Larry Pierce BobberApril 25, 2018
This stellar example of a bobber is a product of noted motorcycle builder Larry Pierce of Garage Co. Customs. Pierce, who passed away far too soon back in 2014, was a good ol’ boy from Alabama who had wrenched at several other garages before opening up his own custom shop near Birmingham in 2006.
While many people will argue that bobbers have never really gone out of style, he was far ahead of the curve when it came to renewed popularity, and his clean custom builds brought him the kind of recognition that got him and his partner Ashley invites to shows such as the Born Free builder invitational series. He was well respected and well liked within the motorcycle community, and his absence from it is sorely missed.
1975 Harley Davidson FXE Shovelhead custom built by Larry Pierce
The owner of this sweet southern ride is Dustin Carpenter, currently of Orlando, FL. He got it in July of 2016 from Cullen Traverso, who had owned it since 2010. This is what Dustin had to say about it.
“When I saw it, I just couldn’t pass it up. I loved every single thing about it. Since then I’ve thought to make it more my own and change up the bike a bit, but I can’t do it. It’s too perfect, as is, to me right now. And I respect and appreciate all the work and thought that has gone into it so far to get it to where it is today.
I view it more as an art piece that I get to collect yet rip around and enjoy as well. I don’t have to change art when I buy it. I don’t think I need to change this (until I have to replace something at least, lol). I’ll keep it as is for now — even though everywhere it goes I hear ‘Hey, that’s Cullen’s bike,’ since we are both in Florida.
I’m happy to ride and take care of this thing. Even if it always is “Cullen’s bike.” Him and Larry both had a great vision for what they wanted, good taste in motorcycles and put in a lot of great work.”
We totally get how he feels as far as it being perfect just the way it is. The bike’s got a suicide hand shift with a rocker foot clutch, and custom features such as rabbit ear bars, exhaust and sissy bar. We wouldn’t change a thing, either.
Motor: By Hoppy in Palatka
Front End: Narrow 35mm
Tanks: 3.5s cut & slimmed to 2.8
Paint: Fat American Choppers
Photos by Mike Edwards @photo1now