Facts and Trivia Aug. 2017

Remembering Indian Larry
(April 28 1949 – August 30 2004)

It’s been thirteen years since Indian Larry has left us. His impact and legacy in the Custom Culture world has and will live on for a very long time, today’s motorcycle building styles have proven that.

Indian Larry considered himself a “lone wolf”, and was not a member of a motorcycle club. Larry loved being on the road on his bike and living the lifestyle.
When Indian Larry first met the woman that would become his wife, Andrea “Bambi” Cambridge, in 1996, her first impression of him is that she thought he looked like “a total mass-murderer.”

People would go out of their way to avoid him on the subway, but the moment Larry would start talking he’d instantly put them at ease with his sense of humor.

If I had to describe Larry’s bike building style, the only way I could put it would be to say that he built stripped down, tall handlebar, foot clutched, jockey shifted, no front brake, no front fender, small gas tank, open exhaust, kick start only raked choppers that prevailed in the 60’s and 70’s, he helped us make that style live again. He used vivid primary colors and heavy metal flake in such a way that when you saw his bikes you would just know that it was an Indian Larry creation. But most importantly, these bikes were not built for show alone, they were built to ride. His last build was the “Chain of Mystery,” in which the frame was made of welded tow chain. This amazing bike proved itself, as all of Larry’s bikes did, by maintaining speeds well in excess of 100MPH for sustained periods of riding. Larry built so many great bikes all with a purpose or vision in mind, like “Daddy-O”, which was a tribute bike to his childhood hero Big Daddy Roth, or “Berserker” named after the legendary Viking Warriors. Beserker is a killer, rigid Panhead that is Paul Cox’s everyday ride. The bike that really put Larry on the map was “Grease Monkey,” besides being Larry’s personal ride, Grease Monkey was also his first bike featured in Easyriders Magazine. The article began, “Behold the Chopper- it is form and function.”

It is no accident that Larry used the “question mark” as his personal logo. As Larry himself once said of his question mark, “That’s my life’s logo because life is uncertain, roll with the mystery…just be comfortable with that. Why fight it?”

Trivia Question of the Month:

Question: In 1958 Harley-Davidson released the first model XLCH, an off-road version of the XLH Sportster. Which of the following accessories WERE NOT stock on the XLCH:
A. Headlight
B. Taillight
C. Speedometer
D. Battery
E. Mufflers

Answer to last month’s trivia question:
Question: In 1903 Harley-Davidson produced 3 motorcycles, the very first one sold was documented to have traveled how many miles with its original bearings and no major components replaced including the leather belt drive?
(A.) 2,300 miles (B.) 4,650 miles (C.) 34,800 miles (D.) 83,000 miles

Answer: By 1913 the first Harley ever sold had changed hands 5 times, in those 10 years the original motorbike logged an amazing 83,000 miles.

If you think you know the answer, email “Bo” at Hogshoppe@aol.com
Look for the answer in next month’s issue of
“Full Throttle Magazine.”

Bo’s Monthly Words of Wisdom:
“Remember, Quick-Fixes are named for how long they stay fixed.”
“Live to Ride or Step Aside”
Written by Bo
“The Hog Shoppe Inc.”

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