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    Unhappy A tragity in the Chopper world.

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    CONCORD, N.C. -- A custom motorcycle builder known for his appearances on cable's Discovery Channel died Monday at a hospital of head injuries suffered during a stunt, officials said.

    "Indian Larry" fell off a motorcycle Saturday while performing before 8,000 people at an arena outside Charlotte. He was not wearing a helmet, the officials said.

    Indian Larry was standing on the moving bike when it began to wobble and went out of control, said Mike Downs, Cabarrus County deputy manager. His full name was not immediately known.

    "Indian Larry was a man with great skill and talent as a mechanic and metal sculptor," said Robert Freeman, chairman of the county board of commissioners. "He will be truly missed by his fans here in Cabarrus County and throughout the nation."

    Indian Larry, who appeared in movies and television shows, was featured on a Discovery Channel series in which motorcycle builders design and build bikes from scratch, then have them judged by motorcycle aficionados.


    He will be truly missed. He is well know to be one of the best bike builders along with Billy Lane, Jesse James, Paul Yaffe, and Arlen Ness. I really liked his old school style, and how he didn't want to hide things on the bike, wants to keep it all machanicle.
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    Umm I dont know what to say But RIP, and may god be with ur family through these hard times..............
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    OH man, that sucks. Indian Larry was awesome..
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    Originally posted by bnorthro
    OH man, that sucks. Indian Larry was awesome..
    Ditto, I loved his old school style
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    He will surely be missed
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    Wow:confused:

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    we all have to die at some point. even though he died early, at least he died doing something he loved

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    RIP larry,,may the wind be in your face,,,the sun on your back,,and a long black stretch of highway ahead of you,,Ride on!!
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    RIP Larry.....with out a doubt, one of the best bike builders in the world.
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    Im sure glad I had my chance to meet him will he was doing his awesome work.His bikes were awesome,everybike he did,had it's own little special touch that make it different from the others.RIP Larry.

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    he'll be missed for sure
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    What suprises me is that there has been nothing said on Discovery, TLC, etc. :confused: I guess time will tell. Indian Larry...RIP
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    That sucks Indian Larry was like a person with no worries when building a bike he always kept his calm. Not only did he build great old school bikes but he was a killer with them engines he got them things tuned so good and sounding great. Im going to miss seeing his creations.

    RIP brotha!

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    Indian Larry was a living legend,,,,ride on Larry....many a chopper rider will miss you....your style is just what it was....yours.........i just hope that in the afterlife there is drag pipes and hand made choppers......rip....

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    how did I miss this!!! Indian Larry was/is a legend, may he rest in peace. he died doing what he loved, what better way to go than that.
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    Re: A tragity in the Chopper world.

    Originally posted by WS7er

    He was not wearing a helmet, the officials said.
    Hundreds of bikers kill themselves every year by riding without a brain cage. As cool as he was in his job, it makes ZERO difference when your skull hits the pavement and sends your brain matter against it.

    Riding without a lid is ASKING for death.

    I live in FL and legally don't have to wear one. I'm not stupid though. Most people here are. No helmet, no shirt, sometimes in shorts and sneakers. Most in just boots, jeans, a cloth shirt and sunglasses. Every month there is a death JUST in Tampa. Sometimes it's not even that bad of a crash, low speed, just a wipe out. No helmet in the vast majoprity of the cases here.

    "It's my right, I want freedom" blah blah blah. Fine, kill yourself, that's fine by me. Don't think of your family or anything though. Yeah you have your freedom - to be a selfish stupid biker.

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    Ouch. Harsh but true.
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    In PA, its a law to have to wear a helmet riding a pedal bike, but not a motorcycle....

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    Re: Re: A tragity in the Chopper world.

    Originally posted by kaelaria
    "It's my right, I want freedom" blah blah blah. Fine, kill yourself, that's fine by me...
    and that's exactly the point


    If I want to smear my brains on the pavement, that's my right. No silver spooner politician should be able to tell me otherwise.


    It's sad that Larry died, but he lived life his way, enjoyed it and eventually he died. (don't tell anyone, but we all die some day)
    I think that's more important than making laws to force him to be safe(r).
    Let's face it, riding a street bike is none too safe to begin with.

    Another thing to consider is who Indian Larry was and what made his image.
    He was a hard case, tough guy, take the world by the tail kind of guy. That image is what he based his business and life on.

    I sure wouldn't make laws that would control that. I think we need less laws, not more.
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    And I agree, you should have that right. I just don't agree that it is a smart thing to do, because obviously it severely increases the odds of injury or fatality in an accident.

    It's my right to run a C5 with stock Traxxas diffs, but you wouldn't advise it would you

    I totally agree on the separation of the good sense and LEGALITY of it though.

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    Originally posted by kaelaria
    It's my right to run a C5 with stock Traxxas diffs, but you wouldn't advise it would you?
    No I wouldn't, but I also would not vote for a law that says you can't run a C5 unless you get rid of your stock diffs.
    Imagine a $500 fine for running the C w/ stock diffs. Yea, let's vote for that, because there aren't enough laws already.
    Last edited by MonsterMaxx; 10-01-2004 at 10:00 AM.
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    Exactly!

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    The one thing that is being overlooked by a lot of people these days is that it is not all about "ME." "I have my rights," but what happens when your rights clash with my rights. Our country is in the mess that is becauses somewhere along the way we have forgotten that there is such a thing as "Common Good."

    You may have the right to act stupid but someone else should not have to pay for your stupidity. We do not live in a vacuum, everything we do affects someone else.

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    I do believe there are more then enough laws for the 'common good' than we need now.

    Let's make a list, I'll start
    The IRS
    Speed Traps
    Lawyers in general and the LAW requiring you to use a Lawyer. Yes, these exist, for example, there is a law that says that I cannot represent my company, only a lawyer can. So $14k later (likely he had a similar legal bill) we called it a draw. $30k in legal fees and zero result. Stupid (unless you are a lawyer and your kid needs braces, or you need a yacht)
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    In the infamous words of Jesse Ventura " you can't legislate stupidity" and I agree with that. If you try and make something idiot proof, the world makes a bigger idiot.
    Out here in the Socialist Republic of Oregon, bikers have to wear helmets. And if I remember correctly, the helmet law was pretty much pushed thru the legislature by health insurance companies tired of paying for "brain splatter" vegtables.
    Finally, I wouldn't call Larrys death a tragedy, a tragedy was when my uncle (married w/2 small kids) got killed by a drunk driver. Larrys death (or anyone else w/o a helmet for that matter) was more of a passive suicide. And if thats the way he choose to live and/or end his life then more power to him, but its not a tragedy when it happens.

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    Darwinism at it's finest. The strong survive (and the lucky.) Breeds a better world. I'm all for it.


    I see nothing wrong with the CR's highspeed racing at night in Chicago.

    Chances of hurting someone else are low. Those who survive are stronger and luckier or more cautious and will be the ones impregnating all those women.
    Just look at the idiots who we are weeding out of the gene pool.
    Far as I'm concerned the younger the better.

    I'm not advocating no parental control, but once they are full gone on their own like these kids, stupider, sooner the better.
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    LOL you and I think alike there!

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    parental control is good to a point, but at some point, people need to learn for themselves... my mom told me over and over again that touching the stove was bad, but i decided to not touch the stove for good when i touched it... experience is a much better teacher than textbooks

    Originally posted by MonsterMaxx
    Darwinism at it's finest. The strong survive (and the lucky.) Breeds a better world. I'm all for it.
    unfortunately, i believe that our society has now entered a reverse evolution stage... the smart people have very few children, and the people who in the old days would have been bred right out have as many kids as possible....

    similar to the way our country is quickly in a freefall ever since FDR figured out he could buy votes with taxpayer money... since then, our politicians keep wanting to take more, so they can give away more... and we are getting very close to the point where 50% of the voters no longer pay taxes, at which point tax raises will be impossible to stop as more than half of the voters will always be for the increases...

    either way we are screwed...

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    helmet

    What is stupid in Fla is you can ride a motorcycle without a helmet but its illegal to drive a car without a seat belt.
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    concord is right where I live. I'm in charlotte. man I didn't think he was that close!
    Did you know i was born in the back seat of a greyhound bus rollin down highway 41???

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    I heard about this a while ago, but it is still sickening to know he isnt with us. RIP Larry.

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    Wow not bad for a 2 year old post lol

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    Oops, sorry, still a n00b to the site.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jesse096
    Oops, sorry, still a n00b to the site.
    No problem


    This thread just reminds me of the fact that motorcycle riders not wearing helmets are the number one source of donated organs .... or so I've read LOL
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    LOL Yeah thats so true

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    i live in melbourne florida and billy lanes shop is about 5 miles from my house. About a month ago he was driving on A1A if any of you know were that is and he crossed the double yellow line and hit and killed a guy on a moped. Billy lane turned himself in because he was drinking when he hit the guy. Just some news for ya since i saw this thread

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