004, 01:00 PM
Well Mr. BillH, glad to know we have at least one person on this board who has never made a mistake. I never had the chance to know Indian Larry, but he was a valued member of my tribe, and by all accounts, (except for yours) a stand-up guy. May he Rest In Peace

09-03-2004, 01:13 PM
Sorry Ken for leaving you out of the last post, you and Bill have got to be a couple of real rightous dudes. And for all the rest of you who only have the TV as a way to get info on the biker nation (you HOG members an wannabes, included) you don't know jack. We used to run you creeps off as fast as ya showed up.

09-03-2004, 01:27 PM

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09-03-2004, 02:11 PM
Bikenut, some things are hard to put behind ones self.
It would be wrong to forget what he did, however I too am dissapointed in his death, I do like those bike shows.
Doing that crap alters your life forever. Don't be foolish to think it does not. He was self employed.

09-03-2004, 02:26 PM
The penal system in this country was intended to reform men and return them to a productive life. Apparently it worked in Indian Larry's case. As far as being self-employed, I always thought that was part of the American Dream. Larry not only supported himself, he also provided jobs for others and made a positive contribution to the local economy. Of course, he was self employed when he robbed the bank too I guess http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net//biggrin.gif

09-03-2004, 03:16 PM
I'm surprised that nobody here and in the media are talking about the merits of wearing a helmet. From the description of the accident, he might still be around if he was wearing a helmet.

09-03-2004, 04:25 PM
I guess I am being a little cryptic. It is the American dream to be self employed, making tons of money like he was doing. What I meant was perhaps he was self employed because no one would hire him from having that rap on his sheet. Atleast in the white collar world he wouldn't get hired.

09-03-2004, 06:15 PM
This was stupid of me to talk about that crap, get the topic back on track. A person that many people loved to watch on TV, a real charecter has died. He will be missed.

09-03-2004, 08:19 PM
Helmets don't provide miracles.

I have lost my helmet in several collisions. I busted one good fiberglass helmet like a egg.

A real good helmet costs $200+ if you drop it from waist high it is ruined. They crush to asorb impact. Much better than crushing your skull to asorb impact.. the sudden jar is what bruises the brain and causes swelling, the swelling is what does the real damage.

Best defense is the sixth sense (called paranoia) you get while riding through traffic, feeling the things change, your periphereal vision things move.

Something I stress to the young people, when you are cut off, you only need 3 feet, don't put it down as long as you have a 3 foot hole to pass through..

Sixth, seventh and eight senses don't make up for stupidity.

I have on occasion resorted to stupid.. Usually presided by a statement like.. "watch this"... or Yee haw..

David Cofer, Of:
Tunnel Hill, North Georgia