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I know you have all heard the name Indian Larry. You have read about him and seen him on TV, You have seen him on the Discovery Channel and Biker Build Offs around the country. Some of you even had the opportunity to meet him. I am happy to say that I did have that privilege.

By now you know that he died doing what he loved, riding his motorcycle while at the Liquid Steel Bike Show in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Larry was performing his famous Iron Cross demonstration for a crowd, estimated to be over 8,000, where he stands on the seat of his motorcycle and rides it while his arms are outstretched. For some reason the bike slowed and acted erratic throwing him to the ground. He was airlifted to the hospital, but never regained consciousness.

A memorial service was held for him at his shop, located at 151 N. 14th Street in Brooklyn, New York, on September 19, 2004.

The streets surrounding the shop for three blocks in any direction were full of motorcycles and people who came to pay their respects. This included many well-known in the industry from all over the country, people that knew him personally, clubs, organizations, those that knew about him and even some of the motorcycle squad from the New York Police Department. The turnout was tremendous and rightfully so.

Tattooed on Larry’ throat was:




Many people had private ceremonies prior and after the official one.

Larry left us way to soon, but he did leave his mark on all of us in one way or another. There are so many stories about the man, and every one of them you hear makes you closer to him. He loved what he was doing, and always had time to talk or help others. He touched many people in many ways, and because of that he will always be with us in spirit.

He was genuine “Ole Skool” in the way he thought and did things. His actions in life and how he treated people spoke for him. Try following the examples this man “Indian Larry” has shown you, and your life will be better for it.

Good news is that the shop will continue to stay open and keep his memory alive.

Long will we remember “Indian Larry,”

1949 to 2004. 





This article is from Biker Number 225 February 2005 an Easyriders magazine.

Photography by Rogue.





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