Indian Larry Bike in Neiman Marcus Xmas Book
Monday, October 21, 2013
For only a cool $750,000, you can be the owner of Indian Larry's 'Wild Child,' the bike he built in the Discovery Channel's Biker Build-Off against Billy Lane. Neiman Marcus is offering it as one of the 'Fantasy Gifts' in its Christmas Book 2013.
Neiman Marcus, purveyor of outrageously expensive gifts you’d love to have but can’t afford, is at it again. Every year, the American luxury department store is famous for offering unique specialty items in its annual Christmas catalog. This year, the Nieman Marcus Christmas Book 2013
includes Indian Larry’s “Wild Child” motorcycle that he built for the Discovery Channel’s Biker Build-Off against Billy Lane. Cost? Only $750,000!!
Artisans’ work in other mediums always goes up in price after they perish, and Indian Larry is undeniably an artist, so the sticker price might be shocking initially, but there are only a handful of Indian Larry originals out there. Considering Indian Larry’s work is as heralded in the motorcycling community as a Picasso is to the art world, asking three-quarters of a million dollars for a motorcycle can almost be rationalized. Almost.
But there was and will only be one Indian Larry. Artist, visionary, side-show performer, master of metal, the man of many hats hand-built motorcycles like few can. I’d wager Indian Larry would get a good chuckle if he knew he was featured in Neiman Marcus’ Christmas Book. Of course, he might cringe at the commercialism it represents too. Who knows.
Here’s what Neiman Marcus has to say about “Wild Child.”
Like master motorcycle fabricator Indian Larry, you feel at your best on the back of a bike with the wind in your face. Astride his "Wild Child," you're practically one with the late chopper icon.
Hand-built in Brooklyn, New York, for the Discovery Channel "Biker Build-Off" series, "Wild Child" is considered by many to be the pinnacle of Indian Larry's artistic achievements. It features his signature dished tank, root beer metal flake paint, twisted downtube frame, and a truly unique engine with a Shovelhead front cylinder, Panhead rear, and jockey shift. An open belt drive is emblazoned with the "Wild Child" name. Brass accents and a hand-carved leather seat in Indian Larry's likeness complete the picture of this motorized masterpiece.
In 2003, Larry rode "Wild Child" from St. Louis, Missouri, to Sturgis, South Dakota, where Larry's bike was named the winner of the Build-Off, one of three unprecedented consecutive wins for the chopper enthusiast. Upon learning of his triumph, Indian Larry famously declared, "There are no winners! There are no losers!" He shared his victory with fellow competitor Billy Lane, and then they both cut the trophy into pieces, signed the scraps, and handed them out to the crowd.
With the purchase of "Wild Child," Neiman Marcus will donate $7,000 to The Heart of Neiman Marcus Foundation. For details, call 1-877-9NM- GIFT. For more information, visit www.indianlarry.com
Indian Larry's "Wild Child" Motorcycle $750,000
Indian Larry's "Wild Child" Motorcycle Additional Details:
* 103 cubic-inch Accurate Engineering Pan-Shovel Engine
* Inverted Storz Cirianni Front End
* Root beer metal flake paint by Robert Pradke of Custom Auto Design
* Indian Larry head leather seat custom-made by Paul Cox
Indian Larry's "Question Everything" motorcycle is also available for purchase as one of only eight “Fantasy Gifts” in this year’s Neiman Marcus catalog. It is from what’s called the “Question Everything” Limited Edition Series. Here’s more info.
Modeled after Indian Larry’s famous “Daddy O,” #1 in the series features a twisted Springer front end, a handmade Indian Larry wishbone frame with a signature mustang tank, 93 cubic-inch Shovelhead engine, and hand-painted platinum-leaf flames. The name is a tribute to Indian Larry’s philosophy that there is always room to learn and grow in life. Just one of 10 in a limited-edition series called “Question Everything,” each motorcycle is handcrafted in the Brooklyn, New York, workshop and will feature unique characteristics to make each one a distinct Indian Larry Motorcycle. For more info, visit Indian Larry Motorcycles
Neiman Marcus will donate a portion of the proceeds from the bike’s sale to The Heart of Neiman Marcus Foundation while Indian Larry Motorcycles will also donate a portion of sales to the Aidan Jack Seeger Foundation.
Indian Larry’s “Question Everything” Motorcycle $80,000
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