Indian Larry. It has been 10 years since the great bike builder died.
I have a book about him and his chopper designs. He was a humble, simple, straight-to- the-point bike designer. No fuzz. Raw and real. That’s what I like about him. He wants to show the mechanical and the ingenuity of man.
He is also a good person that even his contender likes him.
Inspired by him, I strictly followed the chassis straight top tubing and the tank placement. Everything else falls into place. Just like what Indian Larry said, “If you saw the bike line, there is no getting away from it.”
I colored the bike flat black for now because it hides imperfections.
I added new stuff coz i know the crowd likes new extraordinary things. I added an arcing electric current I got from a broken stun gun. It creates a whipping sound.
I am also adding a rotating Gatling gun and search light because I am also a fan of the Terminator 2 movie.
The head lamp housing is from an aluminum noodle bowl and the handle post is made of copper and is used to connect giant high-tension electric copper cables. That turbine-like thingy, that’s a motorcycle air-cleaner donated by Concept Bike Shop for this project.
- My design targets are as follows:
- The tank should be chest level.
- Footing should be flat on the ground.
- Handles should be semi-ape or a little higher than normal.
This is my very first custom bike project so I am a bit apprehensive about everything. Welds, bike strength, comfort, stability, alignment and safety in general.
Like all things, there is a first time. I tried it on the day of the Halloween event called “Katakot-Takot na Padjakan -A Halloween Midnight Scary Ride” happening now and I am planning to ride the chopper there.
On my first try, the chopper feels okay. I even tried a bit of uphill. The bike is a head-turner. People just shouts saying how nice-looking the bike really is. Praises come from everywhere. Pedestrians, buses, jeeps, tricycles, absolutely everywhere. I just raise my hand to signal “You’re Welcome!”. I became an instant celebrity with this bike.
It’s 9 pm and I am on my way to the venue when just out our gate, the head light fell off. The plastic bracing cracked due to vibrations. Not good. I managed to fix it by removing the braces and just bolt directly onto the lamp housing.
2nd time out the gate and gone. About 2 kms. away the crank loosens up. I got no tools and no time. I pedaled slowly to the venue about 3 kms. more. I just hope they have tools there. When I arrived at the venue, my Macgyver friend Ronald tried to tighten the crank as it was hitting the frame creating a sound Not good, not good.
I heard Marikina Vice Mayor Fabian Cadiz calling out for participants for most-lighted biker. I just rolled my bike on stage as it has arcing electric current in front. Then there was the “MOST UNIQUE BIKE” category. I just left the bike on stage because I think it has a better chance in that category.
People got wide eyes looking at the bike like they saw an alien. Photo here, photo there, me and the bike. I can get used to this. (joke…)
I make people amused and happy and I love it. My 3 weeks of uncertainty making the bike suddenly became clear.
There is a purpose for all these, making people amused and happy, igniting their creative juices and making my town proud knowing that in Marikina City, people are creative, friendly and environment-lovers. Now, Marikina City can really be called,the “Biking Capital of the Philippines”.
This is Pinoy Adventure Rider reporting. Thanks for reading.