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
A memorial service was held for him at his
shop, located at 151 N. 14th Street in Brooklyn, New York, on September
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:
IN GOD WE TRUST
VENGENCE IS MINE SAYETH THE LORD
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.