Up for grabs was a very select few of these BEAUTIFUL limited edition 24 x 36 FULL COLOR posters of Indian Larry wearing his cool "No Club Lone Wolf" shirt. Larry is standing proud next to his Rat Fink Chopper in the bright lights of a old-school custom street rod and the New York City Skyline. Taken by Timothy White in 2004.
If you can find one, this sweet looking poster normally sells for $19.95 plus
$8 shipping and handling.
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"Rat Fink," as this tribute bike is called, was built during Discovery Channel's Great Biker Build-Off competition in 2003. Under the constrictions of the TV show, the incredibly detailed chopper was put together in a 31-day thrash.
The rigid frame, built by Ron Paugh at Paughco, was modified at Indian Larry's shop. A Paughco tank was added using hidden mounts. The Harley XA springer-style frontend was customized with one-of-a-kind, twisted, hand-forged legs, and the downtubes were lengthened 2 inches for greater ground clearance. Custom Chrome provided the 88ci stroked engine, built with an S&S crankcase, ported and polished STD panheads, and dual S&S carburetors. Much of the mechanical work was done by Keino at Indian Larry's. The transmission is a Baker six-speed, and exhaust pipes are custom pieces. For a relatively small V-twin engine, it knocks out "crazy horsepower," especially for a low-weight bike. Indian Larry has had it up to 125 mph on the road.
Paul Cox built the beautiful tooled leather seat and developed an airbag suspension system underneath, to make riding a rigid-frame bike on bad road a lot more comfortable. Every bit of the amazing paint job--metalflake coats, graphics, pinstriping, lettering, everything--was done by Robert Pradke at Custom Auto Design in Connecticut, who finished the job in a week.
The thrash paid off. At the end of the Great Biker Build-Off, "Rat Fink" was the winner. Like most of the best hot rod builders, Indian Larry builds his bikes to be beautiful and to be used. "The kind of bikes I build have to be functional. I ride them and hammer them. I beat up on them. I do wheelies. I do burnouts." It's hard to picture a piece of art like this getting used that hard, but "Rat Fink" has already been ridden hundreds of miles, with more to come.
That's where the Roth influence comes in again said Larry. "I'm interested in building in my crazy style. What I'm after is the perfect motorcycle, the perfect super-detailed, mechanical object that I can hop on and ride. It doesn't blow up. It doesn't leak oil. It starts up and performs the way it's supposed to, but still looks great. "I approach it as an art, which is, I believe, how Roth approached it. Do your own thing. You don't have to be validated outside of yourself. Do what's in your head and forget about what anybody else is doing. That's the main thing I learned from Ed Roth. There was nobody like him. Nobody was in his realm."
Larry went on to do a few more shows for the Discovery Channel's Biker Build Off series. He was featured on the cover of The Horse/BackStreet Choppers Magazine numerous times as well as Easyriders and just about every big time motorcycle magazine from as far away as Japan and Finland. It was during the last weekend of August 2004 that Larry finished his latest and most spectacular creation, the Chain of Mystery bike for another Biker Build Off. With Larry in the lead riding the bike, that he and his talented crew built in just 10 days, they rode from NYC to the Liquid Steel show in Charlotte, NC.
At the show on Saturday, Larry entertained a crowd of 8,000 fans by performing his famous stunt show. After thrilling the crowd by riding through a Ring of Fire on his bike, He got on his personal ride, the Grease Monkey and did just one more stunt to please the crowd. He stood up on the seat and surfed the bike down the track. The bike slowed down and Larry was thrown. He suffered a severe head injury as a result and passed away in the hospital the next night surrounded by his wife and friends. Larry left us all too soon. He rode free with the wind in his hair and the sun on his face. Larry was the kind of person that wanted every one around him to be happy. He didn't have to perform that last stunt. He just did it to give pleasure to all the people who came out for the show. People who knew him best, knew what a good genuine person he was. Builders who shared Larry's vision will look to his example for years to come. The people who loved him and knew him on an every day basis will miss his smile and warmth the most. The entire world has lost one of nature's noblemen.
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(Resources: Rod and Custom Magazine and TBear from Bandit's Biker Net)