English Don Lending Helping Hand in Indy
Tuesday, October 2, 2012
We met the living legend himself, English Don, at the Biker Build-Off in Laconia 2011. Recently, though, he's been helping out an old buddy at Intensity Cycles in Indianapolis, Indiana.
Last time we ran into “English Don
” he was in Laconia hanging out at the Biker Build-Off while out on a leg of his “Ride Like Hell” tour. At the time, he and his biker bro Steg from SD Cycles and Psycho Cycles fame had rebuilt one of the black and yellow shovelheads called the “Babylon Taxi” the Don made famous and he was out touring the country on it, visiting old friends and events like Laconia.
English Don, along with Steg and Indian Larry, were fixtures of the hardcore Hells Kitchen chopper scene back in the day, riding hard, partying harder, and creating incredible custom motorcycles in between. The Don’s shenanigans have varied from doing a photo shoot with Liza Minnelli to raising hell on the English punk scene.
These days though, English Don can be found in Indianapolis, of all places. According to a report in The Indianapolis Star
, he’s helping out old friends Kevin and Debbie Alexander who run Intensity Cycles, a full-service motorcycle maintenance and repair shop in Indianapolis.
“Along with my brother Kevin we are going to make choppers famous once again,” wrote English Don in his byline posted on Intensity Cycles’ website.
English Don has been helping his buddy out who can’t quite do everything the way he used to due to an accident which has left him disabled. This doesn’t mean Kevin’s relegated to cheering from the sidelines, he just can’t get around quite like he used to.
And while English Don may be in Indy today, the notoriously nomadic biker might be found back on the road again on any given day. His years of hard partying have taken their toll and he’s still suffering from liver disease but he has aspirations of taking the “Babylon Taxi II” on the road to get one final epic ride in before his ailments prevent him from doing so.
English Don is a breed apart. Rebellious, resilient, we hold him in high regards for doing things his own way. “Self made – self taught, never worked for the man….ever.” Few people can make this claim. But the Don can. We wish him luck as his “Ride Like Hell” journey continues. Long live English Don!!
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